The Directors of Weaver Trust are responsible for the strategic development and oversight of each of the academies in the Trust.
The Board of Trustees/Directors key focus:
- Governance of each Academy
- School Improvement
- Drawing up and implementation of Trust Policies
- Compliance with DfE Regulations, Statutory Compliance/Financial Regulations
- Performance Management of Executive Head and Heads of School
- To appoint or reappoint the auditors of the Trust
- Process of sponsoring additional schools
- Fulfilling all statutory responsibilities as Directors/Trustees
Mr Michael Jackson – Chair of Board
One of which was part of Cheshire’s small group of ‘Vanguard Schools’ that took on board Local Management of Schools (LMS) a year early.
In 1999 he was seconded by the LA to successfully lead a school out of Special Measures – he was at the school for four terms.
Following this Michael was seconded by the LA to be the primary representative on a small team preparing for Warrington’s move to Unitary Authority Status and advising councillors on educational issues. He was also the Inaugural Chair of Warrington Association of Primary Headteachers and a Member of Warrington’s Schools Forum.
As Extended Schools Adviser for Warrington, Mike was part of a team overseeing the introduction of the extended schools programme.
His training as an Investment In Excellence (IIE) trainer allowed Mike to deliver this programme to a number of teachers, senior management teams and groups of headteachers.
Since Retirement in 2009 Mike has been a governor of two primary schools; worked as an educational consultant delivering CPD to Heads and teachers; and is currently a director of a small company that is presently producing a termly educational magazine for parents.
Craig Ridge – Finance Director
Annette Williams – CEO
During this time, Annette has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting teachers in both Warrington and Cheshire LEA, to drive up standards, including a secondment, working as part of the leadership team to successfully lead a school out of Special Measures in just four terms.
During her headship, Annette has been seconded to two schools in difficulty – one being a School Causing Concern and one requiring improvement. She has accurately identified areas to drive up standards, thus securing school improvement.
As a Local Leader of Education, Annette supports schools with a range of issues to raise standards.
Member and HR Director – Dr Di Wright
Diane is a member of the MMU governing body and a trustee of The Joshua Tree, a charity that supports the families of children with life threatening illnesses in Northwich, Cheshire. She is on the Board of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, chairing their Policy and PR panel and for over five years, up until the end of 2015, was a Corporation member of South Cheshire College chairing the Management and Performance Committee.
She shifted direction into higher education some years ago having spent over 20 years in senior marketing roles, as Marketing Manager of a large FMCG organisation and Marketing Director of a new media/communications company. She also ran her own business for seven years.
Diane’s PhD focuses on female entrepreneurship and the facilitating nature of Higher Education in supporting female business owners. She also has research interests in Marketing (specifically Relationship Marketing), and enterprise in general. She was responsible for the launch of MizBiz, a programme that supported over 400 women in start-up enterprises, operating from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Michael Field – Director
Ian Burnett – Director
Within these various consultancy roles Ian has been tasked with streamlining CRM processes and procedures, rebuilding sales teams, developing and delivering customers service and sales training courses. Working with and developing people has always been a strong part of all of Ian’s roles, his energy and commitment to his role a major factor in many of these businesses requesting his input into future projects on a regular basis.
At present Ian has a part time consultancy role with Clear Vehicle Data who are the sales arm of International Decision Systems (IDS) suppliers of data into the motor and finance industry. In his spare time Ian is a passionate (if not very talented) sports enthusiast playing golf and watching football and rugby avidly. He has played an active role in not only coaching both junior school football teams and local youth football clubs where he also took responsibility for fundraising and recruitment.
Whilst not an educationalist, Ian’s people skills and experience in both the SME and corporate business world has provided a breadth of commercial knowledge that he is keen to utilise in what he perceives as being a new and challenging environment.
Mr Mark Francis – Director
His focus has been to assist high-growth technology software and service companies, by working with owners and private equity investors to plan and deliver tangible growth.
A Durham Business School graduate, holding an MBA and MA in Business Research. He has a true passion for business improvement, strategy and innovation. With access to an extensive network of leading industry experts, investors, business associations and business-led research institutions Mark brings true independent judgement and impartiality to bear on issues of strategy, risk, performance and resources.
Mark is also an MBA international student mentor and trusted business advisor; well placed to offer strategic guidance and deliver against business growth plans.
With an entrepreneurial spirit and renowned zest for ‘making a difference’ he finds time to mentor start-up ventures and assist companies with Non-Executive Director support.
Mrs Julie Haydon – Director
Julie is passionate about all things people, striving to empower and inspire individuals towards finding new ways of working, and ensuring consistently high-quality services. She has delivered a significant number of initiatives to maximise workforce efficiency and staff experiences around human resources, organisational change, employee engagement, health and wellbeing, equality and safeguarding.
In 2007, Julie became a Fellow of the CIPD and shortly afterwards, gained an MSc in Human Resources and Development. Julie is also qualified with the British Psychological Society, and is a licensed practitioner for several profiling tools, including ‘Insights Discovery’ and the ‘Liberating Leadership’ programme. More recently, Julie became a qualified personal and business coach, seeing first-hand the benefits that coaching can bring.