Chair Andy Hayman Is a retired Chief Constable who has led two different police forces. His responsibility was to provide leadership to organisations with multi million pound budgets and as Assistant Commissioner, in charge of Royalty protection and Counter Terrorism and he was directly accountable to the Home Secretary and Prime Minister. Since his retirement he has advised company CEO’s on strategic planning and sat as a non-exec director. In the academic sphere he was a member of Anglia Ruskin University board for ten years and is now a Visiting Fellow and part of the Discipline Appeal Board. He has served at St Mary’s for eight years, the last seven as Chair.
CDET Tim Elbourne Became Director of Education in the Diocese of Chelmsford in early 2013, spanning eight local authority areas in Essex and East London. He was previously Director of Education in the Diocese of Ely and Honarary Canon of Ely Cathedral. After ordination in 1986 and a curacy in Tottenham, London, Tim worked as University Chaplin at the University of York and then as a parish priest in West Yorkshire; a role he combined with being Clergy training officer and supporting several schools in the diocese of York and being a member of the General Synod.
Academy Headteacher Miles Bacon Is the headteacher of Thurstable Secondary Academy. He joined the teaching profession in 1991 after a first career in television and corporate video production, including contracts with the BBC and work for major international clients such as BAT Industries, Glaxo Smith Kline and Saab-Scania. He was appointed Head Teacher of Thurstable School in 2006, and served as the Chair of the Association of Secondary Head Teachers in Essex between 2012 and 2014. 
He has an MA in Education Management, and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Education Consultant Tim Cuerden Has worked as an Education professional for 40 years at KS1, KS2, KS3 and post graduate level.  He was Deputy Head teacher at an outstanding primary academy before he took a 2 year secondment with the local authority as a Mathematics consultant.
He was then appointed as Director of the New Essex Teaching School. As part of the teaching School’s work with Initial Teaching Training he was asked to contribute to the Carter Review (Ref: DFE-00036-2015) on which the Government White Paper (2016) is based.
He is the founder of the only Teaching Apprenticeship Scheme in the country and we started our 4th cohort last September. At present he is working with the DfE on national apprenticeship scheme with Sir Andrew Carter.
He is also working on a Maths project with the NCETM.
For the last seven years he has lectured on Primary Mathematics with the Essex and Thames Primary SCITT and been chair of the executive committee. 
He has worked as a mathematics expert on a project in Tanzania in 2014.
At the moment is working with Essex Police and Crime Commissioner as a Restorative Justice Facilitator.

MAT Directors

*Chair Andy Hayman As above
Vice Chair Sarah Openshaw Is a director appointed by the church. She works towards building and strengthening the links between the church and school. She is a long standing member of St Mary’s church where her focus is on children’s learning. She is a member of the Parochial Church Council. She works locally at an historic house where one of her responsibilities is marketing and PR. 
*Financial skill set Simon Gibbs Is a director appointed by the church whose career has included being a Financial Analyst in the motor industry, Planning Manager for a diversified Trading Company and latterly as Managing Director of their Zimbabwe operations.   He has been self-employed for thirty years as a general management Consultant and runs a small interior goods design and manufacturing business. He was intimately involved in the original conversion to Academy Status.
Financial skill set   VACANCY
*Personnel skill set Mark Walsh Is an IT professional with over 20 years’ experience. He has led in the areas of management, compliance, budgeting and project delivery.
Personnel skill set   VACANCY
*Business skill set Rachel Banning Is the Office Manager of a property development company. She has led the governance of teaching, learning and governor development for the past 8 years at Kelvedon. In her time with the school she has overseen the transformation of teaching and learning and the year on year high achievements of the school. She was part of the team rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. She is the secretary of a swimming club which involves organising weekend training camps, galas, presentation ceremonies as well as communicating what is happening within the club. 
Business skill set   VACANCY
*Education skill set Hazel Steele An independent trainer and facilitator of leadership programmes. Writes materials, facilitates training, mentor, coaches and assesses for Leadership East on the National Professional Qualifications for School Leadership and other leadership training. Parochial Church Council governor. Member of the Parish Council for Tolleshunt Major. Trustee of a homeless charity in Colchester. Previous experience as an English teacher and senior leader in secondary education. Then became a trainer and facilitator for the National Remodelling Team and National College for School Leadership.


Chief Education Officer and Accounting Officer Mike Walsh Is the headteacher at Kelvedon St Mary’s Primary Academy and has been for 9 years. He has been a headteacher for a total of 12 years. He has led the school to academy status, set up a specialist provision for autism and has developed the organisation to become a Multi Academy Trust. His school is currently rated Outstanding (02/16) by Ofsted. He is an active member of the management groups of several county wide education groups including teaching school alliances and Mat 2 Mat networks. He has supported school improvement in eight schools over the past five years.