Trustees

 

Tyne Coast Academy Trust has a board of Trustees who are legally responsible for the activities of the Trust. It is comprised of individuals with a range of responsibilities, including the Trust's CEO.

 

Our Trustees are responsible for (among many other duties):

  • Delivering the charitable and educational objectives of the Trust;
  • Determining the educational character and mission of the Trust;
  • Setting key strategic objectives and targets and reviewing performance against these;
  • Determining the Trust development plan and reviewing all Academy development plans; and
  • Approving all statutory policies that are common to all Academies within the Trust. 
  • View our Scheme of Delegation for more information.

 

The Chair of the Trust Board is Mrs Christine Smith.

 

All Members can be contacted via Mr Neil Longstaff, Director of Governance. Please complete our Web Form and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

Our Trustees' business and pecuniary interests show details of any economic and/or business links and roles in other institutions. 

Our Trustees' attendance shows their attendance at board and committee meetings over the last academic year.

 

 

Our Trustees

 

L. Whiterod- Trustee

Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE is the Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College and CEO of the Academy Trust. Lindsey has overseen a rapid rise in education standards at South Tyneside College since introducing a new focus on vocational qualifications after becoming Chief Executive in October 2009. Her resolute and forward-thinking approach to provision has ensured courses and resulting qualifications target real jobs - a policy that has won the approval of many within the North East business community and education inspectorate Ofsted, which graded the college ‘Good’ in 2015 and Ridgeway Primary Academy ‘Good’ in 2016. Her influence on the college’s academic resurgence is such that she was made an OBE for services to education in the New Year’s Honours List in 2013 and a CBE in January 2018 in recognition of her services to education and to the borough of South Tyneside. 

Her most recent achievement was to drive through the creation on the new Tyne Coast College, formed last August from the pivotal merger of South Tyneside College and neighbouring Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet), in North Shields.

As the first Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College, she now directs operations at the North East’s second largest FE body, and is accordingly one of the region’s most influential voices in her field.

 

Appointed:  Chief Executive Officer, 29.11.12

Term of Office:  N/A

 

 

A. Watts - Trustee

Andrew Watts is the Executive Director of ‘Changing Places and Changing Lives’ Charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, and he is the current Chair of Governors at Tyne Coast College, the Academy Trust’s sponsor. His priorities include building greater business and community partnerships, and increasing educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

Andrew spent 15 years working in the public sector in various environmental positions before joining Groundwork in 2005. His role as Executive Director is varied but includes helping create strategic partnerships across Tyneside and developing Groundwork’s asset portfolio, which includes the One Trinity Green business centre in South Shields and The Beacon Enterprise Centre in Newcastle. He is also an active board member of a voluntary sector organisation in South Tyneside.

Appointed by Members: 29.11.12 and 29.11.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

C. Smith - Trustee

Christine Smith, the current Chair of the Board of Trustees, is driven by a keen determination to help young people achieve through education and to ensure that the highest quality of learning environment is in place so they can reach their potential. She worked as a headteacher at primary schools in Washington and Gateshead, and was also Head of Transitional Wellbeing at South Tyneside Council. Now retired, she lives in Gateshead, and is married with a son and a daughter.

Appointed by Members: 29.11.12 and 29.11.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

R. Whitelaw - Trustee

Robert Whitelaw, a chartered accountant and formerly Finance Director with a major North East group of companies, brings vast experience of financial management to his position of director, a role he has held since 2012. Robert was a governor at South Tyneside College for eight years and is a former member of the Academy Trust. Mixing financial experience with a strong business acumen has allowed Robert, a married father-of-two and grandfather-of-four, who lives in Cleadon, South Tyneside, to help the college remain financially strong and to progress a buoyant business model, despite funding challenges.

Appointed by Members: 29.11.12 and 29.11.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

L. Watson - Trustee

Retired Audit Commission Inspector Les Watson has been a director since 2012. Les was a governor at South Tyneside College for eight years and is a former member of the Academy Trust.

He began his career as a maths teacher at a Sunderland comprehensive school, and then worked as a community education tutor in South Tyneside, while continuing to teach part-time.

In the mid-1980s he began working within South Tyneside Council’s education department as a service manager, a post he held until 1999 when he was appointed an inspector with education standards agency Ofsted. A year later, he started working as an Audit Commission Inspector, mainly of services within local authorities across the country. The father-of-five, who lives in West Boldon, South Tyneside, and retired in 2011, became a governor and a director so that his wide career experience could be used to benefit others

Appointed by Members: 29.11.12 and 29.11.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

R. Staward - Trustee

Ray Staward, a chartered public finance and chartered certified accountant with experience of local and central Government, the health and education sectors and the water industry in the UK and overseas, became a director of the Academy Trust in 2012. A retired member of the Chartered Management Institute, he has worked within several Tyneside councils and with Newcastle Area Health Authority, Sunderland and South Shields Water Company, the Audit Commission and Northumbria University. He was also Chief Accountant to Cape Town City Council, the Corporate Accountant to Botswana Water Utilities Corporation, adviser to the Auditor General of Tanzania, Finance Manager for an urban development programme in Swaziland, resident consultant to the City of St Petersburg, and municipal finance expert in Moscow. 

Ray was a governor at South Tyneside College for eight years, and he is the Independent Person for South Tyneside Council, maintaining standards of conduct among elected and co-opted members. A sports enthusiast, he is a Newcastle United season ticket holder and a member of Durham County Cricket Club.

Appointed by Trustees: 19.12.12 and 19.12.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

B. Malik - Trustee

Dr Bashir Malik, who became a director of the Academy Trust in 2012, enjoyed a medical career that spanned three continents and five decades and saw him specialise in paediatrics and public health. Brought up in Kenya, he began studying medicine in that country but left to progress his training in Pakistan, returning to work at a clinic in Nairobi five years later. He came to the UK in 1971, and worked in paediatrics at hospitals in Coventry and Rugby, before becoming Registrar in Paediatrics at the former South Shields General Hospital in 1975. He then moved to Wales to train in public health but returned to South Shields in 1982 as Consultant in Public Health and Communicable Diseases for Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. Dr Malik, a father-of-three, has also been a governor at South Tyneside NHS Trust and at South Tyneside College. His childhood in Kenya embellished him with a firm belief in the power of education as an equalising but positive force in society, a view that inspired him to work to improve the education and prospects of students.

Appointed by Trustees: 19.12.12 and 19.12.16

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

A. Lopes - Trustee

Dr Ana Lopes, who was born in Portugal but who now lives in South Tyneside, joined the Board as a director in 2016. She gained an MBA from the University of Porto, and later a sociology PhD from the University of East London. Ana is passionate about education, especially about issues of equalities and inclusivity. As an educator in tertiary education, a researcher and a community organiser, she aims to make a positive difference to children’s lives and the community around her. Dr Lopes, who works at Newcastle University, is a mid-career academic and her research area comprises employment relations and human resource management. Ana is a member of the Executive Board of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), an Associate Fellow of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Appointed by Trustees: 01.09.16 

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

Trustee - M Tennet

Appointed by Trustees: 01.09.18 

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

 

Councilor David Wood - Trustee, co-opted

Appointed by Trustees: 19.10.18 

Term of Office: 4 Years

 

Professor Michael Whitaker, Trustee

Appointed by Trustees: 01.12.18 

Term of Office: 4 Years

 


Our Previous Trustees

Below are the details of each Trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months.

M. McCarthy - Ex Trustee

 

• Appointed by Trustees: 11.12.14 

• Term of Office: 4 Years

• End of Office: 18.07.18

 

 

A. Golden - Ex Trustee

 

• Appointed by Trustees: 06.01.14 

• Term of Office: 4 Years

• End of Office: 05.01.18

 

 

K. Brennan - Ex Trustee

 

• Appointed by Trustees: 06.01.14 

• Term of Office: 4 Years

• End of Office: 05.01.18

 

 

S. Moffett - Ex Trustee

 

• Appointed by Trustees: 01.09.16

• Term of Office: 4 Years

• End of Office: 27.03.18