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Trustees’ Summary Declarations of Interest 2019-20

Tricia Ellison
Tricia has a background in teaching and educational leadership in the UK and overseas. She was appointed as English adviser in North Yorkshire in 1989 and joined the new local authority school improvement team in the City of York in 1996, retiring in 2014. Tricia has worked extensively across all phases and led work on the National Literacy and KS3 strategies. She is an accredited Ofsted inspector and School Improvement Partner. In 2006 she established York’s successful independent-state school partnership and continues to jointly chair the strategy group. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 4 February 2015.



Chris Chambers
Chris was born and raised in south London and after studying International Politics, joined the army in the Royal Corps of Transport. He was latterly with the Royal Logistic Corps. Now retired, Chris is a member of the Strensall parish council and village hall committee, the Foss Internal Drainage Board, a trustee of a charitable trust, a volunteer with York Neighbours and a school governor. He is also a lay member of the York Hospital research and development group. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 4 February 2014.


Duncan Fraser
Duncan is a secondary maths teacher and Assistant Head of Department. He has been Chair of Governors at Brotherton & Byram Community Primary Academy since the school was placed in special measures in 2013 and took an active role in the school’s conversion to an academy and joining the Ebor Academy Trust. As a director he now sits on the trust’s policy review committee and the due diligence scrutiny committee as well as a working party developing the role of governance across the trust. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 May 2012.



Alison Smith
A primary school headteacher for nine years, Alison is currently Deputy Director of Education and school effectiveness adviser for the Diocese of York. She monitors and reports on a range of performance data and liaises with local authorities, the DfE and Ofsted, attending feedback meetings and monitoring visits as appropriate. Alison provides school improvement advice to individual schools and supports collaborative relationships to share expertise and build capacity. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 December 2016.



Rachel Totton
Rachel retired from secondary headship in 2007.  Prior to that, she gained over 30 years’ experience in teaching and senior leadership. She spent three years after headship as a trainer, facilitator, coach and consultant working with primary, secondary and local authority staff across the Yorkshire & Humber region. She became a governor at Haxby Road Primary School, and was closely involved in its sponsored academy conversion within the Ebor Academy Trust. Rachel is also Chair of Trustees for a small local independent charity, Older Citizens Advocacy York. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 9 December 2015.



Mark Williamson
Mark is finance director with The Huntercombe Group. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Newcastle and worked as a business assurance manager prior to joining Four Seasons Health Care, initially to lead the statutory financial reporting for the group. Prior to a career in accountancy, Mark gained a PhD in Physics from the University of Leeds. In his current role, Mark’s responsibilities focus upon strategic development. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 10 December 2014.


David Stork
David spent 20 years as a teacher and senior manager in secondary education before joining the newly-created East Riding School Improvement Service in 1996, retiring in 2013. During this period, David oversaw modern languages, 14-19 education, leadership development and workforce reform. He served as a representative of Local Authorities on several 14-19 steering groups and scrutiny committees at the Department for Education. David holds a doctorate in school leadership development, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He currently serves on three school governing bodies, and is a member of the East Riding Schools’ Forum. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 3 May 2017.


Jane Coope
Jane is an HR specialist with roles including Head of HR for the National Trust and Director of People at Guide Dogs. Highly qualified, including as a post 16 teacher, Jane has worked as a University academic and currently undertakes quality assurance for a Masters programme. She is an experienced Governor in Primary, Secondary and University settings, and has worked in the Independent sector including as Director of HR at Marlborough College. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 16 September 2019.


Hadleigh Standen
Hadleigh has an extensive background in property and facilities management, currently working as Managing Director of the Central Government Sector for a large multi-national energy and services company. Prior to that Hadleigh worked as a Commercial Director with responsibilities for Healthcare and Education projects and was heavily involved in the mobilisation and delivery of multiple PFI and BSF schools. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 16 September 2019.


Andrew Winters
Andrew is a business governance, risk and control specialist with 23 years of experience with two of the largest accountancy firms in the UK, advising Boards across all industry sectors on strategic and reputation, regulatory, financial, operational and cyber risk management.  He is now an adviser to small and medium sized businesses on their governance arrangements when seeking to grow and enter new markets. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 13 January 2020.