The Members of the Multi Academy Trust (Bishop Seamus Cunningham, Diocesan Schools Director Mrs Deborah Fox and Mr Patrick Melia) appoint the Board of Directors to ensure the MAT is run in accordance with its aims and objectives.
The Directors are responsible for:
- Ensuring the quality of educational provision
- Challenging and monitoring performance
- Managing finances and property
- Managing the Headteachers of each academy within the Trust
The Directors are:
Mr Patrick Melia Chair of Directors
Patrick is Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council. Leading change and partnership working are key areas of expertise for him. He became the Chair of Governors at St Wilfrid’s College at a time when the College was in Special Measures. Within two years of Patrick becoming Chair of Governors, the College moved from Special Measures to Outstanding.
Prior to starting at Sunderland in August 2018, Mr Melia had been Chief Executive at North Tyneside Council since 2013. He was previously a corporate director at South Tyneside Council, and has held senior posts at Durham Police and the Probation Service. Patrick is a qualified accountant and holds an MBA from Durham University Business School.
Mr Brendan Tapping CEO of Trust
Brendan has worked for over 24 years in Catholic Education within the North East of England. He is currently the Executive Headteacher of three large secondary schools – St. Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields, St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive in Peterlee and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn. Prior to this Brendan was Head of School of St Wilfrid’s from November 2010, leading the transformation of the school from Special Measures to Outstanding.
Mrs Marie Graham Vice Chair
Marie is the Headteacher at St. Mary's RC VA Primary School in Jarrow. Marie is Vice Chair of Governors of St Wilfrid’s RC College. Marie sits on several committees of school and is a committed, long serving Governor.
Mr Alan Cormack Director
Before retirement, Alan had a 46-year career in Health and Local Authorities, mainly commissioning learning disabilities/mental health services/drug and alcohol services. For the 10 years before his retirement at the end of 2015, Alan was a NHS Senior Manager across the three South of Tyne health authorities, commissioning health services for people with learning disabilities and their families.
Alan has been a committed Governor to St. Wilfrid's RC College since September 2012.
Mrs Patricia Train Director
Patricia has been a committed Foundation Governor at St. Wilfrid's RC College since November 2007 supporting the drive for school improvement. Patricia also sits on various committees such as pupil discipline, finance and staffing.
Fr Anthony Hastie Director
A Priest of the Diocese for 31 years, Fr. Hastie has extensive pastoral experience as foundation governor over this time. He is now Parish Priest, Dean and Member of various Diocesan Committees involved on the development of Partnerships across the Diocese which he sees very much working together with Northern Saints School Alliance.
Ms Carolyn Duffy Director
Carolyn began teaching career in 1979 and has worked in the field of education throughout that time. She has experience of leadership through Headteacher posts in four schools and has worked as Director of Schools for Diocese of Middlesbrough. This involved working with 7 Local Authorities, primary, secondary and independent schools on school improvement, re-organisation, Building Schools for the Future, recruitment and retention as well as governance.
Mr Daniel O’Mahoney Director
Daniel has been at the forefront of public relations and reputation management in the North of England for over 20 years. He is a founding partner of Bradley O'Mahoney Public Relations which was established in 1991 and has advised a vast range of clients in the public and private sectors. Private sector clients the firm has represented include large law firms and construction companies. Public sector clients include the local Universities and Councils.
Mr Simon Marshall Director
Simon has wide experience of governance both as a headteacher and as Director of Education for Sunderland working with governing bodies of maintained schools across the local authority. He is also a board member of a large post 16 college sitting on the resources and capital projects committee and an advisor and trustee for a national mental health charity.