Strong governance ensures that we are held to account by all our stakeholders – representatives of the learners, colleagues and communities served by our academies. You can read more about our approach to governance in our Governance Scheme of Delegation, below.

Governance Scheme of Delegation


Our Members, Trustees and local Governors are committed to our vision and values. We’re thankful that they volunteer their time to oversee our work and help us improve.

Our mission to transform lives is enhanced by a governance team from a diverse range of professional, social and cultural backgrounds. If you’re interested in joining our Trust as a Governor in one of our academies, watch the video below to find out more. You can contact our Governance Clerk, Michelle Eaves, at


NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeDate Stepped DownDeclarations of Interests
Patricia Mary Beanland OBE1 June 2016--Chair of Governors at Moseley Secondary School since 2008
Matthew McDonagh18 January 2018--Employee at Kier Construction since 2018; Director at MMcD Construction Ltd (construction consultancy) since 2016
Gurpreet Bhatia DL24 August 2020--Partner at Harbans Singh & Co since 1995; Deputy Lieutenant of West Midlands since 2017; Advisory/Trustee roles: Centre for Sikh and Punjab Studies (2019), Sant Nirankari Mission (2014), Legacy West Midlands (2017), Your Trust Charity (Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Trust) (2018), Sandwell Business Ambassadors (2020)
Tracy Campbell24 August 2020--Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Trustee at Plantsbrook Learning Trust since 2014
Louise Jones19 April 2022--Chief Finance Officer at Dudley College of Technology since 2021, councillor for Bobbington Parish Council since 2006, Trustee at Black Country Living Museum since April 2022.
Bernard Dickenson21 November 20164 yrs 5 months12 May 2021


NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeDate Stepped DownTerm ExpiresAppointed byDeclarations of InterestsBoard Meetings AttendedPossible Board Meetings (2021-22
Patricia Mary Beanland OBE22 Nov 2020 (previously appointed 22 Nov 2016)4 years-22 Nov 2024Member AppointedChair of Governors at Moseley Secondary School since 200889
Tom Clark CBE1 Nov 2022 (previously appointed 1 Nov 2018)4 years-1 Nov 2026Member AppointedNational Ambassador for FED (Foundation for Education Development)99
Alistair Milne19 Aug 20194 years-19 Aug 2023Member AppointedFounder and Director at Transformation through People since 2018; Consultant at LIBF since 2019; Trustee at Kenilworth MAT since 202099
Elaine Bonar30 September 20214 years-30 September 2025Member AppointedQuality Director at Remit Training since 202079
Tania Craig6 October 20214 years-6 October 2025Member AppointedNational Committee Member at Engage in their Future since 2019; Board Director at Welsh Fencing since 2018; Executive Headteacher of New Horizons Learning Centre since 201079
Diane Elleman23 November 20214 years-23 November 2025Member AppointedExecutive Headteacher and Governor at Inclusive Learning Federation since 201458
Mark Gill6 January 20224 years-6 January 2026Member AppointedDirector at Analysis, Research and Communications Ltd (since 2011), Libertatum Ltd (since 2013), Executive Director at Magna Carta Trust since 2020 and Member at World Association for Public Opinion Research since 200545
Louise Jones28 March 20224 years-28 March 2026Co-opted by BoardChief Finance Officer at Dudley College of Technology since 2021, councillor for Bobbington Parish Council since 2006, Trustee for Black Country Living Museum since April 2022.25
Carl Edwards29 March 20224 years-29 March 2026Member AppointedOwner of consultancy company Executive Business Management Ltd. since 200315
David Trotman21 Mar 20174 years21 Mar 2021Co-opted by BoardWife (Sue Trotman) is an independent consultant in PE and Dance education since 2017--
Bernard Dickenson14 November 20164 yrs 5 months12 May 2021Member Appointed--
Michaela Jackson30 March 20201 yr 5 months18 August 2021Member AppointedHead of Distribution at Columbia Threadneedle Int’l since March 2021--
Richard Elms16 March 20201 yr 6 months30 September 2021Member AppointedWife (Samantha Elms) employed part-time by Academy Transformation Trust since 201922
Phillip Milligan1 Mar 20183 yrs 7 months11 October 2021Co-Opted by BoardChair at the Samuel White and Lady Middleton Christian Charity and the Samuel White and Francis Willoughby Charity for Relief In Need; Treasurer at the Middleton Recreation Room Charity11
Margaret Wilson22 Feb 20183 yrs 9 months22 November 2021Member AppointedSole proprietor of Get Ahead Associates since 2006, Board Member and Vice Chair at Anglia Ruskin University since 2013, Deputy Lieutenant of Essex since 2018, Regional Director at Ormiston Academies Trust since 202123
Simon Jones14 Feb 20192 yrs 11 months12 January 2022Member Appointed14
Richard Priestley6 May 20201 yr 9 months3 February 2022Co-Opted by BoardEmployee at Regen Holdings Ltd since 2017; Employee and statutory director at Axil Integrated Services Ltd and Regen Devco Ltd since 201834

Sub Committees

Audit and Risk CommitteeChairMark Gill
MemberTania Craig (safeguarding trustee); Alistair Milne
Finance and Resources CommitteeChairLouise Jones
MemberAlistair Milne, Diane Elleman, Carl Edwards
Standards and Outcomes CommitteeChairPatricia Beanland
MemberTom Clark, Elaine Bonar, Tania Craig

Local Governing Boards

Please visit academy websites for details of governor attendance and more information about the work of our Local Governing Boards.

Beck Row Primary AcademyChairTania Craig
Vice ChairElaine Bonar
Bristnall Hall AcademyChairVacant
Vice ChairVacant
Caldmore Primary AcademyChairTania Craig
Vice ChairAlistair Milne
Great Heath AcademyChairLloyd Hughes
Vice ChairJane Seaney
Iceni AcademyChairAlex Smith
Vice ChairAdele Pacini
Jubilee Academy Mossley & Phoenix Academy ClusterChairDavid Grice
Vice ChairGary Smith
Kingsmoor AcademyChairVacant
Vice ChairVacant
Mildenhall College AcademyChairVacant
Vice ChairVacant
North Walsall Primary AcademyChairPradeep Rajania
Vice ChairVacant
Pool Hayes AcademyChairJessica Shulman
Vice ChairLynn Williams
Ravens AcademyChairPat Beanland
Vice ChairElaine Bonar
Star Academy Sandyford & Sun Academy Bradwell ClusterChairJon Hankey
Vice ChairChris Routledge
Sutton AcademyChairPete Edwards
Vice ChairGlen Roberts
The Dukeries AcademyChairDavid McLuckie
Vice ChairKaren Wakefield
The Hathaway AcademyChairStephen Sweeting
Vice ChairMichelle Daniels
The Nicholas Hamond AcademyChairHelen Warrick-Evans
Vice ChairSylvia Grice
The Queen Elizabeth AcademyChairAnn Webb
Vice ChairTracy Treharne
Westbourne AcademyChairCaroline Rayner
Vice ChairJo Winter
ATT Further EducationChairMartin Rigley MBE
Vice ChairVacant

Accounting Officer

Richard Elms (Interim CEO) since 1 October 2021
Declaration of interest: Wife (Sam Elms) works part-time for ATT as Head of Local Governance since November 2019.

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