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Team Academy Trust
Team Academy Trust



Members oversee the work of the Trustees and meet annually to review the procedures, policies and accounts of the previous year.

Chair of Trustees:                             Paul Ginnings, c/o Pilton Bluecoat Academy, Abbey Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JU

Representatives From:                     EDEN - Diocese of Exeter

                                                            Lee Abbey

                                                            Local Parish

                                                            Mole Valley Farmers



Trustees are similar to Directors of a Company and monitor the work of the Chief Executive Headteacher and Leadership team. They also have specific interests as part of their role such as - Financial, Safeguarding or Special needs. The Trustees meet approximately 5 times a year as a whole group and are active within a range of commitees and individual portfolios. Our Trustees do not have any percuniary interests related to school affairs.  

Paul ginnings - chair of trustees, chartered accountant (retired)

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and became a partner in an accounting practice in 1980 which later became part of Deloitte - one of the largest international accounting and consulting practices.
I remained in partnership in Deloitte until retirement in 2001. During this time, I specialised in providing audit and advisory services to the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, including charities, housing associations, and universities. I lectured on financial and accounting subjects and wrote a book on the Audit of Housing Associations published in 1996 and appeared in a Channel 4 programme on Charity Reserves in 1997.
Since retirement I have assisted several charities, both in an advisory capacity and by serving on the board. These volunteer positions have included chairing the Fullabrook Wind Farm CIC and acting as a volunteer advisor with Citizens Advice in Ilfracombe.
I am married to Gill and we have three married daughters and six grandchildren, one of whom attends Pilton Bluecoat school. Gill and I are members of South Street Chapel, Braunton, and my current interests include rugby, do-it-yourself and gardening.

Sue Davies - Vice chair of Trustees, educational advisor (retired) 

My name is Sue Davies and I am a Trustee of TEAM Academy Trust. I am currently Vice Chair of the Board and am also Chair of the Local Governing Body for Brayford and Umberleigh. I moved to Devon when I retired after a forty year career in Education. I was formerly a Primary School Advisor/Inspector for Dorset LA. I now thoroughly enjoy the role of Governor/Trustee in this vibrant Trust and, using my expertise, do my best to provide support and challenge to the Leadership team who constantly strive to give the children in their care the very best education they can. My particular interest is in creative and performing arts and I like to get involved in these aspects of school life where possible.

I have children and grandchildren who sadly don’t live locally, but who I spend as much time with as I can. My husband and I like to travel to all parts of the world and we also enjoy walking and reading.

Philippa cartmell - teacher/lecturer 

I am a Drama teacher and  have lived in Pilton for 23 years.  During that time I have produced two 'Piltonites’ who attended Bluecoats as part of their schooling.  My children took a lot from this amazing school and I found that I  was impressed with the education and care they received.  I felt  that I wanted to give something back to the school and applied to become a Governor/Trustee. 

nigel dilkes - ex officio parish incumbent 

I have been parish priest for Pilton with Ashford since Christmas 2009, and I am automatically a Foundation Trustee of TEAM Multi-Academy Trust due to Pilton Bluecoat being a Church of England school. I am a member of the Local Governing Body and Ethos Group for Pilton Bluecoat, where I also lead the church team for Collective Worship. My previous background was as a research scientist in Environmental Plant Biology at University of Wales Bangor. I continue to take a keen interest in conservation, ecology and the natural world. I am also a musician and often accompany the Pilton Community Choir. I feel strongly that every child should have access to the best learning opportunities in all those things that help us to grow into creative, healthy and valued members of our world. I am passionate about the Christian distinctiveness of Pilton Bluecoat, together with the wellbeing of children, staff and volunteers at all schools in TEAM MAT.

caroline el-marazki 

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mary-lu hick - teacher (retired) 

I became a Foundation Governor of Pilton Bluecoat Church of England School in 2009, a Trustee of the Academy in 2012 and of the Multi-Academy Trust in 2015.  Living in Pilton since 1979 and worshipping at St. Mary’s church I have appreciated  the opportunities of governorship, from participating in Forest Schools activities to supporting school productions or assisting at  entertaining of overseas visitors. In connection with the school’s international programme and via the Diocese of Exeter Link with Kenya in 2013 I was able to facilitate the working visit of our Head and Senior Teacher to a primary school there. I have supported weekly prayer times in school; chaired the Local School Curriculum Committee, support the Ethos Committee and  am the governor responsible for SEND in Pilton Bluecoat.  A retired teacher of English at secondary and tertiary levels, I believe that the skills and pleasures of literacy should be accessible to all our pupils.

Susie Kevern - accountant 

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caroline tucker - trust business manager 

I joined Pilton Bluecoat C of E Junior School in the summer of 2005 from North Devon College and was appointed a Foundation Governor that same year.  Since becoming an academy in 2012 and forming a Multi-Academy Trust in 2015 my title has changed to Trustee, but the position is essentially the same.

As School Business Manager and part of the leadership team, I manage the administration, finance, health and safety, facilities and personnel aspects of the Multi-Academy Trust.  I have enjoyed rolling out my skills across each of our schools to assist in bring our diverse communities together and helping to manage change.  As a Trustee I bring this experience to the board room.

My delight is in seeing all our children flourish and grow within well managed facilities and inspirational environments.  My ambition for the schools is to grow them in both provision and reputation, always being mindful of our caring ethos which is the bedrock of each of our happy school communities.

stephen upcott - local councillor 

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simon wallis - premises manager 

I started working at Pilton Bluecoat nearly 6 years ago as caretaker of the school. 

I come from a motor engineering back ground and have many practical skills which have added me in my role in the school. Over the years as the Trust has grown my role has changed and evolved into the role I now have as the Trust premises manager, within this role I visit each of the schools on a weekly basis and touch base with the staff in each school and sort any of the issues they may have within the premises. 

In my spare time I am involved with North Devon Scouts and take a big interest and take part in the North Devon Gang Show which involves around 70 cast members and is on stage in February half term. 

I am also a very active Christian and very involved with Grosvenor Church.

julie wells - self employed 

I believe very strongly that education is essential to ensure our children are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in their futures. So when I became a Trustee in December 2015 I embraced the opportunity and responsibility bestowed upon me. I felt confident I would be able to make a contribution to the Trust, as not only do I bring with me a wealth of managerial experience in the Public and Private sectors of industry, but also and more importantly the role of a parent. My youngest child currently attends one of the TEAM Academy schools. After all, if you are interested in your children’s education, then why not be in a position to have your say! I am very keen to contribute to raising aspirations of the children within our Trust to enable them to achieve whatever they want to and really believe in themselves.Through working together even greater success is achievable.

PHIlippa Sue Wells

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penny wignall - pharmaceutical sales director (retired) 

I became a governor of Umberleigh school five years ago, moving to
chair of the federation between Umberleigh and Brayford schools then chair of TEAM MAT in October 2015.I am retired, my previous career was in the Pharmaceutical industry in sales and marketing.  I was sales Director for the UK sales division then became an internal consultant to our European and Middle Eastern affiliates, this role also had management responsibility over our  European Learning and Development departments.I am a member of the Umberleigh and Brayford local schools committee, the personnel portfolio group and admissions.  I became a governor because I believe that all children deserve the best education we can give them and that they should enjoy every minute of it.

Paper copies of minutes from trustees meetings are available on request. Please e-mail the clerk