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:
Chair and EMLC Academy Trust Board of Trustee
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.
EMLC Academy Trust Board of Trustee 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.
EMLC Academy Trust Board of Trustee since 11 April 2017
Jonathan has been a Head teacher at Hamilton School since September 2013. Hamilton is an inner city, autism specific, special primary school in Handsworth, Birmingham. Before that, he was a senior leader in four other schools – three of them mainstream secondary comprehensives. Jonathan was Head of sixth form for nine years where he realised how hard it was for students to achieve their success at all levels. He made a decision with his heart to work with students with autism due to family reasons and seeing the students develop has been fantastic. He genuinely believes in the power of education to transform lives and will endeavour to use his knowledge, skills and experiences to help the students, who are part of the EMLC Academy Trust, fulfil their hopes and dreams.
Outside of work, football and music are his main passions. He runs and swims a lot and tries his best to be a positive force for change!
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
EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 06 February 2018
Stephen has a 20-year career history in operations and finance, working at a senior level in the public and private sectors. He has managed significant change management and quality assurance programmes for local government and international commercial banking organisations. Stephen has held the position of Finance Director in the UK education system and enjoyed a spell performing a similar role internationally. Stephen returned to the UK in 2007 and has since worked closely with the Department for Education in areas of policy reform. Between 2014 and 2015, Stephen presided over the development and implementation of nationally recognised school business management professional standards and in 2017 led the change of status from the National Association of School Business Management to the Institute of School Business Leadership.
EMLC Academy Trust Strategic Board Director since 06 February 2018
Irfana has over 25 years’ of commercial experience and specialises in risk management, compliance, audit, corporate governance and formulation of financial and operation strategies gained in multiple commodity organisations. Currently she is a Chief Risk Officer of a commodity company and is a Board Member of its subsidiary and Chairs the Group Risk Management Committee. Her role stretches from advising the board of internal and external risks that the company may be exposed to and is responsible for ensuring the company is in compliance to all new and existing regulations.
She has worked for various blue chip companies which have include Total, Mobil Oil, El Paso, BG and Centrica. She has international commercial experience which has involved working in the USA, Former Soviet Union, Europe and the Caribbean’s. She has an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Outside of work she plays golf, enjoys jazz music and arts and walking.