Co-operative Directors

The Board of The Co-op Academies Trust is responsible for the strategic direction of the Trust and for overseeing the work of our academies. Directors are appointed by representatives of the Trust's Sponsor, The Co-op, and include individuals with a range of experience. To ensure that the Board has the right mix of expertise to support and challenge the Trust's leaders, it includes:

  • Senior leaders from our Sponsor, The Co-op
  • Stakehollders from within the Trust, including academy leaders and governors
  • Successful leaders from education and school improvement

Vacancies for Directors will be advertised on this site and in national media from time to time.

 

Russell Gill View Profile >

Chair

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director of Co-operative College

Director of TCG Northern Trustee Ltd

Director of The Peoples History Museum 

Co-operative Group Employee

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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Russell Gill is Head of Membership & Social Goals for The Co-operative Group.

He has worked for the co-operative movement since 1992 starting as a member relations officer in London and then fulfilling various management roles in Manchester with The Co-operative Group. He was appointed Head of Membership in 2007, and took on responsibility for Social Goals in 2013.

He is currently Chair of the Co-operative Academies Trust Board and has been instrumental in the development of the Co-operative Group’s Academies programme since its inception.

He was awarded a Masters in Management of Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, in 2007. He is a member of the Board of Governors of The Co-operative College, a Trustee of the People’s History Museum and Chair of Eurocoop’s Co-operative Identity Working Group.

He is married with two children and lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Neil Braithwaite View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director of Co-operative Academies Trust.

Director of Guinness Partnership.

Trustee/Director of Barnardo.

Chairman of Braithay Trust.

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Neil spent ten years in a variety of finance roles with Asda before gaining extensive experience in leadership roles across the Co-operative Group.  His last role at the Group, prior to embarking on a portfolio career as a non-executive director, was as managing director of the Specialist Retail Businesses.

Neil is currently a Trustee & Honorary Treasurer of Barnardo's, Chairman of the Brathay Trust, and a Director of the Guinness Partnership, a major housing association.  As well as sitting on the CAT Board, Neil is a governor of the Co-operative Academy of Leeds and the Oakwood Primary Academy.

 

Steve Brice View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Co-opted Governor at Crab Lane Primary School (terminting 31.08.2016)

Co-opted Governor at Crumpsall Lane Primary School (terminting 31.08.2016)

Director of North Manchester Partnership of Schools(terminting July 2016)

Co-opted Governor at the North Manchester Primary Federation (commencing 01.09.2016)

Spouse is the Academy Librarian at Co-operative Academy of Manchester

Daughter is pupil at Co-operative Academy of Manchester

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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Steve took up post as Principal at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in April 2014 having worked previously as a senior leader in Lancashire and Hertfordshire. Steve has worked in outstanding schools as well as taking schools from an Ofsted category to ‘good’.   Since Steve took up post, the academy has been judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted with Leadership and Management being rated as ‘outstanding’.

Being a drama and music specialist, Steve has a keen interest in the Arts and is an experienced composer and director.  Steve has previously led on curriculum development, data and assessment and teaching and learning.  Developing teaching and learning remains Steve’s core passion and he sees this as fundamental to our academies’ continued improvements.  In addition, Steve has an interest in exploring 21st century learning and how this can further improve our offer and lead to even more engaging and relevant experiences for our students.

In his spare time, Steve is a keen musician although is kept equally busy by his two young daughters and menagerie of pets.

 

Mike Greenacre View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director and minority shareholder of Greenstone Nursery Ltd

 

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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Mike Greenacre is a highly motivated and focused individual with over 45 years wide and varied business experience, primarily in the Travel sector.  He retired from business as Managing Director of Co-operative Travel Group in December 2011 after concluding a multi million pound joint venture with Thomas Cook.

He has served on the Management Executive Board of United Co-operatives for 14 years giving him a grounded understanding of the many trading divisions of the Co-operative businesses.

Mike was a Board Director for the Institute of Travel and Tourism and inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2009. He was Vice Chair of the Travel Foundation, a sustainable tourism charity and currently an ambassador for Just A Drop, an international water charity.

Mike was the Chair of the Co-operative Academy of Stoke, a post he held between 2008 and 2016. He first became involved in the education sector with the planning and delivery of the new academy in Stoke, representing the Sponsor. He is also a member of the Trust Audit and Risk Committee.

He is passionate about his involvement with education where he strongly believe he can make a positive difference to our students education outcomes thus contributing to a better quality of life for them in the future.

Rufus Olins View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/07/2017

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

 

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

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Attendance record 2016/2017

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Mags Bradbury View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director of Manchester Health Academy

Employee of Central Manchester Foundation Trust

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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Alongside being a Board Director of the Co-operative Academies Trust, Mags is an Associate Director in a large NHS multi hospital trust based in Central Manchester. Mags leads, for Central Manchester University Hospital Trust (CMFT), the work on widening participation, social value, inclusion and diversity. She is also a governor of the Manchester Health Academy sponsored by CMFT.

Prior to this role Mags worked for the Co-operative Group where she established the Co-operative Academies Trust and worked in partnership with the first schools during their conversion to become Co-operative Group sponsored Academies.  Mags was responsible for wide range of projects including the wider Co-operative Group schools engagement programme,  a young people’s film festival and the Co-operative Groups membership diversity programme. During her time at the Co-operative Group, Mags was a member of the International Co-operative Alliance Gender committee and a board member of the Schools Co-operative Society.

Mags has worked in both the private and public sector roles before joining the Co-operative Group, she has a Masters degree in International studies from the University of Leeds .

Paul Brennan View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director of Leeds City Council

Employee of Leeds City Council

Proproetpr of Tactic Consultancy Ltd

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

 6/6

Currently Deputy Director of Children’s Services for Leeds City Council he has the lead responsibility for learning, skills and universal services. Paul is focusing on improving learning outcomes for 180,000 children and young people in Leeds. He is also taking a lead in maximising the combined resources of authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber and building partnerships across the region. His past experience includes being a Director of Children’s Services in Calderdale, Ofsted Inspector, Local Authority Chief Inspector and Adviser, Director of Skills and Adult Education, a Senior Examiner and a Gallery Educator. He taught in inner city secondary schools and adult education in Salford. He is passionate about the arts, design and creativity and has a national reputation for driving effective leadership of school improvement in the most challenging circumstances.

Jane Cowell View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Employee of Department of Education; Education on Funding Agency

Trustee of The Love Music Trust (manages The Music Hub for schools in Cheshire East Local Authority Area)

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

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Jane Cowell is the National Director of Young People’s funding with the Education Funding Agency. She is responsible for funding policy implementation and funding allocations to schools, colleges and other providers for 16-19 participation, post-16 High Needs Students and all post-16 Student  Financial Support. Jane has had a number of leadership and management roles in education spanning colleges, HE, local authorities and the voluntary sector. When her children were young Jane worked as a self-employed consultant in the education area and during this time worked with Helena Kennedy QC and her committee on widening participation.

Flo Hadley View Profile >

Director

Date of appointment

01/09/2014

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016-17

Director of Co-operative Academies Trust Board

   

Attendance record 2015-2016

 3/6

Having qualified as a secondary teacher, Flo taught in three urban secondary schools in the West Midlands before moving to work in higher education, first as senior lecturer in education at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and then as principal lecturer at Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1987, she became one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, inspecting schools and teacher training, with particular responsibility for the evaluation of in-service education and training of teachers and senior management teams. In 2004, she became divisional manager for children’s services inspections, working with eight other inspectorates, including police, health, social care, prisons and probation.

Since retiring, Flo has a diverse range of interests. She became a police volunteer with West Mercia Police, staffing the local police station and working with police officers in the Neighbourhood Team to organise events for the community. She is the secretary and treasurer of Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club, a registered charity whose members range from 10 to 25 years and which links closely with the local community in the most deprived area of the town. She is an avid gardener, chairs the local horticultural society and organises an annual competition for pre-school and primary school children locally to foster their knowledge of growing food.