Members are akin to shareholders and are responsible for appointing and removing trustees. They attend an AGM to review the Trust’s performance.

Professor Liz Barnes

Liz became Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Staffordshire University in April 2016. Her career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and their achievements. Staffordshire University is implementing a major project around the digital journey and digital U maximising the contribution digital technologies can make to University life. Liz has just been invited to join the JISC Board. Previously Liz was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University after a long career at Teesside University.

With a commitment to education and young people she is a member of three Multi-academy Trusts and is Chair of Safe and Sound. She is a graduate of Chester University and Sheffield University.

Peter Gadsby

Peter is Chairman of a holding group of companies in the manufacturing, construction and property development sectors. He is also Chairman of three venture capital companies in various sectors that include packaging, food and telecommunications. Over the last ten years he has been a Board member of East Midlands Development Agency, Chairman of Audit Committee, Chairman of Derby Cityscape Regeneration Board, Board Member of D2N2 Local Enterprise and Chairman of Enterprise Zones. Peter has a breadth of private sector business experience and business leadership throughout the last thirty years. He has first hand experience of investment and considerable corporate governance expertise in respect of business and the education sector, where regeneration was invested heavily.

Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver is the founder and managing director of TrigPoint Coaching and Development Ltd., based in Ashbourne. With over 30 years’ experience in companies such as Unilever, Nabisco, Scottish & Newcastle and Marston’s – with roles from marketing manager to board director – he has a deep understanding of what makes business tick and how to help bring about positive change. He was a Governor of QEGS for 10 years until 2012 and then joined the Board of Manchester Metropolitan University.

A trained coach, he is also a non-executive director for a number of businesses and organisations.

Stephen is a member of the Association for Coaching and a Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping.

He is a keen hill-walker and pilot. He has three grown-up daughters, all of whom attended QEGS.

Allen Forsyth

I worked in Local Government Finance for seven years. After leaving College and achieving Accountancy qualifications, before joining industry for the next 28 years.

Retired as a Director of a large textile business and since then I have run my own company working with Far Eastern suppliers. Member of Ashbourne Old Trust since 1990, past Governor of QEGS. For the last 26 years I have been involved working with The Anthony Nolan Trust raising funds on a voluntary basis. For the last 3 years Trustee & Hon Sec/Treasurer of the hugely successful, Ashbourne Treasures Exhibition.

My son & daughter attended QEGS before going on to University and achieving successful careers. I am proud of QEGS, its staff and students and I look forward to working for the QEGSMAT and making it a huge success.

Dr Alison Brown

Deputy Director of Education and School’s Advisor, DDBE

Alison has taught across the primary phase in number of schools across two very different local authorities. In 2004 Alison was appointed as the Deputy Director of Education and School’s Advisor for the Derby Diocesan Board of Education. This is a role which she still passionately carries out today overseeing the RE and Collective Worship in 110 schools throughout the Diocese and ensuring that they uphold their Christian distinctiveness, whilst promoting quality spiritual development across the curriculum. Alison also carries out training in a number of community schools.
Alison provides training for schools within the Diocese, but is also called on to speak, lead training and run workshops both nationally and internationally. She has fostered strong relationships with other Dioceses and other well respected authors and experts in her field throughout the UK. Alison has also formed strong links with other schools from Kolkata in India and organises regular visits between Derbyshire schools and Kolkata schools.
Alison manages the SIAMS inspections across the Diocese and is a critical reader of section 48 reports. Alison has been a trustee for the Stapleford Centre and is on the editorial group for Grove Education Series. In 2016 Alison published a book called ‘How to see Collective Worship in You’ and was awarded a Doctorate in Education (EdD). Alison has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.