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The Board

Richard Hodges (Member & Trustee)

Chair of the Trust Board
Correspondence address:  Tees Valley Education, Kedward Avenue, Middlesbrough TS3 9DB

I moved to Teesside 25 years ago to join ICI, having completed a degree in Chemical Engineering.  My wife, had never travelled this far north, but I managed to persuade her of the attractions of living in the north east, and we now have two sons aged 10 and 7.
During the 1990s, ICI gradually divested its heritage in heavy commodity chemicals manufacture as sold off the businesses on Teesside.  I transferred with the business to Huntsman and then to SABIC, which is a global company with its headquarters in Saudi Arabia.  Although the Teesside business is a remote and tiny part of the business, we are currently investing to secure the future of the site.
I began my career as a process engineer, then moved into operations management, followed by a role in Environment, Health, Safety and Security.  I have now moved into a role providing professional process engineering and process/technical safety leadership for SABIC UK Petrochemicals.  I have responsibility for the maintenance of process engineering, process safety and technical safety standards, systems and procedures to ensure that chemical engineering skills, knowledge and tools are up-to-date, and also have responsibility for the site process safety management programme through which we identify, assess and manage the risks associated with operating petrochemicals manufacturing.
I first became a school governor in 2002 through the business’ community programme, which encouraged employees to support local communities.  I joined the governing body at Brambles, and have continued to support the school through some very interesting and challenging times.  It has been a privilege to work with the leadership team at the schools during the last few years, and I’m pleased to be able to continue offering my support TVEd.


Katrina Morley CEO & Executive Head Teacher (Trustee)

I started working with schools as a business link, coach and school support officer whilst I was a chemical engineer at ICI and Targor.  I enjoyed it so much I went back to University and trained to be a teacher.  I’ve never looked back! I have worked in schools and academies for over 17 years, 13 of which has involved being a part of the senior leadership teams of three schools.  All schools were in disadvantaged areas but offered children and the community lots of opportunities to see and experience a range of learning and life.
I served as head teacher at Pennyman Primary for over five years!  Watching all of the children learn, compete in national chess competitions, sing in choirs across the country, play in regional sports events and actors and dancers perform some west end musicals has been both an honour and a privilege.
In July 2014, Ofsted graded the academy as outstanding.  In February 2015, Brambles and Pennyman became a National Support Schools.  The next part of the journey was to open an academy trust and Tees Valley Education opened in September 2015.
The future success of our children and the opportunities we offer provide an exciting challenge and one that as part of an amazing team, I am looking forward to!


Patrick Scott (Trustee)

Patrick began teaching English and Drama in Southampton in 1972. After having been the Head of an English department, and Chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE), he was Deputy Head of a school in Durham and then adviser for English and Drama in Cleveland. He made the then unusual switch from adviser to officer, as Deputy Director of Education in Redcar and Cleveland and became Director in 1998. In 2001 he moved to York as Director of Education and Leisure, where he was responsible for bringing education and children’s social care together into a single department. He now works as a consultant for the NCSL.


Jenny Vickers (Trustee)

I have spent a long career working within an education context, much of it across schools and LAs in the Tees Valley area.I was fortunate to gain a wealth of experience as a Deputy Headteacher at Brambles Farm and Headteacher in Grangetown. Working in these communities taught me so much about the importance of engaging with parent/carers to raise aspirations and create opportunities to improve the life chances of children and young people.
As I moved from headship to LA school improvement work I had the good fortune to work with some exceptional Headteachers and other educationalists. It was a period of exciting, innovation and development in Cleveland where the needs of children were central. This led to a broadening of the education landscape through the Every Child Matters agenda. In my role as Deputy Director of Children’s Services in the City of York I was able to work with colleagues to implement an integrated strategy of all services dealing with the needs of young people and their families.
I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to make a contribution to TVed at this crucial stage in its development. I am aware that its values, aspirations and drive are representative of an organisation determined to ensure success for its pupils and I will endeavour as a Trustee to support that aim.


Norma Newell (Member)

After 25 years as serving Head Teacher of a very large, urban primary school, in quite a challenging area of Teesside, and actually loving every minute of it (well nearly every minute!), the plan was always simply to retire, to walk away happily in 2012… contented in the knowledge that I had given it ‘my best shot’ and could hand over to a staff team so committed and capable that they no longer needed me. Job done!
Then ‘out of the blue’, just weeks before my official retirement, I received a visit from Sir John Rowling, whom I had previously worked alongside, on his ‘Towards Excellence’ programme, some 15 years earlier, during his former life as a highly successful and innovative local secondary Head Teacher. His latest ambition was to launch a Primary version of PiXL (Partners in Excellence) aimed at boosting the attainment of under-achieving 11 year olds, before they reach secondary school. “Was I able to help him?” he asked. Needless to say I was immediately hooked and the rest is history!
So in the end, my retirement just seemed to blend seamlessly into becoming a PiXL Associate and it is in this capacity that I began working with Brambles, Pennyman and Dormanstown who joined Primary PiXL in 2012 as pioneers, whilst it was still in its infancy. With hindsight, I know the wrench of leaving a job I cared about so much and from which I gained such immense satisfaction, has been greatly alleviated by my growing involvement with a whole range of PiXL schools and TVEd in particular. It is undoubtedly a very special organisation. The moral purpose underpinning everything they stand for, and indeed exuded by all those with whom they work in partnership, continues to both uplift and inspire me. Working with TVEd I hope to be able to put my years of experience to good use, by giving back something positive to the education of the next generation.


Andy Taylor (Trustee)

Andy worked as an independent consultant specialising in English and literacy and in teacher education, working on projects and contracts with the TDA, Ofsted, QCDA and the Literacy/ Primary Strategies. He spent some time as a Senior Advisor for Primary Literacy with National Strategies, working with Regional Advisers in the north of England, leading training and supporting LA work. He was also closely involved in developing materials on vulnerable learners, on speaking and listening and on assessment in literacy. Currently Andy is a Training and Development Manager for Fischer Family Trust providing training on a range of literacy intervention programmes, CPD for schools and support for school improvement projects.


Sister Anita Smith (Member)

A current member of the religious community, Sister Anita has had involvement with the Trust’s academies in various roles over the years, with her links to the parish she serves and as a member of the governing bodies of both Brambles and Pennyman Primary Academies. Sister Anita is a retired teacher, having worked in Ghana, Swaziland and the UK.


Amanda Williams (Trustee)

Amanda is currently the Head of HR at Quorn Foods, with significant experience in change management, organisational development and culture change across a range of industry sectors including financial services, FMCG and engineering. Amanda’s expertise includes M&A, organisation design and restructuring, developing and implementing HR strategy and culture change.


Please find below our latest Declarations of Interest form:

Register of Pecuniary-Business Interests (2016-17)


Surname First Name Title Role/Position Meetings/Committees/Boards Start Date
Hodges Richard Mr Member
Trustee (Compliance/H&S)
Chair of Trust Board
Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
Chair of Local Academy Committee (Brambles)
Trust Board
Audit & Risk Committee
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
Standards Committee
Audit & Risk Committee
Pay Review Committee
Jul-15
Newell Norma Mrs Member

Trustee (Business) RESIGNED May 2016

Trust Board Jul-15
Scott Patrick Mr Trustee
Chair of Standards Committee
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Pay Review Committee
Sep-16
Smith Anita Sister Member

Chair of Local Academy Committee (Pennyman)

Trust Board

Local Academy Committee (Pennyman)

Jul-15
Taylor Andrew (Andy) Mr Trustee (Education)
Performance Management Lead
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Jul-15
Vickers Jenny Mrs Trustee (Business/Education)
Safeguarding Trustee
Chair of Teaching School Board
Trust Board
Standards Committee
Teaching School Alliance Board
Oct-15
Williams Amanda Mrs Trustee (HR)
Chair of Pay Review Committee
Chair of Local Academy Committee (Dormanstown)
Trust Board
Pay Review Committee
Local Academy Committee (Dormanstown)
Jul-15

 

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