The Trust Structure

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 August 2016
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period 4th December 2014 - 31st August 2015

Our Members

The Members of The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust are the conscience of the organisation. They appoint the Board of Directors and ensure that the aims of the Trust are upheld.  

Members Declaration of Interests Overview

The Members consist of:

  • The Bishop of Carlisle,
  • The Chair of the Board of Education,
  • A Trustee of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance,
  • A Member of the Board of Finance,
  • The Chair of the Board of Directors of The Good Shepherd Academy Trust.
  • There is also the option to appoint further members if their appointment is of benefit to the Trust

Our Board of Directors

We bring together a core group of people with a proven track record of school improvement and experience that is relevant to making the Trust a success. They are responsible for its strategic direction and are accountable for the academies to the Secretary of State and therefore determine the level of delegation to local governing bodies so that these can be as effective as possible. In addition the Board will also have representation from three Chairs of Local Governing Bodies from our family of schools.

Directors Declaration of Interests Overview

Nigel Appleton (Chair of Directors)

Nigel has worked in education for 36 years, beginning as a secondary school mathematics teacher and then moving into higher education to train new teachers and help serving teachers develop further. Over the past 14 years he has held leadership roles in universities, initially leading a large mathematics education team across both primary and secondary phases and then taking on more generic management and leadership in teacher education. In his most recent post he was Dean of the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, a university with an Anglican foundation, which has been the major supplier of high quality teachers to Lincolnshire and surrounding areas for over 150 years. Nigel's aim in this latter role was to work in partnership to provide children and young people with the best possible education by developing the best possible teachers.

Nigel has also served on two governing bodies, supporting three schools (now academies); one secondary and two primary. He knows some of the secondary schools in Cumbria through his previous work at the University of Cumbria and is now looking forward to getting to know the primary schools and teachers and the communities that they serve.

Jane Clarke

Jane has been Chair of Governors of St Peter’s Heversham since April 2013, having been a foundation Governor of the school from 2011. She took over the chair at a particularly challenging time and has led the FGB as it has sought to stabilise the school and to focus again on ensuring an excellent experience for the children and the achievement of high standards. 

She spent her career in Local Authority social work with children, working in general Children and Family Services in West Yorkshire, Stockport and Cumbria (Barrow) and also working as an adoption specialist and as part of a multi-disciplinary hospital team. She retired in 2011. 

From her experience in Heversham, she has a particular interest in the opportunities and challenges that are faced by small schools in areas with aging demographics.  She has played an active leadership role as the Heversham FGB explored academy status as part of developing a sustainable future for the school. She is now excited by the prospect of working within the MAT  as it develops a collaborative approach to improvement and  development, better enabling local governing bodies to rise to the educational, financial and social challenges so many will face in the coming years.


Stephen Fraser

Stephen has been Headteacher of two successful Primary Schools in Cumbria and has recently retired following 28 years of Headship, most recently at St Michael’s CE Primary School in Dalston.  He has previously served as Chair of Cumbria PHA from 2000-2002 and worked as an external adviser and school improvement partner. He was appointed as a National Leader in Education in 2006 and has worked in five local primary schools. He is also a designated local leader and in 2008 was selected as Headteacher of the Year under the teaching awards umbrella for Cumbria and the North East. As part of his NLE role he was fast tracked in 2013 and has completed his OFSTED training. Stephen believes The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust presents an opportunity for schools to benefit from a collaborative focus on school improvement, underpinned by Christian principles.

Patrick Freeman

Patrick has worked in education for 15 years, beginning as a field studies education tutor in Dorset; later training formally in Primary education (science specialism) in Bath. During this time he also worked at a state secondary boarding school in Bruton, Somerset- leading a range of activities for Year’s 8-13 inc. Much of Patrick’s teaching career was conducted in Norfolk LEA working in various sized schools, in rural and coastal ‘Action zone’ areas.

In 2007 Patrick moved to Cumbria (St. Martin’s College) to become a Senior Lecturer in ICT and Education to train new and serving teachers developing good partnership relationships with many of Cumbria‘s Primary schools.

Over the past 5 years Patrick has taken on the role of Principal Lecturer (Partnership Manager) for the University of Cumbria’s (UoC) Education Faculty, overseeing cross phase partnership arrangements (procurement of placements and QA processes) for the various routes the UoC are engaged or partnered in.

Patrick has been a school governor in the recent past; and has worked with various Cumbrian / Lancs schools on ICT related research projects. He is an external examiner and National Executive Secretary for the ‘Association of Partnerships in Teacher Education’ (APTE).

Patrick is committed to developing partnerships that have children’s best interests at their heart. He looks forward to working with all the schools in The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust and settings to develop young learners’ aspirations with high quality teaching and learning practitioners.

Nigel Kingdon

Nigel has 35 years teaching experience from Nursery to Year 7 in 5 C of E and Community schools across 2 Local Authorities (Oldham and Sheffield) including successful Headships of 2 primary schools over a 20 year period in Sheffield. During his time as a Headteacher he trained, qualified and practiced as an Ofsted team inspector and steered his own school through three Ofsted inspections, culminating in an "Outstanding" judgement.

He was Chair of Sheffield Primary Heads Partnership Group which provided the link with the Local Authority. This involved work on leadership development, HR policy and practice, school improvement and developing services to schools.

He was later appointed as an officer within Sheffield’s Children and Young People’s Directorate having involvement in various strategic and operational projects including leadership development, Headteacher recruitment, new Headteacher induction, general support for headteachers, providing guidance to schools on safeguarding in relation to Ofsted requirements, funding formula redesign for the City, support for governing bodies, troubleshooting governor / headteacher relationships and school expansion projects to create more primary school places.

Since his early retirement and family’s relocation to Ambleside he remains passionate about primary education and has been a Governor at Ambleside CE Primary School. He became Chair in September 2014.


Michael Mill

Michael has been Diocesan Director of Education, Children and Young People for the Carlisle Diocese since June 2011. He started his career as a secondary RE teacher then worked for 18 years as an education officer in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Michael’s local government experience has included working as a school support officer and case officer including focussing on children with special needs. He has managed a multi-million pound schools capital building programme and county-wide school organisation. He wrote a secondary school design brief and has written design specifications for mainstream and special provision and leading school organisation changes. He has also sat on an academy Interim Executive Board and spent three years as an education consultant worked nationally with a range of local authorities, colleges and schools.

Martin Rayner

Martin was born in Cumbria and educated at St Mary's Church of England Primary School and Heversham Grammar school. He studied Business Studies at Newcastle Polytechnic.

In 1974 Martin took over the running of Lakeland, the creative kitchenware company, with his two brothers. They grew the business, which still has its head office in Windermere, from a turnover of £500k to about £160m turnover.

Martin retired in May 2014 from day to day operation of the company but remains a 33% owner and a director. He is currently investing in and mentoring smaller local companies. He brings a wealth of business experience to the board of directors.

Martín is involved with fundraising for St Martin's church, Windermere, and is a director of Lake District Summer Music. His hobbies include golf, skiing, sailing, fell running, walking, music, food, wine, and cooking. He is passionate about God, love of his neighbour, self-improvement, the Lake District and the world.

Maura Regan

Maura is the CEO of the Carmel Educational Trust (CET) Darlington, Principal Carmel College and Executive Headteacher of St Augustine’s RC Primary School. She led the successful transformation of Carmel College as from a single outstanding College to the lead school in a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). The Trust is the first MAT in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and is recognised as a leading organisation nationally. Carmel College is one of the top performing schools in the country in terms of GCSE and 'A' level results and value added scores. In her role as NLE, Maura and her Leadership Team have supported schools across the region that are now showing significant improvements in outcomes. She is regularly invited to address national audiences on the benefits and complexities of establishing and leading a Multi Academy Trust in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and support for the common good.