Member & Trustee
Chair of the Trust Board
John North led three West Yorkshire primary schools as Headteacher for 26 years, becoming a National Leader of Education and leading two schools as Executive Head. He worked as a Primary Education Consultant following Headship, working in a number of schools on school improvement issues, also leading training for staff and governors. As National Consultant for the Trust and Foundation School Partnership, he led seminars across the country for schools interested in becoming foundation schools and took groups of schools through the process to become foundation schools within trusts. His background and experience led to his appointment as Chair of the Interim Executive Board at a West Yorkshire primary school which was in special measures. Holding this position and his work developing governor training courses led him to be appointed as a Facilitator for the National College’s Chair of Governor Training Programme. With his wide range of experience in primary education, he is very pleased to be able to help in the development of the Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust.
Mark has fifteen years corporate experience with Abbey National and RBS Group with roles in Analysis, Capacity Planning, Quality Control and Customer Service Management. Seven years experience running his own small business in Ossett Town Centre, within four years as founder and previously director of Building Ossett Better Community Interest Company. Mark is also a peak performance coach with qualifications in NLP and Hypnotherapy.
Jo is a certified chartered accountant with over twenty years experience in accountancy practice. She works with a varied portfolio of clients on a daily basis. Jo has been a parent governor at Towngate Primary Academy for several years. She is now Vice Chair of the Governing Body. Jo is looking forward to the work she can undertake in this new venture.
Tracy is an education consultant specialising in all aspects of school and academy business management and finance. Tracy has previously held positions as Finance Director of a Multi Academy Trust, Assistant Principal in a secondary school as well as School Business Director and School Business Manager. She has significant experience in the academy sector and in her current role, advises multi academy trusts and schools on effective financial management and control and efficiencies as well as undertaking due diligence exercises. Tracy also advises on recruitment panels for Multi Academy Trust Finance and Business Directors as well as supporting academies and trusts on their recruitment campaigns.
Suzanne holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Suzanne’s career has spanned 37 years. She has worked as an educational professional in various different capacities. She began her career as a classroom teacher, moved on to become a senior manager in primary schools, a local authority education trainer and education consultant in which capacity she supported schools in challenging circumstances. Her final post, which she held until her retirement in November 2014, was a Local Authority Early Years Improvement Advisor. Suzanne is a member of Fitzwilliam Primary School Governing Body.
Stuart is a Local Business man and owns his own Company. He has been a Governor at Gawthorpe Community Academy for over 13 years, 8 of those as Chair. Stuart is passionate about ensuring that schools and academies serve their own individual communities. He is determined to work in his role as a trust member to ensure academies within INSPIRE Partnership MAT achieve the highest standards in order to ensure children are given the best life chances. He sees his role as challenging the leadership team of the Trust.
Mandy is a self-employed hairdresser who has owned her own business for 28 years. Mandy has been a Parent Governor at Towngate Primary School since May 2008. She became chair in 2012 and still holds this role now. Mandy and fellow governors saw Towngate Primary School go through some very turbulent times when the school went into RI. The school made the decision to join INSPIRE Partnership MAT in August 2016 in order to ensure that the pace of recent improvement is maintained.
Charlie has over five years' experience in professional services with PwC after qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He has a wide range of experience advising corporates and privately-owned business on all aspects of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and financing.
Paul is a Governor at Half Acres Primary Academy.
Paul currently works for West Yorkshire Fire Service and has done so for 28 years serving at various fire stations throughout the country. He feels that the valuable various skills he has acquired through his work are utilised in his role as a governor and Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust.
Paul is Vice Chair of Governors at Ackton Pastures Primary Academy and was first appointed a parent governor in September 2017. Paul feels that the role of a governor is a great opportunity to have to be able to influence school matters and to help it to achieve its objectives; primarily giving our children the very best start in their educational lives.
Paul’s working background is predominantly in management and IT consultancy and he currently runs and manages a team within a large IT organisation. Paul also has small business experience and have been involved in building up a business from its initiation, into a successful media company over a five year period.
Robert held various management positions within the Motor Industry for over 45 years before he retired.
He is currently the Chair of Governors at Girnhill Infant School, Featherstone.
Robert is excited to be a Trustee of Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust, he particularly enjoys working in partnership with other Trustees and Multi Academy Trust staff to ensure the success of the trust and contributing towards overseeing that high standards are maintained.