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Trustees’ Declarations of Interest 2021-22

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.


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 is Head of HR at York Minster. 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.


Karen Fieldhouse
Karen qualified as a chartered accounted with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and worked in audit and corporate finance roles before joining Burberry. At Burberry, Karen was finance partner to the executive team before managing the financial integration of their licensed fragrance and beauty business. Karen now leads the portfolio and acquisitions team at Pentland Group, which encompasses a number of brands including Speedo, Berghaus and Canterbury. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 4 February 2021.


Barbara Nicholas
Barbara practised as a solicitor for over 40 years, specialising in all kinds of property work. Whilst her children were young, she ran her own practice, later combining with a larger practice where she headed the property department and took an active role in management. Following her retirement from general practice in 2012, Barbara was appointed by the Law Society as an assessor for the solicitors’ quality kite mark, Lexcel, and has acted as a consultant on all matters relating to regulation and compliance. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 4 February 2021.


Debbie Clinton
Debbie is a freelance education leadership expert specialising in strategic risk, governance, people development, peer review and trust growth. She has been the CEO of two large multi academy trusts and during her tenure, both saw significant improvement in educational outcomes, people development and financial/operational performance. Debbie is a former HMI and Principal of Nunthorpe Academy,  Middlesbrough. She has wide experience in leadership development and school improvement, and has supported national projects, conferences and working parties/groups for the DfE, the Institute of Education and many others. Date of commencement with Ebor Academy Trust: 20 January 2022.