Board of Trustees

Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw – Chair of Trustees

Coming from a large family background, and being active with clubs and corporations in a voluntary role, my key skill areas are organisation, implementation, assessment and dispute & complaint resolution.

After attaining all my GCSEs at a higher level in the summer of 1993, I went on to study A-levels at High Pavement Sixth Form College gaining “average” grades in Maths, Physics and Design & Technology.

I worked for Royal Mail from 1995 until 2004 in varying roles from humble postman on the street to PHG (postman – higher grade, working internally with high value and special items). I left employment in late 2004 to care for our third eldest child who has a very complex autoimmune disease. Without the care, support and expertise I was able to give him (and continue to) it is likely that he wouldn’t be with us now.

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

Graham Mansfield – Vice Chair of Trustees

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.

Mario Vignali – Member Trustee

I Work for the Sytner Group and have done for the last 25 years. My role is Managing Director for Graypaul Ferrari and Maserati & Franchise Director for Ferrari and Maserati for the group.

This covers four sites: Scotland, Nottingham, Birmingham and Surrey with a total of around 350 team members.

This has been led by me over the 25 years with a dedicated team which I have built; my pride in training and promoting within see our staff turnover at less than 5% a year.

I am an extremely honest, straight forward working-class guy who has gone through a very difficult childhood from an extremely poor background, including being expelled from school at 15 with zero exams or qualification.

Everything I own and have achieved has been through hard work and a dedication to changing my life, thus why I am dedicated to helping children and schools who make a difference.

I have dedicated all my personal time over the last 4 years to the less fortunate families in Nottingham, helping parents with problem children and mentoring several children – one of which is working for Graypaul and several others we have found jobs for.  These children are all excluded from attending mainstream schools, so I have worked with the providers Fresh Start, Real Education and Channelling Positivity as well as some local schools Emmanuel, East Leake etc.

I am currently a Youth Offending Panel member for Nottinghamshire Council.

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