The Trust Structure

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 August 2017
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 August 2016
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period 4th December 2014 - 31st August 2015

Our Members

The Members of The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust are the conscience of the organisation. They appoint the Board of Directors and ensure that the aims of the Trust are upheld.  

Members Declaration of Interests Overview

The Members consist of:

  • The Bishop of Carlisle,
  • The Chair of the Board of Education,
  • A Trustee of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance,
  • A Member of the Board of Finance,
  • The Chair of the Board of Directors of The Good Shepherd Academy Trust.
  • There is also the option to appoint further members if their appointment is of benefit to the Trust

Our Board of Directors

We bring together a core group of people with a proven track record of school improvement and experience that is relevant to making the Trust a success. They are responsible for its strategic direction and are accountable for the academies to the Secretary of State and therefore determine the level of delegation to local governing bodies so that these can be as effective as possible. In addition the Board will also have representation from three Chairs of Local Governing Bodies from our family of schools.

Directors Declaration of Interests Overview

Nigel Appleton (Chair of Directors)

Nigel has worked in education for 36 years, beginning as a secondary school mathematics teacher and then moving into higher education to train new teachers and help serving teachers develop further. Over the past 14 years he has held leadership roles in universities, initially leading a large mathematics education team across both primary and secondary phases and then taking on more generic management and leadership in teacher education. In his most recent post he was Dean of the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, a university with an Anglican foundation, which has been the major supplier of high quality teachers to Lincolnshire and surrounding areas for over 150 years. Nigel's aim in this latter role was to work in partnership to provide children and young people with the best possible education by developing the best possible teachers.

Nigel has also served on two governing bodies, supporting three schools (now academies); one secondary and two primary. He knows some of the secondary schools in Cumbria through his previous work at the University of Cumbria and is now looking forward to getting to know the primary schools and teachers and the communities that they serve.

Jane Clarke

Jane was Chair of Governors of St Peter’s Heversham from April 2013, having been a foundation Governor of the school from 2011. She took over the chair at a particularly challenging time and led the FGB as it sought to stabilise the school and to focus again on ensuring an excellent experience for the children and the achievement of high standards. 

She spent her career in Local Authority social work with children, working in general Children and Family Services in West Yorkshire, Stockport and Cumbria (Barrow) and also working as an adoption specialist and as part of a multi-disciplinary hospital team. She retired in 2011. 

From her experience in Heversham, she has a particular interest in the opportunities and challenges that are faced by small schools in areas with aging demographics.  She has played an active leadership role as the Heversham FGB explored academy status as part of developing a sustainable future for the school. She is now excited by the prospect of working within the MAT  as it develops a collaborative approach to improvement and  development, better enabling local governing bodies to rise to the educational, financial and social challenges so many will face in the coming years.


Patrick Freeman

Patrick has worked in education for 15 years, beginning as a field studies education tutor in Dorset; later training formally in Primary education (science specialism) in Bath. During this time he also worked at a state secondary boarding school in Bruton, Somerset- leading a range of activities for Year’s 8-13 inc. Much of Patrick’s teaching career was conducted in Norfolk LEA working in various sized schools, in rural and coastal ‘Action zone’ areas.

In 2007 Patrick moved to Cumbria (St. Martin’s College) to become a Senior Lecturer in ICT and Education to train new and serving teachers developing good partnership relationships with many of Cumbria‘s Primary schools.

Over the past 5 years Patrick has taken on the role of Principal Lecturer (Partnership Manager) for the University of Cumbria’s (UoC) Education Faculty, overseeing cross phase partnership arrangements (procurement of placements and QA processes) for the various routes the UoC are engaged or partnered in.

Patrick has been a school governor in the recent past; and has worked with various Cumbrian / Lancs schools on ICT related research projects. He is an external examiner and National Executive Secretary for the ‘Association of Partnerships in Teacher Education’ (APTE).

Patrick is committed to developing partnerships that have children’s best interests at their heart. He looks forward to working with all the schools in The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust and settings to develop young learners’ aspirations with high quality teaching and learning practitioners.


Simon Hughes

Simon has been a school governor at Lorton School for over 12 years and chair of governors for 6 of those years. He has also been a governor at Keswick School for 4 years, including the 2 years during which the school successfully transitioned to becoming an academy.

With a degree in electrical engineering, Simon started his professional career as a systems design engineer with Michelin and JCB before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a management consultant. Simon spent the majority of his 16 years with PwC working with the research and development arms of multi-national aerospace and pharmaceutical companies in the UK, USA and Europe. Most of this work was to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which research and development were conducted.

More recently, Simon has applied his IT knowledge and skills to developing and maintaining primary school websites as well as teaching computing and programming to staff and pupils in primary schools following the introduction of computing into the curriculum.


Claire McLean

Claire is a HR professional of more than 17 years experience in different industries. Her professional passion is to help companies and charitable organisations to achieve their goals and ambitions through people.  She is a great listener and able to put practical solutions in place that make positive impacts.
Claire was interested in joining the Trust because she has a 7 year old daughter and wants to play a part in shaping great education provisions for children now and in the future, within Cumbria. She is hoping to help the Trust grow and become a leading MAT where we aim for excellence in everything we do.
Claire is married to David, has a daughter called Molly Rose and a border terrier called Max. As a family they enjoy the outdoors and often go walking in the Lake District as well as camping when the weather permits! Claire has a love of open spaces from being brought up on a farm in France.


 Michael Mill

Michael has been Diocesan Director of Education, Children and Young People for the Carlisle Diocese since June 2011. He started his career as a secondary RE teacher then worked for 18 years as an education officer in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Michael’s local government experience has included working as a school support officer and case officer including focussing on children with special needs. He has managed a multi-million pound schools capital building programme and county-wide school organisation. He wrote a secondary school design brief and has written design specifications for mainstream and special provision and leading school organisation changes. He has also sat on an academy Interim Executive Board and spent three years as an education consultant worked nationally with a range of local authorities, colleges and schools.

Richard Pratt

Richard is Archdeacon of West Cumberland, working along the west coast of the county – Silloth to Millom to Threlkeld.

He is the son of an Anglican priest – his father was chaplain of Broadmoor and then a couple of prisons.  He is married to Diane, a teacher from Penrith, and they have three adult sons – the eldest an engineer, the middle one an electrician, and the youngest an archaeologist.  Richard lives in Workington, and has been in the county for twenty years – he came to be vicar of St Cuthbert’s Carlisle and Diocesan Communications Officer in 1997, moving to Workington to be Archdeacon at the end of 2008.

Before Cumbria Richard had three posts in Northamptonshire, and before that was a systems analyst in Peterborough, having returned from VSO as a Maths teacher in Ghana.  While Chair of Governors at North Cumbria Technology College in Carlisle, he helped out by teaching a GCSE class where a dozen out of the fifteen got Grade As – one of his proudest moments!  An enduring thread through Richard's ministry has been his involvement in Special Education – at an EBD school in Northampton and at James Rennie School in Carlisle. 


 Martin Rayner

Martin was born in Cumbria and educated at St Mary's Church of England Primary School and Heversham Grammar school. He studied Business Studies at Newcastle Polytechnic.

In 1974 Martin took over the running of Lakeland, the creative kitchenware company, with his two brothers. They grew the business, which still has its head office in Windermere, from a turnover of £500k to about £160m turnover.

Martin retired in May 2014 from day to day operation of the company but remains a 33% owner and a director. He is currently investing in and mentoring smaller local companies. He brings a wealth of business experience to the board of directors.

Martín is involved with fundraising for St Martin's church, Windermere, and is a director of Lake District Summer Music. His hobbies include golf, skiing, sailing, fell running, walking, music, food, wine, and cooking. He is passionate about God, love of his neighbour, self-improvement, the Lake District and the world.


Andrew Martin

Andrew was born in Lagos, Nigeria but educated at Ewanrigg (Maryport) and Fairfield (Cockermouth) Primary schools and Cockermouth Grammar school. He studied Business Studies at Preston Polytechnic. 

Andrew is a Finance and Systems professional of more than 25 years experience in different industries. His professional passion is to help companies and charitable organisations determine and achieve their goals and ambitions through prudent planning and efficient systems.  He is a great listener and able to put practical solutions in place that make positive impacts.
Andrew qualified as a primary teacher in 2015 and was interested in joining the Trust because he wants to utilise the mix of his experiences and play a part in shaping great education provision for children now and in the future, within Cumbria. He is hoping to help the Trust grow and become a leading MAT where we aim for excellence in everything we do.
Andrew is married to Jane, has a grown up son and a daughter starting A Levels. As a family they enjoy the outdoors and often go walking in the Lake District and further afield using their camper-van as a base.




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