Board of Trustees

    •  "The trust board, which is the executive level of governance, is very effective in holding leaders to account. Its ambition and high expectations have been instrumental in raising standards throughout the school."

      "Trustees evaluate the impact of their support rigorously. They work in close partnership with the headteacher to raise standards." - Allenton Ofsted, 2017


Rebecca-MeredithREBECCA MEREDITH | Chief Executive

Chief Executive Transform Trust and Teaching School Alliance


Rebecca is an experienced Head and CEO with over 15 years' experience of providing the vision and leadership required to ensure high quality outstanding education for all children. Rebecca is an ambitious and imaginative leader constantly striving for improvement with success for the whole school community.


Rebecca is CEO of Transform (both Multi Academy Trust & Teaching School Alliance) Previously Rebecca was Executive Headteacher of Sneinton C of E, Bulwell St Mary's C of E and South Wilford Endowed Primaries. Rebecca arrived at Sneinton in 2002 when the school was in Special Measures and took it on an improvement journey to Outstanding. She took Bulwell on a similar improvement trajectory. Rebecca has a proven track record of successfully leading and managing money, resources and people to improve education services, thereby providing children and teachers with the best resources; physical, emotional and educational to achieve their full potential.


Rebecca is a National Leader of Education with extensive experience of improving under-performing schools. Rebecca undertook the National College Fellowship in 2012/3 with a focus on development of curriculum policy.


Rebecca possesses the required enthusiasm, vision, drive and adaptability necessary to lead a modern MAT in the current educational landscape. Rebecca is passionate about identifying and developing teachers and leaders of the future.


  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: Ongoing
  • Appointed by: Directors
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Paid to perform role of CEO by Transform Trust and Executive Head of Sneinton St Stephen's C of E Primary School. Partner works as Attendance Officer in Transform Teaching School Alliance
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None





Brocklewood's partnership with Transform began after an Ofsted judgement of serious weaknesses in April 2014. Governors chose to work with Transform because of the clear commitment to work with the current school leadership and to recognise that the school identity would not be lost or diluted. Our learning curve has been steep and rapid but Governors are confident they made the correct decision. Chair of Governor Involvement on the Trust Board is essential to ensure the Transform ethos and expertise is maintained and developed to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, teachers, parents and carers in the Transform family.


I became Chair of Governors of the new Governing Body when Brocklewood Primary School was created from the existing Infant and Junior Schools in September 2012. Before that I was a Governor at Brocklewood Junior School. Before retirement and becoming a Governor I was a teacher and Headteacher in primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. My final post was as Headteacher of a large infant and nursery school in Ilkeston. For me, to be a primary Headteacher was the best possible job. The joys always outweighed the hassle! The Governor role is clearly different but shares the same focus.


Retirement has given me more time to spend on activities at my local church, at the City Ground, Trent Bridge, the gym, teaching advanced driving, and enjoying our grandchildren.


  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Member of Transform Trust, Chair of Governors of Brocklewood Primary School (Trust school), Trustee of Nottingham High School





Qing Gu is Professor of Education in the School of Education of the University of Nottingham. She is Vice Chair of the British Association of Comparative and International Education (BAICE) and a member of the Editorial Boards of four high impact international journals in educational development and school leadership.


Since she joined Nottingham in 2004, Professor Gu has contributed to the success of a range of international and national research projects as Director and Co-Director, including UK Department for Education funded projects on the Evaluation of Teaching Schools, Why Teachers Leave and Return, The Leadership of Teaching School Alliances for Great Pedagogy, Outstanding Primary School Leadership; and The Impact of School Leadership on Pupil Outcomes. She also directed an ESRC-RGC (UK research council) funded mixed methods project on how outstanding secondary schools enact policies for improvement, and co-directed an ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange project investigating how primary and secondary schools develop enquiry-led professional learning activities for improvement.


She is author of Teacher Development: Knowledge and Context (Continuum, 2007); editor of The Work and Lives of Teachers in China (Routledge, 2014); and co-author of Teachers Matter (Open University Press, 2007), The New Lives of Teachers (Routledge, 2010), Successful School Leadership: Linking with Learning and Achievement (Open University Press, 2011), and Resilient Teachers, Resilient Schools (Routledge, 2014).


  • Date of Appointment: 01/05/15
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Provider of support to Transform Teaching School Alliance projects in a consulting capacity.
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Sneinton St Stephen's C of E Primary School (Trust school) 




profilesJoanna Luxton | TRUST DIRECTOR

Joanna Started her working life in the legal arena as a Solicitor specialing in Employment law dealing with a broad spectrum of work including representing clients at the Employment Tribunal.

She then went on to work for 16 years as an EL and HR consultant for the RBS plc working with the bank's commercial and non - for profit clients in all aspects of HR including strategic reviews, projects, dispute resolution, training, coaching, recruitment and preperation of relevant documentation.

Joanna now runs her own HR Consultancy, Forward HR Lte, together with a former colleague.

One of her interests is alternative dispute resolution and she is a qualified mediator.

She is passionate that excellent primary education in its broadest sense is a key building block to a child's capacity for lifelong learning and in turn fulfilling their potential. She nojyed working as a volunteer reader at her primary school for 2 years (2015-2017)


  • Date of Appointment: 26/10/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: TBA
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: TBA





Roger trained as a science teacher at The Institute of Education in London after gaining his degree. He has extensive governor experience, first as a pupil school governor at his own school in 1974, and for the past twenty years at the South Wilford C of E Primary School, where he has also served as Chair of Governors for ten years; a period which included oversight of a £1.5 million new school build and later expansion. He was part of the governing body who established the Nottingham Emmanuel School, a secondary school now converted to an academy, which replaced a previously failing school. During his tenure the school moved from an Ofsted rating of satisfactory to good. He has chaired the finance committee for much of the ten years of the school's life, including the oversight of the £27 million new school build. Roger's governance experience has involved him in the recruitment of four Headteachers and many staff, and he has chaired performance, exclusion and appeals panels. At various times he has been a link governor for science, maths, training, safeguarding and school performance data.


Roger spent thirty-one years in industry, working for large, multi-national corporations in the technology sector (Mitel, GEC, Plessey Telecom, Marconi & Ericsson), twenty-eight of these being spent as a manager of people and projects, spread across the UK, Europe and North America. This work involved setting objectives, conducting pay and performance reviews, recruitment and development of staff and acting as mentor for graduate trainees. His financial expertise involved setting and managing budgets both locally and globally, the largest being over £100 million, and he has extensive experience of strategic planning, marketing, internal and external communications, public relations and campaign management, and has been involved in many change management, quality improvement and diversity initiatives. Roger has a new perspective on disability, accessibility and inclusions since the onset of his multiple sclerosis and subsequent early retirement.


  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Director of Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham MAT, Associate Member of the Governing Body at South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School




Professor Toby Greany


Toby Greany is Professor of Leadership and Innovation and Head of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London. In that role he has undertaken projects for: Research Councils UK, Education and Training Foundation, National College for Teaching and Leadership, Department for Education, CfBT, Nuffield Foundation, Teacher Development Trust, Association of School and College Leaders, and the Education Select Committee.


Before joining the IOE Toby was Director of Research and Policy and Executive Director of Leadership Development at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) for seven years. In those roles he had oversight of all leadership development provision with an annual budget of £28m and provision for c15,000 leaders.


Before NCSL Toby worked for the Design Council, the Campaign for Learning, as Special Adviser to the Education and Skills Select Committee and for the Cabinet Office. He has taught in Brazil, China and the UK.


  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Transform Trust are engaged in a national CEO development programme provided by the Institute of Education, Professor Greany's employer. Professor Greany has helped design and is engaged in the delivery of the programme. This programme will run during 2016/7
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Member of ExL Foundation MAT




Vernon is the appointed link between Legal Member of the new MAT and the Chair of the Board of Directors. Vernon has been a member of the Governing Body at Sneinton C of E Primary for many years, supporting its journey to outstanding school, initially as Vice Chair and now Chair. He supported the school through its conversion to Academy as Chair. Now he will oversee the change to MAT.


As Chair at Sneinton, Vernon has also been the lead for the development of the Governing Union committee, bringing Sneinton and Bulwell C of E Primary governors together to share strategic development and support continued school improvement. Vernon has been supportive of and active in Sneinton’s application and development as a Teaching School Alliance and more recently the establishment of the original Transform Trust. In his working life Vernon is a computer analyst and also undertakes additional significant roles within the local church, community and scouting groups. 


  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors Sneinton St Stephen's C of E Primary School






Alex is Chair of Governors at South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School and has recently been elected to be chair of the Chairs Forum.


"I decided to become a Governor at South Wilford School because I felt it would be a good opportunity for me to support the school in continuing to provide a great education for children in the local community. My own children have both experiecned fantastic education here, academically, spiritually and holistically so I wanted to be part of helping continue that opportunity for other children into the future. I am passionate about education and the importance of developing life skills in children. Having worked most recently as a teacher and previously in the private sector, I try to bring skills from all aspects of both my professional and personal life to help the Governing body as team"


  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/18
  • Term of Office: 1 Year
  • Appointed by: Chair of Governors of Trust Schools
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Employed by Transform Trust as a teacher at Edale Rise Primary School 
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors at South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School (Trust School)


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