Governance

Members of the Trust

Tom Grieveson

Experience/background: Standards, Accountability

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: Organisation Development

Richenda was until December 2016, Director of Children’s Services in Middlesbrough.  Since leaving full time employment at Middlesbrough Council, she has remained actively involved in supporting young children and people.  She is a governor of three local primary schools, has undertaken training for the Local Government Association for those undertaking Peer Reviews supporting sector led improvement and works part time with NHS England Northern Region 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 be successful 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: Education and School Improvement

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

Since September 2016, she has worked as an Educational Consultant leading a Teaching, Learning and Assessment Group for the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership.  This group now co-ordinates many of the priorities of the Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliances. She is also 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: Business, Finance, Governance

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.

Board of Trustees

Andrea Crawshaw

CEO
Experience/background: HR/Organisation Development, Finance, Strategic Partnerships

Andrea has been a Headteacher of 2 successful secondary schools – Wolsingham School and Community College (11-18) from 2005-2011 and Acklam Grange School (11-16) from 2011-2017.  She gained NPQH accreditation in 2002 and was an Associate Headteacher in 2004 as part of a national Schools facing Challenging Circumstances secondment.

She is Executive Headteacher of Acklam Grange School from September 2017, with its designation as a Teaching School and as it moves to conversion as an academy within a newly formed MAT.  Andrea has gained much experience and skills in all areas of leading a large organisation: HR/organisation development, financial, IT/Estates/Asset Management, Marketing & PR, partnership working and governance at primary and secondary (11-18) levels.  She was a community governor of Vane Road Primary School, Newton Aycliffe for 4 years.

She is a National Leader in Education, having previously been designated as a Local Leader of Education and a Professional Partner, a member at strategic board level of the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership, the Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance and is a governor at Linthorpe Community Primary School.  Andrea has chaired Middlesbrough School Management Forum since 2013 and the Middlesbrough Behaviour Partnership since 2015 and contributes to school led leadership across Middlesbrough and into Redcar, Darlington and Durham.

Andrea has recently completed the Executive Educators (CEO) course run by Ambition School Leadership.

Sarah Lymer

Deputy CEO with non-voting rights
Experience/background: 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, Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance and is a governor at Acklam Grange School.  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.

Lynn Longstaff

Experience/background: Leadership, School Improvement, Primary

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.

Chris Jones

Chair of the Trust
Experience/background: School Improvement and Standards, Secondary, Finance

Chris Jones is a father of two sons, both of whom attended Acklam Grange School, and was Vice-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.

Neil Worth

Vice Chair of the Trust
Experience/Background: Finance, Business

Neil is currently Head of Operations (Training and Business Development) at Resources North East and was previously Head of Projects and Funding at Pin Point Recruitment.  Neil runs his own small company and in conjunction with his consultancy role at Resources North East and also has his own IT Training and construction training company.

Neil is a PRINCE2 qualified Senior Manager, with a L5 NVQ Diploma in Leadership and Management. He has considerable operational management, delivery and business development experience in welfare to work and has advocated integrating skills with employability services since 1993.

Neil is additionally a Director for a recycling company.  With such a variety of functions and roles, Neil has demonstrable and considerable leadership and management experience from across the board. He is based in Middlesbrough.

His skills and experience include budget and financial control, development of company business, successful bid writing.

Previously, Neil has worked in the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer Clearance Diver, managed public houses and been a Public House trainer, YMCA trainer, tutor/assessor and more recently undertaken several management and business development roles relating to progression and employment.

Chris McEwan

Experience/background: HR, Change Management, Governance

Chris retired recently with over 25 years of senior NHS managerial experience and significant board-level exposure.  He has been working with a Local Government Agency, supporting Prevention Matters Programme nationally, along with their Leadership Development Programme; he supports a Community Asset Social Enterprise; and takes on occasional consultancy roles with the Health and Social Care Sector.

His most recent role as Senior Commissioning Manager with Joint Commissioning and Continuing Health Care, involved strategic and operational leadership of over 100 staff across the North of England (+£5m business).  Part of Chris’ role included initiating and leading significant continuous improvement activity: ensuring positive impact on efficiency and quality.  Before this, Chris was Assistant Director for Commissioning Development, NHS Tees.

Chris is proficient at delivering strategic and operational outcomes with integrity and proven experience in customer development and managing relationships, in management of major health building schemes and associated service planning, and excellent knowledge of local authorities, economy and regeneration, efficiency and children’s services.

Chris has extensive knowledge of the education sector through several Governorship roles (Primary and Secondary – plus ongoing strong relationships and contact with existing school leaders in Darlington.  He was Chair of Governors for Eastbourne School, Darlington prior to it becoming an academy.  Chris knows the area well: he was brought up in Linthorpe and went to Green Lane and then Kings Manor School.

Martin Pout

Experience/Background: Marketing and PR

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

Nikola has 15 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 and human resources.

TLLT Governance Structure 2019-20.pdf

TLLT Scheme of Delegation 2019-20.pdf

Register of Interests and Attendance

TLLT Committee Terms of Reference 2018-19.pdf

TLLT Committee Terms of Reference 2019-20.pdf