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New NSAT Trustees for 2020

As we begin 2020 we are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees to Northern Star Academies Trust. Trustees are appointed who have a wide variety of skills and expertise that they bring to our Charitable Trust.

Now in our fifth year, our Trustees Board has evolved as a truly independent and objective group of professionals, who have collective accountability for the educational outcomes of every child that attends a Northern Star Academies Trust school.

Alison Kelly joins the Board from an extensive background leading major Change Management programmes working as a senior leader for industry organisations such as Computershare and UKAR. Currently, Head of IT Delivery at Hitachi Capital UK, Alison has a key role in ensuring governance and control over major transformational projects and multi-million expenditures. In her spare time Alison has provided mentoring support to young people in business via the Princes Trust and is qualified as a coach/mentor with the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Anne-Marie Merrifield is one of Bradford’s highly experienced Executive Headteachers and is a National Leader of Education (NLE), working for over 30 years in the Primary and Early Years sector and as an inner-city Headteacher for over 16 years – securing three Outstanding Ofsted judgements. She leads one of the region’s most successful Teaching Schools (Birth to 19 TSA) and School Centred Initial Teacher Training Providers (SCITT) and is a system leader of great integrity – we are very pleased she has joined the Board as an educational expert.

Neal Walker joins the Board as a highly experienced Finance Director and Chief Risk Officer at the Marsden Building Society. As a qualified banker with many years of experience in accountancy and law he brings expertise and knowledge in the field of Financial Management and Control, Risk, Asset and Liability Management, Corporate Governance and Business Strategy. Neal believes there is a considerable overlap in terms of ethos with his employer as a mutual building society where the objective is to manage it in the interests of members as a custodian and ensure it is passed on in a better position for the benefit of future members!

Mark Chambers is an educationalist of many years’ experience and former CEO of Naace – The EdTech Association. A significant part of his career has been working in or with schools in challenging circumstances to achieve change, innovate and improve and to enhance the life chances of young people. He is passionate about the developing role of technology in education and has worked nationally and internationally to represent the voice of the UK education technology community schools sector. With previous experience as a MAT trustee, Mark brings a deep understanding of the impact academies can have on children’s education

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