About the Trust
Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust

We are accountable to the Department for Education, and run according to a scheme of delegation.


Our Team

Central Trust Team

Chris Moodie - CEO, Sarah Perry - Business Director, Jo Saville - Trust Operations Manager, Julie Robb - Finance Manager, Jo Smith - HR & Payroll Manager, Philip Tillman - Conversion Consultant, Kellyanne Harkness - Finance Assistant, Dave Orridge - I.T. Director, Lucy Howson - Purchase Ledger Clerk

Members of the Company

Member (Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Board of Finance) - Chief Executive Nigel Spraggins

Nigel is responsible for delivering the mission and ministry strategy of the diocese. He oversees the implementation of diocesan policies, administration and support and applies the strategic steer for diocesan business. As a member of the Bishop's Staff he leads a team of six Departmental Directors: Parish Support, Communications, Ministry & Mission, Partnerships and Mission, Education and Finance. Nigel is especially concerned to maintain good collaborative links with all deanery and parish leaders as well as other local dioceses and secular partners.

Member (Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham) - Rt Revd Paul Williams

Bishop Paul Williams studied theology at Durham University and trained for ordained ministry after a short period in youth ministry. Ordained in 1992, Paul served his curacy in North London and in 1995 was appointed Associate Vicar at Christ Church Bristol, working especially with students across the city. From 1999 - 2009 he was the Rector of St James, Gerrards Cross with Fulmer in South Buckinghamshire. In 2009, Paul was ordained bishop to the See of Kensington in the Diocese of London. He was responsible for overseeing the Church's mission across a diverse and dynamic area of west London, covering six boroughs. During this time, he was particularly involved in planting new churches and pioneering new forms of leadership training, notably with younger leaders. Bishop Paul was installed as the 12th Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham in June 2015, leading a diocese with 305 churches serving 1.2m people across the country.

Member (Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Board of Education) - The Archdeacon of Newark, David Picken

David Picken was installed as the Archdeacon of Newark in February 2012. Previously he was Team Rector of High Wycombe in the Diocese of Oxford, where he served as Area Dean prior to his move to Southwell & Nottingham. David was made an Honorary Canon of Christ Church in 2011.

Member and Chair of MAT Directors - Canon Phil Blinston

Canon Phil Blinston is a Lay Canon of Southwell Minster and a member of the Cathedral Chapter. Phil was Executive Head of the Minster School, Southwell in Nottinghamshire, an 8 - 18 comprehensive school and Choir School for Southwell Minster until April 2014.

He was a National Leader of Education. Under his leadership, over a period of twenty years, the school came to be judged Outstanding by OFSTED and under the SIAMS framework. Minster School is both a National Support School and National Teaching School. Through arrangements under a National Challenge Trust structure Phil provided the strategic lead for a school in its journey out of Special Measures. Phil has provided school improvement support to a range of schools in all phases of education. He is certain from his own experience that in collaborative arrangements all schools benefit.

He believes the circumstances for sustained improvement in schools are created by building professional trust, making space for innovation and through developing the quality of leadership at all levels. He welcomes the Church of England's report 'The Church School of the Future Review' and the opportunities it emphasises for Church schools to be a very strong players in the re-configuration of the state school system. He believes that the Multi-Academy Trust is an effective response to an evident need in the Diocese.

Board of Directors

MAT Chief Executive - Chris Moodie

Chris has taught in secondary and primary schools in London, Manchester and Nottinghamshire and has experience of teaching in Key Stages 1-5. He was the headteacher of a successful and popular primary school in Nottingham from 2001-8. Chris then joined Ofsted, initially as a Senior Managing Inspector for Serco Inspections where he managed the delivery of all Section 5 inspections across the midlands.

He was a national inspection trainer and provided guidance for the inspection workforce. In 2012, Chris was appointed as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI). In this role Chris has continued to lead and quality assure inspections and has supported schools in their improvement work. Chris leads on school improvement training and works with groups of headteachers (in both primary and secondary phases) to develop their skills of self-evaluation and quality assurance. In addition, he is part of Ofsted's Early Years team, participating in survey and research work and providing guidance for local authority EY groups. Chris has worked also within Ofsted's policy team.

Chris has a life-long passion for education, and believes strongly in the right of every child to attend a good quality school. He is committed to ensuring that teachers have access to a network of professional support that enables them to develop their skills so that all teachers are contributing to making things better for our children. Chris' time as an inspector has taken him to schools all over the country; some have been exceptionally successful and some have been in great need of support. In all cases, Chris has acknowledged and valued the unique nature of every school within their particular community; this is something that Chris is determined to retain with the Multi-Academy Trust.

MAT Director - Hilary Craik

As a Headteacher Hilary led a school from serious weaknesses to outstanding in six years. She then moved on and became a school improvement adviser and a SIP for Nottinghamshire County Council Local Authority. After two years in this post she moved to a newly created post as a workforce development adviser. She enjoyed the challenge of creating a meaningful, new role and supporting leadership development in education.

After thirty-four years of working for the same Local Authority Hilary has recently enjoyed the freedom of being self employed. She has held a short term contract to develop talent management across the East Midlands and she works for schools on school improvement issues, recruitment, training and leadership development.

Hilary has close contact with Nottingham Trent University and one of the first primary Teaching Schools. She is a Lead Facilitator on the new NPQH with the George Spencer Academy, one of the three East Midlands providers of the National College's new Modular Curriculum for leadership. She has recently been appointed as an associate Education Adviser to the DfE to work as part of the Academies team. She enjoys being creative and helping others to find ways forward through research and reflection. Her specialities are Curriculum Development, School Improvement, Leadership Development, Succession Planning and Performance Management

MAT Director - Roger Periam

Roger trained as a science teacher at The Institute of Education in London after gaining his degree. He has extensive governor experience, first as a pupil school governor at his own school in 1974, and for the past twenty years at the South Wilford C of E Primary School, where he has also served as Chair of Governors for ten years.

During this period the school has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted and he has successfully overseen a £1.5 million new school build and later expansion. He was part of the governing body who established the Nottingham Emmanuel School, a secondary school now converted to an academy, which replaced a previously failing school. During his tenure the school moved from an Ofsted rating of satisfactory to good.

He has chaired the finance committee for much of the ten years of the school's life, including the oversight of the £27 million new school build. Roger's governance experience has involved him in the recruitment of four headteachers and many staff, and he has chaired performance, exclusion and appeals panels. At various times he has been a link governor for science, maths, training, safeguarding and school performance data.

Roger spent thirty-one years in industry, working for large, multi-national corporations in the technology sector (Mitel, GEC Plessey Telecom, Marconi & Ericsson), twenty-eight of these being spent as a manager of people and projects, spread across the UK, Europe and North America. This work involved setting objectives, performing pay and performance reviews, recruitment and development of staff and acting as mentor for graduate trainees. His financial expertise involved setting and managing budgets both locally and globally, the largest being over £100 million, and he has extensive experience of strategic planning, marketing, internal and external communications, public relations and campaign management, and has been involved in many change management, quality improvement and diversity initiatives. Roger has a new perspective on disability, accessibility and inclusions since the onset of his multiple sclerosis and subsequent early retirement.

MAT Director - Ian Griffiths

Ian was Director of Strategic Partnerships and formally Director of Information Systems at Nottingham Trent University. His final primary role until his retirement in April 2015 was Chief Executive of EMMAN Ltd a company limited by guarantee and owned by the 8 Universities of the East Midlands (turnover of £2.5M and provided Network connectivity to Higher Education, Further Education, and Schools).

In addition to this, Ian had responsibility for ESCUK Ltd who provide support for Microsoft products for UK Education and overall responsibility for esiss, a government funded shared service for IT Security. Nationally, in 2013 he completed a 10 year period as nonexecutive Director for JANET(UK) (£60M turnover). He is a Trustee for Papplewick & Linby Village Hall and formerly he was a Director of Accelerate, Nottingham, Chair of Heads Group (Nottingham Trent University) and Chair of Papplewick Parish Council. Ian is a committed Christian and undertakes a number of roles in his local Church.

Ian is a long-serving school governor at Linby cum Papplewick Church of England Primary School and Chair of the Finance and Property Committee for the school. He has previous experience as a Chair of Governors for The National School (Secondary); now The National Church of England Academy (mid 1980s-mid1990s) which was rated as 'good' by Ofsted during his tenure, and is an experienced Admissions appeals panel member and frequently chairs the panels. He is also a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and is a Director of the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Educational Trust.

Ian is educated to degree level and has generic experience and skills in Information Systems, Finance, HR, Governance, Procurement, Strategy and Education.

MAT Director - Angela Pae

Angela worked as a senior local authority officer within Education and Children's Services for over 20 years. She specialised in the strategic planning of school provision across Nottinghamshire and management of the education capital programme. Her roles included Head of Service for Planning and Provision (Schools) and Group Manager for Strategic Place Planning and Admissions. She has an excellent knowledge and understanding of Nottinghamshire schools and a long-standing relationship with the diocese.

Angela has extensive experience of delivering major capital projects eg school reorganisations, establishing new schools. She is experienced in all aspects of school organisation at primary and secondary levels especially the impact of curriculum delivery on space and school environments. Throughout her career, Angela has worked closely with head teachers, governing bodies, government officials, parents and communities. She believes that building relationships and establishing high quality education partnerships is the key to delivering the best for children. Since leaving local government, Angela has started her own company as an education consultant working with schools and local authorities.

MAT Director - Claire Meese (Diocesan Director of Education)

Claire has a wide range of experience in education and extensive experience of leading and managing schools in the primary phase. She has taught in seven schools across six different Local Authorities. She has been part of the senior leadership team in five of those schools including two as headteacher and one as an interim headteacher.

She has worked in schools in a wide-range of socio-economic contexts with children from very diverse backgrounds. She has firsthand experience of effecting school improvement and has been involved in successfully leading two schools out of Special Measures - one as a Deputy Headteacher and one as a Headteacher. As Headteacher she took a school from special measures to good in a period of two years. Before taking up the post of DDE she worked as an accredited Ofsted Additional Inspector with Tribal Education and was part of more than forty inspection teams. She has also led Ofsted PIE inspections across a range of Early Years settings.

As DDE she heads up the Diocesan Education Team and works with the Diocesan Board of Education. She is responsible for the strategic direction and development of education policy in the diocese ( currently seventy one church schools) and promoting education and the role of the church as a provider. She works closely with a range of strategic partners including senior officers in two local authorities and regional consultants from the National College. She is a member of the strategic leadership team of the Transform Teaching School Alliance and a member of the Nottinghamshire Local Authority Schools Forum.

MAT Business Director - Sarah Perry

Sarah holds qualifications in Education Management and Accountancy and has in excess of 15 years experience of supporting and delivering schools' business operations and strategy. Until recently she was Finance Director for a Multi Academy Trust comprising both secondary and primary academies in Lincolnshire.

Her role as Business Director for the Multi Academy Trust is to advise the MAT Board directors and leadership in all financial and business operational matters. She is also the Principal Finance Officer (PFO) for the MAT and as such supports the CEO in performing her role as Accounting Officer, ensuring that the MAT operates good financial governance in line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook.

Sarah also has lead responsibility in the areas of finance, procurement, business development, human resources, legal issues, estates management, health and safety, IT and information management and also acts as Company Secretary.

MAT Academy Conversion Consultant - Philip Tillman

Philip is a qualified teacher with an Honours and Masters degree in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers. He has held several leadership roles, including consultant head teacher, in secondary schools. In addition, Philip has worked for Turner and Townsend, a worldwide project management consultancy, forming their education team, developing and delivering new 6th Forms, new BSF schools and Free Schools. He has also worked with the law firm Anthony Collins as an Academy Advisor working with 14 Church of England Diocese, a Roman Catholic Diocese and the Seventh Day Adventists supporting their academy conversions and multi academy trusts.

In his role with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham MAT, Philip is the project manager for all conversions. This means that Philip deals with all aspects of the conversion process including the application, consultation, liaison with DfE, lawyers and SNMAT, as well as providing advice and support throughout the project.