Members

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 the Parliament for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.

  • Members of the Company are shown below:

The Most Revd and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu

Member

Dr Sentamu is the sixth of thirteen children. Encouraged in his education by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He practised Law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974. He read theology at Selwyn College Cambridge where he gained a Masters Degree and a Doctorate. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, then part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges.

Following his ordination in 1979 he served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge. From 1979-1982 he was Chaplain at HM Remand Centre Latchmere House and Curate of St Andrew’s, Ham in the Diocese of Southwark. From 1982-1983 he was Curate of St Paul’s Church, Herne Hill, in South London and from 1983-1984 Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill and Parish Priest of St Matthias Upper Tulse Hill. He then became Vicar of the joint benefice of Holy Trinity and St Matthias from 1984-1986. Between 1987 and 1989 he was also Priest-in-Charge of St Saviour Brixton Hill. He was appointed Bishop for Stepney in 1996, Bishop for Birmingham in 2002 and Archbishop of York in 2005. He is Primate of England and Metropolitan, a member of the House of Lords and a Privy Councillor. From 1997 to 1999, Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and he chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review in 2002. He chaired the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme from 2001 to November 2013. He supported and advised workers affected by the closure of the Rover car plant in Birmingham and campaigned against guns, knives, drugs and gangs throughout the Midlands, after the killings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare and worked hard to ensure that their killers were brought to trial. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Chairman of the EC1 New Deal. He became President of Youth for Christ in 2004 and President of the YMCA in April 2005.

In 2009,  the Archbishop set up his Youth Trust and also launched his online charity Acts435 – for anyone who has need. In 2013, Dr John Sentamu, chaired an independent Commission on the future of the Living Wage; this followed from his work as Sponsor of the Fairness Commission in York. Dr Sentamu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His interests include music, cooking, reading, athletics, rugby and football. He is married to Margaret, and they have two grown-up children, Grace and Geoffrey and two grown-up foster children.

Appointed – 01.02.2015

Appointed as:
 Member

Business and Pecuniary Interests:
  Church of England (Employer), York Diocesan Board of Finance (Director), Countess Conyngham’s Charity (Trustee), The Archbishop’s Council (Trustee), The Simon of Cyrene Theological Institute (Trustee), Good Governance Africa (Trustee), Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Member), Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust (Member), All Saints Academy (Member and Trustee), Hope Learning Trust (Member)

Right Revd Paul Ferguson

Member

Paul Ferguson was born and brought up in Birkenhead on Merseyside – a town which, he says, is as near to the north-west’s equivalent of Middlesbrough as can be.

As a youngster he began to play the piano and the organ, which led to him going to New College, Oxford as Organ Scholar where he studied music. He trained as a teacher and briefly returned to his old school as a staff member. But alongside his organ playing and teaching he had the opportunity to see closely the daily work and ministry of a parish priest, and so it was that he went to Westcott House, Cambridge as an ordinand, taking a theology degree at King’s College. Paul was ordained to a title post at St Mary’s, Handbridge, Chester.

He went on to Westminster Abbey, where he was first Chaplain and then Precentor. In 1995 he came to York Minster as Precentor and Residentiary Canon, and in 2001 was appointed Archdeacon of Cleveland on the retirement of Christopher Hawthorn. He was consecrated as Bishop of Whitby in June 2014. He is a member of the Church of England’s Porvoo Panel which oversees links with the Scandinavian and Baltic Lutheran churches. He is author of Great is the Mystery of Faith: exploring faith through the words of worship (Canterbury Press).

Appointed – 01.02.2015

Appointed as:
 Member

Business and Pecuniary Interests:
 Bishop of Whitby (Employment), DBE Services Ltd (Director), York Diocesan Board of Finance (Director), Diocese of York Educational Trust (Director), Together Middlesborough & Cleveland (Director), York St John University (Director), Wescott House Cambridge (Director), Dales Academies Trust (Member, Director/Trustee & Chair), Ebor Academy Trust (Member), Elevate Academy Trust (Member), Pathfinder Academy Trust (Member), SALT (Member)

Mr Philip Ashton

Member

Born in Yorkshire and a graduate of Oxford University, Philip worked primarily in London before returning to the York area in 2003. During his years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, he specialised in technical aspects of the audit practice, developing audit techniques and technology, particularly internal control and risk management.

He was a founder member of the Auditing Practices Board, and represented the auditing profession on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. He is a non-executive director at York Hospital, where he chairs the audit committee. He sits on the finance committee of York Minster, on the Diocesan Board of Finance, the Diocesan Synod and on the Archbishop’s Council.

He is also involved in various diocesan educational activities, particularly the academies programme.

Appointed – 01.02.2015

Appointed as: Member

Business and Pecuniary Interests: Diocese of York Educational Trust (Director), York Museums Trust (Trustee), SALT (Member)

Mr Peter Duffield

Member

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 – 09.10.2018
Appointed as: Member


Business and Pecuniary Interests: Smailes Goldie Ltd (Director/Partner), Age UK Hull Ltd (Director), Age UK Hull & East Riding Trading Ltd (Director), Child Dynamix (Director/Trustee), Smailes Goldie Turner (Director), Smailes Goldie Financial Recruitment Ltd (Director), Kingsbridge Careworks Community Interest Company (Director), Smailes Goldie Financial Management Ltd (Director), Smailes Goldie Ltd (Director), NAPA Educational Trust (Trustee), Rotary Club of Hull Kingston Trust Fund (Trustee), ASA (Governor), SALT (Director/Member)

Mr Neil Sanderson

Member

Neil Sanderson’s primary role is as Director of the York Minster Fund, the charity dedicated to raising money for the restoration, conservation and development of York Minster.

In addition Neil also holds several commercial positions. He is non-executive Chairman of Angflor Ltd; a farming enterprise growing baby leaf salads based in Essex; a non-executive director The Kids Food Company Ltd, a leading supplier of branded baby and toddler snacks; and Growing Underground Ltd, an innovative urban farming business based in Clapham South London as well as working as a strategic advisor for several other small businesses.

He is also active in the voluntary sector, he is a board director for the York Business improvement district; a member of the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust and a member of the Management board at Open Doors (a charity supporting Asylum seekers in Hull). Neil is also active in the church as a Local preacher in the Hull west and central Methodist circuit and the South Cave and Elleker with Broomfleet Anglican benefice

Neil has over 20 year’s extensive experience from across the food industry in both UK and Europe. He began his career in the milling and baking industry with RHM, holding both operational and sales roles before moving to French multinational Danone where he held senior sales roles in the Jacobs biscuit business in the UK before moving to Ireland to be MD of their business there. He returned to the UK to become MD at Aunt Bessie’s (part of the William Jackson Food group) where he oversaw the rapid expansion of the brand, then following a short period consulting, he joined Findus group, where he held senior roles in the UK and Eastern Europe. Returning to the UK again in 2011 when he joined Florette UK and Ireland as MD, overseeing the UK activities of the French agri-coop Agrial, leaving them in May 2016 to take up his present portfolio of roles.

Appointed – 09.06.18

Appointed as:
 Member

Business and Pecuniary Interests: York Minster Fund (Employer/Director), Neil Sanderson Consulting (Owner), Angflor Ltd (Non-executive Chairman), Growing Underground (Non-executive Director), Ulrick and Short Ltd (Non-executive advisor), York Business improvement district (Board Director), The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Council of All Saints South Cave (Trustee), Hull Centre and West Methodist Circuit (Trustee), Open Doors Hull (Member of Management Committee), Make it York (Business Ambassador), Connect Yorkshire (Entrepreneur in residence), Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Member)

Further information

“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