Board of Directors

The Sovereign Trust

Board of Directors

Maurice French

Vice Chair
Maurice has been a senior manager in the industrial sector and has the ability to analyse situations, identify problems, create and evaluate proposed solutions and implement plans. Early in his career much of this was hands-on. In later years much more was in an analysis, supervision and a monitoring role. Although generally within a commercial environment he feels that many of his skills are transportable into a non-commercial environment.

Nick Gill

Risk
Nick is an experienced Senior Manager, Risk Manager and Head of Safety, Health & Environment improving performance, reducing risks, increasing operational efficiencies and driving behavioural change across complex technical environments. A Chartered Electrical Engineer, evaluating risk, defining best practice, establishing standards and creating robust frameworks enabling the design and integration of business focussed processes to meet customer needs and an inclusive leader, building motivated teams and consulting with internal and external stakeholders to encourage knowledge transfer and information sharing to deliver best practice, cost effective solutions for the company, whilst influencing standard practices across industry bodies and regulators.

Shirley Jones

Finance
Shirley is an experienced finance professional who has built a strong reputation in providing exceptional support to operational management through incisive analysis of operational concepts and their associated financial impacts. She has vast experience of financial risk management and testing controls are effective. Also has implemented the GDPR legislation with finance.

Paul Nolan

Chair | Paul began with the RAF, Hospitality and catering; then after University worked in banking as a credit risk analysis, became a senior manager of a FTSE 100 organisation, during this time he was a director of an International Anti-Fraud organisation, providing consultancy to UK telecommunication companies and various government departments. After developing his expertise he became the Managing Director of three companies: 1. a construction accreditation scheme and worked on several Health and Safety Executive committees 2. a vocational training organisation, providing adult learning 3. The Principle of an Ofqual Awarding Organisation, designing and managing NVQ and VRQ qualifications. For the last 9 years he has nurtured a business providing ePortfolio solutions to Colleges and Vocational Training organisations.

Dilys Morgan

Safeguarding
Dilys has worked in education for over 40 years. She was the Deputy Headteacher at Pictor School before it became an academy. She has vast experience and expertise working with children with special educational and developmental needs.

Ian Mcgrath

Estates | Ian is the founder and MD of an Autism charity called Hearts And Minds Challenge which was set up in 2010.They have supported many families who have children with autism through various difficulties through the Hearts And Minds Challenge. Their mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism by ensuring the highest standards in education, care and support leading to employment and equality of living opportunities. He also works in the construction industry and manages plant hire companies with annual turnovers in excess of 3 million per year and employing over 40 staff. He has experience of negotiating contracts with major companies in the construction industry both in the UK and Ireland. Ian’s son currently attends Pictor Academy

David Rowntree

David is a senior P&C insurance professional with international experience in developed and emerging markets. He is highly experienced in portfolio management, product development across personal, commercial and corporate segments, turning around unprofitable portfolios, corporate finance and strategy.
His skills include Management and leadership; Developing competitive strategy; Product development and portfolio management; Internal controlling & governance; Technical training and developing people; Leading change.

The Sovereign Trust will be a centre of excellence for learning and development for pupils, parents and staff

The Sovereign Trust

Our Vision

The Sovereign Trust

We are three exceptional academies meeting the educational and development needs of some very special Children and Young people with a range of learning difficulties including those who may have autism and physical or sensory needs.

Our Aim

Working together to increase the opportunities we offer to our pupils and staff; and able to extend our SEND expertise to other schools and academies through professional training and support.

Family of Schools

We are a family of schools that places children at the core of all we do.

Manor Academy

New Park Academy

Pictor Academy