Members are the equivalent of shareholders in a company limited by shares. They are the ‘guarantors’ of the company and promise to pay £10 towards the debts of the company in the event that the MAT is wound up.

The Members of the MAT have a different status from the Directors. The Members are the subscribers to the Trust’s Memorandum of Understanding, as are any other individuals permitted to become Members under its Articles of Association. Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust and have the power to appoint and remove Directors.

However, Members should not interfere with the day to day operation of the Trust or approach Directors or the Headteacher on an individual basis in their role as a Member outside of formal meeting settings.

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Trust Board of Directors must also both be a Member.

Below are further details of the Nexus MAT Members.


Name: Mr Andrew Child MBE (Andrew Child Interests & Attendance Data)

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: Mrs Catherine Hall –  (Catherine Hall Interests & Attendance Data)


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 Paul Girling (Paul Girling Interests & Attendance Data)

Paul is the Managing Director of New Habits, a values’ driven training, coaching, development and consultancy business  which works in partnership with individuals, teams and organisations; across all sectors, and at all levels.  Paul founded new habits over 11 years ago following a career initially in Central Government and then in the financial sector working for HSBC.

He has worked with a broad range of people and organisations, as a coach, consultant, project manager and trainer and is now a NLP practitioner, accredited coach with a post graduate certificate in executive and business coaching.


Name: Mrs Zanib Rasool MBE (Zanib Rasool Interests & Attendance Data)

Zanib brings a wealth of experience from a career spent in the voluntary and community sector. She is currently working for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust; is a Director of Rotherham women’s organisation, GROW; the Chair of Rotherham Independent Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel; the Vice-Chair of Thornhill Primary School Governing Body; the Chair of Rotherham Central & Parkview Children’s Centre. Zanib sits on the Sheffield University, School of Education Advisory Board and works in collaboration with the University as a community research partner.
Her key skills include: bid writing; leading on community cohesion; developing a wide range of projects (e.g. mental health, disability, older people, BME communities, young people and voice and influence); and developing partnerships and networks.

Name: Mr Peter Leach (Peter Leach Interests & Attendance Data)

DSCB9342Between 1976 and 1987 Peter was employed as a class teacher, and then Deputy Headteacher, in Northumberland and Sheffield schools for children who experience severe and complex learning difficulties. In 1987 he became the Headteacher at Hilltop School and continued to work there until he retired in 2010. During this period the school became established as a centre of excellence with an outstanding inspection record and membership of the Specialist Schools programme.  His experience has given him a broad understanding of the difficulties faced by children who have special educational needs, and how classrooms and schools need to be organised to successfully meet these challenges.

As a school leader for over 23 years, he developed a wide set of relevant skills and expertise in creating and sustaining high performing organisations. Peter has a particular interest in the areas of strategic planning, data analysis, financial management and the involvement of outside stakeholders.


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