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Member/Trustee Profiles


Carl Nichols - Member/Chair of Trustees  (CEO Liaison and Free School link)

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. Carl is a Parkrun Race

   Director at Worcester and he also chairs Food Cardiff and Food

   Sense Wales. 

Anna Streather - Member

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


Since retiring she works part time as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester, as well as Lecturer and Placement Moderator for Somerset SCITT. Her Masters in Education, Leadership and Management degree, focussed on effective Governance in primary schools.

Sally Yates - Member

Sally has worked in education for the last forty years and in senior leadership for thirty years. She was a headteacher of Deanery CE Primary School for thirteen years moving it to outstanding and sustaining this for its last two inspections. Since retiring as a head, Sally has worked as an Education Advisor, supporting and challenging primary school head teachers. She was an OFSTED Inspector for 6 years until 2016, and was a member of the West Midlands Headteacher’s Board for the DfE until 2017. Sally has recently become Chair of Governors at her local primary school and is a member of an Interim Academy Board that moved the school from special measures to good. She believes that all children have the right to a good education that nurtures and develops their skills and talents for the world today.

Caroline Hoddinott - Member

Caroline has been the Headteacher of Haybridge High School & Sixth Form since 2007. She has overseen the school becoming a Teaching School and National Support School in 2011 (when Caroline was designated as an NLE - National Leader in Education) and a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) in 2015. In 2018 Haybridge formed, in partnership with King Charles 1 School, the Four Stones Multi Academy Trust.


Caroline is an Ofsted inspector and a representative on the Ofsted West Midlands Headteacher Reference Group, an         

    accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer and is currently Chair of

    WASH (Worcestershire Association of Secondary



    Caroline brings with her a wealth of educational experience and

    is looking forward to working with and supporting The Rivers     

    CofE Academy Trust.

Emma Hughes - Vice-Chair of Trustees  (HR link)

Emma leads the HR consultancy practice at education law firm Browne Jacobson, working with over 1000 schools nationally. Emma has over 15 years’ experience in generalist HR in both the private sector and the public sector. Emma has worked as HR Director and regional HR Business Partner for two large, national multi-academy trusts and understands the challenges that academies and MATs are facing today. In addition to this, Emma is Vice Chair of Governors for a junior school in Birmingham.

Andy Jobbins - Trustee  (Finance link)

Andy joined the trust in February 2018 following a move to the area from Norfolk.  After a 40-year career in the Manufacturing Sector, first qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant, and then moving into senior general management roles with GKN and FKI, Andy moved to the United States to lead the Taylor Made Group as their President and Chief Operating Officer.  After 5 years he made the decision to retire and move home in late 2015.  Shortly after returning to the UK, Andy joined The Evolution Academy Trust in Norwich and became their Chair of Trustees and is very much looking forward to bringing this experience to the Board.

Paul West - Trustee  (Safeguarding link)

Paul 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.

Fiona Hayles - Trustee  (Compliance and Legal link)

Fiona joined Rivers in July 2018. She has worked as a solicitor for sixteen years and has been a partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd since 2015. She has significant experience with regard to mis-selling allegations and oversees a team working solely in this area. Fiona is also responsible for the training programme for the Dispute Resolution Group and organises regular training sessions across the firm. She volunteers for Young Enterprise and last year she was a business adviser at Alcester Grammar School and a judge in the Warwickshire branch of the finals. She is looking forward to supporting all schools within the Rivers CofE Academy Trust.

Louise Hoskyns-Staples - Trustee  (Data and Standards link)

Louise joined Rivers in April 2019. She is an experienced educational leader and has spent the majority of her teaching career working in both primary and secondary settings. In addition to this, Louise worked as a mathematics researcher for the Department for Education, which provided her with a rich insight into government policy and curriculum design. Her academic research analyses models of teacher education, with a particular focus on mathematics pedagogy. Louise has worked closely with mathematics publishers and has written publications supporting teacher development. She is an assistant maths hub lead locally, Executive Head of a large 

                                                             SCITT, and associate lecturer  at Worcester University and also                                                               works as an independent teacher educator.

Andrew Bourne - Trustee and Pupil Premium link

Andrew is currently employed as an assistant chief officer (Head of Warwickshire Local Delivery Unit) with Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company. He has overall strategic and operational management and delivery for Warwickshire and manages over sixty staff. In addition to supervising operational middle managers, he is the senior manager for all multi-agency interactions and is the strategy lead for the delivery of Accredited Offender Behaviour Programmes. Andrew joined the Trust in July 2018.

Lisa Gregg - Trustee (Governance Link)

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Kate 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. As the Trust continued to grow, Kate's role evolved and she was appointed as CEO /Executive Principal of The Rivers Academy Trust. The Trust currently has eleven good or outstanding schools and a growing teaching school, all of which are good and outstanding and share a culture of collaboration. 


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. She is also a            School Improvement Partner for a number of MATs/SATs as                                                                      well as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. 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.

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.

Holly Lashford - Clerk to Trustees