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.
Name: Mr Andy Child MBE ( Andrew Child Profile )
Andy has had a broad career spanning 40 years up to March 2014 working for a variety of UK government agencies and departments. He has served as a Governor at High Storrs School in Sheffield for over 17 years and was Chair of that Governing Board for over 10 years.
As a National Leader of Governance, he has worked for a number of years with schools and Local Authorities to support other Chairs and Governing Boards in South Yorkshire on a range of initiatives. During the last 12 years he has delivered training to primary, secondary and special school Governors across Sheffield and South Yorkshire on topics such as effective school management and Ofsted.
In June 2016 Andy was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to education and school governance.
Name: Mr John Coleman ( John Coleman Profile )
John’s aim is to ensure that our children and young people and staff are safe, happy, healthy, confident and successful, contributing to a thriving, inclusive community that is welcoming to all. John has been a teacher, educational psychologist and advisor in all sectors of the education service, and has significant senior management experience at local authority, regional and national levels. Prior to retirement he managed Rotherham’s SEND Assessment Service and was responsible for commissioning specialist provision. With nearly forty years’ experience within the education service he has a breadth and depth of knowledge to draw upon to help support and inspire positive change.
Name: Mr Alan Meloy ( Alan Meloy Profile )
Alan is an experienced IT Professional and former Assistant Director, with a comprehensive breadth of exposure from 30+ years in IT, 20+ of which have been for the NHS within South Yorkshire, now utilising his strong project and programme management skills as a self-employed IT Consultant.
A calm, logical and resilient ”people person” who has the communication and leadership skills to help the team “get the job done”
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.
Name: Mr Peter Castleton ( Peter Castleton Profile )
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.
Name: Mr Steven Booth ( Steven Booth Profile)
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.
Name: Sue Shelley ( Sue Shelley Profile )
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 have been a governor in both secondary and primary schools. Throughout her working life she has been committed to promoting both pupil and family voice. Having been involved with both voluntary sector organisations and schools across Rotherham she has a passionate commitment to equality of opportunity for all young people and is delighted to be able to support Nexus and Kelford in this work through her role as a Governor.
Name: Warren Phillip Carratt CIPD ( Warren Carratt Profile )
Warren is an experienced senior leader and manager and has worked across the public sector locally and nationally in education, local government and for the NHS. Warren has delivered successful strategic projects and cultivated partnership; led and managed social care provision within a Children’s Services context; and has extensive experience of strategic commissioning and workforce development.
Name: Amanda Benton (Associate Director) ( Amanda Benton Profile )
Amanda is Head Teacher at Thornhill Primary School in Rotherham, a post she has held for 12 years. In addition, Amanda has been in an Executive Head Teacher role for the Local Authority at Ferham Primary School from 2010 to 2012. Amanda has taught children in Rotherham Schools for over 30 years: beginning her career at Wath Victoria, moving onto Canklow Primary School and then taking up the post of Deputy Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at Thornhill.
She has worked across the Winterhill Learning Community of schools collaboratively in her role as Local Leader of Education (LLE).
Trust Board meetings
To maintain openness and transparency, you can view our full schedule of Trust Governance meetings – including Members, Trust Board and Local Governing Body meetings
Copies of all previous Trust Board Agendas and open papers can be found here
Local Governing Body papers are published on the each schools’ website.
Directors that have resigned
Details of our previous serving Directors can be found here