A MAT is a charitable company and so trustees are both charity trustees and company directors. However, the terms ‘trustees’ and ‘directors’ are often used to describe the same role. At NCDAT we refer to our trustees as Directors.


The Directors are responsible for the general control and management of the Trust, and in accordance with the provisions set out in the articles of association, memorandum, funding agreement and, to a certain extent, the scheme of delegation.


The main responsibilities are:


  • Set the strategic direction of the Trust

  • Hold senior school leadership to account

  • Oversee the Trust’s financial performance


Directors are legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions, for the performance of all academies within the trust, and must ensure that the aforementioned scheme of delegation maintains robust internal controls.

Click on the photos of our Directors below to see their pen portrait.


Karl Fairley

Sponsor Director - Chair


Freddy Blues

Co-Opted Director

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Alyson Shields

Sponsor Director

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Linda Rodham



Joanne Jones

Sponsor Director


Christine Warren

Sponsor Director

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Beverly Frean

Co-opted Director


Joan Low

Sponsor Director


Fran Swinburn

Academy Director


Paul Bradley

Co-Opted Director

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Helen Owen

Sponsor Director


Vaila Somerville

Academy Director