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Stour Vale Academy Trust

Members & Directors

Members

Mrs Diane Lynn Baker, AFA

Member of the Board

Diane is a member of The Institute of Financial Accountants and has worked in accountancy since leaving school. Diane has operated as a senior audit clerk and management accountant, and has some experience of personal tax work. She studied for the membership examinations for the Association of Accounting technicians. She ran her own business of bookkeeping and accountancy services until, in 2004, she moved to her current position working full time as a Group Financial Controller managing a team of around 30 people over two locations. She reports directly to the Finance Director.

Diane has been a school governor since 1992 in a range of both secondary and primary schools.

Mr Martin Stevens

Member of the Board

Martin qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1985, having trained with the Health Service. On qualification, he moved to a local authority where his responsibilities included closure of accounts, financial strategy, financial support to senior managers within Directorate services, VAT, Treasury Management, and providing advice on compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) and white collar CCT.

He subsequently took up a role as regional finance director within the Further Education Funding Council covering the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Prior to the formation of the Learning and Skills Council, he also took on responsibility for the North West region and part of the South West. He provided support to colleagues on dealing with colleges in financial difficulty and on managing capital projects seeking support.

Following the creation of the Learning and Skills Council, Martin became an assistant director of finance with responsibility for financial support on funding plans, capital projects, financial strategy and VAT.

In 2004 Martin joined Birmingham City Council as financial advisor to the Social Care Directorate, before moving across to lead the financial accounting team in 2011.

Martin is currently a member of two national working groups, CIPFA’s Local Authority Accounting Panel (LAAP) and the CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board.

Mr Steve Tivey

Member of the Board

Steve has recently retired from full-time teaching and is currently a foster carer, Principal Examiner for Sociology GCSE for Eduqas and an author of GCSE textbooks. He completed a Social Science degree and teaching qualification after spending his first few post school years working in retail and industrial cleaning.

Following this, he became a teacher of sociology and eventually Head of Year at two different secondary schools in Peterborough. In 2005 he returned to the West Midlands and became Assistant Headteacher at Ridgewood High School. His main responsibilities were as Designated Safeguarding Lead, Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and personal development.

Ms Joanne Williams

Member of the Board

Joanne is the Deputy Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning at Halesowen College.

For many years, Halesowen College has held a reputation for high standards, an excellent learning environment and a caring, supportive sense of community. The college offers exceptional support and opportunities for students making the transition from school to higher education or the career of their choice. The college has previously supported schools in the Trust in a variety of ways, including providing post-16 learning to a large number of students who attended the schools.

Directors

Mr David Bartlett

Director

David has worked as a primary teacher, educational psychologist, and Coordinator for Assessment for Birmingham LA, responsible for the collection and analysis of school assessment and examination data and supporting schools in implementing statutory assessment requirements. David was a member of one of the teams developing the first statutory National Curriculum assessments and the team that developed the original Profile for the assessment of children at the end of Reception. Over a number of years, David has worked in various advisory capacities with both the STA (and its predecessor bodies) and the DfE.

Since retirement from full time work, David has worked as an independent consultant supporting schools in reviewing and developing assessment practice, including moderating teacher assessments. David continues to be Communications Officer for the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (AAIA), a professional association open to anyone interested in educational assessment, both teachers and those working in an advisory or support capacity.

Mr Richard Brooks

Director

Richard has recently retired following a 40-year career in the rail industry, during the last eight years of which he held the positions of Commercial Director and Customer Experience Director for two major Midlands-based train operating companies. Richard has experience of strategic development, governance of large organisations, people development and engagement with senior stakeholders, including MPs, government officials and the West Midlands Mayor. In his role, Richard delivered demonstrable improvements to commercial delivery, customer satisfaction, business processes, safety, profit, governance, and employee and community engagement.

Mrs Remley Mann

Director

Remley has held the post of Principal at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge since 1 September 2015. Having started her career in New York as the Chair of the Foreign Language Department in 1989, Remley has held various roles at the college including Head of Quality Improvement and she was appointed as Vice Principal in 2012. In her role as Vice Principal, Remley had responsibility for leading quality improvement and staff development. She also has extensive experience as the designated safeguarding lead and leading the college provision in pastoral support. Remley holds a B.A. in Letters (history, literature and philosophy) from Wesleyan University, USA and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Connecticut, USA.

Mrs Rachel Salter

Director/CEO

Prior to stepping up to the role of CEO, Rachel was a member of the Stour Vale Executive Leadership team from September 2018. As Executive Lead for Schools, Rachel led on school improvement and outcomes for Stour Vale, working closely with school leaders and developing systems, resources and bespoke support which facilitate continuous school improvement. Having begun her teaching career in Leeds in 1994, Rachel returned to the West Midlands in 2002, working as a senior leader in schools in Sandwell before becoming a headteacher. Rachel had two successful headships, most recently leading Olive Hill Primary School on its journey of school improvement from January 2012 until September 2018.

Ms Joanne Williams

Director/Chair of the Board

Joanne is the Deputy Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning at Halesowen College.

For many years, Halesowen College has held a reputation for high standards, an excellent learning environment and a caring, supportive sense of community. The college offers exceptional support and opportunities for students making the transition from school to higher education or the career of their choice. The college has previously supported schools in the Trust in a variety of ways, including providing post-16 learning to a large number of students who attended the schools.

Dr Laura Braznell

Director

Laura has worked in the education sector in further education and primary and secondary schools for over 10 years. For the past five years she has worked at Moat Farm Junior School Trust, a large four form entry school in Oldbury, in the role of School Business Director. Her responsibilities include the financial running of the school’s £2.5 million budget, along with the management of HR, premises and safeguarding. The school converted to a Trust in 2011 and, independent from the Local Authority, employs its staff and owns the land and buildings.

Over the past few years Laura has completed various qualifications associated with finance and school business management to develop her role as a key senior leader at Moat Farm Junior School.

Laura is Chair of the Sandwell Business Managers Group. This involves managing membership to the group, all networking meetings, sponsors and finance. The role is vital in passing important information about current educational issues to the members so that they can act appropriately in schools. To support this she is a member of NASBM (National Association of School Business Managers) and attends the annual conference to feed information back from a national level to the regional group.

Mr Carl James

Director

Carl has worked in the private sector delivering people, process and technology change for corporate FTSE 100 and 250 companies nationwide for over 23 years. He has worked for a broad range of industries (manufacturing, broadcasting, media, corporate finance/shared services, commercial property management and insurance) in roles of project management and programme management.

In 2019, Carl set up his own consultancy company to support local businesses to create transformation strategies, delivering change for success, risk management, project and programme management best practice.

Carl brings structure and due diligence in assessing risks to make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary surprises.

Rev. Christopher Siviter

Director

After a career of over 35 years in the NHS operating at Senior Management level and holding an MBA, Chris trained to be an ordained Minister with the Elim Pentecostal denomination. For the past 10 years Chris has Pastored a Church in Rowley Regis. Chris has an in-depth knowledge of the public sector holding posts across the NHS, Adult Social Care, and the Third Sector. Chris has extensive School Governance experience having been a Governor at two local schools, Secondary and Primary, and was Chair of Governors at Olive Hill School until its inclusion in the Stour Vale Academy Trust. Chris is keen to encourage pupils and staff to fulfil their full potential and to explore innovative ways of working and learning, and to ensure positive links with the local community are developed and maintained.

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