EMLC Academy Trust has a team of Trustees whose combined skills offer a wealth of experience and contacts to support EMLC Academy Trust in its activities. All Trustees annually complete the declaration of individual Trustees’ interests. The full list register of interests can be viewed here:

EMLC AT Trustee Register of Interest 2016 – 2017

Trustee meeting attendance 2015 – 2016

David Bateson

Chair of EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board

David Bateson OBE holds a portfolio of roles across educational sectors having retired from 20 years of headship in two all-age, all-ability and all-disability day and residential schools. His schools gained 6 outstanding Ofsted day inspections and 6 outstanding residential ones. Ash Field aimed to be an outward-facing centre of excellence and formed a cross-phase and sector school, agency and university trust.

His last school gained national and international recognition, being a National Teaching School training up to 5000 adults a year, supporting 500 pupils in mainstream and providing an outstanding education across 6 stages of education from P level to University entrance. The school had many links with schools abroad, receiving visitors from 23 countries, and made a significant impact on a school for children with SEND in Delhi.

David combined executive headship with a variety of roles in special and mainstream education as an Ofsted inspector, consultant leader, external adviser, school improvement partner, professional partner, a threshold assessor, an NPQH panel member, a Local Leader in Education and a National Leader in Education, commissioned to turn schools round. David chaired regional and local special and mainstream education groups.

As both a Principal and a Regional Leader for the National College for Teaching and Learning, David visited several countries and sat on various OECD, DfE and Cabinet Office groups. He is a trustee of EMLC Academies Trust, the Shaw Education Trust and the Active Learning Trust and is a director of other educational boards. He chairs the National SEND Forum which has a dozen of the most significant SEND bodies on it and this meets regularly with the DfE, Ofsted, the NHS and other bodies over the year.

David feels privileged to have been involved in a wide range of projects including the primary curriculum review; Futures Thinking; the launch of the Green Paper that later became the Children and Families Act; the Wellbeing and Mental Capital Project led by the government Chief Scientific Officer; research e.g. a current DfE/Derby University survey, the Bristol project in turbulence in schools and NCTL publications on the Chinese Education system and Everyone A Leader. He currently sits on the education board of the Centre for High Performance at Oxford University and on the European panel of experts for the LeHo project. David also contributed written and filmed material for the national headship, senior and middle leader programmes. David has often spoken at and chaired national conferences for special needs, including those at the Royal Society and the Royal College of Nursing.

David remains passionate about serving all children and young people and their families but especially those with special educational needs and disabilities. He is particularly focussed on leadership as a consultant, working with independent mainstream schools, multi-academy trusts and special schools.

In his spare time David writes and records songs, helps stage acoustic concerts, is a member of Sheffield Theatres and enjoys travel.




Kevin CromptonKevin Crompton

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 12 February 2013

Kevin is the Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Group

Kevin is a former teacher in London, has worked in various roles in London local authorities and was an Adviser to the Teacher Training Agency on Teacher Standards and CPD. He is a former Chief Adviser in Birmingham, Director of Children’s Services in Solihull and Chief Executive in both Luton and Haringey local authorities. In those roles he has made an outstanding contribution to education and local government.

Kevin says that after 30 years working at all levels of local government he is looking for opportunities to continue doing things that improve the life chances of others, particularly children in the Early Years and the most vulnerable members in our society. In short he says he is trying to ‘plant a walnut tree’. He has two other passions: writing music and enjoying his narrow boat.

Pauline WaterhousePauline Waterhouse OBE

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 12 February 2013

Chair of the Performance Group

Pauline Waterhouse  was the Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College. The College has national Beacon of Excellence status and with a turnover of £52 million, is one of the largest colleges of further and higher education in the UK. During Pauline’s period of leadership of the College, she worked closely with partner secondary schools and the College is currently the education partner in three National Challenge Trusts. Pauline is Chair of Governors of one of these schools. She and her team developed the College’s HE portfolio and established the University Centre in central Blackpool. This gives local young people the opportunity for seamless progression from the 16-19 phase of education through to higher education. The College also works closely with both large employers and SMEs and is a key strategic partner on the Fylde coast.

Pauline began her career in education as a teacher of English. In addition to working in colleges in the north of England and on the south coast, Pauline has worked in a large city education authority where she was involved in primary, secondary and tertiary reorganisation.

James FairleJames Fairlie

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 12 February 2013

Chair of the Development Group

James Fairlie is a father of 6 (plus 4 grandchildren) whose outside work interests are rugby (non-playing) and all sport and music (‘cello). He started his working life in the banking industry.

In the late ’80’s he ran the ‘Banking Information Service’ – an education and careers service representing the whole banking industry. It became a major force in developing the interface between education and business (as very much initially proposed by James Callaghan), as well as improving the financial literacy of young people and supporting the growth of PSHE as a significant curriculum area. This role provided an excellent base to make relevant connections within education as well as major corporates and partnership bodies.

Since then he has run his own company creating opportunities for education to benefit from and work effectively with business and the community at large. This has the added benefit of improving awareness of education outside of the world that is education!

He recently sold his company to the Ten Alps Group – the media and publishing empire headed by Bob Geldof – where he now has a slightly wider perspective pushing that organisation’s corporate social responsibility agenda but still rooted in his work within education.

Education remains his main passion and he believes that his experience, expertise and contacts will be of value to the EMLC group.

Keith MarshallKeith Marshall OBE

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 11 June 2013

Keith Marshall is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London. His early career was as an Electrical Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy, specialising in conventional submarines. Leaving the Royal Navy he worked as a systems engineer in a defence contract company before joining the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB). At the EITB Keith led the team that developed the early engineering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). He was part of the team that transformed the EITB from a statutory to a non-statutory organisation. Keith’s next position was as part of the team that set up the Training Standards Council (TSC) the first organisation to inspect the quality of non-Further Education College work-based training providers. As a Senior Inspector he scheduled and led inspections. When the TSC joined with the Further Education inspectorate to form the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), widening its remit to cover all work-based training, Keith became Director of Inspection with responsibility for Planning. On leaving the ALI, Keith was appointed CEO of SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering covering Electro technical, heating and ventilation, plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning. He set the organisation up and ran it for ten years, leaving in September 2013. Keith now works as an independent consultant.

Keith has an honours degree in electrical engineering and is a Fellow of the IET. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008 for services to vocational training and in 2013 was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute


Jan Marshall

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 19 July 2012

Chief Executive
Jan has been CEO at EMLC, Third Wave Enterprises and EMLC Academy Trust, leading the EMLC Group.

Julian Rivers photoJulian Rivers

EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 27th Mach 2014

Julian qualified as a school teacher and taught in Secondary Modern and a Primary School in industrial Lancashire and read for an Education Degree in his spare time.  He joined the commercial world as an educational publisher.  Later he became the company’s youngest Managing Director at 26, publishing teacher and classroom texts. Julian has a wide experience in the book industry with 17 years as a publisher, and later as a book chain Director of Dillons Group (to become Waterstones), and as Chief Executive of Bertrams, the U.K’s largest book wholesaler with a turnover then of c £60m and 1000 employees.  He grew sales by 66% and profit by 63% in three years and sold the family owned business to venture capital.

Sales growth involved him in discovering a small company with offices above a dry cleaners in Gerrards Cross.  Supply to that company represents multi millions of books a year.  They were called Amazon.

Julian’s principal skill is strategic planning with a view to generating value.  He has a fully rounded understanding of business management.

Since retiring from full time executive roles, he has assisted a range of small business and charities in non executive roles, ranging from Oxford Brookes University and Oxfam, to manufacture of agricultural machinery in Inverness.

Julian loves horses and riding and regularly competes in various cross country events.  He also completes a number of long distance charity bike rides each year.

He is married to Jenny and has an adult son and stepson, both married and live in London.


Angie Milne –  EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since March 2016

Angie Milne is the new Chair of Governors at Hardingstone Academy. She has served as the Parent Member of the Hardingstone AIB since its inception in January 2014 and taken the lead role over finance for the AIB. Angie is married and has two children that attend Hardingstone Academy. She also runs a successful business as an Early Years Educator. She is an active member of the Hardingstone village community and has served as a parish councillor. She has a passion for education and the early years, and also for Hardingstone Academy’s success. She has shown herself to be very committed to EMLC Academy Trust, not least these last few months where she has taken on the wrath of and verbal abuse from the current parish council members over the expansion of Hardingstone from 1FE to 2FE.

Ann Shelton Mayes –  EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since March 2016

Ann Shelton Mayes is Dean of School of Education at The University of Northampton. She was formerly a deputy head in a secondary comprehensive school and Director of Initial Teacher Training Programmes at the Open University. Her teaching career in higher education has focused on teacher professional development – pre-service and postgraduate and she has published in the area of distance education, mentoring, professional standards, ITT and early professional development. She has been involved in international teacher education projects in Africa and USA.


Ann Shelton Mayes is Dean of School of Education at The University of Northampton. She was formerly a deputy head in a secondary comprehensive school and Director of Initial Teacher Training Programmes at the Open University. Her teaching career in higher education has focused on teacher professional development – pre-service and postgraduate and she has published in the area of distance education, mentoring, professional standards, ITT and early professional development. She has been involved in international teacher education projects in Africa and USA

Mentoring and coaching, Teacher Professional Development, Teaching Assistant Professional Development, Distance education and e-learning & Assessment and Quality

Burgess, H. and Shelton Mayes, A. (2005). An exploration of the English elementary teacher’s role in the professional development of teaching assistants: perspectives on issues, challenges and tensions. AERA, Montreal, April 13th 2005

Burgess, H. and Shelton Mayes, A. (2004). Developing Self-confidence in Mathematics Subject Knowledge as Trainees and Qualified Teachers. BERA, Manchester 16th September, 2004.

Burgess, H. and Shelton Mayes, A. (2004). Using e-learning to support mathematics subject knowledge development in elementary pre-service teacher education: an analysis of trainee learning and the impact on confidence. AERA, San Diego, April 13th 2004.

Burgess, H. & Shelton Mayes, A. (2003) ‘Tutoring Primary Trainees through E-conferencing’ in Mentoring and Tutoring Vol. 11, No 3, pp.285-305.

Burgess, H. and Shelton Mayes, A. (2003). The role of new technologies in pre-service teacher education: a focus on developing subject and professional knowledge in primary teacher training. HICE, Honolulu, January 2003