Directors and Members

Directors and Members


Mary Evans (Chair)

Viv Starkie
Vivienne Starkie has lived in Weston for 30 years and her two daughters both attended St. Andrew’s C of E Primary school. Vivienne has been a Governor of the school since 2012 and Chair of Governors since 2013. Vivienne is married. She is a retired Crown Prosecutor and now has care of her toddler grandson once a week. She has recently received training to enter the Church of England and is planning to take up the post of Curate in the Mid Trent Team of churches. She is a Foundation Governor ensuring that the Christian ethics of our Church School are reflected in all aspects of school life.

Vivienne was part of the steering group which brought together the schools now part of the Mid-Trent Multi-Academy Trust and is now a Director of the MAT Board. She sees her role on the board as ensuring that the best possible experience and outcomes are achieved for every pupil across all three schools.

Mark Blundy  
Group Director of Health and Safety at Bowmer-Kirkland
Mark’s 15 years as an HSE Inspector gave him the knowledge and expertise we required to extend and enhance our safety culture and procedures.
He joined B&K in 2007 and since then a number of our Group companies have achieved OHSAS 18001 Accreditation but, more importantly, we have positively enhanced our safety culture through our procedures, training and supporting communications.

On our behalf, Mark liaises with a range of client and industry bodies to develop and promote best practice in the industry. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH and when not at work enjoys mountain biking and water skiing.

Angela Mulligan
Angela Mulligan is an Independent Education Consultant who has extensive experience of classroom teaching and senior leadership, including Headship, in a wide range of infant and primary schools. She is a National College accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) and trained as an Ofsted inspector.
Angela has been involved with the three schools in the Mid-Trent MAT since 2008, initially as the School Improvement Partner appointed by Staffordshire Local Authority. She has continued to support the schools in recent years, including working with Governors in their annual review of Headteacher performance.

In her capacity as a Director on the MAT board Angela is keen to use her experience and skills to support the family of schools in the Mid-Trent MAT in providing the best in education resulting in the best possible outcomes for all children.

Nicki Clay
Headteacher (Colwich CE Primary School)
It is with great pleasure and optimism that I embark on my eleventh year as headteacher of Colwich CE Primary School and my second year with the Mid-Trent MAT. It is a real privilege to work in such a dynamic school and trust alongside dedicated teams. I am committed to ensuring that our schools provide outstanding opportunities for every child and work in close partnership to excel. I particularly value the positive, affirming Christian ethos which underpins our learning community.

Before moving to Staffordshire, I worked for many years as a class teacher, lead teacher and deputy headteacher in middle and primary schools in Shropshire, specialising in supporting teacher training. More recently, I was delighted to become a Local Leader of Education, working with colleagues in often challenging situations. I have a genuine love of learning and continue to delight in developing potential in others.

Julie Alexander
Julie was instrumental – along with the other members of the MAT executive committee – in establishing the Mid-Trent Multi Academy Trust in February 2016.  She is the Accounting Officer for the MAT; serves on the Board of Trustees as Director of Policy, Process and Procedure and sits on the MAT finance committee.

Having worked in education for almost 30 years and now in her second headship, Julie has been headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary School in Hixon for nine years. At the time of her appointment, the school was giving the Local Authority cause for concern; however, at the last two Ofsted inspections it was considered to be good with outstanding features.

Ofsted considers Julie to be a “strong leader” and to be “outstandingly successful in promoting a shared ambition and determination that all pupils will have maximum benefit from their schooling”.

Julie is a trained and accredited Local Leader of Education (LLE) and is an accredited coach for the National College ‘Leadership Pathways’ programme.  As such, she has a full understanding of the requirements of both the coaching and mentoring roles.  Within these roles she has supported several headteachers and other senior staff and governors.

Julie is married with two grown-up children.

Paul Hayward
I have been head teacher at St Andrew’s since September 2011. Before that I was head teacher at All Saints in Bednall. I believe a good education can open doors for everyone. I have been teaching since 1992. I gain an immense amount of pleasure from watching children succeed.

Around about the year 2000 I took a break from teaching, for a few years, to run a company which commissioned large industrial sites. I learned so much from the experience which I apply to my role now as head teacher and director. I am a parent governor at my own children’s high school. This enables me to see education from various angles.

It is a privilege to be working with like –minded colleagues from Mid-Trent schools who share the same vision for all of our children: that they deserve the best possible education we can provide.



Stephen Butt
Stephen was appointed as a Governor by the Church over 12 months ago. He is Churchwarden at All Saints Sandon. He was in the field of Education for 39 years. In 1991 he became a Head teacher of a residential Special School for children with severe Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. For the last 4 years he became an Executive Head Teacher when he was asked to take on the responsibility to turn around a failing secondary school for children who were diagnosed with severe Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. He retired in January 2013.

He was appointed as the Chair to Primary Head teachers of Sandwell Primary schools for five years. He is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Stafford. This is a voluntary position which involves monitoring the standards at the prison.

Stephen enjoys DIY, reading, holidays (of course!). Currently developing the property that he has recently purchased.

Major Jonathan Mayne
Major Jon Mayne was posted to MOD Stafford in June 2014, as Regimental Second-in-Command of 22 Signal Regiment, and quickly identified the benefit of the school having a direct link to a growing military community in the area.  Having moved home 8 times over 13 years, in 2016 he made what he hopes to be his final move into Weston village primarily to ensure that his two children can continue to benefit from schooling at St. Andrew’s.  Jon is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Headquarters 11 Signal and West Midland Brigade, but maintains close links with the military community in Stafford.

Jon has held a number of informal posts during his time supporting the school as a Parent Governor, and now chairs the curriculum committee, and well as being a ‘Member’ of the Mid-Trent Academy Trust.

David Clay


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