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Our Members & Trustees

Members

Our members have ultimate control over Impact Education Multi Academy Trust, with the ability to appoint some trustees and the right to amend the Trust's articles of association. They ensure that the aims of the Trust are upheld.

Current members:

Mr David Gilchrist
Skills: Business growth and development, Finance and IT
David is a former governor at The Halifax Academy. Before going into retirement David was Director of the Halifax Bank, an expert in finance, business development and ICT. During his distinguished career, David was formerly the Group General Manager of the Halifax Building Society and Halifax Financial Services. He has governed in multiple institutions including as the chair of a large FE college.

Mr Carlton Midgley
Skills: Education (Primary and Secondary), Governance (Primary and Secondary), School Improvement and Inspection

Carlton is an expert in education, governance and school improvement. Following Headship, Carlton was the DFE Lead Regional Advisor for the ‘National Challenge’ in the Yorkshire and Humber region. He was accountable for ensuring schools in special measures were sufficiently challenged to deliver significant improvements in English and Maths, resulting in removal from measures. Carlton is currently School Improvement Partner and Chair of Governors for a range of primary, secondary schools and Northern Education Trust. Carlton also has over 20 years’ experience as an Ofsted Inspector; leading over 40 inspections and acting as team member on over 60.

Dr Phil Shepherd
Skills: Education (Secondary) and Governance

Phil is an expert in secondary educational and highly experienced in governance. He is currently Director of STEM at Rodillian Multi Academy Trust. Phil was previously Head of Physics at Bradford Grammar School. Phil is currently the Chair of Trustees at Impact Education, in which he brings over twenty years of governor experience. Phil was formerly the Chair of Governors at The Halifax Academy and its predecessor Halifax High School. He has governed through a period of significant change, from academy status, to the addition of the Primary Phase and the transition to Multi Academy Trust.

Trustees

The trustees are responsible for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school: setting a clear direction for Impact, holding the headteacher to account and ensuring financial probity. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.

Current trustees:

Mr Philip Shire
Skills: Public sector senior management, strategy and change management

Phil is a qualified social worker and has had a successful career in children and adults social care, rising to Head of Wellbeing and Social Care at Calderdale Council with responsibility for a staff team of over 1,000 people and revenue budgets in excess of £60m. He took the service through major changes, including cost reductions in the face of increasing demand, whilst maintaining essential support to vulnerable adults. Since 2013 Phil has undertaken a number of interim assignments throughout England, focusing on change management and the interface between health and social care.

Phil has been a trustee at Impact since 2016 and has a strong commitment to enhancing children's wellbeing and life chances. Phil is helping to transform Castle Hall Academy, which joined the MAT in September 2018 and where he chairs the interim board.

Phil is also a governor at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Phil Shepherd – Vice Chair
Skills: Education (Secondary) and Governance

Phil is an expert in secondary educational and highly experienced in governance. He is currently Director of STEM at Rodillian Multi Academy Trust. Phil was previously Head of Physics at Bradford Grammar School. Phil is currently the Chair of Trustees at Impact Education, in which he brings over twenty years of governor experience. Phil was formerly the Chair of Governors at The Halifax Academy and its predecessor Halifax High School. He has governed through a period of significant change, from academy status, to the addition of the Primary Phase and the transition to Multi Academy Trust.

Dr Mike Reddy - Chair
Skills: Business Communications, Change Management, Governance (Primary) and Strategic Planning

Mike is an expert in change management. He has led teams through significant change in the private sector and in education. Mike currently works for Lloyds Banking Group helping to improve customer-colleague interactions through a mix of long term strategic planning and rapid change.
Mike also has 8 years’ experience as a parent governor in the primary sector. He was chair of governors for 3 years, leading the board through a five-year change plan, including transforming the senior leadership team to support a 5-year change plan.

Stuart Rees - Chair of Resources, Audit & Risk Committee

Mr Pat McDermott
Skills: Education, Governance, Financial Management and Safeguarding

Pat has been an educational professional for over 40 years and is currently an Independent Safeguarding Reviewer for an international provider of schools. He works in Latin America, Asia and Europe with a variety of schools. He is also the Independent chair of the safeguarding commission for the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. He was the Regional Director for Future Leaders for Yorkshire and Humber and has been the Head of three secondary schools. He is a professional coach, mentor and trainer in the areas of leadership and management and was instrumental in the work of the National College and has trained Governing Bodies and school leadership teams.

Mr John Eccleston
Skills: Business change and development; Education (Primary) and Governance

John successfully managed in textile and manufacturing for 20 years. His managerial experience involved leading extensive business change and development into new markets. 

John has been involved in school governance for over 20 years, first as a parent governor then as a community/co-opted governor and Chair of governors for 10 years. He had a leading role in the relaunch of the local governors’ association, Calderdale Governors’ Association and has been part of the following Local Authority groups: Calderdale Safeguarding Children’s Board, Calderdale Partnership School Improvement Board and The Schools’ Advisory Capital Group.

Mr Mick Kay - Chief Executive Officer / Chief Accounting Officer
Skills: Education, Strategic Leadership, School Improvement, Leadership Development

Mick is the founding CEO of Impact Education Multi Academy Trust and the former Executive Headteacher at The Halifax Academy, the first all-through 4-16 academy in Calderdale, and the founding academy in the trust.

Mick is a system leader working closely with the Department for Education and the Regional School Commisioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, improving connectivity across the system, ensuring support is targeted at schools that need it most.

Mick is Chair of Calderdale's Association of Secondary Heads. Working collaboratively with schools and academies, Mick has a track record for delivering sustainable school improvement strategies that lead to significant improvements in outcomes for children and young people.