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Nick Mossop - Chair of Trustees & Member


Nick is currently Chair of Trustees and liaison for all Business and Financial Activities for the Trust.  Nick is a self-motivated individual and currently owns a group of public houses within Worcestershire and bordering counties.  Nick enjoys contributing fully to the pursuit of continuous improvement, quality and to achieving the highest possible standards within the trust.





Anna Streather, Director, Rivers Multi Academy TrustAnna Streather - Vice Chair and Liaison of Teaching and Learning


I was Head Teacher of two primary schools before I retired, one two form entry city primary school and prior to that a rural Church of England primary school. 


Since retiring I have lectured in primary science at the University of Worcester on the PGCE Primary Route.  I am currently completing my Masters in Education, Leadership and Management degree, focussing on Governance.




Kate Brunt, CEO, Rivers Multi Academy TrustKate Brunt - CEO / Executive Principal / Accounting Officer for the Trust


In 2013 Kate took on the role of Executive Head over two schools and then moved to become Executive Principal of The Rivers Academy Trust in 2014. With Rivers CofE Academy Trust growing over the last two years her role has altered to CEO /Executive Principal over 7 schools, one 'outstanding' pre-school, and a growing Teaching School.


In addition to being a member of this board Kate is a member of Headteacher Board, a member of the Department of Education's Headteacher Reference Group, a National Leader in Education, and a Lead Ofsted Inspector.  Kate is a driven individual that thrives on a challenge and believes school leadership and school to school support are essential in order to drive school improvement and ensure better outcomes for children.




Lizzie Fletcher, Director, Rivers Multi Academy TrustElizabeth Fletcher - Trustee


Lizzie Fletcher is liaison for all Human Resources activities and brings a range of operational and strategic HR experience gained for over 12 years in the public sector.  Lizzie is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD) since 2003.  Her role is to advise the Board on employment law and best practice for people management, along with supporting succession planning, recruitment, retention, development and employee relations.



Paul West, Director, Rivers Multi Academy TrustPaul West - Trustee

Paul West joined the Board in September 2016 as our Diocesan Representative.  He has thirty-two years of policing experience, including thirteen years as a chief officer and eight years as the Chief Constable of West Mercia Policy.  In 2011 he was joint Director of the Indian Police Service Mid-Career Training Programme in Hyderabad, India.  He has been the Bishop of Worcester's Criminal Justice Affairs advisor since 2012.  He is an independent member of the Judicial Appointments Commission, sits on Policy Appeals Tribunals in Northern Ireland and is a member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body.  He has previously been a Governor of the University of Worcester and is currently Chair of Governors at Bromsgrove School. Paul is looking forward to bringing his vast experience of governance to the Board.


Carl Nichols - Trustee


Carl Joined Rivers in January 2016 and is a General Manager and currently Head of WRAP Cymru.  WRAP Cymru delivers programmes in Wales to significantly reduce waste and maximise recycling.  Carl works with funders to develop strategies, oversee delivery and budgets and hopes to use this experience to help Rivers.  Carl has an MBA from Warwick Business School, MSc in Environmental Engineering and a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Geology as well as being the Climate Change Commissioner for Wales.


Andrew Ford - Trustee

Andrew brings to Rivers a range of operational and strategic legal experience.  After graduating with a LLB from the University of Law in Birmingham, Andrew furthered his development with a Higher Rights of Audience qualification (Criminal and Judicial Review) from University of Law in London.  Employed as a Business Defence Solicitor Andrew works for his firm's most significant clients in criminal and quasi-criminal matters.  He has a keen interest in regulatory matters and regularly advises corporates in relation to investigations, prosecutions and compliance.




Sue Mason - Trustee

Sue is a retired Headteacher and brings with her a commitment to children's learning and well-being in schools.  Over her 20 years' experience she has led schools through numerous successful Ofsted inspections, and worked closely with HMI in bringing a school out of special measures.  Sue fully appreciates the need for schools, governors, leaders and staff to be accountable whilst holding a firm commitment to every individual child.  Sue now works at King's, Worcester as a Primary Schools Liaison Manager.






Caroline Hoddinott - Member

Caroline has been the Headteacher of Haybridge High School and Sixth From since 2007/8.  Haybridge was designated a Teaching School in 2011 and since then Caroline has led the way for a School-Led system in Worcestershire which has accumulated with recently being awarded status as a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).  


Caroline brings with her a high level of educational experience and is looking forward to supporting Rivers.



Stephen Penn - Member

Stephen is a qualified librarian and worked in public libraries for 14 years before moving on into library IT systems.  He is now a self-employed consultant using his skills in new and diverse sectors.


Stephen was a Governor at St Peter's CofE First School, Droitwich for 24 years and was a member of the Finance Committee during that time.  He was also the lead Governor on Admissions for 5 years.





sally yates profileSally Yates - Member

Sally has worked in senior leadership for thirty years which included being headteacher of Deanery Primary for 13 years, moving it from satisfactory to outstanding and sustaining this for its last two inspections.  Sally is currently an Education Advisor, supporting and challenging primary school headteachers.  She is also a member of the West Midland Headteacher's Board, a school governor and currently chairs an Interim Academy Board.  Sally believes that all children have the right to a good education and all talents and abilities should be nurtured and developed.





Susanna Taylor - Company Secretary


Susanna Taylor joined the Rivers MAT Trust as MAT Finance Manager in July 2016 and is responsible for business services including finance systems and processes.  Susanna is a FCCA qualified accountant with eight years school business management experience.  Susanna is also a Specialist Leader of Education for School Business Management and has supported schools with business and finance systems, processes and reporting.





Wendy McVicar, Clerk to Directors, Rivers Multi Academy TrustWendy McVicar - Clerk to Board


Wendy McVicar joined the Rivers MAT in June 2015 and is Executive Assistant to CEO of the Trust. 


Wendy comes to the trust with over 20 years' experience in education, predominately in Higher Education.