Members of the Trust

Alan Shadrack

Alan is a retired Headteacher of Middle and Primary Schools, retaining a passion for education. He has led three large schools where he has guided two through three very successful Ofsted inspections and undertaken two Acting Headships locally, at Melbourne and Stamford Bridge, during a teaching career spanning over forty five years. His first substantive leadership role was as Deputy and subsequently Acting Head of the Cathedral 9-13 CE Middle VC School, Wakefield, where he worked closely with the Chair of Governors, the then Cathedral Provost. Alan has a Masters Degree in Education from Leeds University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is an ex-Ofsted Team Inspector, External Advisor for Headteacher Appraisal and has previously served as a governor for several schools.

Sue Shippen

Sue is the Subject Director for Education and Professional Studies, Foundation Degrees in Development and Education of Children and Young people and a suite of MA Education programmes at York St John.

She joined York St John University in September 2014 as a visiting lecturer while continuing her work in the field of Early Childhood Education, Care, and Safeguarding. 

Prior to joining York St John University on a more permanent basis in August 2016, Sue worked full-time in Integrated Services in North Yorkshire. She developed community based services and project managed Children’s Centres including developing sustainable buildings and recruiting staff from a range of professional backgrounds. The role involved working at a strategic and operational level developing universal and targeted services with partner agencies to support vulnerable children and their families. She facilitated multi-agency team work with health, education, social care and private and the voluntary sector agencies and had responsibility for leading ‘Common Assessments’ for children and young people. During her time as a Children’s centre services manager she completed the NPQICL leadership qualification. And more recently she has taken on the responsibility of managing a small team of family workers working in the early intervention, prevention, and children in need domains.

Robert Hall

Robert is the Director of the Diocese of York Educational Trust and a member of the York Diocesan Board of Education. A company director, working in the technology sector and is a company secretary by profession. He is Chairman of Evolution Schools Learning Trust; a North Yorkshire based education trust running an 1100 pupil secondary school (11-18), leading Norton College through the conversion process in 2011 and also chairman of the William Temple Academy Trust since 2014.

Philip Lewis Ogden

Philip is an Associate Director in the Commercial Division of Stamp Jackson and Procter (SJP Law), a firm of solicitors with offices in York and Hull. Philip specialises in advising owner-managed businesses, international clients as well as, and in particular, charity and voluntary organisations. He has significate experience within the education sector. Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1987 so has now over 30 years of legal experience. He joined Stamp Jackson and Procter from Harrowells in 2019.

Philip is known for his ability to advise on a range of complex issues. He advises his clients in all sectors, ranging from haulage to healthcare. Philip was Chairman of Prohelp (the professional firms association which manages the provision of pro-bono professional advice and support to the voluntary sector) within HRH the Prince of Wales Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community. He is a Trustee of a well known local charities and is a former Chair of school governors. He has, as a consequence of his contacts and experience, regularly asked to speak and provide strategic support.

Mike Whytock

Mike is Head of Jaguar Land Rover Financial Services UK. Land Rover Financial Services are part of the Lloyds Banking Group. Previously Mike has been the Head of Franchise and Leisure and a Regional Director for Lloyds TSB Asset Finance. He has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and Politics. Mike is a highly visible and effective leader with a proven track record in the Asset Finance arena with extensive experience of different markets. He had demonstrated the ability to develop and execute both growth and manage for value strategies as well as thrive in more complex Joint Venture environments. Mike has been responsible for running successful P&L businesses within the Bank for the past 20 years.


Our five principles

A Trust Board that aspires for our children to have high expectations and high outcomes both in school and within the wider community.

A Trust Board that recognises the importance of a sense of local belonging and the empowerment of its local communities.

A Trust Board whose principal remit will be the oversight of quality educational outcomes across the partnership, underpinned by prudent financial management.

A Trust Board that incorporates expertise in the areas of teaching, school improvement, finance, employment law and educational law.

Trust Board that is innovative, promotes collaboration and is outward looking.


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