Meet Our Trustees

Essentially our Trustees, as charity trustees, they must also ensure that the Trust is complying with charity law requirements and, as our Trust is a charitable company, then the Trustees are effectively company directors and must comply with company law requirements.

Certainly, the Trustees have a key oversight role across the Trust and their duties, alongside the other stratas of school leadership, are carefully laid out in our scheme of delegation. The Board of Trustees has eight members and is accountable for the conduct and standards of the Trust and the schools within it. This comes down to three core governance functions:

  • Ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the school, their students and their staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and ensure that money is well spent.

Our Trustees bring an excellent level of experience and professionalism which has been acquired through their careers and lives both in and beyond the world of education:


Michelle Painter – Chair of Trustees

Michelle has been involved in school and Trust governance for the past fourteen years and has experience in both primary and secondary school leadership. She has a strong understanding of the values that support the concept of the Greywood MST and is committed to ensuring those values are embedded through her role as a Trustee. Michelle has senior leadership experience working as Head of Forensics for West Midlands Police and believes in making a difference to communities. She is looking forward to the role and supporting the development of the Trust and herself.


Nick Moseley – Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

Nick Moseley was a senior manager for the Department of Work and Pensions where he developed significant expertise in the management of personnel. He has been a school governor for the past 18 years and for many years was Chair of Governors at Queen’s Croft High School. Since his retirement from DWP he has been active as a volunteer at Queen’s Croft and has been Vice-Chair of the Management Committee at The Bridge Centre, Lichfield’s Pupil Referral Unit. He has also taken on roles in a range of local schools and is involved in coaching schemes for young people.



Gill Stockdale – Chair of Standards Committee

Gill has enjoyed a varied teaching career in secondary schools across Staffordshire, Birmingham and Walsall. She has led large and successful departments teaching across the age and ability range, including SEND provision and A-Level. In these leadership roles, she has managed staff deployment and development, financial controls and curriculum development to ensure the successful delivery of KS3, KS4 and Post-16 courses for her students.

Gill was also an accredited political assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg during the last plenary, dealing with constituency matters and leading visitor groups to the Parliament. She has wide experience of governance, having served as a staff governor, Link Governor, Vice Chair and most recently Chair of Governors at Henry Chadwick Primary School.



Matt Allman – Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Matt has extensive experience in education having worked in education since the mid-1990s and having been on the senior leadership team in five schools across London and the Midlands. Matt has held two headships and is currently Head at The Friary School in Lichfield.

Matt played a lead role in forming the Greywood Multi-Schools Trust and his career has seen him develop high-level expertise in coaching, leadership, teaching and learning, as well as speak at a range of national conferences. Matt’s leadership style has attracted high praise from OFSTED with his two inspection  reports as Headteacher describing “the abundant energy and enthusiasm that characterises your leadership” and “rapidly created confidence in his vision”.


Dr Paul Carter

Paul Carter is a retired community paediatrician. He worked in Walsall from 1994 to 2010 where his special interest was working in schools looking after children with learning and neuro-developmental difficulties, including epilepsy and physical disabilities. Latterly he specialised in the management of behavioural problems especially relating to the autism and ADHD spectra. He was a governor and briefly Chair of Governors at Phoenix EBD Special School in Walsall.  From 2010 to 2018 he held consultancies at Options Higford in Telford and Rugeley Priory School.  His children attended Henry Chadwick school.


Francis Chiwariro

Francis is an experienced Chartered Management Accountant who has worked in a variety of roles across Higher Education, health care and international development. He brings strong financial knowledge and leadership.

Francis currently works for the University of Wales TSD where he looks after Finance and Resources for the Welsh University’s London and Birmingham campuses. Francis is also a Trustee / Treasurer at the charity KeyRing Living Support Networks and chairs their Integrated Governance Sub-Group. He is passionate about education, social justice and environmental sustainability.
Francis is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA in Accountancy and an MSc in NGO & Development Management.


James Tye

James has 30 years experience in the financial services sector and now leads his own consultancy business.

James is also a Trustee for a local mental health and well-being charity and has experience in governance roles across the education sector.

James is a father to three children who are currently making their way through their studies.


Nina Worrall

Nina has vast experience in the banking and finance sector and held a range of senior roles in terms of systems and structure design. This expertise has been invaluable in terms of establishing coherent systems, policies and procedures with in the Trust.

Elsewhere, Nina has extensive experience in school governance in Staffordshire, having been a governor in the primary sector and a former Chair of Governors in the secondary sector.