Who we are:

Weaver Trust is a group of people with a wealth of experience brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life. We believe in openness and transparency in all things, so feel free to contact us about any aspect of our work or our members.

Members – Mr Michael Cladingbowl

Mike Cladingbowl started teaching in 1987 after completing a research degree at Liverpool University. He taught in the North West and was a successful secondary head teacher in Crewe until he was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) in 2002.

He was a member of the school improvement division, working across England in primary and secondary schools, and led teams of HMI when inspecting schools.

In 2005, he was appointed a Senior HMI and led nationally on the inspection of local authority children’s services working with local and central government, senior politicians, and the other public service inspection bodies. In 2009, he returned to the North of England and oversaw the inspection of schools, colleges, early years and independent schools. He was accountable for around 10,000 inspections annually, a budget of around £45 million, a call centre, national quality assurance processes, a large dispersed inspector field-force, and around 400 office-based employees.

From 2012, he returned to another key national role as he led Ofsted’s work on school inspection, introducing the ‘requires improvement’ grade and accompanying changes to inspection, the introduction of eight new Ofsted regions and associated infrastructure changes, and most recently led the development of new inspection of schools, colleges, independent schools, and early years. He has extensive leadership and management experience gained in these different contexts and has worked closely with the most senior figures in education. As a key member of the executive board at Ofsted he worked with five Chief Inspectors, and his posts included National Director, Inspection Reform and National Director, Schools.

He returned to school leadership in January 2015 and is currently the Executive Principal of Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust. He is Interim Chair of the Board of Directors of a new rural Multi-Academy Trust in Shropshire.

Members – Mr John Stannard (CBE FRSA)

John has worked in primary education throughout his career. He started teaching in Inner London in 1963 and taught in a number of primary schools. He moved into teacher training at the Froebel Institute and later at the University of Newcastle where he taught and researched in areas of child development, language and literacy. As a primary adviser specialising in the Early Years of education for Lancashire Education Authority, he spent 10 years as a district inspector responsible for primary and nursery schools in the Inner London Education Authority. In 1987, he was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) in 1987 where he later became the specialist English Adviser for the Office for Standards in Education (OfSTED).

In 1996, he was seconded from Ofsted to direct the National Literacy Project, a pilot project targeting lower achieving schools and, building on the success of this work, in May 1997 he became Director of the National Literacy Strategy, charged with improving standards of literacy across all primary schools in England. Over the first four years, The National Literacy Strategy had a significant impact on literacy standards in primary schools, and was extended to cover secondary schools.

In 2000 he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty, the Queen, for services to education and retired from his post as Director of the National Literacy Strategy in December 2000. From 2001 – 2012 John worked independently as a consultant advising nationally and internationally on Government and district level education programmes, mainly focussed on language and literacy in Canada, the Gulf States, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, the U.S. and the Caribbean. During this period, John worked for the UK government in the Prime Minister’s Policy Delivery Unit, at the Cabinet Office and as National Champion for Gifted and Talented Learners in the DfE. From 2002 – 2011 John held a post as visiting Professor at the Research and Graduate School of Education, University of Southampton.

In 2014, in partnership with Pie Corbett, he set up, and now directs, the Primary Writing Project. This is a programme designed to help primary schools implement Tall4Writing systematically over time. It provides sustained support for schools. It is proving increasingly popular and successful and is now the main focus of John’s professional activity.

Members – Mr Wayne Norrie

Wayne Norrie is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT), a family of 35 academies serving children and young people aged 3-19 across the Primary, Secondary and Special sector.

Wayne’s previous roles have included: Headteacher; Senior Local Authority Officer and Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted.

Wayne demonstrates a deep-rooted commitment to raising educational standards for all children and young people, through learning experiences. His vision is for GAT embraces the local culture of each academy, promoting, demonstrating and celebrating diversity and equality. Wayne passionately believes academies should ensure that young people are able to take a full and active place in society, regardless of any barriers they may face. He believes that a high quality education should enable all children to make a positive contribution to the economic, social and cultural capital of their communities.

Since Wayne’s appointment as CEO of GAT, there have been considerable improvement in all performance measures from EYFS to Post 16.  In addition, the Trust’s work on Careers and Employability, Outdoor Learning, Sports Provision and Digital Learning have attracted national interest.

Members and HR Director – Dr Di Wright

Dr Diane Wright is Associate Dean (International) and Head of the Department of Management, at the Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University. As Associate Dean, she determines the direction of internationalisation across the entire faculty, establishing academic and commercial partnerships, and international student recruitment in accordance with the University’s strategic objectives. As Head of Department, she is responsible for the management, academic leadership, and strategic direction for the Department across learning and teaching, research and commercial activity. The Management Department is home to almost 3,500 students and 65 members of staff.

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.

Members – Chair of Board – Mr Michael Jackson

As a primary school headteacher for 24 years from 1985 – 2009, Michael led two different schools – both large primary schools, one of which had two special needs/inclusion units.
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.