Meet our MAT Board Members
Andrew White – Chair
I started when both my daughters attended Clayton Hall Business and Language College and have maintained my close association with the school as it has developed. I live mid-way between Newcastle Academy and Clayton Hall Academy, in the Westlands area of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and therefore understand the locality well. In my professional career I have 25 years’ experience as a Finance Director and currently work as Finance Director and Company Secretary of a Cheshire based housing association.”
Shaun Smith – Vice-Chair
I have taught Science at all levels in secondary education and been a marker for exam boards at all levels. I was an Assistant Head Teacher before moving into a Teacher Consultant role.
I am currently a school improvement partner for Entrust where I also work with governors delivering training on stronger governance and interpreting and using data.
I am currently Chair of Governors for South Newcastle Federation and a memner of the UET Board.”
I have been Lecturer in Green Technology and Environmental Sustainability since 2010 and am Course Director for the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology.
I am also funded as an Ogden Science Officer and I joined the MAT as a member in 2016.”
I have worked regionally in a number of colleges and within the school sector, with experience of working across an extensive field of curriculum areas, developing both new qualifications and associated support materials and guidance documents. In addition, I held a role as a regional examiner for CGLI and the Vocational Training Charitable Trust for many years.”
I have worked in education for 15 years following a successful senior position in ICT nationally. I have held a number of senior leadership posts in education which include leadership of support and pastoral colleagues and functions to a co-ordination role for a multi phase Trust.”
I currently represent The Sentinel on the Stoke on Trent City Centre Partnership and also sit on the partnership’s night time economy sub group.
Having moved to Staffordshire two years ago from my native Newcastle upon Tyne, I have been overwhelmed by how warmly I have been welcomed into the community. I am delighted to be part of the United Endeavour Trust Board.”
Professionally, after leaving University I worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland before joining the teaching profession twenty years ago. A history teacher by trade, I enjoyed a variety of leadership roles before the move to Clayton Hall in 2010. The power of collaborative working has always been at the heart of what I believe.”
I have a passion for ensuring that through education everyone can have access to equality of opportunity. Since 2015 I have also been a Pupil Premium Champion qualified in undertaking Ofsted directed Pupil Premium reviews. I have also chaired a number of Education-Business partnership groups in past roles and think it is important for our academies to make solid links with non-education institutions – to this end we are growing our number of partners working as part of our Trust.
I am very proud to be Chief Executive Officer of United Endeavour Trust. We are proud of our achievements, of our staff and students and we are ambitious for continual improvement which progresses us towards achieving high academic and pastoral standards. We have a strong commitment to developing the whole child and to working in wider partnerships to allow our students to experience active citizenship and a good preparation for employability and a life based on developing well-being. We have only been a Multi-Academy Trust since October 2015 but we have developed clear structures for the successful governance and management of the MAT which are being used as good practice examples with a number of developing MATs.”