Governance

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.

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 MBE

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.

Andrea Crawshaw

Experience/background: Educational Leadership, HR, Finance

Andrea was a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher of 2 successful secondary schools and the CEO of a Multi Academy Trust.  She gained NPQH accreditation in 2002 and was an Associate Headteacher in 2004 as part of a national Schools facing Challenging Circumstances secondment.

Andrea gained experience and skills in all areas of leading a large organisation: HR/organisation development, financial, IT/Estates/Asset Management, Marketing and PR, partnership working and governance at primary, secondary and multi academy trust levels.

She was a National Leader in Education, having previously been designated as a Local Leader of Education, a Professional Partner, a member at strategic board level of the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership and the Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance and Chair of the Middlesbrough Schools Forum.

Board of Trustees

Sarah Lymer

CEO
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.

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.

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.

Her current career in Education Governance further extenuates this skillset, allowing Samina to ‘hone in’ with her legal and governance knowledge and apply this directly to the strategic overview of the board.

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

Jackie has 30 years experience in the NHS acute and community sector, 15 years experienceat Associate Director level, and the last 11 years in a number of senior management roles in commissioning and since 2013 as commissioning support. She is currently the Commissioning Support Operations (CSO) Director at NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit.

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 Durham University as Faculty International Recruitment Manager. 

Richard Marron

Experience/Background: Compliance, Building Safety, Asset Management

Richard is currently Head of Compliance at Thirteen with experience in regulatory compliance in relation to building safety, asbestos, electrical safety, gas safety, legionella and lifts, including delivery of all associated servicing and inspection regimes. Richard has worked in property investment, overseeing the delivery of capital investment external and in-house teams.

Lucy Donner

Experience/Background: Financial Leadership

Update pending.

Jo Heaton OBE

Experience/Background: Update pending

Update pending.

Nikola Flint

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

Nikola has more than 20 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, risk assurance, contract procurement, income generation, human resources, IT service management strategy and estates management.

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