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Galileo Trustees

Further to questions raised by parents about the trustees for the Galileo Multi Academy Trust, please see below a more detailed pen picture of the trustees and the diverse range of skills they will bring to this Multi Academy Trust.

Anna graduated from the University of Northumbria with a degree in French and Tourism before completing her PGCE and starting her teaching career at St Bede’s School in Marske. Anna progressed quickly from teaching to increasingly senior roles. She has held positions such as: EYFS and Key Stage One leader, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School, Executive Headteacher and Director of The Landmark Teaching School Alliance.

Anna’s areas of expertise include delivery of school improvement, strategic operational change, curriculum design and innovation and all aspects of teaching and learning. Throughout her career, Anna has conducted leadership development programmes for middle and senior leaders in primary schools.
Starting her career in the business world, Anna recognises the benefit of working alongside business colleagues to secure the best outcomes for the children in her care. In 2016, she developed a programme entitled Developing Future Winners which offered a greater understanding of the business environment children may enter, in order to motivate them to strive to reach their goals.

To this end, Anna has completed her NPQH and in 2016, was designated a National Leader in Education (NLE). She is currently undertaking the ‘Building capacity in a multi-academy trust. The critical role of an executive leader’ programme.

Nik is a Partner of The Endeavour Legal Partnership, based in Stockton, and heads up the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 with a large North East based firm, Nik then joined the Endeavour Partnership a few years later. From his time working within the region, Nik has gained a great insight into how the local economy and businesses work helping him to improve and bespoke advice to his clients. He advises clients ranging from SME’s to large multi-national organisations.

Nik specialises principally in M&A, banking and finance. His work is focused around M&A advice for small to medium UK-based companies, and he has acted in international mergers and acquisitions – some of the largest transactions in which the firm has been retained over recent years.

Working within a variety of sectors such as renewables, technology and e-commerce, Nik has acted on matters such as the buy-out of local chemicals company, Fine Industries, as well assisting Growth Capital Ventures in the development of its crowd funding platform, Growth funders.

Nik is a trustee of the nationally recognised CEO Sleepout, a charity set up to fight poverty and homelessness in the local area.

The Endeavour Partnership have been involved in the Developing Future Winners programme which brought together 125 schools and 125 businesses with a view to uniting businesses and education providers in developing the life skills of children to ensure their preparation for employment in the wider world.

James is a Partner at the Stockton based accountancy firm Anderson Barrowcliff LLP. James specialises in corporate finance and also works with many of the firm’s fastest growing businesses. James has extensive experience in the education sector and has helped many of Anderson Barrowcliff’s academy clients in conversion from local authority schools. He has worked with many schools to help them establish internal financial systems and controls, post conversion.

Adding to his degree in Consumer Law, James was awarded a 1st class honours degree in Applied Accountancy in 2009, before completing his professional qualifications in 2010. James was awarded the accolade of ‘New Accountant of the Year’ at the 2009 North East of England Accountancy Awards.

James formerly worked for the accountancy firm Ernst and Young, where he was involved in the audit of large, multi-national businesses. He has worked at Anderson Barrowcliff for over 10 years and was appointed partner of the 100+ year old firm in 2016.

In addition to his work with Anderson Barrowcliff, James also sits as a Trustee of the Norton based children’s autism charity Daisy Chain, where he also chairs their finance committee. He is also a governor at a local secondary school. James firmly believes in giving something back to his local community and gets involved with many philanthropic projects.

Jamie Peacock is considered to be one of the best Rugby League players of his generation having won every honour in the domestic game. A player of undoubted talent, who through his determination and commitment has earned the respect from not only his team mates but his opponents on both sides of the hemisphere, having twice been named as the best forward in the world.

Jamie has won many accolades in the game including- Man of Steel, Players’ Player of the Year and Rugby League Writers’ Player of the Year and Captaining England. In 2011 he was recognised in the New Years Honours List and was awarded an MBE for his services to the game.

Away from the game, Jamie is a real family man who is kept incredibly busy, he has been studying for his MBA, running his hugely successful All Star Coaching Camps and is in high demand with the media for his expert knowledge and opinion on the game along with his fantastic motivational speaking through No White Flag.

Jamie is passionate about the future in Education. He works with school staff and trustee boards to establish a clear vision so that outcomes for children are the best that they can be. Jamie works with leadership teams in education and business and is driven to empower academy trust boards to utilise the best of all skills around the table.

His list of honours are evidence of his talent, hard work and dedication that has made him one of the country’s most inspirational and commanding sportsmen.

Jamie’s ability to lead and inspire other players has underpinned all the success he has had. ‘No White Flag’ is his keynote/motivational talk about how using skills in the areas of Leadership, Goal Setting, Self-Belief, Attitude and Honesty has enabled him to overcome a lack of natural ‘sporting’
Talent and become one of England’s best leaders and captains. Jamie works with schools and delivers the important message that all children can go the extra mile and achieve their full potential.

James Munro is the Managing Director of Country Valley Foods, based in Billingham. Currently employing around 130 staff, the family-run business has been providing high quality fresh meat to the catering industry for more than 40 years.

After qualifying in meat technology at college, James went to work in a master butcher’s shop in Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, for a year, before winning a scholarship from The Worshipful Company of Butchers, in London, to do a year’s placement at a meat processing plant in Toronto, Canada.

James started working alongside schools on a project entitled Developing Future Winners. He visited schools, gave children the opportunities to visit his premises and work alongside production managers, accountants, sales people and the health and safety team.

He strongly believes awareness and understanding of the world of work is integral to the delivery of education and this is best achieved through business and schools working in partnership.

Neil trained at Teesside College of Education following the Three to Eleven Primary Education Course. He began his career in 1978 teaching at Kings Manor Secondary School in Middlesbrough before transferring into primary education in 1983. He taught at Westgarth Primary School for two years before moving to a leadership role at Brambles Primary in 1985. In 1991 he became Deputy Headteacher at Green Lane Primary School in Middlesbrough and he became Headteacher at Westgarth Primary School in 1996.

During his time as Headteacher, the school has twice been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted, the second time in 2014. Neil was an original member of The Landmark Teaching Schools Alliance.
Having supported a number of local primary schools and acted as Headteacher mentor to a number of new Headteachers he was awarded a Local Leader in Education designation. In this role, Neil has supported many local schools. Most recently, Neil has worked with St Joseph’s in Loftus undertaking a full pupil premium review which provided a full analysis and action plan for the 2016-2017 spend. This support lead to this group of children performing well in their 2017 assessments.

After twenty years as Head teacher Neil retired from Westgarth in April 2017.
As of May this year, he has worked as a consultant supporting the work of Anna Coulson, ‘Building capacity in a multi-academy trust”.

Karl’s career in finance began in 1995 with Yorkshire Bank. Aged 18 he quickly moved through the roles and in 1997 was entered onto the Banks’ first Management Development Programme, a fast-track up the ladder in a historically ‘time served’ environment.

In 1999, Karl was then asked to help establish Premium Banking in the North East; Yorkshire Bank’s first steps into the High Net Worth market. This was followed by a Management Role within Premium Banking, making Karl the youngest within the Bank.

In 2005, Karl left to join RBS as a Private Banking Manager, his first regulated role as a Financial Adviser. After two successful years however, Karl’s father became seriously ill and he left to take over his father’s firm, Active Financial Planners.

Karl joined Active in May 2007 with a vision to develop the firm into one that was capable of challenging the services offered by the leading national providers, leaning on the knowledge gained in the previous 12 years, yet sticking firmly to the firm’s local, ethical and traditional values.

During this time, Karl has lead the firm to become one of the region’s largest Independent Chartered Financial Planning firms to service the North East and Yorkshire, looking after over £300m of client assets. One of only a handful of Chartered Directors in the North East, Karl’s achievements have been recognised with invitations to hold a Trustee position with Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, and a regional Board position with the Institute of Directors.

Karl puts the success down to two key factors; ‘having a robust plan (and sticking to it)’ – providing fully independent financial advice, morally and ethically, with a highly qualified team, and secondly, having the fantastic support of his family, who understand the dedication that is required to build a business.
Karl is a qualified accountant and also has a Diploma in Personal Financial Services (Dip PFS, 2010) and Mortgage & Equity Release (Dip (MP & ER), 2009)



Mark is Managing Director of Better, an award winning brand communication agency based in Teesside and London. Better deliver a range of design, marketing, web and digital marketing services including BetterBrandBuilder™, a unique and results driven approach to building brands. After founding the agency in 2008 Mark has grown the business to a team of 14 strategic, creative and digital experts who work with a range of clients across a diverse market sectors to deliver measurable bottom line impact.

Mark is a very passionate ‘Teessider’ who is committed to supporting a range of entrepreneurial and enterprise activities across the region, from mentoring and training through to start up support, including being a trustee of High Tide Foundation.

Katherine Humpleby 

Katherine Humpleby is currently a School Development Adviser for the Diocese of York. She supports headteachers, staff and governors in over 50 schools across 8 local authorities, encompassing Cleveland, North Yorkshire, York, Leeds, Hull and the East Riding, with a focus upon school distinctiveness and effectiveness, partnership and collaboration and headteacher recruitment. She also has experience as a trustee in Multi-Academy Trust settings. She and the team work in partnership with local authorities, teaching schools, the DFE, RSC, OFSTED, Church of England National Education Office, and other Dioceses across the UK, to support over 127 schools across the Diocese of York. Prior to her role at the Diocese, she was Assistant Head across a 2-19 Multi-Academy Trust. She achieved her PGCE in Geography and Modern Foreign Languages at Durham University in 2000 and her Masters Degree in Education at Durham University in 2002. She was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship qualification (NPQH) in 2014.

Katherine Humpleby currently sits on 2 boards as a Trustee. Her work with Hope Trust is going to cease before April 2018 in order to enable her to fulfil the duties required by the Galileo MAT. The Diocese of York only allow people to be a Trustee on 2 boards at any one time.

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