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The Board

Jason Brine (Trustee) 

Chair of the Trust Board

Correspondence address:  Tees Valley Education, Kedward Avenue, Middlesbrough TS3 9DB

Jason joined TVED board as a trustee member in 2017. He has a legal background and is a qualified solicitor. Jason has a history of working at board level in executive and non-executive positions and is currently Legal Counsel to Vertu Motors plc, an AIM listed retailer operating across in excess of 100 sites. He is also chair of joint Internal Audit Committee of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police. Until recently, Jason was the owner and executive officer of a local wedding venue (cafe bar, gift shop and concert hall) business. Previous positions include being a non-executive director and the audit committee chair of Scarborough and NE Yorkshire NHS Trust and a non-executive director of the Yorkshire Moors and Coast Tourism Partnership Board, a not for profit organisation that is now part of Welcome to Yorkshire. In addition to his legal work, in general practice, Jason was General Counsel and Company secretary to Reg Vardy plc, a FTSE 250 company. Jason’s public and private sector experience includes legal and financial management, governance and risk management, audit and strategy. Jason was recruited as a trustee vis Academy Ambassadors. From September 2017, he is chair of TVED’s finance, audit and risk committee and now Chair of the Trust Board


Richard Hodges (Member & Trustee)

Richard is a very experienced school governor.  He has been chair of TVED since its inception in September 2015.  Before that, he was chair of Brambles Primary Academy (2012 onwards) which is now an academy in TVED. During his tenure, a new headteacher was appointed; the school became an academy and, in 2014, was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding, with strong governance. In his school governance capacity, Richard has served as chair of the finance, audit and risk committee both at Brambles and with TVED.  In September 2017, he stood down as chair of this committee in order to devote more time as chair of the trust. With his professional expertise, he continues to lead on health and safety and risk management. Professionally, Richard is a senior environment, health and safety engineer and manager with extensive experience in project management, leading teams, people management, audit and ensuring compliance. As well as being chair of the TVED trust board, Richard is also the link member to the board.

Katrina Morley CEO & Executive Head Teacher (Trustee)

As CEO of TVED, Katrina is, ex officio, a trustee.  She is a very experienced primary school leader, having been a deputy headteacher since 2003 and headteacher since 2010.  Currently, she is executive headteacher of Pennyman Academy.  In 2015, she was appointed as joint CEO of TVED with the headteacher of Brambles Academy.  Following a trust senior leadership restructure, she was appointed as sole CEO in September 2017.  She has led schools through 5 Ofsted inspections, supporting Whale Hill Primary School to achieve outstanding in 2006 and inspections in Pennyman ranging from good with outstanding features to outstanding in 2010, 2014 and 2017.  Katrina has been a National Leader of Education since 2014 and is also the leader of the Tees Valley Teaching School Alliance which was established in 2015 which is at the forefront locally and regionally for providing outreach and school to school support.  As CEO, she is leader of over 200 staff.  All three academies in TVED are currently judged to be either good or outstanding.  Katrina is a nationally recognised expert in promoting exemplary SEND practice in mainstream schools, working closely with a range of support agencies and other schools and academies, including special schools.

Patrick Scott (Trustee)

Patrick has been a TVED trustee since the trust was set up in 2015. He is currently vice-chair of the trust board.  He is also chair of the trust’s academy standards committee.  Before he retired in 2007, Patrick had very extensive experience as a senior local authority education and children’s services officer.  He was appointed as director of education for the city of York when it was established as a unitary authority in 1998, becoming director of children’s services in 2005. During the time he led York’s education services, Ofsted judged the authority to be outstanding in terms of education provision. Before that, he was a senior education adviser with lead responsibility for guidance and inspection in Cleveland and assistant director for school improvement in Redcar and Cleveland.  Since retiring from local government, Patrick has worked as an education consultant with nationally recognised expertise in leadership development in both schools and local authority education and children’s services.  He has extensive knowledge and experience of governance systems, having served as chair of Navigate Academies Trust board and vice-chair of TVED board. He has also chaired an IEB at a secondary school in Leicester.  He has particular expertise in school strategic planning for improvement.

Jenny Vickers (Trustee)

Jenny has been a TVED trustee since it was set up in 2015. She is a very experience educational professional with particular expertise in school improvement across all sectors but particularly in primary schools.  Before she retired, Jenny had extensive school and education leadership experience as a headteacher, local authority education adviser and, latterly, as head of school improvement in York Council which, while she was still in post, was one of the few LAs judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in terms of education support and provision.  Since her retirement, she has, until very recently, continued her professional engagement with education as a consultant, with a very strong record on advising local authorities on developing effective school improvement strategies and leading commissioned LA school improvement interventions.  As a former Ofsted lead inspector, Jenny is well versed in Ofsted’s methodology and expectations.  While no longer practising as an inspector, she continues to keep herself up to date with the latest inspection developments and requirements.  Jenny has particular expertise in supporting and encouraging the development of effective school leadership. In her role as TVED trustee, she has lead responsibility for the trust board both for the teaching school alliance and the project to open Discovery Special Academy as a free school.

Norma Newell (Member)

Norma is a former very experienced primary headteacher, a post she held for 25 years in a large urban primary school in an area of significant deprivation in Teesside.  During her headship, Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in 1997, 2006 and subsequently.  She retired from this post in 2012 and since then, has continued to be engaged in primary education as a school governor and education consultant.  She currently works as a consultant with PiXL (Partners in Excellence), a very well regarded national not for profit organisation that helps schools to evaluate their performance and set aspirational goals.  She is therefore very well versed in the interpretation of performance data and leadership in the primary phase.

Andy Taylor (Trustee)

Andy has been a TVED trustee since the trust was set up in September 2015. He is a very experienced education professional with particular expertise in advising on headteacher/trust CEO performance management and supporting school leaders/ governing bodies and trust boards both to interpret and effectively use pupil performance data.  For many years, Andy has been a consultant affiliated with Fischer Family Trust and continues to work with FFT and with a wide range of schools, providing school specific and generic training for school staff and governors on the best use of performance data. He is also commissioned (at cost) to advise the TVED CEO on the performance management of the trust headteachers and advise the trust board on the CEO’s performance management.  He is the trustee representative on TVED’s challenge board bringing particular expertise and challenge to individual academy pupil performance outcomes and also advising TVED headteachers and the CEO on the further development of their approach to self-evaluation.

Sister Anita Smith (Member)

Sister Anita is an active member of the Church of England’s General Synod with a particular interest in education and school governance.  She is a former head of science in a large secondary school and head of a middle school.  She has also worked at university level in the faculty of education supervising teaching practice and placements.  She is a very experienced school governor, having served as a governor for 10 years including as a local governor at Pennyman both before and after it became an academy.  She has a particular interest and expertise in children’s well-being and safeguarding and is Church of England’s safeguarding officer for the community she serves.


Michelle Sanderson (Trustee)

Michelle joined the TVED trust board in September 2017 via Academy Ambassadors.  Michelle has extensive experience working both as a senior children’s social care manager across several local authorities and as a consultant and member of intervention teams providing support and challenge to LAs where Ofsted has judged children’s social care leadership, management and provision to be inadequate.  She is also the owner and director of a private limited company providing advice, guidance and support to LAs and social care providers to help to improve children’s social care provision.  Michelle therefore has a very strong track record and significant expertise in ensuring children’s safeguarding and well-being including in education settings.  In her professional career, Michelle has both led and managed teams and fully appreciates the need for robust performance management and appraisal. She also has significant experience managing budgets in tight financial situations including prioritising need and ensuring that budgets are closely linked to and support the organisations agreed strategic priorities and direction.  In TVED, Michelle is a member of the finance, audit and risk committee, taking lead governance responsibility for ensuring safeguarding and Prevent compliance.



Please find below our latest Declarations of Interest form:

Register of Pecuniary-Business Interests (2017-18)

Surname First Name Title Role/Position Meetings/Committees/Boards Start Date
Hodges Richard Mr Member
Trustee (Compliance/H&S)
Chair of Local Academy Committee (Brambles)
Local Academy Committee (Brambles) Jul-15
Morley Katrina Miss Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chief Accounting Officer
Executive Head Teacher (Pennyman)
Director of Teaching School
Trust Board
Challenge Board
Standards Committee
Audit, Risk & Finance Committee
Pay Review Committee
Newell Norma Mrs Member Trust Board Jul-15
Scott Patrick Mr Trustee
Vice Chair of Trust Board
Chair of Standards Committee
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Pay Review Committee
Smith Anita Sister Member

Chair of Local Academy Committee (Pennyman)
Chair of Local Academy Committee (Dormanstown)

Trust Board

Local Academy Committee (Pennyman)

Taylor Andrew (Andy) Mr Trustee (Education)
Performance Management Lead
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Challenge Board
Vickers Jenny Mrs Trustee (Business/Education)
Chair of Teaching School Board
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Teaching School Alliance Board
Brine Jason Mr Trustee (Business)

Chair of Trust Board

Trust Board
Audit, Risk & Finance Committee
Sanderson Michelle Mrs Trustee (Business/Safeguarding)
Safeguarding TrusteeChair of Audit & Risk Committee
Trust Board
Audit, Risk & Finance Committee
Vacancy Trustee (Finance)


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