Clare Skinner; Member (Leads on business operations)
Clare was a parent governor at CCA for nearly five years and served as Chair from September 2015 – December 2017 when unfortunately work commitments took her away from the local governing body. During her tenure as Chair and Director of the Trust, she was an active and valued participant bringing her knowledge of business management within a MAT to the table. It was with huge regret that we accepted her resignation.
However, we were delighted when she agreed to join the highest level of Governance as a Member
Clare brings considerable knowledge and expertise of running the business side of a MAT to her role, as she is employed as a Business Manager at a MAT in Birmingham. Prior to a number of roles within the Academy system Clare had 15 years in banking and retail.
Clare is a really good example of a “critical friend” asking the challenging questions in a wholly constructive way. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has been an asset to the MAT during a period of change and transition.
The Diocese of Worcester hold one Corporate Body Membership place on the Board of Members of Endeavour Schools Trust.
Jon Hughes; Director, Vice Chair of the Board; chair of Governors at Crabbs Cross Academy (Director leading on HR matters)
Jon joined the governing body of CCA in 2014 as a Parent Governor.
He is an Operations Manager for a local Health & Safety and Employment Law company. His day to day profession involves constantly analysing data and working on ways to make improvements, whilst generating new ideas, with the need to have good all-round business acumen. These skill-sets align well to being a governor and Director.
Jon stepped up to Chair of Governors in January 2018 and took a seat on the board; he is an active participant and brings a thorough and considered analysis to decision making. His particular expertise in health and safety at this level of governance is an asset as is his measured, thoughtful and considered approach to matters around HR such as staffing.
Jon’s analysis of data is also a particular strength and he has an excellent understanding of standards across the Trust and in individual schools. He asks the critical questions in a positive way and always keeps the impact question at the forefront of his thinking.
Laura Bromberg; Director (Leading on school improvement and well-being)
Laura is a new Director and brings an impressive range of knowledge, skills and expertise to the board. A former Head teacher, Local Authority Adviser and CEO of a school improvement consultancy company, Laura is currently Deputy CEO of the Achievement for All Education Trust. Laura has first-hand knowledge of working with many agencies including charities.
Following retirement from the post of Head Teacher of a primary school near Malvern, Julie joined the trust in the Autumn of 2020.
Julie has worked in all areas of primary education since graduating from university and has worked for a number of different local authorities.
Since 1993, Julie has been involved with several different school governing bodies as a parent, staff representative and as Head Teacher.
As a new Head, Julie led her local authority school into a newly formed Multi Academy Trust and worked closely with her fellow Heads to support the new MAT in setting its ethos and future direction.
Alongside joining the Endeavour Trust as a director, Julie has taken on the role of foundation governor at a local church school.
Lorna Wells (Leading on HR and Safeguarding)
A qualified Human Resources professional and a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Lorna works for the Regional Employers Organisation in the West Midlands supporting Local Authorities and other public sector organisations strategically with all aspects of Human Resources, including involvement with schools at a regional/national level. Lorna has a long association with the Trust having previously been a Parent Governor for a number of years at The Vaynor First School and previously supported the Trust as external HR Advisor when employed by Worcestershire LA and Liberata.
Oliver Kinbrum (Leading on Finance)
Oliver is a qualified chartered and certified accountany and Assistant Manager in an Accountancy Practice having experience in both profit and not for profit sectors. He previously sat on the board of an independent school.
Charlotte Taylor (Leading on Corporate Governance and Health and Safety)
Charlotte brings a vast experience of company secretary responsibilities in private and not for profit sectors. She has been a Data Protection Officer and led a Health and Safety Department.
Nicki Wright, Executive Head/CEO, Accounting Officer for the Trust, Ex Officio Director
In 2009, following seven years of successful headship in inner city Birmingham, Nicki moved to Worcestershire to take up a post in the school improvement team before joining the Redditch West School Trust in October 2016. During that time she worked with a range of schools across the LA and has significant experience in supporting schools in challenging circumstances. She is also an accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP), Achievement for All Coach and KS1 / 2 Moderator.
Nicki is a highly motivated person who is deeply committed to promoting high quality education for all learners in an environment where both they, and the staff around them thrive.
She brings her knowledge of the local authority to her role as School Improvement Lead, capitalising on and strengthening further a range of existing partnerships.
The Venerable Paul Taylor, WDAT Foundation Trustee
Paul retired to Redditch in 2018 from Dorset and the Diocese of Salisbury, where he had been Archdeacon of Sherborne for 14 years. Prior to being appointed archdeacon he had been a parish priest in North London for the previous 20 years. Paul has considerable experience in education having been a governor, and Chair of Governors of several Primary and Secondary Schools. He has also served on the London Borough of Enfield Education Committee, on the Borough of Barnet Scrutiny and Schools’ Organisation committees, and as CofE lead on the Enfield SACRE. He has had considerable experience in RE, serving as a member of Enfield’s RE Agreed Syllabus’s Conference, and prior to ordination as Head of RE in a Secondary School.
Paul has many recreational interests including golf (he is Senior Vice-Captain elect of Redditch GC and Captain of the CofE golf team); rugby (a keen Saracens supporter), football (Arsenal); fellwalking; choral conducting and playing the organ and piano.