The Board of Trustees is the chief decision making body for the QEGSMAT.

Our Trustees

Max Jeffery

Max is Chartered Engineer, educated at QEGS and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Having grown up in Derby and now living just outside Ashbourne he is an active member of the local community Both his daughters having attended primary school in Derby now attend QEGS.

He has worked at JCB his whole career, initially starting in Engineering, but has since held key roles in sales, manufacturing, HR, project management and business planning, latterly he has run one of their Business units. In his current role as Director of global learning and development he is responsible for learning and development of all employees across the whole JCB Group of companies, this specifically includes the recruitment and development of all young people in the organisation. He is an active Mentor of young people as part of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers development scheme.

He has been a governor for 7 years, as a Chair of Governors as well Chair of Resources. He has had the opportunity to work extensively overseas which gives the trust a broad insight into the needs of education both locally and internationally.

Anne Martin

I was appointed as Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in September 2012 having been a Headteacher in Stoke-on-Trent. QEGS achieved Outstanding for Leadership & Management in an Ofsted inspection in November 2014 and I became a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2015, completing the Executive Educators Programme in January 2017. I work in partnership with several schools and academies, as well as the Derby Diocesan Board of Education.

In early 2016, I became the Executive Headteacher of the QEGS Multi Academy Trust – something of which I am very proud. School to School Support is now a significant part of my role – supporting other Headteachers and schools in the locality – including Derbyshire, Derby City and Staffordshire Moorlands.

I have been elected to serve on the East Midlands and Humber Headteacher Board from 1st November 2017.

Keith Wesley

Keith was a Foundation Governor of the Old Trust at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School serving as Chair of the Achievement and Standards Committee for 2 of those years. Before retiring in 2009, he was a teacher at QEGS joining the school in 1978 and was Head of Maths for 18 years. Keith’s daughter and step children all attended the school before continuing their education at University and are now successfully pursuing their chosen careers. Before her retirement in 2016, Keith’s wife also taught at the school.

Keith is also active in the local community, living in Ashbourne and being an Executive Officer of Clifton Cricket Club which has a large and successful Junior Section. He maintains a keen interest in education and is pleased to be bringing his long experience to the role of Trustee.

Mick Betteridge

I was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne 1962-1969, and went on to become a qualified teacher. I have 40 years teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary Schools, with the latter half specialising in the teaching of children with special educational needs.

As a Member of the Old Trust I served as a Foundation Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for over 10 years. Locally I am also a member of Ashbourne RFC and the Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Committee.

Jane Shepherd

Jane is the managing director of Shepherd PR, a public relations consultancy based in Ashbourne.

The company provides a strong CSR programme primarily focused on offering opportunities to young people, including structured work experience placements and mentoring. It also operates a successful in-house apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its fourth year.

A graduate of the University of Keele, Jane was an officer in the Royal Air Force’s Journalism and Public Relations 7644 Squadron. She also worked as a newspaper reporter at The Sentinel in Stoke-on-Trent.

In 2015, Jane was awarded a Visiting Industrial Fellowship from Aston University and she was appointed an Export Champion for the Midlands Engine by the Department of International Trade in 2017.

Alex Wolvers

During her teaching career, Alex worked in both Cof E primary and middle schools in the UK.  Along with her husband Ian and their three children, Alex has lived and worked in both China and Sri Lanka where she established her own home school that attracted pupils from all around the world. As part of her last role Alex worked for YFC helping to develop the RE:quest website. Alex now works full time as an adviser for the Lichfield Diocese Board of Education. She has an MA in Mission and Evangelism and a diploma in cross cultural studies.

Hereward Tresidder

Hereward has previously chaired both the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees and has been a Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for over 10 years. His qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, Barrister and Chartered Accountant. Hereward’s extensive commercial experience as a finance director helps him to identify and focus on the key factors essential to make progress in achieving an organisation’s objectives, and gives him some insight into the difficulties encountered in complex management structures such as schools. His financial management experience is very useful to the Trust in the current financial climate. He has also overseen the IT and HR functions in organisations, and is accustomed to the management and use of critical secure data in accounting, CRM and ERM systems. Overall his broad experience helps him to understand the importance of factors beyond academic grades in getting employment, developing a career and making a success of life.

Ryan McCombs

Ryan has worked for Rolls-Royce Group PLC for the last 9 years advancing through various Procurement roles in the USA, Canada, and the UK. In his current role as Strategic Purchasing Executive – Parts & Repair Services, Ryan’s team is responsible for setting the global component repair strategy for civil aero engines and working closely with suppliers to build win/win relationships.

Ryan grew up in Indianapolis, USA, and attended Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology as well as a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Operations and Strategic Management. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Ryan was an airline pilot and flight instructor.

Ryan lives with his wife and young daughter in Belper and is looking forward to getting involved and making a difference for young people in the local community.

Simon Smith

A graduate of Lancaster University, Simon has a degree in Politics and International Relations and has worked in Human Resources for 21 years, 18 of which in leadership and management roles around the world, including 8 months in Paris and 2 years in Zurich. He has always worked in large blue chip multinational companies including Peugeot and ALSTOM, joining Rolls-Royce PLC in Derby in 2010 and moving to the Ashbourne area in that same year. He has 4 years of experience as a Trustee Director of the current Rolls-Royce pension scheme.

Providing opportunities for young people and watching them grow has always been a major part of Simon’s work, from recruitment and development, running Graduate Training schemes and kick starting apprenticeship schemes, it has been a constant theme and focus, including a period as Regional Chair of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for the East Midlands.

Simon is keen to give more back to society, particularly to assist with providing opportunities for others.   He joined Derby College Board in 2016. He is passionate about the development of young people and brings this to his role of Trustee for QEGSMAT.

Rose Schofield

Rose is the Commercial Lead for Educational Leadership and Management, Pathway Leader, MA Education: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring and holds Programme Leader responsibilities at the Institute of Education, University of Derby. Along with Rose’s academic career and move into HE teaching in Education she also works in leadership development in educational settings. Her previous experience covers the private sector for healthcare, the quarry industry and in the public sector for housing associations and county councils. Rose values Continuing Professional Development and her professional training includes the cognitive sciences.

Rose holds Chartered Member status with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her work in educational leadership development, alongside her understanding of organisational design are aspects which she hopes will contribute to the QEGSMAT philosophy of the child at the centre of their learning. She believes at the heart of achieving this is continuous improvement and bringing a systemic and lifelong learning perspective to enabling the child. Therefore also believing any adult engagement with a child in school can influence what becomes of that child for the rest of their life.

Mark Mallender

Acting Chair of the Board for Derby Diocese Academy Trust (Substantive position CEO)

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.
Mark has worked as a senior advisor for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.
Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

More about the Board of Trustees

The Board has overall responsibility and accountability to the Department for Education (DfE) for the performance of the Trust, including: educational results; attendance; exclusions; admissions; staffing; finance; premises; curriculum; well-being and safeguarding; and reporting requirements to the DfE, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).

The Trustees, as a Board, meet quarterly. They also meet to consider Nominations and Remunerations, and Risk (including health and safety). The Board has clear terms of reference and minutes are kept for all meetings. Trust Board minutes are published in the Documents section of the Trust’s website.

Under Terms of Reference the Trust Board delegates a number of key powers to the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) and the Headteachers/Heads of Academy of Trust academies whom essentially run schools on a day-to-day basis. Provided LGB’s spend within their agreed budget, comply with Trust policies covering finance, human resources (HR), estates management and health and safety, and delivery at least good student/pupil outcomes supported by good or better Ofsted judgements, these delegated powers remain in place. If any of these conditions are breached, the Trust reserves the power to intervene and if necessary amend temporarily the scheme of delegation for that academy.

Operating between the Trust Board and LGBs are two advisory ‘groups: the Executive Board committee chaired by the Chief Executive/Executive Headteacher; and, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of LGBs committee chaired by the Trust’s Chairman. The former committee meets half termly whilst the latter meets termly. These two groups ensure that communication between the Trust Board and both LGBs and academies supports and informs decision-making.