Members of the Trust
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Birmingham and then in the North East.
Martin McTague served as a volunteer at the Federation of Small Businesses for 15 years before becoming National Policy Director. 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 nearly 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.
Martin is an active supporter of the WaterAid charity.