Board of Trustees

Eileen Hartley – Chair of Trustees

Born and educated in London I began my teaching career in Docklands.

I taught in Nottingham from 1970-77 then in Derbyshire from 1984 – 2005 following a break to have children.

I was a governor at Bilborough Sixth form college from 2006 and became chair in 2008. I was also the link governor for safeguarding and co – wrote the policy.

I have now joined the BFMAT Trust as a trustee, remaining as an associate at Bilborough. I am also a trustee of SEG where I am responsible for safeguarding and co-overseeing the foundation which helps needy students and apprentices.

My main interests are music and sport. I coached the senior county boys’ hockey teams when I gave up playing, subsequently coaching local men’s and latterly women’s teams.

I am a chorister at St Mary’s Attenborough and also sing with the Marygate Singers.

Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw – Vice Chair of Trustees

I became involved with the trust as a school governor of the predecessing Westbury-Woodlands federation before academisation and have been an active and enthusiastic participant throughout this time.

As well as being on the Trust board as a parent, I work closely with Nottingham City Homes sitting on their “Tenant & Leaseholder Complaints Panel” currently being the vice chair, a position I have been in for 18 months now.

Graham Mansfield – Trustee

I spent my career in education. I have wide experience in school governance and served for many years as chair of governors at a large city comprehensive school.

In my retirement I do voluntary work for the National Trust and enjoy theatre, music, ancient history and football.

Gloria Spencer

Gloria Spencer – Chair of Finance, Resource and Audit Committee

I am now retired.  My final 25 years of employment was with Nottingham City Council. I finished paid employment as the manager of the LA’s Housing Benefit Fraud Section and Welfare Visitors.  As a manager I became experienced in recruitment, staff appraisals, disciplinaries & dismissals, working with unions, redundancies, conciliation, finance & workload management.  Prior to promotion within the council I was a union representative dealing with appeals & staff dismissals.

 I have been a School Governor for nearly 35 years helping with staffing issues & finance as well as an interest in data.  Currently I am also involved with my local branch of The University of the Third Age.

Professor Bernadette Youens – Trustee

Bernadette Youens is a Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She started her career as a research scientist before moving to teach chemistry in secondary schools. Since 1998 she has worked at the University of Nottingham mainly in Initial Teacher Education. She is interested in understanding how beginning teachers learn and how we best prepare new teachers to work inclusively with all students in classrooms of today and tomorrow. Bernie has served as a governor in primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire.

Charlotte Malik – Trustee

I am a solution focused project manager with 20 years’ experience of strategic planning, programme and finance management in the education sector to raise education standards and create better outcomes for children and young people. 

 My particular focus is on teaching and learning for children with special needs in mainstream and special schools; childhood wellbeing; and development and sustainability of positive out of school opportunities in local communities. 

I have secured an average of £50,000 per year over the past 7 years for children and young people’s projects.

Brendan Coulson – Trustee

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