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.

Canon David Channon

David is the Director of Education for Derby Diocese and the CEO of Derby Diocesan Academy Trusts.

David has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in a variety of schools across the primary phase. He has held successful leadership roles including two headships in two different local authorities.

David has worked in local authority advisory roles in both Derbyshire and Sheffield and has vast experience of working with schools in varying contexts, especially those causing concern. During his time in these roles David became an accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) and Local Consultant for Improvement (LCI)

David has carried out numerous Section 5 inspections over the years on behalf of Ofsted and as such has a good knowledge of the Ofsted framework.

David has extensive networks throughout the UK with Teaching Schools, other MATS, Local Authorities and Diocesan Boards of Education. He recently completed The Executive Educators Programme for Chief Executive Officers.

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.