Board of Directors

CEO / Accounting Officer/School Improvement - Richard Redgate

The Executive Headteacher with responsibility for Loxley Hall and Cicely Haughton Schools for over three years as a Federation and more recently as Manor Hall Academy. Richard has been a Headteacher since 2009 with the privilege of leading two outstanding schools both educationally and residentially. H:Academy/Finance/FMGS/Role of GB Richard has had experience of being a mainstream governor at a Federation of primary schools as Vice-Chair. Currently, a governor of Staffordshire Virtual Schools for looked after children and amongst other responsibilities and representations on LA committees, is the Staffordshire Special Schools representative at Schools’ Forum and a member of Staffordshire County Council’s SEND Transformation working group. Has been in school governance for 12 years.

Director - Christina Pearson

Christina has worked nearly 37 years for Dept. of Work and Pensions, with almost 30 years of managerial experience.

Christina has strong proven leadership and communication skills and has a proven track record in working with poor performing teams and transforming them into high performance teams.  She has a good track record for high staff engagement recently increasing the office engagement score by 38 points - 2nd highest increases in the country.

Christina has excellent HR knowledge working for an exemplar employer and a sound working knowledge of health and safety.  Whilst she does not directly manage a budget she has to ensure that staff resources are used effectively using minimum resource to deliver maximum results.

Christina is passionate about personal development and aspires for both pupils and staff to have the opportunity to achieve their potential.  

Christina has been a governor for over 10 years and has contributed effectively as a critical friend to two head teachers. Christina has had previous experience of a period of office as chair of governors, guiding a special school through to an outstanding Ofsted inspection judgement.


Director - John Edwards

John Edwards, born August 1955.

John is married with two grown up children and one grandchild.

He retired in 2015 after a career in education, including 25 years as a Head teacher, in both mainstream and special schools - leading Queenscroft Community Special School to an Outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2012- spanning the age range from 4 to 19.

Having been a school leader through the period that saw the introduction of Local Management of Schools, National Curriculum and Ofsted, together with several SEND reviews, John regards the management of change as a never ending process.

His touchstone for evaluating decisions and developments has always been the question “how will this benefit the children in our school?”

As well as being a Rotarian, John is involved in several community projects in and around his home town of Tamworth.

Director - Amanda Hughes
Director - Paul Whibley
Director-HR - Clive Lilley
Clive is retired but prior to retirement was Executive Headteacher of an extremely successful large federation of two special schools across four sites. After two years as a history teacher in a mainstream comprehensive school he spent 36 years working in special schools in Suffolk and Staffordshire. It was a great privilege for him to lead his school to outstanding in four consecutive Ofsted inspections. Clive is passionate about the role of special schools and the innovative way in which they can be developed to best serve the needs of their very special pupils. Central to this development is the team approach with staff, parents, governors, statutory and voluntary organisations, other schools and the local community working seamlessly to provide an individual but holistic programme to address the needs of every pupil. He has skills in financial management and teaching and learning including all aspects of curriculum and staff development. Clive has a particular interest in post 16 education for special needs students and the ways in which special schools can be the hub for provision up to the age of 25. He has been a governor at the Meadows for six years and for the whole of this time has served as Chair.
Director-Finance - John Alexander
John, recently retired, is a qualified Accountant who has spent over 30 years in senior management roles across a wide range of companies, ranging from small privately owned businesses to large multi-national, multi-company plcs. His depth and breadth of business expertise and experience, particularly in the fields of finance and general management, is seen as a major asset to the senior leadership team. H:Academy/Finance/FMGS/Role of GB John has been a governor at Springfield Special School for over 15 years and has been Chair for the past 10 years. He is also Chair of the Finance Committee and has spent many hours in school in a monitoring role. He is passionate about the children at Springfield and has helped lead the school through significant changes, including the move from an all-age to generic primary, relocation whilst major improvements to the school were made, and a short-lived but very effective federation with Horton Lodge Special School. He has seen the school through 4 Ofsted inspections. John is also a foundation governor at a Church of England aided primary school, at which he currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Strategic Governance Committee and link governor for RE and Worship
Chair (Member and Director) - John Glandfield
John’s former occupation was that of a Family Solicitor having qualified in December, 1970. Whilst he never specialised as such much of his career was spent in both defending and prosecuting in various Magistrates Courts. John also trained and qualified as a Family Mediator. Professionally you could probably say that he has built up knowledge of how to deal with people who are in trouble. John has been a governor at a local Middle where he served for several years before joining the governing body of Loxley Hall School. John became Vice Chair and eventually Chair where he remained in post for over 10 years until Loxley federated with Cicely Haughton. John continued on the federated governing body until becoming a Director and Member in September 2016. For some years John was Treasurer of the local Scout District and, thereafter, their Auditor. Since his retirement in February 2013 John has acted as Vice Chairman of Wilfred House Community Centre and a Trustee of Kirk House Rest Home. Both are situated in Uttoxeter Town Centre. More recently John has been appointed Chairman of Balance Street Surgery (Doctors) Patient Participation Group and from there seconded to the East Staffordshire Patient Participation Group. The latter comprises representatives of all Doctor’s Surgeries in East Staffordshire. For many years John broadcast regularly on B.B.C.Radio Stoke as their “Legal Eagle”, he also contributed a column to a local Free Newspaper.
Member - Steve Bardon
Experienced Headteacher at Ryecroft Middle School in Uttoxeter. Fundamental beliefs and educational philosophy include: Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally, nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development. Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centred on the school’s vision, ably translating local and national policy into the school’s context. Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and pupils’ well-being. Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity. Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in school and in the wider society. Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of pupils’ achievements and the school’s sustainability. Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all pupils. Inspire and influence others - within and beyond schools - to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people’s lives and to promote the value of education.
Member - Geoff Gamble
Geoff has been a special school teacher for over 30 years working with all age SEND children and young people and retired in 2007. He has extensive experience of residential school education and has previously been used by the LA as an exemplar of good practice within special school settings, in terms of teaching and learning. Geoff has great passion for teaching and learning but in particular literacy and the creative curriculum. Geoff understands the needs, motivations and difficulties of our children and advocates on their behalf. Geoff is Chair of the local Arts Group and secretary to the village hall committee. Geoff has had over three years of experience in governance having previously chaired the Teaching and Learning and Curriculum committee.
Member - Julie Stevenson
Member - Prakash Samani