Members of the Trust

Tom Grieveson

Experience/background: Educational Improvement

Tom worked as an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector), with Ofsted for 10 years. As a senior HMI Tom was part of the Ofsted’s North East Yorkshire and Humberside senior leadership team. Amongst a range of responsibilities, Tom had direct accountability for managing and deploying the regional team of HMI and additional inspectors to deliver inspections in North East. He has consistently led some of the most high-profile inspections in several parts of England and has gained extensive expertise in working with schools in Ofsted categories of concern and academies.

His school inspection work began in 1996 and this extended to the inspection of local education authorities in 2004 working as an additional inspector for Ofsted. He has detailed knowledge of the North East and its educational performance leading on many initiatives over the years.

Prior to joining HMI, Tom gained extensive experience of headship and held senior positions in North East local authorities including as head of service.

Tom is now working on a range of projects as an educational consultant. He is a Trustee of Northern Education Trust, Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS) and a governor at Priory School in Hexham.

Richenda Broad

Experience/background: Leadership

Richenda was until December 2016, Director of Children’s Services in Middlesbrough.  Since leaving full time employment at Middlesbrough Council, she is still actively involved in education as governor of a local primary school.  She has undertaken training for the Local Government Association for those undertaking Peer Reviews supporting sector led improvement.

She is also working with NHS England Northern Region Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group as the representative of Local Authorities in the North East working to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people.

As a social worker for over 35 years she is convinced that children and young people want to succeed and given the right environment they can do so in whatever sphere they choose.  She sees her contribution as ensuring that they are given the tools to succeed.

Lynn Longstaff

Experience/background: Leadership, Educational Improvement

Lynn has had nine years’ experience as Headteacher of a large Community Primary School in central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Community Primary School.

She is a PiXL (Partners in Excellence) Associate. She works with a number of schools in the North East offering support and guidance to school leaders to raise standards.

She is a Governor of a large, successful Teesside Independent School, Pre-Prep through to Senior (4-18), Yarm Co-Educational Independent School.

Martin McTague

Experience/background: Finance, Business

Martin McTague qualified in 1977 as a mechanical engineer and has set up several successful businesses in the engineering field in Reading and then in the North East.

Martin McTague served as a volunteer at the Federation of Small Businesses for more than 15 years before becoming National Chair of Policy & Advocacy.  Within his role, he works with Government and opposition leaders to represent the FSB along with representing the FSB in Brussels, working to ensure that the FSB’s work influences public policy makers. Martin also owns and manages three of his own businesses, which offer public policy, engineering and IT consultancy services.

Over more than three decades running businesses Martin worked with institutional investors, operating sophisticated financial management systems, making complex IT systems and managing more than 60 employees. 

Martin was also a governor of maintained school, which moved to becoming an academy and Chairman of the Sedgefield Labour Party and worked alongside the current and former MPs of the Sedgefield constituency.

Dr Iftikhar Lone

Experience/background: HR

Dr Lone qualified as a doctor in Pakistan in 1970 and came to the United Kingdom in January 1972. He completed his hospital training in Poole Hospital Nunthorpe and Guisborough General Hospital and after this completed his training to become a GP. He became a partner at Normanby Medical Centre which covers the Greater Eston area and has worked as a GP there for 41 years.

Dr Lone has been a member of Teesside University and Tees Health Partnership, a member of Cleveland Medical Audit and Advisor Group and was the Professional Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Middlesbrough PCT. He has also been Governor of Teesside University and member of the Cleveland Local Medical Committee of GPs for over 30 years and also chaired the committee. He was a Justice of Peace of the Teesside Bench for 27 years and has been an examiner for Newcastle University for 3rd year and final year medical students. He teaches students from Newcastle Medical School in his practice and was a lead doctor to assess poorly performing GPs for the General Medical Council. He was a member and Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Kirklevington prison, Yarm.

Currently Dr Lone continues to work as a GP and is the Medical Director for ELM Alliance which provides out of hours GP cover in the South Tees area and is a Clinical Director of the Eston Primary Care Network PCN.

He was elected as a fellow of the BMA in 2006 and awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honors List in January 2007.

Board of Trustees

Sarah Lymer

Experience/background: Educational Leadership, School Improvement, Primary, Peer Review

Sarah’s teaching career began in 1994 and spans all of the primary age range from Nursery to Y6. Her key roles and expertise in leadership are Assessment and Data Analysis, KS2 teaching and learning, Closing the Gap for Disadvantaged pupils and Developing Leadership capacity at all levels.

Sarah was NPQH accredited in 2010 and Tees Valley Aspirant Head accredited in 2011. Sarah is a trained Peer Reviewer and an accredited High Achievement for All reviewer from Transforming Tees, having completed a number of reviews at both primary and secondary level.

In the last 2 years, Sarah has been a member at board levels of Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership and Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance.  She currently sits on School Management Forum and is Vice Chair of Central Headteacher Cluster and contributes significantly to supporting a School Led Improvement System across the town.  She is the Headteacher of Linthorpe Community Primary School.

Haroon Rashid

Chair of the Trust
Experience/background: HR

After graduating with a degree in Human Resources and obtaining an MSc in Management at Teesside University, Haroon pursued Senior HR Adviser roles with the NHS and South Tyneside Council before joining BT as HR Business Partner.

Following this, he held consultancy roles at Cummins Engineering and James Cook Hospital prior to joining NYCC initially in a Senior HR role, and then as Principal Partner, before progressing to Head of HR (Commercial) and he also took on the Interim NYES Director role.

The HR team that Haroon oversees from a commercial perspective, have had national recognition in relation to their commercial success in the Education sector, including the fact they won HR Commercial Team of the year 2 years running. Haroon has also owned and managed a number of successful trading companies and still continues to manage a successful property development portfolio.

Chris Jones

Experience/background: School Improvement, Secondary and Data Handling

Chris Jones is a father of two sons, both of whom attended Acklam Grange School, and wasVice-Chair of the Governing Body.

After leaving University with an Honours degree in Economics, he taught in Fiji and then in London before returning to the North East and setting up his own education company which he sold in 2016.

Chris is a former Special Constable. He later served in the Territorial Army, achieving the rank of Major, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD). He also holds the Graduateship Award in Leadership from the City and Guilds Institute.

Chris understands the pressures facing schools and teachers in delivering the curriculum and achieving good or outstanding outcomes. He knows that it is crucial that human and financial resources are deployed in the most effective and efficient manner and that leaders provide clear direction and vision to individuals and teams. As a governor Chris has always supported and challenged the senior leadership of Acklam Grange school to achieve these aims.

Samina Javed Sarwar

Experience/Background: Legal

Samina Javed-Sarwar is an active member of the bench at Teesside and a teacher in further education. Her skillset in these roles is heavily influenced by her undergraduate study of Law and Sociology which has enabled her to develop a career that she is very passionate about.

As a competent and extremely professional individual in her work life, Samina is an honourable serving Magistrate of the Teesside bench and is thoroughly dedicated to restorative justice and delivers this on a weekly basis. Her career as a Magistrate has enabled Samina to enhance further the skills she already acquired in her undergraduate study and by being a member of the Magistrate’s Association; she is more than capable of being a competent person in the knowledge and application of law, procedures and policies which underpin any organisation and society itself.

Samina is always undergoing professional development in this rapidly changing environment to allow her to remain knowledgeable at all times wherever possible.

Her postgraduate study of education has led Samina to continually embrace her passion for justice and policies towards equality and diversity, teaching and education. Samina’s extensive skillset of delivery in FE has allowed her be more readily aware of young citizens in Teesside and the ways in which education can equip them with the skills for their upcoming future.

Samina holds a LLB (Hons) Law from Staffordshire University and also a Post Graduate in Education from Teesside University. 

Lynn Longstaff

Experience/background: School Improvement, Primary and Safeguarding

Lynn has had nine years’ experience as Headteacher of a large Community Primary School in central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Community Primary School.

She is a PiXL (Partners in Excellence) Associate.  She works with a number of schools in the North East offering support and guidance to school leaders to raise standards.

She is a Governor of a large, successful Teesside Independent School, Pre-Prep through to Senior (4-18), Yarm Co-Educational Independent School.

Jackie Park

Experience/background: Growth, Change Management, Business, Leadership

Update pending.

Martin Pout

Experience/Background: Marketing, Growth

Martin Pout trained as a lecturer and has worked at Newcastle College as a lecturer, then at Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer – Marketing and Recruitment and from 2008-2016 as Assistant Dean Marketing and International Development in the School of Arts and Media.

From 2016-17, Martin was Associate Dean Marketing and Recruitment in the School of Design, Culture and Arts at Teesside University doubling international enrolments, leading on, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communication plans.  Martin has also led on large-scale market research based portfolio review for national and international markets.  Martin then took a 5-month career break to enjoy being a full-time father to twin boys.

Martin now works for Watson Woodhouse Solicitors Ltd as Director of Marketing and PR, overseeing all marketing activities, producing content for on and offline strategies, managing budgets and resources, liaising with press and media and overseeing communication strategy across 9 locations and 130+ employees.

Nikola Flint

Chief Finance and Operating Officer (not a trustee)
Experience/background: Finance, Business, Change Management

Nikola has 19 years’ experience in the School Business Management profession and a background in private sector accountancy and audit.  School finance related qualifications: CSBM, DSBM and ADSBM. CIPFA FRA (Financial reporting for Academies). Accounting Officer training undertaken (although will not be the AO for this Trust undertaken to enhance role).

Nikola has experience of system leadership and designated SLE for Business and Finance, having trained governors in understanding financial accountability.

Nikola is highly competent and skilled across all areas of School Business Management including strategic planning, financial management and control, budgeting and forward financial planning, contract procurement, income generation, human resources, IT service management strategy and facilities management.

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