Our people and structure

Our organisation is led by a highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary team of people who share a common passion for driving positive change. As we are a not-for-profit organisation, our Board Members do not receive any payments for their services. You can see our organisational structure by

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Henry Mooney, Chair of The Board

Henry has 40 years of experience, working with a variety of community-based government funded projects and managing budgets that have exceeded a total of £10m.

Henry is committed to ensuring that young people from challenging backgrounds, or those requiring learning or special needs support, have access to the right resources to give them the same life skills and opportunities as their peers, and to help them to fully achieve their potential.

Henry has 28 years of experience as a school governor within a range of high-achieving and improving schools. He has a firm understanding of governance and has previously, and successfully, been seconded to a school to be a member of the school’s I.E.B. He is currently a governor at three primary schools. In addition, Henry served for 25 years within the Fire Service.

Since retiring, Henry’s passion for sport has impacted positively on thousands of children in Liverpool. Henry has held the position as Head Coach for Everton Basketball Club and was also Assistant Manager to the National Men’s Team. He was also a Director of the University of Connecticut Basketball School (USA) from 1998-2011. Henry currently works for Everton Football club directing community and club projects and as an ambassador for the club at various events.


Chad Thompson, Board Member

Chad is currently the Strategic Lead for Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement for Liverpool City Council’s Early Help Team that sits within the Children’s Services Department.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Youth and Community Work and is a visiting lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, lecturing on Community Engagement. He has over ten years of management experience in youth, community and regeneration practice and has extensive experience of working with a diverse range of people and places, both national and internationally.

He currently holds several governance positions, which include being an Independent Joint Audit Committee Member for Merseyside Police and Crime Commission. His responsibilities in this role include the management of corporate and strategic risk and provides governance assurances to the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner for an operational budget of £460 million and a pension fund of £3.6 billion. Chad has a passion for driving school improvement through pupil voice and involving the wider community and its stakeholders.


Father Richard Peers, Board Member - Diocesan Appointment

Richard is the Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool. He has over 30 years experience working in education. He has taught at both primary and secondary schools and has been Deputy Head in both phases.

As an ordained priest, Richard has spent time in numerous school chaplaincy roles. Richard was Executive Head at a school in Lewisham and also served as Chair of Lewisham Secondary Heads, overseeing a £24m new build project at his school.

Richard has a passion for social justice and promoting the values of Christian education, his ambition is to create “more success for more children”.


Frank Maguire, Board Member and Director - Diocesan Appointment

Frank currently works as an Educational Consultant and acts as a School Improvement Partner in Liverpool. He also works with schools in Warrington, Wigan, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens and is currently a member of three governing bodies.

From 1997 to 2008, Frank was the Headteacher of Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary School and was appointed to open this newly built school for children aged 3 to 11. Emmaus was the first purpose built, joint denominational church school in the country. Prior to that, he was Headteacher at Holy Family Primary School in Halewood.


Dave Cadwallader, Board Member and Chair of Directors - Diocesan Appointment - Trust Safeguarding Responsibility

Dave is School Governance Lead for School Improvement Liverpool. An established trainer in Liverpool and neighbouring local authorities, Dave has broad experience of working with schools and academies to strengthen governance. He also works with the National College of Teaching and Learning and the National Governance Association to deliver the National Development Programmes for both Chairs and Clerks to governing boards.

Dave has been a school governor for over 20 years and chaired the Interim Executive Board of Heygreen Primary School which saw it come out of special measures within four terms. He is also currently Chair of an Interim Executive Board of another Liverpool school.

Dave is committed to helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to develop, learn, achieve and excel.


Garry White, Vice Chair of Directors, Trust Safeguarding Responsibility

Garry began his teaching career in Birmingham and has been working in primary education for nearly thirty years. For 20 years, Garry was a Primary Headteacher in Leeds, North Yorkshire and Liverpool. During that time, he also worked as a consultant Headteacher, helping other schools and children’s centres to grow and develop.

Garry worked with the National College of School Leadership for 5 years, leading the National Professional Qualification for Headship across the North of England, the Head for the Future Qualification and the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

In 2011, Garry joined the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University of Manchester. He took a lead role in designing and facilitating both the National Induction Programme for new Headteachers and the Primary Executive Headteacher Programme.

After completing an Interim headship in Liverpool, Garry joined Tameside Borough Council as the Primary School Performance and Standards Officer. He is passionate about school governance and is currently Chair of a Multi Academy Trust in Manchester.


Lorraine Partington, Director

Lorraine has 26 years experience in a range of educational settings. Initially a primary school teacher, Lorraine taught at schools in Liverpool, Spain and Germany. Lorraine was the Foundation Stage Lead, Early Years SEN Co-ordinator and PSHE Co-ordinator at Service Children’s Education in Germany until 2004.

Upon returning to the UK, Lorraine’s passion for working with children with social, emotional and mental health issues led to a career change. She spent six years working as an Advisory Teacher with young people disaffected from education with a range of complex learning, social and economic difficulties. Whilst in this role, Lorraine began to study for an MA in SEND and Inclusion, which has had an enormous impact on her practice with young people and their families.

In 2011, Lorraine began working at Edge Hill University, initially as Senior Lecturer teaching the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Lorraine has held several positions since then and is currently the Partnership Development Manager, working with schools and other education settings to create opportunities for students to undertake work based placements.

Lorraine has a passion for social justice and believes all children and young people should have the opportunity to improve their lives through education. Lorraine is also a governor at a primary school in West Lancashire.


Robert Wyn Jones, Director

Robert is a barrister specialising in criminal, regulatory and employment law.

Robert began presenting for the General Medical Council in 2010 and was promoted to the approved list in 2013, allowing him to deal with all aspects of cases before the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service. He undertakes Fitness to Practice Hearings, Reviews and Investigation Committee Hearings. He also provides advice and representation to police officers facing Misconduct Proceedings.

Robert’s attention to detail and skills as an advocate are highly regarded. He is strategically astute and always thoroughly prepared which enables him to work tirelessly to do everything in his power to achieve the best outcome.


Jon Everard, Director

Jon Everard is a practicing dentist. He splits his time between clinical practice in St Helens and property development in Liverpool.

Jon is passionate about education and is actively involved in mentoring dental students, hygienists and therapists. Jon has lectured regularly to both students and his peers, he enjoys being able to share his knowledge and enrich the learning experience of others.

Jon regularly partakes in continuing professional developments and his knowledge from a non primary education background will be beneficial to the trust.


Jonathan Nichols, CEO & Executive Head, Accounting Officer and Director

Jonathan is the CEO and Executive Headteacher at the Rainbow Education Multi-Academy Trust. His dual role includes developing the academy and working closely with the Headteachers, providing leadership support in order to raise standards and transform the educational experience of children. The academy is a strategic partner to two teaching schools in the North West and Jonathan co-ordinates the work across the academy with both teaching schools. His career in teaching has spanned 17 years and, during this time,has worked with a variety of local authorities.

Jonathan has over 10 years of school leadership experience. He played a pivotal role in developing the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust as a result of successful school-to-school support as a National Leader of Education. He successfully graduated from the National Executive Headship Qualification in 2012 and has considerable Executive Headship experience.

Beyond his school-to-school work, he has also worked for NCTL on the NPQH programme, assessing and supporting candidates at the application, interview and final graduation period. He has also represented primary schools on the NPQH National Appeals Board.

At a local level, Jonathan represents primary schools at the Liverpool Critical Incident Group Panel and he also works as an NCTL Pupil Premium reviewer.