Multi Academy Trust

Rainhill High School is the lead school in Stephenson Multi Academy Trust.

  • Setting the direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account.
  • Ensuring financial probity.

As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. Academy trusts are charitable companies and the trustees are company directors and must comply with company law requirements.

For any MAT queries, please contact Mr Rob Owens, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary using the form on our contact page.

Andrew Powesland

Member of the Board of Trustees

Role:
One of the founding members of the trust appointed to determine the ethos and purpose of the Trust

Start Date:
June 2017

Work Title/Company:
Head of LFC Academy
Business Operations

"To strengthen the education partnership between the school and the football club"

Gary Charlton

Member of the Board of Trustees

Work Title / Company : Chairperson of St.Helens Chamber of Commerce / Retired Pilkington Operations Director.

I retired from Pilkington following a long career. Originally starting as a mechanical engineering apprentice in St.Helens. I attended the University of Liverpool where I gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and later the University of Lancaster for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I have help many senior roles in Pilkington in Engineering, Production & General Management and prior to retirement a Strategic Directors role. I have also experienced working not only in the UK but around Europe and six years in North America.

Since 2012 I have been a board member of the St.Helens Chamber of Commerce and in 2019 became the Chairperson. I find being involved with this charity extremely rewarding due to assisting many young people every year take their first steps in employment, normally through apprenticeships. We also assist new business start-ups, offer training to Chamber members and general networking between established businesses throughout the St.Helens Borough.

In my role as a Member of the MAT I hope to provide a perspective from my private sector industrial experience and as a potential future employer. In addition to my extensive experience with apprenticeships.

John Boyer

Chair of Trustees / Member

Term of office start date: 16 January 2017
Term of office end date: 16 January 2021
Interest declared

Name:
John Boyer

Title:
Chair of Trustees

Role:
Trustee and Academy Board Member

Start Date:
2002

Work Title/Company:
Manger at Manweb/Scottish Power Energy Networks
Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

"I was originally invited to join the Governors by David Aitken the previous Head Master, as at the time Rainhill High School was considering becoming an Engineering Specialist College. It was and still is a great privilege and honour to be a Trustee of this school. Most of my family have attended Rainhill High or Huyton Secondary, the original school, and my father also taught here for many years. Fundamentally though, it’s great to give something back to a School that provided a fantastic education to me, my son Mark and my daughter Rachel. As a Trustee, it’s important to be a critical friend and remain objective. This ensures that emotion does not play a part in ensuring that the environment and resources provide a 1st class educational experience to all who attend, in line with agreed budgets. It’s great to be part of the Board of Trustees working with the team at Rainhill High in dealing with the continual changes and challenges education faces today. It’s also great to bring commercial and business experience back to the School that provided such a sound footing. In one way or another I’ve been involved with the School now for over 40 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing in the success of the staff and students every academic year. The presentations, shows and award events continually demonstrate what a great place Stephenson Multi Academy Trust actually is."

Steve Anderson

Member of Board of Trustees

Name: Steve Anderson

Role: Member of the Board of Trustees

Start Date: January 2020

Work Title / Company: Talent Manager - The Baird Group

I have been connected with the school for over 20 years with both my children being former students. I started in 1998 as a Governor and became Chair of Governors in 2010 moving to Chair of Trustees when the school moved to becoming a Multi Academy Trust. My ethos is a simple one, to provide the best standard of education to every child that passes through our care. Ensuring the Trust delivers the highest quality of education to all. We must always aim to make a positive difference for every child.

Maureen Mellor

Trustee

Term of office start date: 16 January 2017
Term of office end date: 16 January 2021
Interests declared

Name:
Maureen Mellor

Title:
Member of the Board of Trustees

Role:
Trustee

Start Date:
March 2012

Work Title/Company:
Retired Principal of a College of Further Education

"I became a Trustee because I believe passionately that all children should be able to attend a good local school and I feel that the board can help schools achieve this."

David Boyer

Trustee

Term of office start date: 16 January 2017
Term of office end date: 16 January 2020
Interest declared

Role:
Chair of Achievement and Teaching Committee

Start Date:
July 2002

Work Title/Company:
Assistant Director for Transport, Environmental and
Operational Services Warrington Borough Council

"I attended Rainhill High School from 1976 to 1983 and received an excellent education. I became a Governor to put something back into the school I received so much from. I passionately believe in comprehensive education and the right of every child to have access to a good / outstanding school. My two children attend the school."

Lisa Flaherty

Trustee

Term of office start date: 5 December 2017
Term of office end date: 5 December 2021
Interest declared

Role:
Trustee

Start Date:
January 2018

Work Title/Company:
Human Resources Director Knauf Insulation Ltd

"As an ex-pupil I am excited to work with the school to continue to be a vibrant and engaging place for children to learn and develop."

Michaela Peers-Zilkova

Member of the Board of Trustees

Term of office start date: 1 April 2018
Term of office end date: 1 April 2022
Interest declared

Start Date:
April 2018

Work Title/Company:
Finance Manager - Corpore Ltd and The Treatment Network Ltd

“I became a Trustee at Stephenson Multi Academy Trust in April 2018.
My career as Finance Manager of Rainhill High School has given me a good insight into effective financial and business management, as well as an understanding of the many challenges that schools, academies and MAT’s face.
I moved into the private sector in March 2018, however I still retain a passion for education and believe all students have the right to access the best education possible, regardless of background or academic ability; I therefore decided to combine this motivation with my knowledge, skills and previous experience and utilise these for the benefit of Stephenson MAT as a Trustee”.

Mark Sanderson

Member of the Board of Trustees

Term of office start date: 1 August 2019
Term of office end date: 1 August 2023
No Interest declared

Role:
Trustee

Start Date:
1st August 2019

Work Title/Company:
Senior Project Manager Valuation Office Agency

"I became a governor when my children were at the school as I wanted to make a contribution to our community and help the school improve. I’ve stayed on because I was inspired and motivated by the dedication of everyone involved with the school and by the shared goal to provide our young people with the best possible education."

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