Board of Trustees

Jayne Lloyd - Chair of Trustees
Keith Powell - finance, Resources & Remuneration
Joanne Brien - finance, Resources & Remuneration
John Southern - Safeguarding, Inclusion and Students Support finance, Resources & Remuneration
Alison Sherman - Curriculum and Progress

Alison has recently retired after 38 years in education. Her career began as a teacher of mathematics and quickly progressed to leadership and senior leadership roles in a variety of secondary school settings, including the independent sector, high achieving comprehensive schools and academies serving quite disadvantaged areas. Over a period of 16 years Alison served as headteacher in three different schools.

Since retiring Alison has maintained her interest in education and is passionate about ensuring that every child is able to benefit from a high quality education. Alison is proud to be a Governor of Rainford High School, a role she has held since 2020. She is also enjoying spending more time with her grandchildren and is relaxing by walking in the local countryside and developing her gardening skills.

Alison has recently been appointed as a Justice of the Peace to the Merseyside Bench.

Peter Francis – Finance, resources & Remuneration; Audit; Pay & Performance management

Peter Francis is Executive Director of Operations at Fusion21 Ltd, Director & Board Chair at Fusion21 Asset Management Ltd and Treasurer for CoreHaus Ltd. Within Fusion21 Ltd, Peter is responsible for all procurement and financial operational functions within the business. He has a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry, and is an experienced operations professional skilled in contract and commercial management, business planning, procurement, and contract negotiation – with supplier relationship management being a key strategic focus. He brings a wealth of experience in finance, procurement, social value and community regeneration with a career spanning more than 20 years in the private and public sector.

Peter is at the forefront of the development of both Fusion21’s Procurement and Social Value offers, ensuring services are shaped in response to feedback provided by Fusion21’s members and supply partners. Formally the Financial Controller at Fusion21, Peter also continues to lead the finance team. An FCIPS chartered procurement professional, Peter is passionate about supporting employees to invest in their personal growth whilst ensuring understanding of the latest industry knowledge and legislation implications. He champions the studying of Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications – with many employees regularly achieving and undertaking studies. Peter has been awarded Fellowship status at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS) highlighting his abilities as a procurement leader. He also holds an MSc in Strategic Procurement Management First Class Honours Degree and is a qualified AAT Technician with a HNC in Business Management

Claire Codling - Safeguarding, Inclusion and Student Support

Claire has worked in Education and Finance in St Helens and Lancashire over the past 22 years in Business, Management and Finance roles. During this time she has developed skills in Coaching and Mentoring, Business Support and achieved a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). She has a proven track record of supporting Schools and Early Years providers in the Private, Voluntary and Independent sectors.


Claire has significant experience in leadership and change management, as well as project management, which has included the implementation and delivery of funding for the creation of Early Years places across Lancashire. Claire has worked in partnership with Edge Hill University in developing an accredited training programme in Business and Finance for Early Years and Childcare and is keen to support the development of the school’s workforce, including being a mock interviewer for students at Edge Hill University.


Claire has a significant amount of experience of working with Governing Boards, currently an active member on a local Primary School Board, St Helens Governors Forum and is Chair of the Special School Business Manager’s Board in Lancashire.

Rebecca Stafford – Curriculum and Progress; Safeguarding, Inclusion and Student Support

Rebecca has had 17 years experience in Secondary education teaching and leading mathematics in a variety of schools across a range of contexts including faith schools and challenging schools in deprived areas. 

Rebecca has had success in raising the achievement of students of all abilities through key stages 3, 4 and 5 including students with SEND and has a particular strength working with students with SEMH needs. 

Rebecca currently works as an Assistant Headteacher at a school in a large multi academy trust with a responsibility for Data, Assessment and Progress of students. She is passionate about the education of young people and thinks that every student should be supported to be able to succeed. 

Mark Bradshaw - Finance, resources & Remuneration; Audit
Jane Sebastian – Curriculum & Progress; Finance, resources & Remuneration
Kirsty Tennyson - Member

Kirstie has been the Head teacher of 2 outstanding primary schools over the past 13 years, taking them from Ofsted categories to outstanding. She is now the CEO of a small Multi academy Trust in St Helens and has led one of the schools in the Trust for 13 years establishing it as a cohort 3 teaching school, National Support School and National Maths Hub. She works as an NLE supporting schools facing challenges and worked as an Ofsted inspector for 5 years. She was invited to Buckingham Palace in 2016, as she was nominated by the DfE in recognition of services to education.

Kirstie is one of Rainford Academies Trusts founding Members and brings valuable experience and insight to the team.

Simon Pierce - Member
Tony Lloyd - Member

Dr Tony Lloyd is the CEO of the ADHD Foundation – the largest patient led ADHD agency in Europe. Dr T Lloyd is a co author of three national reports on ADHD in the UK; A Lifetime Lost or a Lifetime Saved’ and ‘Bridging the Gap’ report published in 2017 and launched at the EU parliament in Brussels on improving transition from Child to adult mental health services, using ADHD as a case study. Tony also contributed to the DEMOS report on the’ Social and Economic Impact of ADHD, published in Feb 2018 and co-authored the report ‘Will The Doctor See me Now’ published in 2019 on health inequalities and access to adult ADHD services in the UK.

Martin Howlett - Member

Martin has had 25 years experience in education and 7 years as a Secondary Headteacher working in challenging secondary schools. Since leaving headship, Martin has successfully built up a Leadership Coaching and Mentoring business that operated in the United States. He currently works for the Youth Federation as an Operations Director and Designated Safeguarding Officer and also works for Achievement for All as an Achievement Coach.

Martin has been a National Trainer for Early Support and Parental/Carer Engagement Strategies. Martin has worked internationally with the Parent/Carer Engagement strategy by supporting the New York City Parental Engagement development. Martin supported theDfE in the role out of the 2014 Children and Families Act.  As an Achievement Coach, Martin is responsible for coaching ten schools in England and Wales around the SEND progress agenda. As a founding member of two Academy chains, Martin is passionate about education and achievement of young people.

Martin also works to support the skills development in cyber security to fill the skills deficit in the NW. As a result of this work, Martin was appointed as the North West Ambassador for the Information Assurance and Advisory Council in the U.K.

Lisa Bradshaw - Member