Our Trustees

Our Trust Board comprises
  • 2 Trustees appointed by the Academy Members
  • The Trust Chief Executive Officer
  • 2 Trustees  from our school's Local Advisory Boards
  • Co-opted Trustees appointed by the Trust Board
 The Full Trust Board has delegated functions to 2 committees, the Teaching Learning Performance and Standards committee and the Strategic Finance and Audit committee. Each school within the Trust has a Local Advisory Board. See the scheme of delegation for further information.
Our current Trustees are
  • John Agnew - Chair of Trust  Board 
Term: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2020
Attendance:  2017-18:  6/6
Registered Interests : Future First Financial Solutions, Mirror drop Ltd (Director)

Born in Scotland in 1967, I moved around the country with my MOD parents until eventually settling in Plymouth in 1977. I attended Plympton Grammar School and, after “A” Levels, moved to Bristol to study Accountancy & Finance at what is now the University of the West of England in 1985. After successfully achieving a BA Hons 2.1 in 1988, I opted for a career in Practice and joined Touche Ross Chartered Accountants in Bristol. Passing my professional accountancy qualifications in 1990 (ACA), I became an Audit Manager and spent time on secondment to the Adelaide, Australia office of Touche Ross. On returning from Australia, I moved into Industry and became Financial Controller of Wincanton Distribution, a part of Unigate in late 1993. The seed of travel had however been sown and in 1996, my wife and I travelled around the world for 12 months, returning to Plymouth in 1997.  The opportunity arose to join my fathers’ Financial Advisor firm shortly after returning from our travel. On his passing, I took control of the business and converted to a limited company – Future First Financial Solutions Ltd in 2004. I have run this local Plympton based business ever since. In 2007 I became a Parent Governor at Boringdon Primary School and in 2012 became Chair of Governors at the School, a role I recently relinquished to concentrate on the Plym Academy Trust. I became Chair of the Trust on its creation in June 2016 and have seen it grow into the successful Multi Academy Trust we have today.

  • Philip Braide - Co-opted Trustee
Term: 17/10/17 - 16/10/2021 
Attendance: 2017-18   4/6
Registered Interests : Chair of Governors, Plymouth High School for Girls
I am an experienced educationalist, who has served as a teacher, an education adviser, a school improvement partner, a university lecturer, an inspector, an external assessor and a governor.
I have experience of educational leadership in schools, local authorities and government agencies.
  • Sandra Crawford - Member appointed Trustee
Term: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2020
Attendance: 2017-18   3/6
Registered Interests : Hele's Trust
I have been teaching for 20 years. I was at Ivybridge Community College until 2007 when I joined Hele’s School as a Deputy Principal. My role at Hele’s includes oversight of pastoral support, inclusion, and transition. I sit on local groups looking at the mental health offer for schools and am particularly interested in this strand of work. I also work for the NFER on their Headteacher panel.
  • Nick Brewer - Member appointed Trustee
Term: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2020
Attendance: 2017-18  5/6
Registered Interests : Plymouth Surveying Services


I would like to offer my services as a Trustee for the new MAT as I feel that I can provide advice and guidance on legislation compliance, health and safety, facilities management and construction issues. I have been a Chartered Building Surveyor since 2001 and I have experience in working within the education sector for a local authority and in private practice. I have lived and worked in the community for many years and have close ties with Boringdon Primary School and Woodford Primary School and would like to put something back into the community and offer my expertise and experience in setting up and running the new MAT.

  • Debbie Johns - Representative from Woodford Primary Local Advisory Board
Term: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2020
Attendance: 2017-18   6/6
Registered Interests : None
I moved to Plympton in 1997, and both of my grown-up daughters attended Woodford Infants and Junior schools, as did my husband. My working life has been spent in accountancy and finance, both in industry and practice, and I currently work as Payroll Manager for local firm of accountants.
  • Rhodri Davey - Formerly a representative from Chaddlewood Primary Local Advisory Board 
Term: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2020
Attendance: 2017-18    3/6
Registered Interests : Kitsons LLP, Chairman and Trustee of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Tavistock), Academy Advisor to the Exeter Royal Academy for deaf Education (Non trustee role)
 I am a Partner in regional law firm, Kitsons LLP, where I head up the Employment and HR Team. I have specialised in employment law since I qualified as a solicitor in 1999. I have a broad portfolio of clients which includes a significant practice in the education sector, advising schools on Human Resources and Employment Law related issues. I was a Governor at Chaddlewood school where my youngest child is in Year 4. I am also a Trust Board Director at the Bay Education Trust in Paignton, a cross phase, multi-academy trust. I also sit as an Academy Adviser (a non Trustee role) on the Board of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education. I have been an active member of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Tavistock) for 20 years and I am currently the Chairman and one of the team's trained Search Managers. I live in Plympton with my wife and two children and love this part of the world.
  • Ian Cload - Chief Executive Office
Term: 01/06/2016 
Attendance: 2017-18   6/6
Registered Interests : Governor of Plymouth High School for Girls 
I started teaching in September 1987. I was  the Headteacher of Boringdon Primary school for 11 years. During this time Boringdon was inspected on 2 occasions and has received an outstanding grade overall and for leadership and management. Most importantly, under my leadership, the school  delivered high standards and children have developed into tolerant, caring, well rounded individuals with a love of learning. I was an additional Ofsted Inspector from 2010 to 2015 completing a number of inspections. During my teaching career I have  accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all areas of school leadership. I am passionate about children’s one chance at a primary education being a first class one. 
  • Tony Rose - Vice-Chair, Co-opted Trustee & representative of Plympton St. Maurice Primary Local Advisory Board
Term: 31/10/17 - 30/10/2021
Attendance: 2017-18  5/6
Registered Interests : None

I have lived in Plymouth on and off for most of my life, attending Chaddlewood, Ridgeway and Plymouth City College.

I married in 2009 and have three children, two daughters and one son.  My oldest two children attend Plympton St Maurice Primary and the youngest will do in a few year’s time. 

I have been involved with schools in my professional capacity since 2008, looking at governance, finance and risk management. I became a governor at a local school in late 2014 and was privileged to hold the post of Chair of  Governors, whilst also serving on two other local governing bodies. 

As of September 2017 I am focusing on a my new role of Chair of the Local Advisory Board for Plympton St Maurice Primary, as well as a Trustee with Plym Academy Trust.


  • Geoff Nelder - Co-opted Trustee 
Term: 16/10/18 - 15/10/22 
New Trustee:
Registered Interests : None

I was born and raised in Plymouth, attending Lipson Vale Primary and Devonport High School before leaving to study Mining Engineering at Newcastle University. I began my career as a mining engineer with the National Coal Board in 1977 as a manager of mining operations, leading teams of up to 50 workmen on coal-face production and underground development work. I was then promoted to Mines and Quarries Officer, responsible for the implementation and maintenance of colliery-wide health and safety management systems.

I left the mining industry in 1986 to take a Masters Degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing at Cranfield University. In 1987 I joined CIM Technologies Ltd., a University-owned teaching, research and consultancy company. I led a number of postgraduate and professional education courses and ran regional, national and European projects focused on economic development with particular application to the manufacturing sector. During this time I was also a school governor for 12 years at a large primary school.

I returned to Plymouth in 2010 where I am now retired. In 2011 I became a School Governor and subsequently Chair of Governors at Plympton St.Maurice Primary School, and continue to sit on the School’s Local Advisory Board. I have also served as Chair of Governors at another school in the city for four years.


Previous Trustees since conversion (01.06.16)
Lisa Hartley 02.04.19