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 and undertaken two Acting Headships locally, at Melbourne and Stamford Bridge, during a teaching career spanning 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, the then Cathedral Provost. He is an ex-Ofsted Team Inspector, External Advisor for Headteacher Appraisal and is an Affiliated Member of ICSA: The Governance Institute. He currently serves as an external advisor for the Primary Steering Group at York St John and is a governor at Tang Hall Primary School, York.

Jenny Carpenter

Jenny qualified as a primary teacher in 1992 from York St John University College and spent time in two schools teaching children aged from Year 1 to Year 8. She had specific responsibility for PE, art, assessment and literacy although she taught across the whole curriculum. She joined York St John University in 2003 as a senior lecturer and became Head of Programme for the primary full-time PGCE in 2004. Jenny completed her Masters in Educational Leadership, Management and Change in 2009 and she is currently studying a part-time PhD. Her interests are the relationships between learning, teaching, tutors and students and how we can create effective learning environments for all. She uses an action research approach in her enquiry. Jenny is currently Head of Programme for the primary full-time PGCE and the BA in Learning and Education. Her teaching responsibilities are mainly on the primary PGCE programme.

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 a corporate and commercial Partner of Harrowells Solicitors with nearly 30 years post qualification experience, whose clients really appreciate the technical knowledge, drive and commercial focus which he brings to his work. Philip advises clients on corporate transactions, mergers, joint ventures and co-operation agreements, company and partnership issues, commercial agreements, contracts and intellectual property matters. He has experience of assisting a wide variety of organisations including locally-based owner managed businesses, larger international clients and a significant number of charity and voluntary organisations. Philip is chairman of Prohelp (Business in the Community) in North Yorkshire, the professional firms association which manages the provision of pro bono professional advice and support to the voluntary sector. He is a trustee of a number of well-known local charities, is a former chair of school governors, and as a consequence of his contacts and experience is 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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