The overarching aim for the Trust is to create schools that provide an environment which is welcoming, inspiring, thought provoking and purposeful and which, within a caring ethos, to enable all of our children and young people to achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.

As a Board, our responsibility is for the strategic direction of the Trust. We see collaboration as the key to building a strong and confident Trust. Our structures and processes will continue to evolve to support and develop the Trust to benefit all our children and young people and staff.

We believe in allowing each school to retain its own distinct voice and identity, supporting all with efficient and effective central services and expertise. All our schools are firmly committed to sharing best practice and developing strong partnerships that will deliver the highest standard of education for all children and young people.

We believe passionately that education is about the development and nurture of the whole child. The environment of the Trust is designed to encourage creativity, physical excellence and academic achievement so that they are ready to take their place in the world and make a positive contribution to society.


Graeme BrookGraeme Brook

Graeme has spent the last 40 years working in education. He has been a teacher, deputy headteacher, headteacher, school improvement advisor for the local authority and education consultant.  Graeme has an excellent understanding of challenge and accountability within the education sector and is particularly skilled at analysing performance data and implementing national assessment frameworks and accountability measures. He has been a chair of governors at several primary and secondary schools.

Gavin BarleyGavin Barley

Gavin is part of the senior leadership team of a public-private sector partnership organisation which has undertaken the building and maintenance contracts of PFI schools in Hull as well as delivering building projects for the City of Culture. He has been a director at a range of academies including special and secondary schools and has widespread experience of delivering facilities management contracts.

Gerard Gibbons

Gerard is the sales manager of a leading UK Health & Safety product and training provider. He has experience of managing large teams of people and is responsible for financial and operational oversight of the commercial business.  Gerard also has an excellent understand of risk management and health and safety legislation. He has been a long standing trustee of a local special school.

Brian StillingsBrian Stillings

Brian has spent his working career employed in the education sector. He has undertaken a variety of roles comprising: teacher, deputy head teacher, head teacher, visiting lecturer at the University of Hull, school improvement advisor and is a qualified lead inspector for Ofsted.  He understands the importance of education in ensuring children have the best possible educational provision which promotes life chances to succeed, children being safe and well prepared for adult life in order to contribute effectively to society.

Paul BrownPaul Brown J.P.

Paul has been a magistrate since 1984 and is currently the chair of the Humber Bench. As a Justice of the Peace, Paul has a wealth of experience in tackling situations strategically and the variety of roles he has held over his working life have given him a vast experience in dealing with the public, staffing issues, diversity, training, monitoring and problem solving. He has been an Ofsted inspector, a sales and marketing manager for a large international company and the Managing Director and Chairman of the Institute of Swimming

Steve KernanSteve Kernan

Steve is the Principal of Newington Academy in Hull and is on the board of Academies Enterprise Trust. He has held a range of leadership positions in schools since leaving industry to train as a teacher. Steve has been a team leader for end of key stage marking programmes and brings with him a range of experiences of the academies sector.

Tony WilmotAnthony Wilmot

Tony is a fully qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in both industry and audit. He is currently employed as the CFO for a 6th form college and previously work as Head of Finance for a housing partnership and Finance Director for Beverley Building Society. Tony has a wealth of knowledge in financial and regulatory matters, including the requirements of internal and external audit.  He has been a governor in schools and also a non-exec director of a computer software company.

Paul StevensPaul Stevens

Paul is currently the Information Service Change Programme and Projects Team Manager for a large utilities company. He has a background in IT, property, programme and change management working across a wide range of service areas and industries. Paul has considerable procurement, contract negotiation, people, leadership, strategy and partnership working experience at both senior management and board level.


Andrew Jordan

Andrew is a fully qualified chartered certified accountant with considerable experience in all areas of private practice. He is employed by a local firm of chartered accountants as their corporate manager dealing with a varied portfolio of businesses and interests and leading a team of finance professionals in all aspects of accounting and taxation. Andrew has considerable knowledge in all areas of accounting and finance and considers the ability to convey financial information in a straightforward and understandable way to be amongst his most important skills.