Who’s Who

Paul Jenkins – Chair of Board of Directors

Paul Jenkins – Chair of Board of Directors

 
Julie Murphy - Director

Julie Murphy - Director

Paul Jenkins has been involved in education for 36 years. Seventeen years as a headteacher and five years in educational advisory work. He has undertaken a variety of roles including working with schools on a daily basis supporting the senior management team and, at times, taking over schools to develop action plans and work with HMI to bring about positive changes. He provided financial training for headteachers and governors as the financial representative for Cheshire Local Authority.

Since retiring he has been Chairman of Neston Cricket Club and their Development Group. He has been involved in applying for grants, working with a number of sporting agencies, including the local government and developing business plans.  He has been integral in procuring a two story extension, resulting in an increase in income streams and bringing sustainability to the club.

Paul is also Chair of Governors at Wolverham Primary and Town Lane Infants Schools and is also the Chair of the board of Directors for Concordia MAT.  

Julie Murphy recently retired as headteacher of a highly regarded, successful infant school. She worked across two Local Authorities and within the new Concordia Multi-Academy Trust. Julie served as Chair for Wirral's Primary Headteachers Consultation Group and represented Primary Headteachers on an Improvement Board. She gained wider school improvement experience working  for a Locality Board and previously served within Cheshire's Early Years Quality Assurance Team. As a senior leader in two 'Outstanding' schools, Julie has a proven track record for ensuring quality learning experiences and excellent outcomes for pupils.

Julie is an Associate Consultant for ECM Education Consultants Ltd.

 

Tracy Webb - Director

Tracy Webb - Director

Tracy Webb is an experienced serving Headteacher. Tracy is a strategic member of a large Teaching School Alliance and she has a lead role in school to school support. She is an Associate School Improvement Adviser for a Local Authority and also a National Leader of Education. She has experience of supporting a number of Primary Schools to improve outcomes for pupils. Tracy became the CEO for the Concordia Multi Academy Trust in September 2018.

 

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Jennifer Williams - Director

Jennifer Williams - Director

 
Angela Claydon - Director

Angela Claydon - Director

Laura Newton-Harris was born and raised in Ellesmere Port and is a local author, business owner and parent with a keen understanding and experience of children with additional needs. She is the Vice Chair of Governors at Parklands Community Primary School and has been involved with the Parent Forum and other projects within the school over the last few years.  She is a Director of a local media company, which engages with local young people and offers opportunities in a range of creative outlets (including drama, film production, photography, music and creative writing).

 

Jen is employed by the National Probation Service as a Senior Probation Officer and has worked for probation since 1999. Jen’s current role involves managing an offender management team in Wirral which involves a range of tasks and partnership working to support and ensure the safe and effective management of offenders in the community and in custody. Jen has a keen interest in community justice, public protection, domestic abuse and safeguarding.

Jen initially became a Parent Governor for Town Lane Infant School in 2004, where she now continues as a Co-Opted Governor. Jen has taken on various strategic roles within the school, with the main focus being on Safeguarding alongside other subject areas.

 

Angela Claydon is a local councillor on Cheshire West and Chester council and represents the St Paul’s ward which includes the Parklands area.  She is a retired Primary school teacher and specialised in literacy and special needs. She has more than 35 years’ experience as a school governor and is the Chair of Governors at Parklands Primary School and also a governor at Whitby high School. Angela was Mayor of Ellesmere Port 2011-12, Sheriff of Chester, 2013- 14 and Lord Mayor of Chester 2016-17.

 

Simon Grove - Director & Member

Simon Grove - Director & Member

Simon Grove has worked in Banking for 33 Years, in a number of roles, more recently as Branch Manager for the last 15 a years in a number of different branches. Been a Governor and Chair of Governors the last 9 Years of Childer Thornton Primary School in Ellesmere Port. The school is now part of Concordia Multi Academy, I am a Member, Director and Chief Finance Officer of the Trust.

 
 

Members

Allan Rogan - Member

Allan Rogan - Member

Allan Rogan was head of a large urban primary school in Crewe for 23 years including secondments to Cheshire LEA as a Primary Advisor and to the Finance Team to work on the LMS scheme. He was a founder member of the Cheshire Association of Primary Headteachers, including time as Chair. He left headship in 2005 to work as an Education Consultant and worked on all the senior leadership programmes for the National College of School Leaders. Since retiring in 2010 he has worked for a local charity and was Chair of Governors at Holy Cross Primary School in Birkenhead. He resigned from the Governing Body in 2016 to become a founder member of Concordia Multi Academy Trust but has since re-joined the Governing Body as Chair.

 

Dave Teggin - Member

Dave Teggin - Member

Dave Teggin grew up in Eastham - attending Heygarth Rd Primary and Wirral Grammar schools, continuing his education at the University of Wales - Swansea and gaining a PhD in Geology & Geochemistry at Manchester University. For the next 10 years he worked in the academic world - as a tutor for the Open University, Research Fellow in the Dept of Geodesy and Geophysics at Cambridge University and as Senior Lecturer at the Instituto de Geoquimica, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. In 1985, Dave joined Schlumberger, the premier global oilfield service company, and he and his family spent the next 24 years working in various places in South America, US, Asia and the Middle east before retiring from their last assignment in Russia - and after all that - the family still enjoys travelling. His work experiences are highly varied including - teaching and research work, running multiple R&E projects, hiring and management of culturally diverse personnel, Marketing & PR, directing large building projects and company acquisitions. Dave is fluent in Spanish and has a poor knowledge of Russian.

 

Kate Bailey - Member

Kate Bailey - Member

 
Neil Diamond - Member

Neil Diamond - Member

Kate Bailey has extensive experience in the property industry having worked within facilities management for over 25 years. Kate has been involved in delivering and managing FM services to the education sector and understands the breadth of challenges faced by MATs in maintaining an ageing property portfolio. Asset strategy, statutory compliance, planned and reactive maintenance, energy management and soft fm are a few of the areas of specialism that Kate has been involved with. Kate is also a Trustee of the Eric Wright Learning Foundation, and Executive Chair of a local scout group.


Neil Diamond is a Solicitor specialising in regulatory law.  He currently work at the Charity Commission, where his main role is to advise the Commission’s investigation staff on the use of statutory powers and sanctions in high-risk cases involving fraud, safeguarding, or other charity misconduct and mismanagement.  Prior to becoming a lawyer he worked in criminal investigation for seven years, latterly as the Head of Investigation at the Security Industry Authority.  He has been a parent governor at Town Lane Infant School since 2017.