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Our Trustees and Members

Mike Hamlin - Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust  

Mike was a senior member of staff at the Trust for 30 years having joined the Greenwood Dale School 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.

Nigel Hastings  

 Nigel served as a GAT Trustee almost continuously from its early days, standing down in 2018 following relocation and retirement from Nottingham Trent University where he worked (1995-2011) first as Dean of Education and later as Pro Vice Chancellor, and where he remains Emeritus Professor.  With experience of school and college governance, management in large educational organisations and chairing/membership of national committees, he retains an active and keen interest in education policy and educational provision, experiences and outcomes for children and young people. 

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 a number of companies including Experian and Rolls-Royce, where he spent ten years of his career. He is currently Finance Director of an engineering company based near Birmingham.

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

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 - 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  

Christine is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. She researches and writes about education, with a particular focus on arts, creativity and literacy. She is an experienced teacher, at school and university levels, and has extensive senior leadership experience, including as Head of the School of Education. She has worked in the field of UK teacher education for many years and has acted as a consultant to teacher professional development initiatives internationally, most recently in China, Malaysia and Cambodia. Throughout her career she has been an active member of school governing bodies and educational trust boards, including the University of Nottingham Council and Nottingham City’s Education Partnership Board. 

Tim Guyler  

Tim has worked in acute hospital management for over 15 years and is Assistant Chief Executive at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.

A graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1999, he worked initially in Hertfordshire and Hull and East Yorkshire before joining Nottingham City Hospital and subsequently NUH. He undertaken a variety of roles including Divisional General Manager, Head of Financial Turnaround, Deputy Director of Operations, Programme Director for Better for You (Hospital Continuous Improvement Programme), Chief Operating Officer and Director of Improvement and Integration.

Tim is currently providing leadership for the Trust on improvement and integration across NUH, the local health and social care system, and the wider East Midlands Network.

Tim also teaches service improvement courses and is a guest lecturer for Nottingham University’s masters students.

Mark Rutherford  

Mark joined Gateley Plc in 2004 as a Corporate Partner and became head of team in 2013. He is a leading corporate finance partner and heads the firm’s Corporate team in Nottingham. Mark specialises in corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management buyouts and company disposal transactions.

Mark is one of the leading lawyers in his field in the East Midlands and has an extensive client base of owner managed or led businesses and larger companies including many with an international dimension. He has been nominated for the East Midlands 'Insider Dealmaker of the Year' Award three times in the last four years.


Lesley’s entire career has been in education and she has worked as a teacher for over 30 years. Her early career was in mainstream primary schools but she also worked for 15 years at an all-age special school in Nottinghamshire, becoming Deputy Head Teacher. She then worked as an SEN Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council before retiring in 2014.

Lesley has considerable experience in school governance. She was Chair of Governors at the Nethergate School in Clifton for twelve years and also served on the governing body of two other schools in Nottingham to support them through periods of difficulty.


Ken is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Chartered Accountant, Finance Committee and Audit Committee Chair across diverse sectors. A former CEO and Executive Director with strong track record of strategy development and delivery and considerable strategic and operational financial management experience. Ken has significant experience of regulation, standards and system level operation in three professional sectors: medicine/health, education and accountancy and also worked in a Government Agency of the Department for Education for 6 years.

Ken has held and continues to hold a number of Board level Non-Executive Director roles focussed on audit and finance across a range of organisations operating in a variety of sectors. Until June 2019, and for 6 years, Ken was the CEO of the Northern Consortium (NCUK), a charity with a commercial company serving10 owner and many associate universities.

Ken is a trained teacher and has taught in: schools, further education and universities and has also held national principal examiner appointments at A-level and HNC level in Scotland and England.

simon massarella

Simon has been a Nottinghamshire Magistrate since 2005 and Chair in Adult (criminal law) and also Family Division.  On 1st April 2018 he was elected as the Bench Chairman for Nottinghamshire.  Simon is also Alumni Mentor at the Nottingham Trent University Law School.

Simon has previously been a Director of the Trent Academies Group, from January 2014 to April 2018, and was also chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, the Pay and Policy Committees, and the Risk Management Group.  Simon was also Chair of the Local Governing Body at Farnborough Academy.

Before retiring, earlier in his career Simon was a Chief Flying Instructor for HM Service and more recently has had roles as an IT Programme Manager and Board-level Director.


Shahbaz Haque is a Vice President at Hitachi Consulting, based in the UK.  As part of Hitachi’s Social Innovation strategy he has spent the last 6 years working large public sector infrastructure programmes that have significant technological aspects to them.  Shahbaz has worked with leading private and public sector organisations from across the globe and has 20 years real project delivery experience in all aspects of management consulting.  Recently he has worked on advanced analytics and artificial intelligence for future smart city deployments.

Prior to Hitachi, Shahbaz spent 14 years with the Big 4 – with time spent at KPMG and Deloitte delivering projects across Europe, Middle East and North America.

Shahbaz is married and has 3 children, he lives in Nottingham and is involved in a number of local charitable initiatives.


Jo is a senior HR professional who has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years and is currently Head of HR Business Partnering for British Gypsum (part of Saint-Gobain, top 100 employer global). 

Jo’s previous roles within the private and public sector (previously worked as Head of HR Strategy and Employee Relations at Nottingham City Council) have seen her leading and developing people strategy in complex and changing environments. 

Previously a governor at Farnborough Academy, Jo is looking forward to serving on the board. 


Suzanne has worked in business transformation and project/programmes in a wide variety of business sectors for over 20 years, and is currently Director of Business Performance for Experian for UK and EMEA regions, leading all transformational change initiatives. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association for Project Management, and a regular guest lecturer at Nottingham University as part of their Executive MBA course.

Suzanne is a Governor of Brackenfield Special School of cognition and learning, and has a particular interest in SEN, also holding a position on the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Experian.


Nada has gained extensive leadership experience in a range of schools from ex-mining communities to inner city and county settings. She spent ten years as headteacher of an 11-18 Nottinghamshire secondary school. Prior to this Nada worked with young people with special educational needs. 

In 2006 Nada was recruited by Ofsted as an HMI. For eight years she lead inspection teams, and supported schools in challenging circumstances. As a member of Ofsted’s survey team she visited numerous schools to gather evidence on national priorities. Nada was appointed as national advisor for Equalities and Human Rights to provide guidance and support to inspectors. 

Since 2014, Nada has used her valuable experience and expertise working as an Education Consultant. She has provided tailored input working with middle and senior leaders, and governors, to secure measurable improvement. 

Nick Ebbs

Nick Ebbs is a Chartered Surveyor and Vice Chairman of igloo Regeneration Ltd, specialists in the development of sustainable places and buildings. Nick is part of the strategic management team and provides leadership in relation to a number of key research areas.

Nick is Chair of the Nottingham Growth Board; a governor of Nottingham Trent University; a member of the Bank of England Regional Consultative Group (East Midlands); a panel member of Opun’s Regional (East Midlands) Design Review Panel a member of Nottingham City Council’s Heritage Panel; an Ambassador of Framework (a charity that supports the homeless) and a member of the Greenwood Academies Trust.  

Nick is also an Honorary Professor of Sustainable Development at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham.

For the year 2018/19 Nick served as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.

Prior to joining igloo, Nick was a founder member of Innes England Consultant Surveyors, a property consultancy based in the Midlands.


Claire is a registered and professionally qualified career development practitioner and has worked within the careers education and guidance sector for twenty years since graduating with a 1st Class honours degree in Sociology in 2000.

She has operated under national initiatives including the Connexions careers service, managing services for schools and businesses across Derby and Derbyshire, the National Careers Service, being quality lead for Careers Inspiration, the Careers and Enterprise Company, leading a careers and business network across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, and Health Education England, leading the NHS Health Ambassador programme across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Claire has expertise within the disability and employment field, having managed employment rehabilitation programmes across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the charity sector across Nottingham.  She established and managed an employment service in Beeston for the ex-armed forces community.

She is a volunteer Ambassador for National Careers Week, a Time to Change mental health champion in her workplace, an International Centre for Guidance Studies Associate and a professional member of the Career Development Institute.  Claire works for the Futures Group.

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