Who’s Who

Executive Leadership Group

Emily Verow

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

Emily was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Three Spires Trust from September 2021, following nine successful months as Interim CEO. In her role as Executive Headteacher in a large local authority, Emily has led OFSTED and SIAMS inspections at both a primary and secondary level.

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She has supported schools causing concern and acted as Executive Headteacher for schools in a range of settings including multi-cultural and high disadvantage. Emily represents the Newcastle district of Headteachers at the Headteachers’ Forum and is a member of the Skills Advisory Panel for the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP. Emily is an active board member for a Staffordshire teaching school alliance.

In addition to being a qualified teacher, Emily holds a first-class honours degree, the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Before working as an Executive Headteacher, she gained extensive experience in senior leadership in secondary schools. Emily has also worked as a consultant for the Diocesan Board of Education and the local authority. Emily’s particular areas of expertise are in school improvement, governance, leadership and management, cross-phase education and subjects such as English and RE. She has served as a governor in both primary and secondary schools and led a number of projects including an ESFA new build project and academy conversion.

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Dean Coombes

Interim Principal, The King’s CE School

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Louise Fry

Principal, St Thomas’ CE Primary Academy

Louise is an experienced leader who has almost 20 years’ teaching experience serving the families of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. She is passionate about providing a nurturing and inspiring education that enables pupils to flourish and achieve both their academic and personal potential so they can have a positive impact in the world.

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Louise has supported the leadership team to achieve an ‘outstanding’ grade with SIAMs and a ‘good’ Ofsted grade in the last inspections. One of her key roles is to ensure the Christian Distinctiveness weaves throughout school life. Outside of work, Louise is a mum of three and has served as a parent governor and has volunteered in leading the children’s work at her church.

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Sarah George

Headteacher, St Peter’s CE (A) Primary School

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Richard Mayfield

Chief Financial Officer

Richard was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Three Spires Trust in May 2021. Richard is a director of a large multi academy trust based in the Midlands and is also a link governor for a secondary school within that trust.

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Previously Richard was the Finance & Operations Director of an independent school in Staffordshire where he was responsible for the strategic and operational financial management of the school, as well as leadership and management of all support functions over the last 12 years. His role involved managed external relationships with bankers, auditors, solicitors, human resource advisors and insurers. Richard’s experience includes facilitating a change in ownership to the Methodist Independent Schools Trust and subsequent purchase by an independent school group.

In addition to being a chartered management accountant, Richard has a degree in Economics from Loughborough University. Richard has vast experience in operational and strategic business analysis, accountancy, management and leadership, gained over the last 23 years working for companies with multi-site operations in the manufacturing, retail, engineering and healthcare sectors including British Sugar and Selfridges. Outside of work, Richard volunteers as the administrator for the junior section of his local cricket club where he also manages an under 13 and an under 11 side.

Sarah Milne

Trust Director of Safeguarding & SEND

As an experienced Safeguarding Lead and SENCo, Sarah brings knowledge and expertise in the area of school improvement with a particular focus on inclusion. She has worked in primary and secondary schools in Staffordshire for 17 years – 16 of those as a middle or senior leader.

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Sarah works to ensure that our academies are child-focussed and solution-focussed to overcome barriers so that children in our academies can unlock their God-given talents.

Sarah chairs the Newcastle district primary SEND and Inclusion Hub and is one of the education representatives on the Relational and Restorative Management group for Staffordshire Local Authority. A passionate believer that relational and restorative practice is intrinsic to operating in an inclusive, compassionate and distinctively Christian manner, Sarah values child-centred practice and social justice. Sarah is committed to evidence-based and research-led practice and, over recent years, she has used research to inform the development of inclusion practice in our academies.

Clare Morton

Headteacher, St Mary’s CofE Primary School

Clare was appointed as the Headteacher of St Mary’s CE Primary School in Tunstall in April 2020. She has over 20 years teaching experience ranging from Nursery to Year 6.

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Clare has supported many schools in the past in her SLE capacity mainly for Foundation Stage and Early Reading and Writing. Clare is also a Parent Governor at a local high school.

St Mary’s is a large multicultural school that serves one of the most deprived areas in the country. The school prides itself on giving all children the skills and knowledge to flourish and achieve both socially and academically. St Mary’s is extremely proud of its Christian ethos and community links, working with a wide range of stakeholders, local businesses and charities.

St Mary’s was awarded a Pearson Teaching Award for Primary School of the Year – Making a Difference, in November 2022.

The school achieved “Excellent” in its last SIAMS inspection in December 2019.

Tim Mullen-Furness

Principal, St Peter’s Collegiate Academy

Tim was appointed to Principal in January 2023, following four months as acting Principal where he led St Peter’s through their most recent Ofsted inspection. He is an experienced leader with fourteen years’ teaching experience in Telford, Cannock, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

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Tim is passionate about education and how leaders can mitigate the barriers encountered by pupils. He is a student of leadership, reading widely to identify suitable systems and practices to improve the experience of pupils. Tim completed his NPQH at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College as an assistant headteacher where he worked on the senior leadership team for six years. He is currently completing his EdD at the University of Cambridge which is nearing submission. This has taught him the value of being research-led and evidence-informed.

Tim is excited for the future and is planning to move some of St Peter’s into temporary classrooms in preparation for the partial rebuild of the Academy starting in September 2023.

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Catherine Pointon

Headteacher, St Giles’ & St George’s Academy

Catherine was appointed as Headteacher of St Giles and St Georges Academy is April 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree at Durham University and Postgraduate qualification at Oxford University and have over 20 years’ experience teaching in both the Secondary and Primary Sector.

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Catherine has worked in many different types of school and have led improvement in both Faith and non-faith based schools. At St Giles and St Georges Catherine has the honour of being both the CEO and Headteacher of a MAT and is looking forward to bringing this knowledge to the Three Spires Trust.

St Giles and St Georges is a warm, welcoming and inclusive school based in Newcastle under Lyme, their aim is to ensure that all children leave us with the skills and aspirations to reach their full potential in mind, body, heart and spirit. Catherine and the team are looking forward to working with like-minded schools in order to grow our successful school community.

Robert Timmis

Trust Director of Operations

An experienced senior leader in education, Robert has both strategic and operational expertise in financial management, Human Resources and facilities management along with comprehensive knowledge of Governance and safeguarding processes in schools.

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He has worked in schools for the last fifteen years and has most recently provided extensive school business management leadership across all age ranges from nursery to post-16 education. Robert was appointed to Three Spires Trust in January 2021, and leads day to day operations across the Trust.

Robert’s experience is recognised professionally by the Institute of Administrative Management and the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. Outside of work Robert serves as a school governor and previously volunteered as a member of the special constabulary with Staffordshire Police for over 11years. Robert is an active member of church life, and a member of the local PCC.

Aimee Williams
Aimee Williams

Trust Director of School Improvement

Aimee’s passion is to grow great teachers; teachers who can have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of students. The quality of education is at the top of her agenda; she wants teachers to become the very best version of themselves; supporting them to make the next steps in their career but also creating a culture that encourages them to stay and grow with us as a trust.

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With more than 12 years’ experience in education, Aimee has developed a robust knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, supporting a number of schools both within the Trust and across the county to transform their educational experiences. She holds SLE status for both English and Teaching and Learning and over the years, has supported many schools in different contexts.

As teaching and learning lead for 6 years, Aimee vehemently believes schools are the engine of social mobility; providing transformational educational opportunities which will prepare students for future endeavours. In previous roles, Aimee has served as Vice Principal at a secondary school; strategically leading on teaching and learning, professional growth and head of sixth form as well as holding the Executive Lead post for a primary school.

Alongside her role with the trust, Aimee also works as a facilitator and coach for The Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership supporting with the development and delivery of the NPQ qualifications.

Lynne Williamson

Headteacher, Hanley St Luke’s Primary School

Lynne qualified as a teacher back in 2000 after a career change from banking and has never looked back since. Having been head at Hanley St Luke’s since January 2017, Lynne’s first headship was at St Thomas’ Primary School in Kidsgrove from 2008-2016.

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Lynne completed her NPQH at Ravensmead Primary School where she served as Deputy Head and for a time also Acting Head, which gave her a taste of both the challenges and the joys that leading a school can bring.

Lynne is very much looking forward to the next chapter as Hanley St Luke’s develops as an Associate Member of Three Spires Trust and is excited to see how we grow together to benefit the school communities we serve.

Will Wilson

Principal, The King’s CE Academy

Will began his working life as a Computer Systems Analyst and part-time Youth Worker. Prior to joining The King’s senior leadership team, he worked for CAPITA: School Improvement, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) as a Regional Leader and as a School Improvement Advisor in local government with lead responsibilities for standards in mathematics and school data.

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Will’s involvement with school improvement work began when he worked for the former National Strategies as a mathematics consultant and Associate Regional Advisor.

Will has held a wide variety of roles in secondary schools, including Head of Mathematics, Head of Year, Exams Officer and whole school Assessment Coordinator. Consistently rated as an ‘outstanding’ teacher by Ofsted, one of his proudest achievements was to be awarded North West Teacher of the year in 2007.

As a former Associate Tutor for teacher training with Manchester University Will supported the development of a number of research projects, such as the international LEMA PROJECT. He has a wealth of experience writing and delivering leadership training courses and he supported the growth of the next generation of outstanding middle-level leaders when he worked for Teaching Leaders. Will has a passion for cooperative learning in the classroom and is a national trainer for Kagan Cooperative Learning.

Central Support Team

Helen Ansell

Senior Finance Officer

Helen joined the Trust in August 2021 as Senior Finance Support Officer as well as continuing to work at St Peter’s Collegiate Academy as Senior Business Officer.

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Having held numerous positions at St Peter’s since 2011 including Educational visits coordinator and admissions officer, her work now involves day to day financial management and accounting and human resources administration for the academy.

Helen supports the central team and CFO with financial administration and provides advice to our network of academy business managers.

Originally coming from Wolverhampton, Helen now lives in South Staffordshire with her husband and two children.

Rosie Ball

Finance Manager and Business Partner

Rosie joined the team in January 2023 as Finance Manager and Business Partner.

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An experienced finance professional, Rosie has worked in the education sector for the last 15 years.

Rosie is delighted to be joining the Trust at such an exciting phase of growth with an inspirational, thriving, dynamic and motivated team who are passionate about education.

A chartered certified accountant with over 30 year’s experience in finance. Rosie started her career in private practice and completed both AAT and ACCA qualifications.  In order to develop experience and skills in a different sector, Rosie moved to a role in a commercial environment to work as Financial Controller for a large printing company.  Following on from this, Rosie moved into the education and charity sector as Finance Manager of an Independent School in Staffordshire, responsible for the management and operation of the finance office and management of the HR function, working as part of a team dedicated to improving the pupil experience.

Rosie believes in a strong customer service ethos and high professional standards.

Rosie lives in rural North Staffordshire with her husband, son and four dogs.

Chris Leek
Chris Leek

ICT Business Partner

Chris is an IT professional with over 18 years’ experience in the education sector, working at Secondary, Post 16 and Primary level.

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He is passionate about the impact technology can have on education with the attitude ‘anything is possible’ and always putting the young people in our care at the forefront of every decision.

Recognised professionally by both Microsoft and Cisco, Chris has significant experience in developing and implementing new technologies, with meticulous attention to detail and a leadership style that empowers those around him. He joins the trust in September as ICT Business Partner with a focus on developing trust wide ICT and Cyber security strategies.

Originally from Wolverhampton, Chris now lives in rural Shropshire with his wife, daughter and their two dogs.

Fiona Stagg

Governance Professional

Fiona has been a governor for almost 20 years in both the maintained and academy sectors.

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She is currently a Trustee in two academy trusts as well as serving as a governor in a Church of England Primary school in Stoke on Trent.

Fee currently works for Three Spires Trust for a day a week and clerks the Trust Board and its committees as well as some of the Local Governing Body meetings. During the rest of the week Fee is self-employed working in education governance as a consultant, clerk and facilitator for schools and academies across the country.

Megan Till

Executive Assistant to CEO

Megan was appointed as PA to the Executive Head at St Thomas’ Primary and The King’s CE School in Kidsgrove in 2017 and provided business administration and human resources support during the formation of The Wade Federation.

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After completing the NCTL Clerks Development Programme, she delivered advice, guidance and support as Clerk to the joint governing body in the lead up to Academisation.

Megan joined the TST central support team in February 2022 providing executive business support to the CEO and wider Executive Leadership Group. Away from work Megan is a keen amateur photographer.