New Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust Board

25 Nov 2016
Mike Hamlin announced as Chair of the GAT Board

The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Hamlin as the new Chair.

Mike has been a teacher for more than forty years, having joined the Greenwood Dale School in Nottingham almost thirty years ago and being instrumental in the creation of the Greenwood Academies Trust in 2009 where he worked up until he retired this summer.

In September, David Shelton, the longstanding Chair of the Board invited Mike to join as a Trustee. At its last meeting in October, with David having announced his intention to step down, the Trustees elected Mike as their new Chair.

Mike, said: “This is a great honour and I would like to thank David and all the Trustees for giving me this opportunity to continue to serve the Greenwood Academies Trust. I now find myself with the time, the enthusiasm and the energy to, hopefully, make a success of this new role.

“David, with all his years of selfless dedication is certainly a hard act to follow but I intend to do everything I can as Chair to ensure that the Trust’s family of schools continues to thrive and continues to enrich the futures of so many young people right across the East Midlands.

“Education is facing a number of major challenges; resources have never been tighter but by working together and building on the accumulating strengths of all of our school communities - pupils, parents, teachers, staff and leaders – I am sure that we can face this future with confidence as we seek relentlessly to improve the life chances of all those we are responsible.”

As well as appointing a new Chair, the Board has appointed four new high-calibre Trustees who have a very broad range of backgrounds, professions and expertise: 

  • Nigel Hastings - former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.
  • Professor Christine Hall - Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham.
  • Tim Guyler - Director of Improvement and Integration at NHS Nottingham University Hospitals.
  • Jane Spencer - UK and Ireland Financial Controller for Experian.

In essence, Trustees are responsible for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school: setting the direction, holding the academies to account and ensuring financial probity.

Wayne Norrie, Chief Executive of the Greenwood Academies Trust, said: ”I am delighted that Mike has been elected as Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust Board. He has a wealth of knowledge about the Trust which will be invaluable to us as we strive to achieve our agreed priorities.

“The appointment of a number of new engaged and energetic non-executive leaders onto the Board will ensure that we have a really strong set of Trustees that will take a strategic view of the Trust as a whole, as well as the performance of our 31 individual academies. I look forward to working with them all in the future.”