Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction, broad policy framework and oversight of the Trust and all its academies. They take decisions that are in the best interests the MAT as a whole and are not representative of any one of the constituent schools. The Trustees are also Directors of the Academies Trust which is a company limited by guarantee and registered as such at Companies House.
Mr Tim Brock
Acting Chair and Chair of Standards and Ethos Committee
Tim Brock is Oxfordshire County Councils Lead Officer for Governance, he is a member of their School Improvement Team and has responsibility for improving leadership in maintained schools. Tim also sits on the National Governors Association Board as a Trustee having been elected in 2020 and is a member of the South West Coordinators of Governor Services.
Previous roles with Beam Suntory, Bass PLC, The Forestry Commission and as a Policy Advisor to The Under Secretary of State for Employment have helped to shape his career.
Tim was a governor at St James’ Church of England Primary School Cheltenham from 2009 to 2018. He chaired their Ethos Committee before becoming vice chair and was Chair of Governors for four years. The school became an academy and joined DGAT in 2017.
Tim is proactive and capable of turning strategy into action. Strong leadership skills and experience gained in both the public and private sectors allow him to demonstrate organisational agility and an ability to drive change by influencing and engaging others.
Tim grew up in Worcester and now lives in Cheltenham with his wife and two children. He is happiest when inspiring others and cherishes honesty, passion and integrity.
Mr Rob Stokes
Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Rob Stokes is a Chartered Accountant and Director for Optimum Professional Services Ltd and Regulatory Accounting Limited. Rob works with a growing number of both standalone academies and multi academy trusts and is responsible for expanding the firm’s offering in respect of education and academies. In addition to organising Academy seminars, he attends EFA working group meetings and training session as well as working alongside the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Association of School Business Managers. Rob also maintains an audit presence with commercial clients and charities.
As a member of the senior leadership team, Rob supports the strategic development of the company as well as being directly responsible for both the audit team and outsourcing team.
Prior to joining his current company, Rob worked for Randall and Payne, Morgan Waugh Haines LLP & Waugh Haines Rigby Limited as a Director, Senior Accounts Manager and Senior Statutory Auditor where he was responsible for the training, standards and compliance of 30 staff across the accounting practice and audit practice.
Mr Philip Perks
Philip Perks has been a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) for well over a decade, including Vice-Chair of the Board for the past six years and Chair of the Strategy, Trusts, Buildings, Admissions and Governance Committee. He retired as Head Teacher of Hillview Primary School, Gloucester and is currently a Bishop’s Visitor, Substitute Ex-Officio Governor at Highnam CE Primary Academy and Churchwarden of Holy Trinity, Tibberton.
Mrs Charlotte Rawlings
Lead Trustee for Safeguarding
Charlotte Rawlings is an experienced Chair of Governors initially at Minsterworth C of E Primary School. Charlotte previously ran a pre-school that achieved the ‘Outstanding in all Areas’ judgement following an Ofsted inspection. As a result she was then was appointed EYLP (Early Years Lead Practitioner) for Gloucestershire.
In 2018, Charlotte was appointed Trust Governor and Chair of Governors of a small but experienced IGB team and successfully led the Interim Governing Body at Coaley C of E Primary School and oversaw its transition to a Full Governing Body.
Charlotte spent many years of her career as an interior designer, providing design consultation and completing design projects for high profile clients across the UK, with several projects featuring in major design publications such as House and Garden magazine. Charlotte is knowledgeable in working closely with Rapid Action Plans for School Improvement.
Charlotte has four children ranging from 29 to 17. A committed Christian, she and her husband regularly attend Holy Apostles C of E Church in Cheltenham.
Mr Stewart Hunter
Stewart has worked in the Education Sector since completing his teaching degree. Initially as a primary school teacher, then seconded as part of the school improvement team for East Sussex as an advisory teacher for IT and then as a deputy headteacher for 8 years. Currently, he is working for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) since relocating to Gloucestershire in 2016. His roles in the ESFA have included academy financial oversight and intervention, academy governance and currently programme management for a national portfolio supporting School Resource Management.
Stewart is also an experienced school governor having served on boards during his teaching career and most recently as Chair of Governors at a maintained foundation school in Gloucestershire.
Throughout his career, he has had a keen interest in supporting the development of colleagues through line management and mentoring responsibilities; this has been further developed by successfully completing a formal Coaching and Mentoring qualification.
Dr Rob Gwynne
Chair of Estates and Operations Committee
Rob enjoyed a long career in education before retiring. Initially, he taught physics in three
very different state schools before becoming a deputy head. During a seventeen-year period
he was the Principal of two contrasting community colleges, one in Leicester and one in
Cambridgeshire. He then became a school leadership consultant working on improving
failing schools and setting up new academies. For the last four years of his career, he was
Head of School Strategy for the Church of England, supporting policy development of all C of
E schools nationally. His academic work has focussed on school leadership and his wider
interest focusses on the strategic development of the state school sector.
Rob was previously a lay reader in the Peterborough Diocese and has served on the PCCs in
four churches. He is married, has four grown up children and lives in Cheltenham.
Mr Mike Allen
Mike has worked as a headteacher in three Gloucestershire schools before his retirement in 2014. He has since worked in eleven primary / special schools, ranging in size from 34 pupils to 350 boys and girls, acting as a temporary executive headteacher. Mike has also acted as an Intervention consultant for Gloucestershire Local Authority.
Mike is also an experienced governor, having served as a governor at Minchinhampton Primary Academy, a DGAT school, for approximately sixteen years. He is a member of Minchinhampton Baptist Church and a keen supporter of Gloucester Rugby.
It is Mike's aim to support all our boys and girls through school, giving them the best education possible in these challenging times.
Ms Jane Borgeaud
Jane Borgeaud joined the Diocese of Gloucester on 1st September 2023 as the Diocesan Director of Education. Prior taking up this post she was Programme Co-Leader at the University of Winchester, leading an Initial Teacher Education programme of over 700 students. Her career began in Hackney, in East London, as a teacher and senior leader. Her career has spanned a wide variety of school improvement activities developing leadership and teaching and learning across a diverse range of primary, secondary and special schools. She is firmly rooted in faith, having led REInspired Caversham, an ecumenical project enabling Christians from local churches to be involved in RE lesson delivery in local schools. She has also served on the PCC and as a Deanery Synod member at her church, and run Messy Church and Scripture Union Holiday Club projects. She has served as a governor in a variety of capacities, most recently serving two terms of office on the Premises and Finance and Pupil and Staff Welfare committees at the Heights Primary School in Reading, a new primary school which she helped to found.