The Directors set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the schools within it.  This is set out in a legal document known as the "funding agreement".   As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.  High calibre directors are appointed for the skills, knowledge or experience as needed by the Board.

The Trust Board of Directors has there core functions

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher (EHT) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent.

Mrs Jackie Bachrach

Chair of Directors


Meet the Directors

Mrs Jackie Bachrach
Chair of Board of Directors

Jackie has been in education for 35 years and has taught across the primary curriculum in all year groups in a range of schools.  She is currently managing the Yeovil Federation of Schools.  The Federation provides a network for schools in Yeovil and surrounding villages and covers schools from 4-16 years and Yeovil College.   She is also involved in providing training mentoring for the School Direct programme for ITT. She is also an SLE with a specialism in maths.   She has been governor for 21 years and Chair of Governors for the last 7, completing the National College Chairs Leadership Programme.


Dr Brian Geary

Before retiring in 2016 Brian held the position of Chief Materials Engineer for Agusta Westland.  In this role he held technical and administrative responsibility for materials laboratories in Italy and UK.  As a PhD qualified engineer he brought a high degree of technical expertise but the management responsibility also required knowledge of departmental budgets, employment law and health and safety law across European geographies.
He has a long standing connection to the school as his children were pupils and now two of his grandchildren attend.  He therefore has a strong personal interest in bringing his past experience to helping to maintain the high standards set by the school.


Mrs Evie Potts-Jones

Evie Potts-Jones has previously worked as a mediator and restorative justice facilitator, she uses her conflict management skills to actively create positive solutions. Evie is currently working as a Finance and Tax assistant for a local Chartered accountant. She is a town Councillor and is the current chair of promotions and activities for the Town Council. Part of Evie’s role as a local Councillor sees her engaging with various youth services and working to promote a strong youth Council. Evie fosters a supportive approach with personal development and the well-being of all children she has connections with.


Mr Shaun Kitto

Vice Chair of Directors

Shaun has worked for local company Leonardo in the manufacturing of transmission parts for Helicopters over the last 36 years.  Shaun has three children which has led him to being involved within the local community through Yeovil Swimming Club (committee member), Westland Sports Football Club (Coaching) and finally Yeovil and Sherborne Hockey Club.  Shaun has been a governor, Vice Chair for twenty years, and Chair of the governing body for the last 8 years, he has a passion for education  and truly believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full


Mrs Kaye Elston

Kaye has worked in safeguarding within education, local authorities and charities for over 30 years.  Kaye has two children who both went to Milford Junior School which led to her becoming a governor at Milford Junior School and more recently a Director for the Huish Academy Trust.

Kaye strongly believes that providing the best opportunity for children to access and progress in education is the greatest gift we can provide for children.  She is aware that children need to feel safe before they can begin to learn and wants to build upon the great work already in place across our schools


Mr Adam Allen


Mr Phil Noone

Wildcat Contract Maintenance Manager for Leonardo Helicopters. 

Incorporated Engineer responsible for on-site operational management of contract output, the management of risk to life, H&S, strategic and maintenance planning to assist Army Aviation with delivery of trained Aircrew.

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Miss Sam Sandy


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