Trustees

Andy Wilson is one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association and is both Chair of the Members Board as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

He has over twenty-seven years management experience across the public and private sectors including strategic, operational and change management roles within commercial and educational organisations.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  With over twenty years of governance experience he has been involved as a Trustee of The Rowan Learning Trust from its beginning in May 2012.  He is a highly experienced National Leader of Governance (NLG) providing support outside of the Trust for other chairs of governors and their governing bodies to improve how they challenge their schools’ performance.  (Please click here to read Andy’s National Leader of Governance Profile).

Alison Foster is one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association and is also a Trustee.

She has been a member of the Hawkley Hall Governing Body since 2005, initially as a Parent Governor, then as a Community Governor before becoming a Trust governor during which time she has served as Vice-Chair of the Governing body for several years and is also the SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Governor at Hawkley. Alison’s background is in finance and accounting, having worked as an Accounts Manager/Credit Controller in the Insurance Broking market for sixteen years. In 1994 she became a full-time mum until her daughter started primary school at which time she began working as a voluntary classroom assistant. She was also involved in the primary school PTA prior to joining Hawkley’s Governing Body. Between xxx and xxx Alison was a director and the company secretary of the Western Skills Centre which was formed by Hawkley Hall and four other local high schools for vocational education in trade skills (e.g. building, carpentry, plumbing and painting/decorating) for 14-16 year olds. In February 2015, Alison was appointed by the Trust to be Chair of Governors at Three Towers Alternative Provision Academy which was graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted in February 2018.

Anthony Ball is a C-level financial professional and Chartered Accountant. He has over nineteen years of experience spanning financial services roles within the City of London and Europe, with responsibilities centred within the Global Investment Banking arena and recently within PE investor strategies and start-up SME’s. Anthony has sat on several Boards and has significant Corporate Governance and Regulatory experience.  Prior to his role in the City, Anthony was a Regular British Army Officer. More recently he served with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan.  He is married with two children and is a keen amateur cyclist and runner.

Mel Chadwick became an English teacher after a successful career in HR.  She has worked at a senior level in sixth form education for over seventeen years and in her current role as Vice Principal of Winstanley College has been a senior manager in an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ institution for over twelve years. Mel says “I have learned through this experience that a key factor in maintaining outstanding status is collaboration; not only because this helps retain key staff but also because every institution has areas for development however ‘outstanding’ their Ofsted label might be”.  Mel is motivated by individuals surprising themselves by how much they can achieve; whether they are trustees, governors, teachers or students and believes everyone needs to know what outstanding looks like and to receive clear and careful feedback on their performance compared to this definition.  Believing that this clarity about standards can often be best achieved within a Multi Academy Trust, Mel is committed to the ethos of the Rowan Learning Trust; to support children, students and adults on their journey to become outstanding. Mel is also an SLE with specialism across the post 16 sector.

David Leonard is a transport professional who has extensive and varied management experiences working for several companies in the north of England in a variety of operational and business roles since 1980.  He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.  David has been a parent governor at Hawkley Hall High School since 2004 and was elected onto the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is a Trust Governor at Kirkby High School and was a member of the Governing body of Marus Bridge Primary School for 7 years. His key areas of speciality include safety management and operational process implementation.