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Great Academies Education Trust

Inspiring Greatness

Trustees and Members

Ian Munro resigned as Chair effective 26/03/2019 and it was agreed by our Trustees that Annette Hall be appointed as Interim Chair.  





Annette Hall (Interim Chair)

Annette is a very experienced education leader with a proven track record of achieving educational improvement. Annette’s most recent role was for White Rose Academies as Executive Principal and CEO, a Multi Academy Trust with 3 Academies based in Leeds.


Her leadership was judged outstanding whilst at Leeds West Academy and she has an excellent understanding of accountability frameworks within schools and within regional and national frameworks. Annette has wide experience of accountability within multi-academy trusts at local governance and board level. As a successful principal and CEO, she has strong inter-personal skills, the ability to create and articulate a vision and well developed strategic planning skills. Annette has led and project managed significant and challenging programmes e.g. the LWA building was considered the ‘flagship’ BSF Leeds school.


Annette is committed to educational excellence and fully invested in the academies programme. She is values driven in all aspects of her work and believes in attention to detail and a relentless focus on what matters - teaching and learning, leadership and how to develop the skills and attributes needed for excellence in others to improve schools.


Chris Bowes

Chris is a solicitor and a partner in the global law firm CMS. He is a very experienced real estate lawyer with specialist expertise in planning and development work. Chris acts for clients in both the public and private sectors and has been involved in some of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects, which has often involved balancing the competing requirements of a multitude of stakeholders.


Chris is also a trustee of MICAIA UK a charity that supports the work of the MICAIA Foundation and eco-MICAIA (a social enterprise company), both organisations seek to address the causes of poverty in Mozambique.

Catherine Williams

Catherine has 25 years’ experience in developing, aligning and implementing people strategy within Services businesses. She has operated at all levels of the people function and progressed from business partner to work as a Board, Remuneration Committee and an Executive team member for over 15 years.


She has established a track record in supporting business growth through mergers, acquisitions and integrations, to meet the desired commercial objectives within the UK and internationally. She has brought together and led people functions, including: Recruitment; HR Business Partnering; Reward; Organisation Design; Talent Development; Diversity and CSR.


Catherine is the Founder of People Investment Partners and is an advocate of People Strategy being integrated into business strategy and owned by businesses. She believes executive teams must be visible, collaborative and accountable for creating great places to work and to do business.


Sue Hutchinson

Sue is an Audit Partner in a Top 10 North West accountancy practice specialising in not for profit and public sectors.


Having over 15 years’ experience Sue has been involved in the audit and assurance of academies, further education establishments, charities and housing associations. Sue is very experienced in providing support to clients in delivering their financial reporting, regulatory and Governance objectives.


She also enjoys presenting at sector specific seminars and conferences.


Sue’s recent academies experience has included working with MAT’s on specialist due diligence and Governance projects.

Helen Curran

Helen is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty five years’ experience gained in public practice and the private sector. Her expertise includes commercial and technical aspects of financial planning, management and control, investment appraisal, organisational redesign and international project management.


Helen currently runs a micro accounting practice in Cheshire providing accounting, taxation and business planning services to small businesses. She is also co-Director providing financial support for an independent advisory firm which delivers management consultancy in public-private partnerships.

Prior to her most recent roles Helen spent eleven years working in senior management positions for an international pharmaceutical plc. Astra Zeneca. She is now keen to bring her experience and skills to benefit the Trust and its schools.


Greg Suligowski


Greg is a senior executive for Network Rail. Previously he has worked at a senior level for the New Charter Group, central government agencies and large national companies in a variety of customer relations role. Greg is very experienced in strategic planning and delivery and change management. His areas of expertise are customer service design and delivery, performance monitoring, marketing, communications and IT.


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