"People used to tell me to look at which young offender's institution my child was going to. Now I'm looking at which university they will go to." - Year 13 parent
"Excellent provision of adapted curriculum to meet the children's individual needs. Everything fun & enjoyable"
"Where do I start?! I am so pleased and grateful for the excellent provision, quality teaching and care that my child has access to in school."
"Fantastic school I personally couldn't have hoped for a better school safe and nurturing environment she always comes home with a smile."
"I think the school overall is great and my son has come on leaps and bounds since being there, he always enjoys school and is always smiling."
"The Trust Olympics 2023 were perfect, awesome and fantastic."
"Brilliant clubs & brilliant staff also."
"My children really enjoy the school clubs both after school and holiday clubs, the staff are amazing."
"We really love the school holiday club and so do the boys."
"I would like to send a message of thanks to everyone who works the clubs and those for organise them too. They are an important resource to our whole family, so thank you."
Board of Directors: 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:
- They are Directors - because the MAT is a company, and;
- They are Trustees - because the MAT is a charity, and;
- They are Governors - because the MAT is responsible for running the schools
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 ‘Director’. Directors are made up of a diverse range of individuals. The Members will always appoint Directors, and Directors have the option to appoint associate Directors.
Below are further details of the Nexus MAT Directors.
Mr Andrew Child MBE (Chair)
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 taking on a national role in educational 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 and the East Midlands to support and improve governance.
(1a Andrew Child Interests & Attendance Data-Director.pdf)
Mr Peter Castleton
Peter is a (recently) retired, former Director of Social Work Studies at the University of Sheffield and has extensive experience of children’s social work leadership and management. Peter published papers and has undertaken research in a wide range of social work related areas and has advised local and national government on strategy.
(1a Peter Castleton Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Mrs Rachel Potts (Vice-Chair)
Rachel took early retirement following a 36-year career in the NHS, working in a range of operational management and senior leadership roles. Rachel was Chief Operating Officer and more recently Executive Director of Planning & Governance and has a wealth of relevant experience in all aspects of strategic planning, commissioning, performance delivery, corporate governance and leadership. Rachel has a Master’s Degree in Health & Social Care and many of her successes in the NHS have involved taking a collaborative approach to working in a multi-agency way to deliver service improvements.
(From March 22 1a Rachel Potts Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Mr Steven Booth
Steve has been involved in the governance of our schools since 2015, both as a governor and chair of governors at 2 of our schools. He continues to provide support as a Director and Trustee of Nexus, including being an active member of the Audit and Finance committee. Steve Booth worked for 32 years in Banking. After taking early retirement in 2001 he joined an education charity, Young Enterprise, as Regional Manager, becoming C.E.O in 2005 and finally retired in 2008. Steve has accrued a wide range of business and finance experience. During his second “mini” career at Young Enterprise, Steve worked with hundreds of schools and business across the Yorkshire & Humber region.
(1a Steven Booth Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Having taught in schools, sixth form college and alternative education settings Sue then became involved in a range of educational initiatives supporting out of school activities. Before becoming a member of the Kelford Governing Body, she has been a governor in both secondary and primary schools. Throughout her working life she has been committed to promoting both pupil and family voice.
(1a Susan Shelley Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Mr Ray Palmer
Ray Palmer joined the Trust Board of Directors in 2018, having had no previous connection with the MAT or our academies. Ray is a professional and competent Health & Safety Consultant with a wide range of experience gained whilst working in a variety of work environments across the public and private sectors. Ray is also a sitting Magistrate, a role he has held since 1998.
(1a Ray Palmer Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Gillian first became a Governor in 2016 in a local primary school and has held Vice Chair of Governing body and Chair of Resources Committee roles. During her career Gillian set up a small urban care farm delivering land and animal based opportunities for children with disabilities or learning difficulties, also offering short breaks through the Aiming High Scheme in Doncaster.
She is also a long standing volunteer for Inspiring the Future regularly attending employability events in in both primary and secondary schools in our region. Gillian has worked within the public sector, with close links to Education since 2013 and has worked closely with Educational bodies in recent years such as DfE and The National Governance Association. Gillian is delighted to be able to support Nexus through her role as Director.
(Gillian Askew Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Mark Greenwood is a Director of Nexus MAT. Mark is a Procurement professional, and is a highly driven strategic thinker who excels at transformation and change management. Mark particularly enjoys developing staff through training, mentoring and coaching and supporting the adaptability of teams through a constantly changing business landscape. Mark has worked across the public, third and private sectors.
(Mark Greenwood Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Tina is a Director at MGRW+ and has over 25 years’ experience in the audit and accountancy sector. She has worked with SME’s, Charities and Academy Trusts during her career; advising on statutory compliance work, business growth & development, due diligence and training / mentoring.
#TeamMGRW+’ s ethos is based on an understanding that greater diversity and inclusion creates a healthy workplace culture and as a team, MGRW+ work hard to ensure they support and provide opportunities to all. Coupled with raising a neurodiverse family; Tina works hard to ensure her firm recruits the best people, from a diverse range of backgrounds and works to create an environment that helps everyone to succeed.
Tina is also involved in local authority initiatives to support and mentor young people, working as a Mentor on the national Career Ready Programme. Tina is also a Sheffield Ambassador of the See It Be It in Sheffield campaign and is an Enterprise Advisor at a local SEND school.
(Tina Havenhand Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)
Colin currently works as a programme manager for Derbyshire County Council Children's Services. Colin was a founding member of Stone Soup Learns Academy Trust, one of the country’s first Alternative Provision Free Schools, and has acted as governor and chair for the trust. Colin has a strong background in business management and development, and has recently completed a Masters in Business Administration.
Colin has also worked as the Head of Programmes for Groundwork Greater Nottingham Charity, and as Director of Education for the Stone Soup Project CIC.
(Colin Bradley Interests & Attendance Data.pdf)