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

Our Trustees

Jane Shepherd MBE

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

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.

Anne Martin FCCT

Anne was appointed as Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), Ashbourne 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 became a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2015.  Anne has worked in partnership with several schools and academies, as well as being a member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust.  In early 2016, she became the Executive Headteacher/CEO of QEGSMAT – something of which she is very proud.  School to school support, focused on delivering school improvement, is now a significant part of her role – supporting other Headteachers and schools in the locality – including Derbyshire, Derby City and Staffordshire.

Anne was elected to serve on the East Midlands and Humber Headteacher Board from the 1st November 2017.  She is also a National Coach for Women into Leadership and has also been awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered College of Teaching.

Anne is a National Pupil Premium Reviewer and regularly carries out PP reviews to ensure that children eligible for Pupil Premium funding leave education with the best possible outcomes.

From September 2020 Anne became part of the School Improvement Team at Derbyshire Local Authority and works with identified schools delivering work on school improvement as a Link Adviser.

Anne firmly believes that young people have just one chance in education and schools have to do everything they can to make sure it is the very best it can be.  Being an NLE, coach, adviser and CEO of a multi-academy trust  means that, as a profession, Anne feels that lessons can be learnt from each other and support can be offered to raise the standards of education for all young people in the local region.

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.

Sue Hall

Sue is an experienced Additional Inspector and an independent educational consultant as well an experienced infant teacher, her specialist area being Primary Education including the Early Years Foundation Stage. Sue taught for twenty-seven years, in infant and primary schools, including almost seven years as a headteacher.

Sue’s inspection experience is extensive and varied having participated in more than 400 inspections over 19 years.  Sue has reported on all subjects and areas covered in the different Ofsted frameworks.

Sue has worked in schools abroad including New York and Dubai, focusing on EYFS and KS1 and still works for several local schools helping them with self evaluation activities and preparing for inspection.

Sara Forsyth

Sara is a serving Headteacher of a large Special School in Derbyshire. She has over 25 years of experience in this sector of education with over 15 years of this in Senior Leadership roles. Sara achieved an outstanding grade for Leadership & Management in the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection.

Sara first became involved with QEGSMAT in November 2018 when she took on the role of Chair of Governors for City of Derby Academy.  Sara feels that this experience – providing leadership to the governing body and ensuring that all involved fulfilled their functions for the proper governance of the school will be valuable in the role of Trustee.

Sara also firmly believes that her leadership experience in consistently striving for and ensuring outstanding outcomes for young people with a wide range of starting points will be of benefit to the Trust.

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.

Phil Stanyer

Phil is a Chartered Accountant and a business advisor working with a wide range of companies.   He specialises in finance and corporate governance and works with a group of colleagues with diverse skills in order to provide a complete service to clients.   In this role he is a Director of UK Business Advisors Limited and Chair of Midland Group Business Advisors.

Until recently he was a Director and latterly Chair of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce which supports over 4,200 businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.   Prior to this he ran businesses in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and prior to this served as the Finance Director for companies across the north of England.

His passion is to help young people develop their skills so they are prepared for a life in their chosen career.   To support this aim he is a member of the North Derbyshire Area Board of Young Enterprise.

Vickie Longson

Vickie has almost 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in both Church of England and community primary schools across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.  She currently works for Lichfield Diocese Board of Education as an adviser to the Church of England schools within the diocese.  Vickie’s extensive experience as a leader of the Early Years Foundation Stage has become a key focus in her role with the LDBE.  She delivers training for the Diocesan Board of Education to both teaching staff and Local Governing Board members, across a variety of school settings.  She has a degree in Theology & Religious Studies.

Vickie has served as a foundation governor in two Staffordshire schools over the past 10 years, with a focus on strengthening church and community links.  She has a daughter and a son, both of whom attended Waterhouses Primary and now attend QEGS.


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.

Andrew Evans

Andrew is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He hold a Master Degree in Contracts Law and has worked in property and construction companies for 35 years mainly in senior leadership and management roles both in the UK and Overseas.  Currently, Andrew runs his own business, based in the UK specialising in dispute resolution and providing contractual support to both clients and contractor’s throughout the Middle East.

Andrew has had a long association with Ashbourne having been born in Derbyshire and currently resides in Stanton.  He has two grown up children and is interested in supporting the Trust to ensure the wellbeing of the pupils and maintaining the reputation of the school into the future.

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.

Under Terms of Reference the Trust Board delegates a number of key powers to the Local Governors and the Headteachers/Heads of Academy of Trust academies whom essentially run schools on a day-to-day basis. Provided Local Governors spend within their agreed budget, comply with Trust policies covering finance, human resources (HR), estates management and health and safety, and deliver 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 Local Governors are two advisory ‘groups: the Executive Board committee chaired by the Chief Executive/Executive Headteacher; and, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of Local Governors 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 Local Governors and academies supports and informs decision-making.