The Trust Structure

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 August 2018
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 Year Ended 31 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


Patrick Freeman - Acting Chair of Directors

Patrick has worked in education for approaching 20 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. During this time Patrick became a lead teacher in ICT and critical thinking/problem based learning approaches.

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.

Since 2010 Patrick took on the role of Principal Lecturer (School Engagement Manager) for the University of Cumbria’s (UoC) Institute of Education, overseeing cross phase partnership arrangements (procurement of placements and QA processes) for the various routes the UoC are engaged or partnered in.

Patrick works with system leaders and economic partnership leads across Cumbria; along with various national Teaching School alliances. He is also school governor at the University Technical College (Energy Coast UTC).

He is an External Examiner for Plymouth University (Education dept.) 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 has really enjoyed his first 4 years (recently extending this for a further term) 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.


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.


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.

Michael has also sat on an academy Interim Executive Board and spent three years as an education consultant working nationally with a range of local authorities, colleges and schools.


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.


Venerable Vernon Ross Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness

Vernon brings to the Trust his 27 years of experience as a Parish Priest and over 20 years’ experience of School Governance in a wide variety of roles, both as a School Governor and as Chair of the Schools Committee for Exeter Diocese.

Working closely with schools of all types to support school development and improvement has always formed part of Vernon’s work as a Parish Priest. His desire for schools to be places of excellent teaching and learning underpinned by Christian values fits well with the Trust’s own vision for education.


Pamela Weeden

Pamela has over twenty years’ experience in education, including 8 years’ experience in headship and three as an Associate School Improvement Adviser. She led a small rural primary school from underachieving to successful, and understands the unique challenges of small school leadership and growth. Pamela is also a qualified professional Executive Coach and Mentor and is experienced in the field of adult learning, designing and delivering a range of qualifications up to Masters level for ILM, CMI and NCFE; she enjoys a strong partnership with the Academy of Leadership and Management and is one of their senior associates. She has worked in several contexts including the NHS, Local Government, the private sector and the prison service.

Pamela is passionate about leadership development, believing in facilitating the growth of the person and the professional; she is a creative, strategic and solutions focused individual, and is driven by developing and supporting the growth of others. She is excited to be joining the Board and being part of the team that are taking the Trust forward.


Richard Petty

Richard has worked in education since 2000, initially as a History teacher and Head of PSHE/Careers, before taking on various Head of Department and pastoral roles in schools in London and the South-East of England.  As Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth, one of six schools in the Berkhamsted Schools Group in Hertfordshire, he enjoyed being on the Executive team leading six schools ranging from a Nursery to a sixth form, including three primary schools.

Richard was brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Since moving to Cumbria in 2017 on the birth of twin sons, he has become a governor of Orton Church of England Primary School, having served as a Governor of three schools ranging from 4 to 18 in age.  Richard’s particular educational interests include curriculum development, pastoral care and careers education, and he now works with the University of Oxford taking high-quality careers education programmes to schools and colleges in the three northern English regions at this exciting time for the development of Careers Education in schools.

Richard joined the Trust because he wants to help develop education in Cumbria and raise aspirations for all pupils.  Interests include walking, fell running, and supporting Newcastle United; the latter in particular requiring resilience, realism and a sense of humour.



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