Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Mike Hamlin

Mike Hamlin - Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust

Mike was a senior member of staff at the Trust for 30 years having joined Greenwood Dale as Head of the English department.

Mike has extensive experience in education management. He is an author of a number of education related publications and is well read in all matters relating to educational developments world-wide.

David Shelton

David Shelton

David was Vice-Chair of Governors at Jesse Boot Primary School in the mid 1980s and was a governor at Greenwood Dale School for approximately twenty one years, becoming Chairman during that time.

David worked for Boots for thirty three years and was Editor of the company’s staff magazine. More recently, he has been a partner and Editor of a small magazine distributed around the Trent Valley.

Kate Ransom

Kate Ransom

Kate trained in London to teach Mathematics and Science. She taught first in Surrey and then in Leicestershire. Her last post was as Head of Mathematics at a Leicestershire Secondary School. Kate was a Governor of Greenwood Dale School for twelve years in the role of Vice Chair and Chair of Finance.

Trevor Frost

Trevor Frost

Trevor has lived in the Sneinton/Carlton area all his life and his three children were all educated at Greenwood Dale School. His association with the school started as a pupil; he then joined the PTA in 1986 and later became a Parent Governor.

Trevor worked in the textile and clothing industry as a buyer. He now works with his daughter in her floristry business. He very much looks forward to serving on the Trustee board.

John Dunstan

John Dunstan

John has been in Financial and Retail management roles for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Retail at Interflora. He is a mathematics graduate and Qualified Chartered Accountant, bringing with him executive level experience of financial governance in small and large companies.

Educated in Nottingham at the Jesse Boot and Greenwood Dale predecessor schools, John has been involved with the school in various governor and Trustee roles for over 15 years. John is currently the Chair of our Audit Committee.

John lives in Newark.

Sheila Passmore

Sheila Passmore

Sheila has had a long association with the local predecessor schools. In the past she has been a member of the Greenwood Dale PTA and the governing bodies of both Greenwood Dale School and Jesse Boot Primary schools when her five children attended these schools.

Sheila currently works in the primary phase of the Nottingham Academy as a teaching assistant and lives locally.

Ann Belton

Ann Belton

Ann was born and educated in Nottingham and, having finished her teacher training, returned to Nottinghamshire to teach PE in 1976. She moved to Greenwood Dale School in January 1992 as a main scale teacher of geography. In 1994 she was promoted to Head of Year, a position she continues to hold in the Nottingham Academy.

Ann became a school governor in 1995 and served as a staff representative until the closure of the school in August 2009, when she was invited to take up a position as a Trustee on the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Andy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. Since qualification he worked in finance and commercial roles for both Toyota and Rolls-Royce where he spent ten years of his career. His new role is working with an engineering and manufacturing company based in Derby who are very strong advocates of good links with local education and offering apprenticeships / vocational opportunities to local schoolchildren.

Andy is from Derby and, having graduated and qualified in Leeds, he returned to Derby where he now lives with his wife and two young sons.

Edwina Grant

Edwina Grant

Edwina Grant was a successful Director of Children’s Services from 2001 to 2014 working in a number of Councils. Her interest was in children’s services which were facing challenging agendas. Prior to that her background was in education services, having begun her professional life as a teacher.

She now works as an Independent consultant in children’s services and undertakes a range of contracts with public and private sector organisations.

She is currently the Lead Children’s Services adviser for the Local Government Association and Chair of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Contracted through the Innovation unit she is a coach / adviser for the DFE Children’s Social Care Innovation Grant project.

She is a qualified coach and has a MA in Education and a MBA in Business Administration.

Tim Render

Tim Render

Tim is the retired Finance Director of Nottingham City Council and now spends his time on a portfolio of voluntary and non- executive roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors, as well as undertaking some consultancy work.

He is a Trustee of Leicestershire Citizens Advice Bureau, and of Foodbank, Worklink and the Homeless Group (all in Hinckley); He is also Treasurer of his local Anglican church, a Governor of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and Chair of the Midland Academies Trust, as well as being a Trustee of the Greenwood Academies Trust. He is a non-executive Director of Nottingham’s school building joint venture company.

Wayne Norrie

Wayne Norrie - Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Wayne is responsible for the overall success of all Academies sponsored by the Trust.

Wayne was previously an Executive Principal at the Trust which involved him overseeing, quality assuring and supporting several of the Trust’s academies in Northamptonshire.

Since qualifying as a teacher in 1996, Wayne has gained extensive experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

As well as having experience through his work as Headteacher of an inner city school, he also worked for the National Strategies, for a city Local Authority and as a Senior HMI for Ofsted.

Graham Feek

Graham Feek - Deputy Chief Executive

Graham is a qualified accountant who has held a number of senior positions within public sector organisations over the past twenty years. Before joining the Trust he was Director of Resources within the Children’s Services department of a major Local Authority.

His key responsibilities are:

Quality and standards of support structures.

Project management of new Academies, liaising with Local Authorities, and Partnerships for Schools.

Group finance and legals.

Prof Christine Hall

Prof Christine Hall

Christine was Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham from 2008-2014 and Senate representative on the University’s governing Council from 2008-16. Originally a secondary school English teacher, she has been involved in teacher education and the professional development of teachers for over twenty years.

She was Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University for ten years and, during this time, was trained as an Ofsted inspector and led inspections as a Registered Inspector.

Christine was a local authority governor at Rushcliffe School and is currently one of two University representatives on the governing body of Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) and Nottingham University Samworth Academy Trust. She also sits on the Nottingham Potential Steering Group.

Nigel Hastings

Nigel Hastings

Nigel served on the GAT Board for several years and wished to re-join. He has enormous experience with our Trust and made a significant contribution to our Audit committee and in formulating many of the policies, standards and ideals on which our Trust is founded. He is a former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

Jane Spencer

Jane Spencer

Jane is a Chartered Accountant and has worked at Experian for the last ten years in a range of financial management roles. She is currently Financial Controller for the UK and Ireland region. Prior to this she was an auditor at Deloitte. Jane also holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. She lives in Nottinghamshire and is mum to a toddler and step-mum to two teenagers.

Tim Guyler

Tim Guyler

Tim is Nottingham-born and schooled. He has a BSc in Economics, an MSc in Health Studies and has held senior managerial positions in the NHS for 20 years across General Management and Corporate Operations. He was Programme Director for the set up and delivery of the Whole Hospital Change Programme at Nottingham University Hospitals and is currently Director of Improvement and Integration.

Our Trustees