The role of our Trustees
Our trust board is the strategic decision-making body of our trust and is accountable and responsible for all the academies in the trust equally.
Trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the trust and although the board delegates some of its responsibilities to a committee or an individual staff member, as set out in our Scheme of Delegation, accountability is not and cannot be delegated.
The trust board has three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure that their money is well spent
Trustees are both the charity trustees and company directors of our trust and have statutory duties to exercise care, skill and diligence and avoid conflicts of interest.
All trustees are aware of and accept ‘The Seven Principles of Public Life’, set out by Lord Nolan and endeavour to make decisions in the best interest of our pupils by welcoming a diverse range of viewpoints when debating decisions and remaining connected with and engaging with our communities and stakeholders.
PLT Trustees 1 (ID 1255)
Andrew KilburnChair of Trustees
Member appointed Trustee
Andrew is a former Chief Executive of Oldham Council and former Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of leadership, resources and finance.Start date: 30/06/2017Term of Office: 01.09.21 - 31.08.23
Should you need to contact the Chair of Trustees, please contact our Lead Governance Professional on 0161 287 8000 xtn 2519 or alternatively you are able to email for the Chair of Trustees' attention: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Ateeque Ur-RehmanVice Chair of Trustees
Cllr Ateeque Ur-RehmanMember appointed TrusteeAteeque is a former elected member of Oldham Council and local businessman. He is currently Vice Chair of Trustees and has been Chair of Governors at The Hathershaw College since 2014.Start date: 01/09/2017Term of Office: 01.09.21 - 31.08.25
Jayne Clarke OBEAccounting Officer | Chief Executive Officer
Jayne Clarke OBEMember appointed TrusteeJayne has been Executive Principal of the Trust since 2017 and prior to this, Principal at the highly successful Oldham Sixth Form College, since 2010. She is an active member of the Sixth Form College Association Council and Chair of the Funding Committee. Jayne is a National Leader of Education and was a member of the Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board. She continues to support other secondary schools that are not members of The Pinnacle Learning Trust through membership of a number of Governing Bodies.Start date: 01/09/2017Term of Office: 01.09.21 - 31.08.23
PLT Trustees 2 (ID 1256)
Irene HowardCo-opted Trustee
Irene HowardIrene is an experienced Primary Headteacher and has worked extensively as a School Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant in Primary education. Irene joined the Board of Governors at OSFC in 2005, initially as a Parent Governor, a position she held for 2 years while her daughter and son attended the College. Irene was invited to join OSFC Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in November 2007, and was elected Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice-Chair of Governors. Further to the creation of the Pinnacle Learning Trust in 2017, Irene was Vice-Chair of Governors, then Chair of Governors at OSFC, a Trustee of the PLT and a Governor at two primary schools, including Werneth. Since October 2021, Irene has been the Chair of Governors at Werneth Primary School.Start date: 23/10/2018Term of Office: 01.09.22 - 31.08.26
Chris WilsonCo-opted Trustee
Chris recently retired from a successful career at The Co-operative Bank where he took ultimate responsibility for the Specialist Sectors business, including Local Authorities, Charities, Real Estate, Co-op Retail Societies and Treasury. Living in the Borough from the age of 10, Chris has also been a Governor of North Chadderton School, Chair of the Local Advisory Board of the Career Academy and Chair of the Partnership Board of the University Centre Oldham.Start date: 01/09/2017Term of Office: 01.09.21 - 31.08.25
Mike PittCo-opted Trustee
Mike is a former longstanding governor of OSFC. He has expertise in a range of fields of law and extensive knowledge of Oldham.
Start Date: 16/05/2023
Term of Office 16/05/2023 - 15/05/2027
PLT Trustees 3 (ID 1257)
Rebekah SutcliffeMember Appointed Trustee
Rebekah SutcliffeI am currently a Trustee for the Pinnacle Learning Trust having first of all been a Parent Governor at Oldham Sixth Form College. My experience as both a parent and as Trustee is that the leadership and teaching staff care deeply about achieving positive outcomes for and looking after the well- being of students. I see an adaptable and ambitious approach that is aimed at every individual achieving their full potential. This is supported by a strategy that is rigorous and results focused with a considered use of Trust resources.Start date: 06/09/2021Term of Office: 06.09.21 - 05.09.25
Jennifer LieveldMember appointed trustee
Jennifer works in the banking industry as a Liquidity Regulatory Reporting Production Accountant, with previous experience at global company FinTech. She currently serves at her local church as a co-opted executive member, where her experiences are highly valued. Jennifer's ethos is to make a positive impact wherever she goes.Start date: 02/02/2024Term of Office: 02/02/24 - 01/02/28
Saqab RasulMember Appointed Trustee
Saq Rasul is currently Head of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation at the University of Sheffield and has over 20 years of experience within the Higher Education sector, predominantly in the area of business development and knowledge exchange.
Having been a pupil of Alexandra Park he's keen on giving his experience to ensure the Trust continues to deliver for it's communities and using his skills to ensure their strategy is successfully delivered.Start date: 07/02/24Term of Office: 07/02/24 - 06/02/28