Meet Our Members

Members are not exclusive to academy trusts – most charitable companies have Members – and initially they were responsible for formally setting up the Memorandum of Association that established The Greywood Multi-Schools Trust. They also agreed the Trust’s Articles of Association which includes the organisation’s charitable objectives that set out our core purpose and they oversee our governance, appointments and voting rights.

Nowadays, their key role is to hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the Trust. They are essential to the integrity of our Trust’s governance structure and retain a focus on upholding the charitable purpose of the organisation. Our Members remain informed of Trust performance and are clear in their interactions and expectations of the Trustees.

Our Members have a broad skill-set with expertise both in and beyond the educational sector:

Maureen Woodcock MBE

Maureen has an extensive public sector background having been an outstanding leader in both the health and educations sectors. Her MBE was awarded for Health Care related to her role as a Non-Executive Director with the Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust, though she has also been a Headteacher of a primary school, a former OFSTED inspector, and more recently Chair of Governors of a local ‘outstanding’ primary school. She remains a central figure in community life in Lichfield and retains a strong role in local schools.


Philip Hodgkinson

Phil has over 45 years’ experience in the automotive business with a 36-year career at Jaguar Land Rover. His most recent positions at JLR have included Director of Product Development, Director of Global Business Expansion and, most recently, Director of Product and Globalisation Programme Strategy. He is married with two children who were both educated in Staffordshire schools, one of whom is a primary school teacher.


Trevor James

Trevor has a professional career which stretches from classroom teacher to senior adviser in the largest education authority in Europe, and then into higher education. He is a Centenary Fellow of the Historical Association; Editor of its Members Journal, ‘The Historian’; and Director of the Young Historian Project; and he continues to lecture on Modern World Political History, whilst also serving as a lay minister at St Michael-on-Greenhill Church. He has just been elected a member of Lichfield’s Worshipful of Smiths, in recognition of his service to Lichfield’s community.


Kate Abbott

Kate has worked in education leadership extensively, including fifteen years in secondary headship in the West Midlands. She currently works with ASCL as a Leadership consultant, working with Trust Boards to recruit and appoint Headteachers. In addition, she supports Trust Boards in leadership and governance review. She served as a Governor of Lichfield Cathedral School, chairing the Education Committee and has served as a DfE appointee on the Building Bridges board. Kate lives in Staffordshire.