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St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust

St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust

Our Trustees / Directors

      

  • Nick Bundock

    Rector at St James & Emmanuel Church

    Nick Bundock

    Rector at St James & Emmanuel Church

    “I have been leading the clergy and staff team at St James and Emmanuel church in Didsbury since 2010 but have been part of the team since 2005.  I have been instrumental in aligning the vision of the Trust with that of the church and orientating us all around three core values: Belonging, Believing and Becoming.  Helping to establish West Didsbury CE Primary and grow the Trust has been a huge privilege.  As the Rector of the church and a Trustee of the St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust I am very conscious of the importance of excellent and well-rounded education to the future wellbeing of our children and to society as a whole.”

  • Paul Good

    MDBE representative on the Members Board

    Paul Good

    MDBE representative on the Members Board

    "I have been in the teaching profession for many years, initially as a teacher in a variety of primary schools and then as headteacher of a primary school in Rochdale. After headship I went on to work for the Rochdale Local Authority establishing Sure Start centres across the region. I have been actively involved, as Chair of the Trust, in helping to establish the new West Didsbury CE Primary School and supporting the Trust sponsorship of St Wilfrid’s CE. I currently sit on each local governing body and am passionate about providing high quality Christian education to all the children in our care."

  • Mr James Dunbar

    Mr James Dunbar

    "I am a Chartered Management Accountant, qualified Corporate Treasurer and hold an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. I have worked in both the private and public sectors including as an Academy Business Manager. Accredited by the Institute of School Business Leadership as a School Resource Management Adviser, I have experience supporting Academy Trusts who are struggling to manage their financial obligations to make the best use of their capital and revenue resources. My current role is Head of Finance at the Regulator of Social Housing."

  • Mrs Miriam Jones

    Mrs Miriam Jones

    Miriam joined the Board of the St James & Emmanuel (SJE) Trust in July 2016. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD from 2003, she previously worked for twenty years at AQA where she was HR Director with overall responsibility for all people-related matters, including AQA’s examiners who were predominantly teachers.  Miriam has worked both in the private sector, starting her career in production management with United Biscuits PLC, and also the voluntary sector which included obtaining charitable status for two organisations.  

    Currently, she is Chair of Trustees for Home Community Cafe, and supports the SJE church leadership on staffing matters. She takes on occasional HR consultancy work and is Director of a small family property business.   

    In any spare time Miriam enjoys singing in a couple of choirs, cinema and walking with family and friends.  

  • Mr Geoff Stevenson

    Mr Geoff Stevenson

    Geoff currently works for Ambition School Leadership and Institute for Teaching as Area Director for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. He specialises in building partnerships across schools, academy trusts, local authorities and other stakeholders, to engage them with high quality teaching and leadership development. Before this he worked on senior leadership programmes with The Future Leaders Trust for five years. He is an experienced team leader and is trained in competency based interviewing and assessing of senior leaders and head teachers. Geoff has been involved in school governance since 2014. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Manchester, is married to a primary teacher and has two primary-aged children.

  • Mrs Jo Lynch

    Mrs Jo Lynch

    10 years HR experience at Centrica (more well  known as British Gas). Worked as a HR Business Partner working with senior managers developing people plans to support their organisational goals. Coached line managers with a range of HR matters. Experienced in the full employee life cycle from recruitment, employee development, employee relations (performance management, disciplinary, grievance etc) and talent management. Designed and implemented projects to improve organisational culture, upskill leaders, improve performance management etc. Experienced in Industrial Relations, building effective working relationships with Trade Unions and negotiating change to terms and conditions. Also supported big change projects like organisational design, pension changes and TUPE.

  • Mr Paul Blackburn

    Mr Paul Blackburn

    Current employer: Greater Manchester Learning Trust
    Location: Paris Wood High School
    Position: Head of Learning for Year 13
    Teacher of A level Law, Economics and Politics 
    Employed at PWHS since 1995

    Previous occupations Sales and Marketing management in the Brewing Industry and self-employed marketing consultant. 

    Currently Trustee of St James and Emmanuel Trust, Chair of Governors at West Didsbury C of E Primary School. Member of Finance Committee.

    Previous experience as Governor and Chair of Governors for almost 20 years at Didsbury C of E Primary School.

  • Mr Matt Whitehead

    Executive Headteacher

    Mr Matt Whitehead

    Executive Headteacher

    "I have been in the teaching profession for over 30 years. I had about 15 years as a class teacher in a number of primary schools across Stockport and moved to the headteacher position at Didsbury CE in January 2005. Alongside many others, I helped set up West Didsbury CE and supported our Trust sponsorship of St Wilfrid’s CE. At this point I became the Executive Headteacher of the St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside all our staff teams to provide opportunities and experiences to shape the future lives of the children we care for."

  • Mr David Finch

    Mr David Finch

    I am a Managing Director with a highly respected US Executive Search firm. For my day job, I consult with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies. I hold a MSc in Analytical Science and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics, both from the University of Manchester and am a Harvard Business School Alumni. I enjoy bringing different perspectives and insights to the Trust. I am married to a professional photographer and have two primary-school aged children.