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Board of members: In all Academy Trusts, the individuals appointed to challenge and scrutinise the strategic direction and day to day running of the company, led by the Chief Executive Officer, have three functions:

This can be very confusing as the documentation used to set up the Academy Trust and the Department for Education guidance for Academies uses these three titles interchangeably, depending on the context. In Nexus, this role is simply called ‘member’. members are made up of a diverse range of individuals. The Members will always appoint members, and members have the option to appoint associate members.

Below are further details of the Nexus MAT members:

Mr Andrew Child MBE


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Mrs Catherine Hall


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Mr Paul Girling


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Mrs Zanib Rasool MBE


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Mr Peter Leach


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Mr Andrew Child MBE

Andy has had a broad career spanning 40 years working for a variety of UK government agencies and departments. He has been involved with school governance since 1988 and has been chair of governing boards in special, primary and secondary schools. He has also delivered training to school governors across South Yorkshire as well as spoken at regional and national conferences on effective school governance. Since becoming a National Leader of Governance in 2014, he has worked on a range of initiatives with schools, Local Authorities, Multi Academy Trusts and other educational stakeholders across South Yorkshire to support and improve governance.

(Andrew-Child-Interests-Attendance-Data.pdf)



Mrs Catherine Hall

Catherine has been a Registered Nurse for over 34 years and brings extensive experience of being a Midwife, Health Visitor, Nurse Consultant and Designated Nurse for Safeguarding. Catherine currently works for the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group as the Head of Safeguarding.

(Catherine-Hall-Interests-Attendance-Data.pdf)



Mr Paul Girling

Paul is part of new habits, a values’ driven training and coaching business that works in partnership with individuals, teams and organisations; across all sectors, and at all levels. Paul founded new habits over 11 years ago following a career initially in Central Government and then in the financial sector.

(Paul-Girling-Interests-Attendance-Data.pdf)



Mrs Zanib Rasool MBE

Zanib brings a wealth of experience from a career spent in the voluntary and community sector. She is currently working for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust; is a Director of Rotherham women’s organisation, GROW; the Chair of Rotherham Independent Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel; the Vice-Chair of Thornhill Primary School Governing Body; the Chair of Rotherham Central & Parkview Children’s Centre.

(Zanib-Rasool-Interests-Attendance-Data.pdf)



Mr Peter Leach

Between 1976 and 1987 Peter was employed as a class teacher, and then Deputy Headteacher, in Northumberland and Sheffield schools for children who experience severe and complex learning difficulties. In 1987 he became the Headteacher at Hilltop School and continued to work there until he retired in 2010. During this period the school became established as a centre of excellence with an outstanding inspection record and membership of the Specialist Schools programme.

(Peter-Leach-Interests-Attendance-Data.pdf)