The Board

The Board of Tees Valley Education are committed to supporting outstanding educational practice in a range of settings. 

Jason Brine (Trustee)

Chair of Trust Board

Chair of Pay Review Committee

Jason joined the TVED board as a trustee in September 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 Group Solicitor to Vertu Motors plc, an AIM listed retailer operating across in excess of 100 sites. He is also chair of the 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 (café 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 former 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 via Academy Ambassadors. From September 2017, he is chair of TVED’s finance, audit and risk committee.

Richard Hodges (Member and Trustee)

Richard is a very experienced school governor. He was chair of TVED since its inception in September 2015 through to July 2018. 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 audit, risk and finance committee both at Brambles and with TVED. Richard is also the link Trust Member to the board.

Professionally, Richard is a technical safety engineer and manager with extensive experience in environment, health, safety and quality management systems, risk management, leading teams, people management, audit and ensuring compliance. With his professional expertise, he continues to lead within TVED on health and safety and risk management.

Katrina Morley (Trustee)

CEO of the Trust

As CEO of Tees Valley Education (TVED) Multi-Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher of Pennyman Primary Academy, Katrina has over 20 years of experience in the education sector. The last 15 years of that time have involved a range of leadership roles, in a variety of establishments, all of which have been graded by Ofsted as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ or ‘Outstanding’. Currently, TVED has five academies including a new free special school, which opened in September 2018. Due to the Trust’s expertise in a range of inclusive practices and success in supporting children’s educational and pastoral opportunities, TVED also has an established outreach offer working with a variety of strategic partners across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland as well as others regionally and nationally. Katrina sits on SSAT’s national primary board and was part of the team who contributed to SSAT’s NPQML (National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership) course – which is also ran at TVED.

Patrick Scott (Trustee)

Vice Chair of Trust Board

Chair of Standards Committee

Patrick was Director of Education in Redcar and Cleveland, before moving to York where he was Director of Education and Leisure (2001 – 2005) and Director of Learning, Culture and Children’s Services (2005 – 2007). During his time in York, the authority was regularly judged ‘outstanding’ for children’s services and achieved ‘beacon’ status twice, for its work with vulnerable children and young people and for school improvement. Since 2007, he has worked as a freelance consultant with a range of clients, including schools and local authorities. In 2009, he was asked to join the team delivering the DCS leadership programme for the National College for School and Children’s Services Leadership and was subsequently appointed as the National Lead for Succession Planning for Children’s Services. He is currently a Deloitte associate, in which role he has worked on leadership programmes for Directors of Children’s Services, and Aspiring Directors of Public Health. 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. During a long career, he has published books and articles on English teaching, inspection and leadership and was, for a while, a columnist for the Times Educational Supplement. He is the Chair of Trustees for the York Music Hub and a trustee for Project Mala, a York based charity, providing education for children in the carpet weaving district of the Uttar Pradesh in India.

Jenny Vickers (Trustee)

Safeguarding Trustee

Lead Trustee for the Discovery Special Academy (free school) project

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)

Performance Management Lead

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 worked for Fischer Family Trust and continues to work with FFT Literacy 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)

Chair of Audit, Risk & Finance Committee

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.

Paul Swalwell (Trustee) 

Paul joined the TVED trust board in September 2018. Paul works for a leading independent school in North Yorkshire. His background in journalism has led to his current role in marketing and communications. For his undergraduate degree, he studied Philosophy at the University of York and has since gained his Masters in Journalism from Teesside University. Paul is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Management Institute. Born and raised in Teesside, Paul is passionate about his hometown and the environment. He is also a trustee of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. He is currently working towards achieving his MBA and brings considerable management and communication skills to the trust. 

Neil Harrison (Trustee) 

Neil has recently been appointed to the TVED trust board via Academy Ambassadors. Neil is a highly motivated commercially aware finance professional who has worked at senior and board level for over 25 years in a wide variety of businesses. Neil has experience of leading finance departments, IT, procurement and human resources and he has been a company secretary. Neil has a passion for creating opportunities for children and young people including adding real value, through constant pursuit of improvements in strategy, customer service, efficiency and realising the full potential of colleagues.

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