As a charitable company limited by guarantee, Concordia Members have a similar role to shareholders in a company limited by shares.  However, unlike shareholders, Concordia Members do not have any rights of ownership and do not profit in any way from  the Trust.


  • are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association (where they are founding members);
  • may amend the articles of association subject to any restrictions in the articles, the funding agreement or charity law;
  • may, in certain circumstances, appoint new members or remove existing members;
  • have powers to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances;
  • may, by special resolution, issue direction to the trustees to take a specific action;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s audited annual accounts (subject to the Companies Act); and
  • have power to change the name of the company and, ultimately, wind up the academy trust.




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Deborah Johnson - Member 

Deborah Johnson has been a Senior Lecturer in English (Early Years and Primary) at the University of Chester since 2014.

She was a Primary teacher for 20 years in Cheshire and Wirral and has a BEd (Hons) in English and Education from the University of Liverpool. She also has an MA in Teaching and Learning English.
During her teaching career, she was an English specialist in Ellesmere Port, and was part of the Cheshire Leading Teacher team. She was seconded to Cheshire as an Early Literacy and Language Consultant and received further specialist training in Early Literacy, Language and Communication.

She currently teaches English to PGCE Early Years-Primary students, as well as at undergraduate and postgraduate students and is the Cohort Lead for PGCE.
She is deeply passionate about empowering children through language and literacy development to give them the best possible life chances. She recognises the importance of ensuring that solid foundations for learning are provided for every child. She also strives to ensure that student teachers recognise the importance of implementing early intervention to ensure equality of opportunity for every child that they teach.

She is keen to explore and work with the Trust to develop teachers of the future.


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Ray Pallin - Member

Ray is a Fellow of the Institute of legal Executives having worked as a real estate lawyer in the legal profession for over 40 years.

Ray continues to work with a law firm on matters relating to compliance but has since 2010 worked with an academy conversion specialist based in the North West as a project lead assisting schools to set up or form part of Single or Multi-Academy Trusts.  This involves working closely with the schools in understanding the procedures to set up the Trust, as well as supporting the Trusts Solicitors who they have instructed to deal with the legal work relating to the land.

Ray was until recently a Chair of Trustees with a Single Academy Trust and is on the Board of Members for a number of Multi Academy Trusts as an overseer and adviser to the Board of Trustees.  Ray was part of the school Governance for many years before standing down.

When he is not working, Ray is an avid follower of Liverpool FC and spends much time as he can fishing.



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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. 


Jenny Parry - Member

Jenny Parry currently works within the Public Sector and leads a People and Organisational Development Function having previously held senior HR and Talent roles in a variety of well known Retail and FMCGG companies. With experience of working alongside Board members Jenny has experience in a number of different specialisms including Wellbeing, Talent Development and delivering complex HR change. With a career long passion for promoting educational opportunities Jenny has been involved in the development of National Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards, has prior experience as a trustee on a MAT in Lincolnshire, has been involved in the Feeding Britain’s Future initiative as well as developing a range of career development programmes aimed at young people. Having been bought up and schooled in Ellesmere Port Jenny is familiar with the area and is looking forward to supporting the community and helping shape education and skills for the next generation. 



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Dave Teggin -
Trustee and Member

Dave was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, grew up in Eastham, Wirral, attended Heygarth Rd. Primary and Wirral Grammar Schools. He continued his education at the University of Wales - Swansea after spending a year as a volunteer in Ethiopia. He gained a 1st in Geology at Swansea 1972 and a PhD in Geology & Geochemistry at Manchester University (whilst working as a tutor for the Open University). For the next two years he continued working in the academic world as a Research Fellow in the Dept of Geodesy and Geophysics at Cambridge University and a further eight years as Senior Lecturer / Professor at the Instituto de Geoquimica, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

In 1985 Dave was head hunted by Schlumberger (SLB), the premier global oilfield service company and he and his family spent the next 24 years living / working in various assignments in South America, US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During this time, financed by SLB, he gained a Diploma of Reservoir Management from Imperial College / Delft University / French Institute of Petroleum. He spend an extended assignment in Moscow and Siberia before retiring as VP Engineering & Manufacturing, Russia, in 2009.

Dave speaks good Spanish (Venezuelan) and has a working knowledge of Russian. Throughout his academic career and his 25 years in the corporate world Dave has developed considerable experience in managing people and finance.

Throughout his studies and subsequent career Dave has had considerable experience in managing the finances and personnel of projects ranging from small technical project teams to multiple construction projects involving large work forces.

Financial experience

  • Directing small teams of university staff / students on research projects (<$1m in UK and Venezuela)
  • Running a dispersed network of laboratories throughout South America ($1-3m; 30 employees)
  • Managing the financing, personnel transfer and physical re-building of a Product Development Centre (Tulsa to Houston; 40+ employees; annual budget $20m+) with minimal interruption of ongoing projects.
  • The building and running of manufacturing facilities and an engineering centre in Siberia from the ground up; including land acquisition, construction work, recruiting/training all levels of staff, development of supply chains etc..($35m+; 1000+ employees)