Board of Trustees

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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 Meredith CBE | Chief Executive

Chief Executive Transform Trust

Rebecca is an experienced proven Head, National Leader of Education (NLE) 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 arrived at Sneinton as Head in 2002 when the school was in Special Measures and took it on an improvement journey to Outstanding.  Building from this, Rebecca founded the Transform Teaching School with initially 10 member schools in Nottingham City, her aim to share and develop school to school support across like minded professionals. Transform Trust was then founded in 2013, based on the sharing principles of the Teaching School. Rebecca has a proven track record of successfully leading and managing people & resources to improve educational outcomes where the child is at the centre of the provision. It remains Rebecca’s commitment to deliver to the child an enriched broad based education as an enabler to achieving their full potential.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: Ongoing
  • Appointed by: Transform Trustees
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Paid to perform role of CEO by Transform Trust; Director of TTSS (Transform Trust Support Services)
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Allenton Community Primary School

Peter Munro | Chair of Trustees

Prior to becoming Chair of Trustees, Peter became a Governor at Brocklewood Junior School in 2011. He then 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 retirement and becoming a Governor, Peter was a teacher and Headteacher in primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and his final post was as Headteacher of a large infant and nursery school in Ilkeston. For Peter, to be a primary Headteacher was the best possible job. The joys always outweighed the hassle!

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.

Peter moved from being a Trust Chair of Governors to join the Board as a Trustee and was later elected as Chair of the Board. He continues to keep a rigorous focus to ensure the Transform ethos, values and expertise are lived out to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, school staff, parents and carers in the Transform family.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Educational Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions:
  • • Trustee of Nottingham High School

Samantha Dennis | Trustee

Sam is the Deputy Diocesan Director of Education for Southwell and Nottingham.  Sam supports Church of England Schools and Academies across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.  Working with both primary and secondary partners Sam provides support in all areas such as leadership, school improvement, safeguarding, governance and Christian distinctiveness.  Previously she was the headteacher of a VC school in North Warwickshire. Sam has also worked in Church of England Schools, and the ethos and culture in these schools is something she feelsprivileged to be able to promote.

Sam has been involved in school governance for about 18 years, and until last year was the Chair of Trustees for a small trust local to her home – Sam remains a Member of this trust.  She is currently a governor at a Church Academy in Newark which is needing rapid improvement.  Her role involves a substantial amount of governor support and includes an induction programme for foundation governors to Southwell & NottinghamChurch of England Schools.

Sam is a deacon in the Diocese of Derby and will be ordained as a priest in the Summer of 2022.


  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/22
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of the Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Deputy Diocesan Director of Education for Southwell and Nottingham; Deacon in Diocese of Derby
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Member of Willows Academy Trust; Governor at King’s C of E Academy

Dennis Jones | Trustee

Dennis is a former Nottingham City Councillor and was previously a Lecturer in Further Education for 30 years before taking on the role of Examinations Officer at Oakwood Academy in 2003.

In 1983, Dennis became a School Governor and was appointed Chair of Governors at Parkdale Primary School from 2012 to 2019 and is now Chair of Governors at Highbank Primary School. He is also a GCSE and GCE Examination Inspector of the Joint Qualifications Council.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/21
  • Term of Office: 12 months
  • Appointed by: Chairs of Governors
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors Highbank Primary & Nursery School & Governor of LGB at Parkdale Primary School

Roger Periam | Trustee

Roger is Direct Diocesan appointee to Trustees and has extensive governance experience in education, having been Chair of governors at South Wilford (primary) and Chair of finance at Emmanuel (secondary). He also oversaw the building of Emmanuel school which was a £20m project.

Although he originally trained as a science teacher at The Institute of Education in London, Roger worked for multi-national corporations in the technology sector (Mitel, GEC, Plessey Telecom, Marconi and Ericsson) which included managing major financial budgets. Since retirement, Roger has also undertaken the role of Director of SNMAT (Diocesan MAT).

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • 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

Professor Toby Greany | Trustee

Toby is Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. Previous roles include: Professor of Leadership and Innovation at UCL’s Institute of Education (UCL IOE) and Executive Director of Leadership at the National College for School Leadership. He has also worked for Design Council, Campaign for Learning and the Cabinet Office. Toby is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and sits on a number of research and evaluation advisory groups. In 2005-06 he was Special Adviser to the House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee.

To date, Toby has written over 50 journal articles, book chapters and reports on issues relating to school and educational leadership. His most recent co-edited book – School leadership and education system reform (2nd edition) – was published by Bloomsbury in 2021.

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Dame Susan Jowett | Trustee

Susan is a retired Chief Executive Officer and an education adviser.

Until retirement in August 2017, Susan was the CEO and Trustee of The Spencer Academies Trust, which was then a group of ten primary and secondary schools including the high-performing, outstanding George Spencer Academy.
As a system leader, Department of Education Adviser and National Leader of Education (NLE) she has provided advice to government education departments, regional local authorities and Trust Boards. She was the Chair of the Teaching Schools national network for science leaders and a Senior Partner of Challenge Partners focussing on effective collaboration for school improvement and international benchmarking. She has had a local, national and international impact on primary and secondary education, helping to turn around under-performing schools and supporting others on their school improvement journey. She worked with the Department for Education in Melbourne, Australia and Education Leaders in Kenya.

As a passionate advocate of teaching as a profession, she chaired the Boards of George Spencer’s centre for initial teacher training and the teaching schools alliance. Her commitment to continuous professional development, reflected in her master’s educational research, ensured the school became a license holder for leadership development programmes and she personally helped with the original design and implementation of the programmes.

Susan’s dedicated service to education over 41 years was recognised in January 2016 when she was awarded a Damehood, DBE.

  • Date of Appointment: 30/01/19
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director of Dorset Centre of Excellence which includes Orchard Special School
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Gemma Savidge | Trustee

Gemma is an experienced Finance Director with over 20 years post-qualification experience in a range of sectors, including 14 years within the Higher Education Sector. Her current role is Finance Director of PPL PRS Ltd.

After completing a Doctorate in 2015, Gemma developed a keen interest in the impact of primary education on children’s long-term outcomes and social mobility.

Gemma lives in the city of Nottingham with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

  • Date of Appointment: 14/10/20
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Company Secretary, Louvre Pro Ltd
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Rukia Shaffi | Trustee

Rukia is the Head of Communications and Events at the Confederation of School Trusts. In addition to experience in working with executive and governance leaders within multi-academy trusts, she has worked as part of the senior management team in a charity providing support to some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable young people.

Rukia’s first involvement with school governance was as a parent governor at Robert Shaw Primary and Nursery School, prior to the school joining Transform Trust. She became Chair of Governors in 2019 and is proud to have been part of the schools ongoing improvement journey, which was recognised with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in November 2021.

Throughout her career and voluntary roles, Rukia has remained passionate about education and believes that all children and young people are entitled to the best possible start in life through their experience at school.

  • Date of Appointment: 14/2/22
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Head of Communications and Events at the Confederation of School Trusts
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of the Robert Shaw Governance Board

Michael M. Butler MInstLM | Trustee

Formerly commissioned into the Royal Navy, since 1988 Mike has been a “Head-hunter”, recruiting middle management and senior executive in manufacturing, retail, service sectors, technology sectors (particularly SMEs) and works with companies to improve performance through increased employee engagement.

  • Date of Appointment: 1/5/22
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Trust Board – Clerks

Trust Board

  • Steve Cox - Chief Finance Officer: Business and Pecuniary Interests: Director of TTSS Limited. Wife is the Office Manager at Bradgate Education Partnership, Wreake Valley Academy, Parkstone Road, Syston, Leicestershire, LE7 1LY. Other Roles: Governor at Ashbrook Junior School. Ensures the Board is compliant with the appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks (ESFA, Companies House and Charity Commission).
  • Jill Wilkinson - Chief Operating Officer / Data Protection Officer: Business and Pecuniary Interests – None. Other Roles: Chair of Governors at Pear Tree Junior and Ravensdale Junior Schools; Governor at Breadsall Hill Top, Robert Shaw and Zaytouna Primary Schools. Supports the Chair with organisational advice on governance, and prepares the minutes of the Trust Board meetings.

Board Committees

  • Mary Farmer – provides administrative support to Trust Board Committees and prepares and ensures the appropriate checking of Committee minutes.