Trustees of Corvus Education Trust

Mike Marshall
Mike Marshall
(Business)

Mike has a BSc Computing and Micro Electronics. Since 2003 he has co-owned a multi-million dollar text analytics business in the United States (Lexalytics Inc.) where he lived for several years.  He currently owns and runs a couple of smaller companies.

He has been a governor for a number of year, first as chair of finance and then as Chair of Governors before becoming Chair of Trustees.  He runs STEM and Code Club activities across two of the trust schools on a weekly basis. He brings a wide range of business and management skills to the board along with a ‘can do’ attitude, enthusiasm and passion for what we are trying to achieve as a Multi-Academy Trust. He is married with two children, both of whom have attended one of the schools in the Trust.

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Alison Randall
Alison Randall
(Finance Director)

Alison is Head of School Finance and Business Services for Norfolk County Council: Educator solutions. She is a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (CIPFA)
  • Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT)
  • Chartered Manager (ChM)
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)

Her other Trustee roles have included:

  • Trustee & Hon Treasurer: Yorke Trust (Music Education Charity)
  • Trustee & Hon Treasurer; SAW Trust (Science/Art/Writing Educational Charity)
  • Trustee: Poringland Fuel Allotment Trust
  • Hon. Treasurer & Member: PCC of ST Andrew’s, Framingham Earl

Her experiences as a governor include:

  • Framingham Earl High School(Community Governor)
  • Seething & Mundham Primary School(LA Governor)
  • Old Catton & White Woman Lane Federation(Foundation Governor)
  • Nebula Partnership of 6 schools (LA Governor)

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David Jessup
David Jessup

David is an experienced and successful senior manager responsible for a multi-disciplinary team, his specialisms include: developing teams, budget management, change management, coaching, people-management, dealing with difficult situations, disciplinary processes and business development. He is solution focused and believes that an organisation’ strength lies in its’ people and a culture of learning. He has been involved with the governing body in a number of capacities during my time with governing body, including chair, and helped support through the transition to our current Multi-Academy Trust status and he is the Health & Safety lead. He passionately believes in the partnership’s plans for the MAT and that our ethos of sharing resources and expertise across our schools has allowed a flourishing environment of collaborative working and this can only grow stronger with more schools as part of the whole. David lives in Long Stratton, his daughter previously attended one of our trust schools and he wishes to see the MAT as a central part of the community in the local area.

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Alex Lightbown
Alex Lightbown

Alex has been Headteacher at Manor Field Infant School since 2001 and Headteacher of Aslacton Primary school since 2010. Before this she worked in the independent sector, was a Reception class teacher in a maintained school and Headteacher at Saxlingham Nethergate Primary School for 5 years.  Alex is now a member of the Executive Committee for The Cambridge Partnership- ITT providers. She was responsible for establishing Aslacton Primary School, one of our trust schools, as a lead school for School Direct Teacher Training from 2013. Alex has for many years been a Consultant Headteacher supporting other schools and is now a Local Systems Leader. Alex has successfully developed the existing strong links between our trust schools and has the ability and drive to develop the Multi-Academy Trust further.

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Matt Spooner
Matt Spooner

Providing assurance and guidance to all prisoners in relation to reducing violence and self-harm and supporting offenders who are vulnerable, isolated and potentially in crisis. Matt’s current role is that of Head of Safer Prisons and Equalities at HMP Wayland. He starting in 1998 as an officer at HMP Wayland. He considers himself as hard working, enthusiastic and passionate and is particularly driven in supporting those that may be vulnerable and requiring support and challenging and prohibiting behaviour that is aggressive and intimidating towards others.

His responsibilities are the management and governance of a number of key policies through the establishment. As Safer Prisons lead, he ensures the appropriate support and management of offenders that may be vulnerable to increased risk of self-harm and suicide. The reasons and triggers for this behaviour can be wide ranging and diverse and frequently complex and multi-layered. As such he works closely with professionals within the therapeutic and mental health fields in order to offer a safe and supportive environment. He also oversees the delivery of the establishment Violence Reduction and Anti-social behaviour policy. Challenging unacceptable behaviour that may impact on other offenders and staff whether as explicitly violent or through implied threat is a significant challenge and he strives to create a community where this behaviour is recognised as unacceptable by all. The other side of his function is to champion and drive a fair and decent environment, undertaking to identify areas of potential or perceived discrimination to challenge, change and educate staff and offenders regarding bias, discrimination and unfair treatment. This requires both statistical analysis and engagement with visitors, staff and offenders. He considers his skills to be portable and adaptable to most environments and prides himself on being able to adapt to work with anybody whether as individuals, teams and external agencies.

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Christine Nichols
Chris Nichols

Christine is MCIPD qualified and works with NORSE a limited company and fast-growing Facilities Management services provider. Before this Christine worked as a Learning and organisational development manager for a local authority.  She brings a variety of skills to her role as a governor including project management, budget management and people skills such as coaching and mentoring.  In the past Christine has procured and managed the corporate portfolio of development for all employees from induction and where necessary supporting them to moving on. She has both private and public sector experience working in the health sector in a management and leadership development role before moving into local government working alongside the HR team supporting people development and associated projects. Her motivation for being involved in the school is, she believes, in education and lifelong learning and wherever she can be of help and support in this area she will make herself available.