Board of Trustees

The Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (SALT) is a Company limited by guarantee and a Charitable Trust. Responsibility for the academies that make up the Trust and for the funds granted by Parliament for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees has the following three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the academies, their pupils and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.

The Trustees retain authority and responsibility for:

  • Compliance with all statutory regulations and Acts of Parliament which govern the operations of the academies;
  • Preparation, approval and review as appropriate of the terms of reference and operating policies under which each academy is governed and managed;
  • Approval of the Trust’s annual report and accounts.

Trustee Link School:

Peter Duffield & Alison Smith
Archbishop Sentamu Academy

Colin Foster
Newland St John’s Academy and St James’ Academy

Jane Lewis
Aspire Academy and The Compass Academy

Frederick Owen
Safeguarding – Aspire Academy and The Compass Academy

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Peter Duffield

Chair / Foundation Trustee / Director

Peter joined the Governing body of Archbishop Sentamu Academy in October 2013. For the last 12 years he has been a partner in a leading local firm of Chartered Accountants, having previously been a Hull based partner in a global firm of Business Advisors.

Immediately prior to becoming a governor, he spent over 7 years as a non-executive director of Humber NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a governor of a primary school in East Yorkshire and, in his professional capacity, acts for a number of academies and Multi Academy Trusts, as well as a broad range of owner-managed businesses.

Outside work, he also holds positions with Northern Academy of Performing Arts Education Trust, Bishop Burton College and Age UK Hull & East Riding.

Appointed: 02.02.19 (reappointment)
Appointed as: 
Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 11/11
Attendance at Audit Meetings 2019/20: 2/2 
Attendance at Oversight Meetings 2019/20: 4/5

Training: Data training, Dealing with allegations against people who work with children – scheduled, Safeguarding Level 1, SIAMS

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Smailes Goldie Ltd (Partner to 31.03.19, Director/Trustee), Age UK Hull Ltd (Director/Trustee), Age UK Hull & East Riding Trading Ltd (Director/Trustee), Child Dynamix (Director/Trustee), Smailes Goldie Turner (Director/Trustee), Smailes Goldie Financial Recruitment Ltd (Director/Trustee), Brighter Futures LPT (Director/Trustee), Kingsbridge Careworks Community Interest Company (Company Secretary), Smailes Goldie Financial Management Ltd (Director), Smailes Goldie Ltd (Director), The Constellation Trust (Member), NAPA Educational Trust (Trustee), Rotary Club of Hull Kingston Trust Fund (Trustee), SALT (Director/Member), Walkington Primary School (Governor), University of Hull (Member of Audit Committee)

Colin Foster

Foundation Trustee / Director

Colin is an experienced public finance accountant and management consultant. Colin’s early career was in Local Government in Newcastle upon Tyne where he trained as an accountant, then two years as a Chief Accountant at Durham City Council. He joined Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in 1987 as a management consultant. After 3 years, mainly working in contracting-out services and developing NHS trusts, he joined South Tees Hospitals working directly to the Trust Finance Director on various major projects.

His mid career was dominated by working on large NHS PFI building projects at South Tees and then at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals where he was Deputy Director of Finance. His final years in the NHS was as a Finance Director at a PCT. Colin has spent the last 12 years as a management consultant working for a wide range of clients mainly in the public sector including setting up academies and free schools. Last year he left DBO LLP, where he was an Associate Director, to set up his own consultancy business.

Colin has extensive experience in the schools sector. Colin spent three and a half years on the Board of Aylesbury Vale Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Director of Finance. As well as finance, his responsibilities included the PCTs estate and nonclinical risk management.

Appointed: 13.04.18 (4 years)
Appointed as: 
Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 10/11
Attendance at Audit Meetings 2019/20: 2/2
Attendance at Oversight Meetings 2019/20: 5/5

Training: Safeguarding Level 1

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Business and Pecuniary Interests: CMJ Foster Ltd (Director), SALT (Director/Trustee), St Barnabas CofE Church – Member

Alison Smith

Foundation Trustee / Director

Alison has worked in education for the past 19 years and joined the ASA governing body in May 2016. She is highly committed to supporting the development of educational provision which allows pupils to flourish both ‘academically and personally’, and provision which ensures pupils develop a life -long ‘love of learning.

Alison is currently the School Effectiveness Adviser for the Diocese of York Education Team. As School Effectiveness Adviser for the Diocese of York, Alison provides a role which focuses upon monitoring the overall effectiveness and performance of all 127 schools across the Diocese of York locality.

In order to do this she has developed strong partnerships with 7 LA’s, and also liaises with colleagues at NCTL, OFSTED, DfE and the Church of England Education Office. She also works with a number of governing bodies across the diocese. Prior to joining the Diocese of York Education Team, Alison worked for North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service for 16 years, beginning as a Primary School Teacher, and then as an Advanced Skills Teacher.

Most recently she was a Head Teacher of a C of E Primary School for almost 10 years. As a Head Teacher, she had varied experience, leading an infant school initially from ‘good to outstanding’, and then being Executive Head Teacher for a second school which required additional leadership support when being deemed to require special measures and led the school successfully from this.

Appointed: 09.06.18 (4 years)
Appointed as: Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 11/11
Attendance at CE&S Meetings 2019/20: 4/4
Attendance at Oversight Meetings 2019/20: 4/5

Training: Data training, Governors’ Visits to School, Monitoring and Evaluation – the GB’s role, Preparing for OfSTED, Prevent, Safeguarding Level 1, Safeguarding Awareness Course, Safer Recruitment, SIAMS, ASP Data Training

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Diocese of York (Employee), Pathfinder MAT (Trustee), EBOR MAT (Trustee), STAR MAT (Trustee), Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Director/Trustee), Archbishop Sentamu Academy (Governor)

Declaration of interests of immediate family: S Greaves (Husband) – Morgan Sindall – Employee

Jane Lewis

Foundation Trustee / Director

Jane Lewis founded Together People in 2005, as a leadership and organisational development consultancy following 15 years in the water industry. She is an experienced coach and facilitator who has works with CEOs, directors and boards in a variety of organisations.

She has been a charity trustee for over 25 years. She became a Governor in 2001 and has chaired Governing Boards in faith and community schools. 

She was designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in 2012
and has worked extensively across East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, the North East & North West regions with hundreds of Governors to improvement governance.
She worked for DfE & Teaching Schools Council as Regional Lead for Governance. delivering NLG Induction, ERG training and TSC regional Clerks Development Programme. She regularly delivers training (on-line as well as face-to-face) and workshops for LAs and Dioceses. Jane co-authored the original DfE guidance on External Reviews of Governance (ERGs). She delivers training on External Reviews to NLGs, Consultants & Local Authority Governance staff. She undertakes ERGs in a variety of schools and specialises in External Reviews of MATs (Multi-Academy Trusts). 

Appointed: 09.06.18 (4 years)
Appointed as: 
Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 11/11
Attendance at CE&S Meetings 2019/20: 3/4

Training: Safer recruitment, Safeguarding online course, Safeguarding children in Education, Prevent

Business and Pecuniary Interests: York Community Church (Director/Trustee), Tang Hall Big Local CIO (Director/Trustee), SALT (Director/Trustee), Archbishop Holgate’s CE Academy (Governor), Kingswood Parks Primary School (Governor), Together People Ltd (Employee/Director), Restore York Ltd (Director/Trustee), Together People Ltd (Husband is Director), York Community Church (Husband is Church Leader)

Frederick Owen

Foundation Trustee / Director

Fred has volunteered for over 20 years developing young people in the community and seen first-hand the difference engaging young people at an early stage makes. During Fred’s children’s primary years he was a school governor and enjoyed visiting the school and taking the time to engage with the teaching staff and the support staff. 

When Fred has spare time he likes to engage with the local community through supporting education and a leadership team.

Fred has extensive skills in operational management and co-educational youth organisations and is excited to be part of a team that works towards an outstanding educational environment, and as important, a brilliant place to work for the staff.

Fred’s day job is primarily to reduce reoffending by offering a varied learning and vocational curriculum that provides opportunities that are linked to jobs available upon release. He is responsible for the quality and delivery of programmes delivered by teachers and activity leaders.

Appointed: 17.02.19 (4 years)
Appointed as: 
Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 5/11
Attendance at Audit Meetings 2019/20: 2/2 

Governor Induction
Safeguarding Awareness of child abuse and neglect

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Business and Pecuniary Interests: Ministry of Justice (Employee), Ministry of Defence (Employee & Deputy Commandant), SALT (Director/Trustee)

Nick Dean

Foundation Trustee / Director

I cover the full range of commercial litigation within my day job and have represented clients on both sides of many claims in the Chancery and Queens Bench Divisions of the High Court, and the Commercial Court.

I advise clients on particularly challenging litigious matters from professional negligence, enforcement of restrictive covenants and shareholder disputes to intellectual property infringements.

Appointed: 25.04.19
Appointed as: 
Foundation Trustee / Director
Appointed by: Members

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 3/11

CofE Safeguarding E Learning,
Safeguarding Foundations &
Safeguarding – leadership module

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Business and Pecuniary Interests: Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP (Partner/Director), SALT (Director/Trustee), Church Warden and PCC Member of St Andrew’s Kirk Ella

Helen Winn – Accounting Officer (Not a trustee)

Bio: Originally from the north-east of England, Helen qualified as a teacher after leaving university. Just three years after starting her career in Essex, she became Assistant Headteacher at a secondary modern, later returning to the north-east for another Assistant Headteacher role and then a Deputy Principal role. In a big departure from her vocation, she moved away from teaching in 2009 to become a consultant in the construction sector, helping firms to bid for new contracts.

In 2011, she was approached to do consultancy at Ipswich Academy when it opened. After three years as a consultant, she was appointed as Associate Principal and relocated to Suffolk in January 2014, before becoming first Interim Principal and then permanent Principal in 2017.

Helen joined Sentamu Academy Learning Trust as CEO in September 2020. Helen is also the CEO for the Hope Learning Trust.

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 2/2 (Observer)
Attendance at Board Meetings 2020/21:
Attendance at Audit Meetings 2020/21:
Attendance at CE&S Meetings 2020/21:
Attendance at Oversight Meetings 2020/21:

Training: TBC

Business and Pecuniary Interests: TBC

Laura Fillingham

Clerk to the trustees

Laura has been the Clerk to Trustees since 2015 and has undertaken the following training:

  • Chairing Training
  • Clerking a Trust/Local Governing Body
  • Effective Governance in a CE School
  • Exclusions
  • GDPR
  • Getting to know the Law
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children
  • Ofsted Framework Training
  • Preparing for a meeting
  • Prevent
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1
  • Safer Recruitment
  • The Clerk as coordinator of CPD
  • Virtual Governance
  • Key functions of the Governing Board
  • The constitution of the Governing Board

Laura has been awarded a certificate for the successful completion of the Clerk’s Development Programme led by the NCTL and also the Professional Clerking Programme course led by ISBL.

Historic Trustees in the last 12 months

Andrew Chubb – Accounting Officer

Attendance at Board Meetings 2019/20: 10/11 (Observer)
Attendance at Audit Meetings 2019/20: 2/2 (Observer)
Attendance at CE&S Meetings 2019/20: 4/4 (Observer)

Business and Pecuniary Interests: SALT (Employee), Archbishop Sentamu Academy (Governor – to 31.08.2018)

Retired: 31.08.2020

"Staff talk about being part of the school family and are proud to work there"

Newland St John’s Academy Ofsted

"Pupils described how well staff get to know them and how carefully staff listen to what they say"

Aspire Academy Ofsted

"Teachers value the range of professional development opportunities which enable them to improve the quality of their teaching"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Leaders and managers, including governors, are passionate about giving pupils the best opportunities for future success. Leaders have driven the improvements to the quality of education in this school with determination"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Pupils’ excellent behaviour and good attendance reflect the school’s high expectations. Pupils are proud of their school and all that it stands for"

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted

"A strong culture of safeguarding permeates the school. Pastoral staff know the pupils and their families well and provide very effective care and support. Pupils speak highly of the staff who keep them safe and say they are happy at school"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Pupils grow and flourish in the caring ethos that underpins all that the school does. Parents and carers value the strong sense of community you encourage within the school’s very diverse cultural and social mix where everyone is treated with kindness and respect"

Newland St John’s Church of England Academy Ofsted

"Effective teaching in this school is characterised by teachers’ sound subject knowledge, backed up by a deep understanding of pupils’ different needs and the most effective approach to secure the best learning from each pupil"

Aspire Academy Ofsted

"The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning is
a strength of the school. The Christian ethos is very clear and embedded"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Links to the local church and the school’s strong focus on social responsibility, tolerance and respect ensure that provision for pupils’ personal development, welfare, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding"

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted