Meet our MAT Board Members

Tim Edwards

Tim is an experienced senior manager, who has held a number of senior positions in public and private sector organisations, in particular in the Further Education, Housing and Regeneration sectors. He has significant skills and experience of strategic, performance and quality management, and social value.

Tim is a Director and owner of TJE Consulting a specialist consultancy business, Chairs of Leek United Charitable Trust and Martec Training and a Board member of VAST and MSV Housing.

Tim has an MBA from Keele and a 1st Class Honours degree from the Open University.

Born in North Staffordshire he has a strong commitment to the area and its economic growth and in particular education and training. Tim lives in Newcastle and is married with two children


Dr Sharon George

“I attended Keele University as a mature student in 1997 to study dual honours Biology and Chemistry BSc. I then went on to complete a PhD in thermochemical corrosion of materials in 2000 with Keele and Ceram Research. I worked as Keele’s Business and Enterprise Manager until 2008 when I left to run my own training and innovation company, NovaSci Ltd. During this time I lectured in innovation and entrepreneurship at Coventry and Staffordshire Universities and managed innovation projects across a variety of industrial and educational sectors.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at Keele University where I am a  researcher working with industry and public sector to find solutions to climate change nationally and internationally.  I have been a member of the MAT since 2016


Wendy Whelan

“I started teaching in 1986 and have 20 years’ experience of leadership in schools at a senior level and experience of school improvement via Local Authority and Department for Education Pathfinder and Free School development work.

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.”

Jenny Johnston

“I am the Training and Development Manager at KMF, where I have been employed for 20 years. My role has changed over the years from Health and Safety and HR Manager to Training and Development of staff and apprentices.

In 2007 I led the setting up of an internal apprentice training facility which is EAL accredited, in which we have trained over 80 apprentices over the last 10 years. I am PGCE qualified and the West Midlands Apprentice Ambassador for the ESFA. I am proud to say that KMF have won awards for apprenticeship delivery and are one of the top 100 apprentice employers.

I am delighted to be a part of the United Endeavour Trust Board, as I work very hard to engage with schools and young people in Stoke on Trent to raise aspirations in STEM related subjects.”


Paul Drew

“I MD / Owner of Apprentify a digital marketing apprenticeship training provider.  I have been working commercial or apprenticeship training for 13 years.  As MD I am accountable for the overall performance, success & drive of Apprentify. My role involves dealing with OFSTED, ESFA and the many government agencies to ensure that we deliver our programmes effectively.

After working in digital marketing and education for over 20 years I set my business up, to answer one simple question – how can UK businesses harness digital talent to improve. It’s a simple concept that takes the very best digital marketing training & harnesses them with innovative training techniques & technologies to meet business growth needs. It’s not just about knowledge transfer it is about the application & impact on a business and a person’s future career.

I feel am honoured and privileged to serve as a board member of United Endeavour Trust Board.”

Alex Hansen

Alex is a former Clayton Hall Business & Language College Pupil turned Governor, currently sitting on both the Clayton and Newcastle Governing Boards & acting as Chair of Newcastle Governors. After finishing education in 2013 he joined N Hunter Ltd a Staffordshire based fraud prevention agency.  Throughout his time at N Hunter Ltd he has held a number of roles, from Investigator where he worked with high street banks and lenders to prevent application fraud, to Compliance & Relationship Manager where he developed a strong GDPR knowledge and aided in the creation of privacy policies for finance applications.  Throughout his career he has been heavily involved in auditing, health & safety and systems management gaining multiple qualifications along the way.  In his free time Alex is a Blood Biker for SSCBB aiding in the delivery of vital medical supplies across the UK. He is also Treasurer for a number of charity accounts, aiding in both fund raising as well as being responsible for account management, awarding grants to individuals and making donations to other charities.

Peter O’Hagan


Peter is Owner of Care @ Scale and ICT4Change (Consultancies). He works in Technology and Change Management Consultancy in the Education and Healthcare sector, both within the UK and Internationally.

Peter has served on a number of boards and committees in his professional career: Serco Learning   – Director; Defence, Science, Justice – NED; Angel Solutions (Software) – NED; North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust  – Vice Chair; Tech Mahindra – Healthcare Senior Adviser; St Mary’s RC Primary School Governor – Chair; CareMesh (GPs across Staffs and Salop)  – Chair; Cross Government and Industry data interoperability panel – Chair; Bishop Cleary Multi Academy Company – Director; SIFA UK  – elected board member; BSF  – Adviser to Local Authorities, Construction Companies, Banks and IT Service providers; CyberFirst (CyberGirlsFirst) – GCHQ and NCSA; Technology policy adviser to Governments (Infrastructure, Security, Content and Data); United States “Technology in Learning 2020” Visionary Panel; plus many more in preceding years at local, regional, national and international level.

Peter has also won a BAFTA and RTS for the development of interactive multimedia content management and creation, with Channel4 television and the global IT company Oracle. He has been a UK Representative at NATO science/technology events. He is a founder member of European School Net. He is member of Miranda  Fellow Institute of Education, London and with Cambridge University helped create the National Curriculum for Malaysia

Peter has experiences, not only as a Company Director across a range of sectors, but also in leadership and delivery experiences across a range of educational settings in both the public and private sector.

In addition to having skills in strategic planning and policy development he is also keen to contribute his experiences in ensuring that, through effective governance, the Board and its agencies are held to account for their performance in delivering the aims and objectives of the Trust.  His experience in managing, through change and ensuring strategic delivery through inclusive and delegated leadership and ownership, will be of value as the Trust moves forwards through its next stages of both growth and consolidation . 

Jamie Henshaw

“I started teaching in 2003, originally a Drama teacher I have worked in schools across the midlands and I have 12 years’ experience of leadership at a senior level. I have been fortunate enough to hold positions in leadership of curriculum areas, post 16, pastoral and teaching and learning. I have worked in a variety of schools that have all had their own challenges and enjoy the opportunity to be part of team working to bring about school improvement to provide the best for the young people that attend the provision.

I have a strong passion for school improvement and believe that no one should be left behind or not be given access to opportunities to further develop. In all my roles from an NQT to Principal I have always taken the same view that any decision made should always have the student at the centre and I am proud to be able to represent United Endeavour Trust as a Director.”

Dr Peter Ford

“I am an experienced business leader who has built, led and transformed international information technology, consulting and digital organisations of up to 1,000+ people.  I have a strong background in project delivery including managing multi-million pound programmes and have led senior teams creating change programmes that have included restructuring, growth and systems, process and culture change.  I have a BSc (Chemistry) and PhD from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Open University.”

Fiona Norfolk

“I am the Managing Director at Portion Solutions Limited, a food packing company in the West Midlands, and am experienced at leading organisations through periods of transformation by providing strategic direction and clear communication.

I have a BSc (Hons) Social Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE) and I am a fellow (FCMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). I started my career as an accountant and progressed to Finance Director and then to Managing Director.

I am also a Parish Councillor in my village and an Enterprise Adviser for The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.”

Pauline Gibson

“I am privileged to be a Director/Trustee of the MAT Board. I am passionate about every child having an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

I am an experienced Board Member as well as being a Non-Executive Director in the NHS. As owner of Excel Coaching and Consultancy Limited, I also specialise in strategic leadership development, executive coaching, transformational teams, and culture change.

I am proud of my ability to create an environment where dynamic, cohesive teamwork and individual excellence delivers tangible sustainable outcomes.

I did not follow a traditional route through education and my Masters and other Post Grad qualifications have been attained alongside full time working. I have taught adults literacy and numeracy skills and lectured at University.

As a fellow of the CIPD I believe in the power of behaviour and mindset in achieving outstanding results.”