Co-op Academies Trust Board

The Trust Board is made up of experienced professionals who made strategic decisions for the Trust.

Simon Bourne

Simon Bourne joined the Co-op in 2012 and has been Chief Information Officer since 2014, accountable for all IT delivery across the group. He has over 25 years of experience…

Simon Bourne

Mags Bradbury

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…

Mags Bradbury

Neil Braithwaite

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…

Neil Braithwaite

Claire Camara

Claire Camara has many years of experience of working in human resources and employee development across a range of organisations and currently works for the Co-op Group as People Director,…

Claire Camara

Geoff Clarke

Geoff Clarke was a Solicitor for the Co-operative Group for many years as Head of Litigation and finally Head of Business Operations Development and Brand.  Geoff has been a governor of…

Geoff Clarke

Jane Cowell

Jane Cowell recently retired from the position of National Director of Young People’s funding with the Education and Skills Funding Agency where she was responsible for funding policy implementation and…

Gill Gardner

Gill Gardner is the Council Secretary of the Co-op Group, leading the team which supports the elected National Members’ Council, a key pillar of the Co-op’s governance structure. Prior to this…

Gill Gardner

Russell Gill – Chair of Trust Board

Russell Gill is Head of Co-operative Relations at the Co-op. He has worked for the co-operative movement since 1992 starting as a member relations officer in London and then fulfilling various…

Russell Gill – Chair of Trust Board

Mike Greenacre – Vice Chair of Trust Board

Mike Greenacre has over 45 years of business experience, primarily in the Travel sector.  He retired from business as Managing Director of Co-operative Travel Group in December 2011 after concluding…

Mike Greenacre – Vice Chair of Trust Board

Patsy Kane

Patsy Kane has served in education for thirty eight years. She became head of Whalley Range 11-18 High School in 2007 and then Executive Head of the Education and Leadership…

Patsy Kane

Nick Lowry

Nick Lowry became Principal of one of the original Co-op Academies, Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent in 2014 after previously being the Vice Principal since 2010.  Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent was judged to be…

Nick Lowry

Shaheen Myers

Shaheen Myers took up post as Trust Professional Development Lead at Co-op Academies Trust in September 2017 having worked previously as a senior leader in one of the Trust primary…

Shaheen Myers