Mary Walker
Chair of the Trust Board

Mary is Assistant Chief Executive at Staffordshire Moorlands District and High Peak Borough Councils.

She has extensive experience of leading strategic and operational change programmes in the Public Sector and Social Housing.  Mary manages a wide range of services including Housing and Homelessness, Customer Services, Benefits, Older Persons Services and Health and Safety. She is passionate about leading positive change through involving and inspiring people. Mary was a Foundation Governor at St. Edward’s CE Academy Cheddleton, was formerly the Chair of that Local Governing Body and is currently the Chair of the Trust Board of SUAT.

Judy Wyman

Judy has an extensive experience of working in secondary schools. Prior to that she was a Petroleum Geologist in Canada

All of her teaching career was spent working in Secondary education; she worked in Outdoor Education/Geography and Maths in Cumbria, Leicestershire, Jersey and Staffordshire. Judy was a Deputy Head in North Somerset for 9 years and a Headteacher in a Staffordshire high school for 12 years.

Judy has an almost unrivalled and very extensive experience of the wider education sector. She is the convenor of the Joint Consultative Committee in Staffordshire and a member of the Joint Advisory Committee, the Local Management of Schools Consultative Committee, the School Change Forum, the Health and Safety Management Board and a founder member of the STEM Management Board.

Gaye Blake Roberts

Born in Stone, Staffordshire, Gaye was educated at Wellington High School in Shropshire.  In l97l, she joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, working in the Department of Ceramics and Glass. In l979, she joined Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Limited, Barlaston, Staffordshire, as Curator of the Wedgwood Museum.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Museums Association,

Gaye has written quite extensively, contributing to catalogues for major exhibitions in Japan, Poland, Germany America and Britain including the Royal Academy of Arts, at the City Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham Castle Museum as well as many for the Wedgwood company. The Wedgwood Museum, under Gaye’s leadership has won several awards, notably the Unilever Award for the Best Industrial and Social History Museum, a Certificate of Distinction in the 'Come to Britain Trophy' organised by the British Tourist Authority.  The new Wedgwood Museum won the very prestigious ‘The Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries 2009’and in 2011the Museum archives were recognised by UNESCO as of international importance.

Some of Gaye’s other Activities include Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Inaugural President of the College of Fellows, Keele University and Chairman of the Trustees to the Raven Mason Collection of ceramics at Keele University, Staffordshire.

Lynsay Jennings

Lynsay was born and raised in Talke, Staffordshire and was educated at Clough Hall High school. She lives locally and has three children ranging from six to eighteen. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in Primary Education with Maths in 2000 and has over fifteen years teaching experience across the Primary age range. This includes over eight years’ experience as a SENCO and as a Designated Safeguarding Officer. In addition, she was instrumental in the formation of the first Primary DIP (District inclusion Partnership) in Staffordshire. She has considerable experience of offering pastoral support and supervision for staff. She has led on Christian Distinctiveness, RE and Collective Worship through successful SIAMs inspections. Lynsay is passionate about promoting positive mental-health and well-being, enabling all (children and adults) to flourish. Lynsay has recently joined the Lichfield Diocese team in September 2019 as a CDA with a focus on ‘Christian Character Education’.

Keith Hollins
Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer

Keith Hollins was the Headteacher of Westwood College, in Leek, which he led to ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also the Executive Principal of four high schools in North Staffordshire from 2007 to 2014.  He was a National Leader of Education from 2008 to 2015; supporting several schools out of Special Measures during this time. Keith has also served on numerous steering groups including Building Schools for the Future, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Innovation Unit, the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Local Children’s Trust.  Keith was awarded an honorary doctorate by Staffordshire University for his contribution to the education service in Staffordshire.

James Capper

James is the Academic Group Leader within the School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Physical Education. James has worked in education for 12 years as a teacher of Physical Education and in a national role for the Youth Sport Trust, within their specialism strategy Team, working with over 500 schools and academies. He was also involved in the project management of an education strategy strand for London 2012. 

Roger Williams

Roger is a commercial, pragmatic, strategic experienced Director in both SME & Corporate organisations adopting a hands on approach that comes from a strong finance background. Team oriented, with the ability to manage both the big picture and deliver the detail whilst working to strict deadlines.

Considerable past experience in the construction sector, plastics distribution, medium to large manufacturing businesses, sales, marketing and distribution organisations and service sector businesses.

Roger has repeated experience in business re-engineering, system development and improvement, implementation of new IT,  that introduce and deliver rigorous and pertinent commercial and financial process, enabling the operational teams that he supports to achieve their objectives.

Trudy Pyatt

With more than 28 years’ of experience as a practicing educator and 11 years as a Head teacher in Staffordshire Trudy is a skilled leader of change management,  specialising in school improvement, transformation and leadership development. As a high performing Head Teacher she had a proven track record of training, mentoring, coaching and motivating staff to deliver peak performance. Trudy spent 2 years as senior Commissioning Lead for School Improvement with Staffordshire County Council and was adept at building and nurturing productive relationships with Members, Head Teachers, inspectors, parents, clients, government officials and community members.

She has worked as a Local Leader of Education (LLE). Trudy was invited to No 10 Downing Street to meet the prime minister as part of the National Teaching Awards for work in developing leadership.

Martin Jones

Professor Martin Jones has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University since May 2017. He was formerly working in the Department of Geography at Sheffield University from September 2013 as Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC)—an ESRC-funded consortium between the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York—and as Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy.

Martin previously held positions at Aberystwyth University: Chair in Human Geography (from 2004); Pro Vice-Chancellor (from 2009) with portfolio experience in research, enterprise, engagement, and the student experience; and Co-Director of the ESRC-Welsh Government-funded, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Before this, he was a Simon Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, after graduating from Manchester with a BA (1992) and PhD (1997) in Human Geography.


Jeremy Mellor

Jeremy is a Chartered Surveyor and a partner at Wood Goldstraw and Yorath who are architects & quantity surveyors based in Hanley, Stoke – on – Trent. The practice operates over many sectors including private housing, social housing, commercial, industrial, education and ecclesiastical. Jeremy is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for construction, quantity surveying and contract management.

Educated in Stoke – on – Trent Jeremy is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has a degree in Quantity  Surveying.