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The Trust Board

C.I.T - Community Inclusive Trust. Where learning comes first

Meet the Trust Board

The C.I.T Trust Board lead strategy development and hold the Chief Executive to account for delivery of the business plan. The Board define the vision and strategy; operate within financial constraints, and create a strong and effective Governance Structure.
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Stephen Hopkins

Chair of the Trust Board – Trustee

Stephen is an Educational professional with 40 years’ experience as a teacher, Headteacher, LA adviser, Ofsted Inspector, DfE Civil Servant, and Educational Consultant. He is also a Governance professional with experience as a Governor, Academy Chair, MAT Chair, Chair of IEB, and Governance Consultant working for the National Governance Association.
As a Trustee, Stephen is charged with the responsibility of seeking – on behalf of parents and stakeholders – assurance linked to the quality of provision provided by the schools within the Trust and the use of public funds to the best effect.

Sandy Paley


Experienced in teaching, leadership, governance, MAT budget management and HR, Sandy is currently the Head of School for a large Outstanding Secondary School in Nottinghamshire. Sandy is passionate about improving the education and welfare of young people and supports the vision of C.I.T. Sandy contributes to the development of our strategy, whilst supporting the monitoring of the delivery of our vision.

Sarah Moore


With a proven record of accomplishment over the years for bringing schools through to Good and Outstanding Ofsted ratings, Sarah is now CEO of the Abbey Academies Trust. She secures high achievement by working closely with Headteachers to ensure the pupils are put first.
Sarah brings vast experience in governance and working collaboratively with other schools, to the C.I.T Trust Board. She is a National Leader of Education with an excellent track record in successful school-to-school support in Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Lincolnshire.

Jonathan Jackson


Jonathan is educated in business to Master’s level and has worked in both multinational companies and start up businesses as Managing Director. His experience of working with schools is through actively supporting two Primary School Breakfast Clubs and also volunteered for LEBC’s School Event’s Programme. Jonathan is keen to volunteer his skills in an effective way to support education in the community and to support C.I.T and the Trustees to achieve their objectives and build on the success to date.

Paul Boucher


Paul was Chair of the Trust Board from its fruition in 2014, through to 2019. Having a strong commitment to furthering the education and welfare of children and young people in Lincolnshire, Paul has huge experience in maintaining Outstanding Schools. Paul works for Lincolnshire County Council producing directories of provision for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their parents.

Peter Bell

CEO – Trustee (Ex officio, non-voting Trustee)

A National Leader of Education and member of the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers Board. Peter brings drive, ambition and the skill set to ensure that the individual pupils across the Trust receive the highest levels of education and care. Peter is fully invested and passionate about achieving our purpose of putting learners first.

Kathryn Goodman


Having spent a lot of her career in the delivery of Welfare Services, Kathryn saw first-hand what can happen when young people fail to get the support and education they need at an early age. Kathryn joined the Trust Board to help ensure that our young people are given the best possible start in life, are encouraged to do well and realise their potential. Kathryn also supports the Trust with her experience in business and commerce, and HR.

Lucy McClements

Trustee & Finance Committee Chairperson

Lucy is a qualified accountant with 20years experience in financial services regulations having started her career at the Bank of England. Lucy has a deep knowledge of governance and risk management including the application of policies, procedures, and systems. Lucy supports the Trust in developing approaches to effectively govern and risk manage, to ensure the individual schools thrive in a well-controlled Trust operating environment.

Kathleen Weekes


A retired Senior Healthcare Professional and Senior Civil Service Government Nurse Adviser, Kathleen has over 30 years’ experience as an Executive Board Level Nurse in the NHS. With strong leadership skills and experience of managing large teams, Kathleen brings high standards to the Trust to challenge decisions to ensure the highest standards of education for all the children attending C.I.T schools.

Sue Maycock


Sue is a qualified accountant and has spent her career in public service. Her experience has been gained through working within Local Authorities, a University, and for a Multi-Academy Trust.
Sue brings experience of academy finance and knowledge of the demands of the Education and Skills Funding Agency. She has a very broad understanding of the education system and believes in providing high quality education for all children, especially in these current times of financial constraint.

Dr Rachael Sharpe


Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Lincoln, working on teacher training and education programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. With extensive experience on funded educational research projects at national and international level, Rachael is committed to developing quality education to ensure every child within the Trust reaches their full potential. 

Ana Hendrickson

Clerk to the Trust Board


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