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