Meet the team


Ann Witheford

Chair of Trustees

Blaney Quinn

Vice Chair of Trustees

Blaney lives locally and has been actively involved in school governance for a number of years – as Chair of Governors at Homefields Primary School and more recently as Vice Chair of the Peak Multi Academy Trust Board. These have been challenging and interesting roles which he has enjoyed immensely and gained great satisfaction from knowing that he is helping to shape the development or our local schools and contributing to the community he lives in.

Blaney has been a Civil Servant for 37 years and held a number of different roles involving operational management of up to 400 people with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets. He has also led Project teams delivering National performance and service improvements. This experience has been invaluable in supporting the local school governing and trust teams. 

As a governor and as part of the trust, Blaney is fully committed to his role to support the leadership and executive teams to deliver their best for our school communities to ensure young people are able to maximise their potential while they are in our schools. Blaney is prepared to challenge our school leaders and drive all of our teams to do the very best they can every day.

Brad Ames

Brad is an Aerospace Sales Manager and has been in the Aerospace industry for 30+ years.

Brad became a governor 17 years ago when his youngest started at Challaston Infant School. Both children have since finished and his daughter is now training to become a teacher.

Brad became the Chair of Governors at the Infant SChool 10 years ago and enjoys seeing the pupils progress through the school attaining to the best individual abilities. Brad has worked extensively with the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership working with a number of schools doing challenges like Dragon's Den (designing a game for a child with significant additional needs), Enterprise Week (creating and selling of goods/produce) and also undertook the refurbishment of a PRU in Normanton. 

Jay Gill

Jay is a driven Education and Behaviour Consultant with a BA (Hons) in Social and Community Studies and over 20 years’ experience working in education, public and corporate sectors. In 2018, she moved into the consultancy arena to use her experience and skills, to support schools in achieving better behaviour and learning outcomes.

Over the years Jay has gained a solid background incorporating Education, Learning, Inclusion, Behaviour, Safeguarding and Management.  Jay hopes to apply her passion for working with young people, along with her diverse knowledge and experience, to drive forward processes and better outcomes for students, parents, staff members and the Trust.

Julie King

Julie has over 35 years’ experience in education, including 24 years in Headship of both an Infant School in a deprived area, and the privilege of setting up and opening a brand new Primary School with a Nursery. Julie was also a Local Lead in Education and worked supporting other schools in the Derby city area. Julie worked closely with Derby City in developing continual development programmes for teachers and set up a new NQT programme to support newly qualified teachers that came to work in Derby schools, and organised Headteacher conferences to develop Leadership and innovation across the City.

Julie continues to work with Derby Teaching Schools Alliance to recruit, support and train new teachers into the Primary teaching profession. Julie wanted to undertake the role of Trustee within Peak Multi Academy Trust as she felt that the many experiences she has gained in education would enable her to be an effective and supportive member of the Board helping to ensure the success of all the schools within the Trust and its development.

John Rouse

John has over 20 years of experience as a chartered accountant working for KPMG and is now a Director leading the Midlands Forensic Accounting team. John was previously the LA appointed Governor at Chellaston Infant School for over nine years. 


John grew up in Chellaston and is a former pupil of Chellaston Infant School, Chellaston Junior School and Chellaston Academy. John has lived in Chellaston all of his life and has four children who are at various stages of their education at the schools within the MAT.  John’s two daughters and eldest son are pupils at Chellaston Academy, having previously attended Chellaston Infant School and Chellaston Junior School.  John’s youngest son is a pupil at Homefields Primary School.  John has a long standing interest in, and deep commitment to, the provision of education in Chellaston and believe that every child deserves access to an outstanding state funded education.  As a chartered accountant and business professional John has benefited greatly from his education through the schools in Chellaston.  John is now in a fortunate position to be able to put something back into the local community through utilising his professional skill set working with Peak Multi Academy Trust.

Dave Williams

Dave became a Governor in 2016, supporting Chellaston Junior School.  Since becoming a Trustee, Dave has been able to use the skills he has from his professional career to support Finance, Education Standards, Risk Management, Headteacher recruitment as well as supporting with general leadership and governance. Dave’s role at Rolls-Royce requires him to always consider safety first whilst providing the best quality possible within strict regulations and financial limits – these are all important principles that read-across to Education.


School Governance has been a part of Dave’s life since he was at school – his father is still the Chair of Governors of the Primary School he attended, and he also held the same position for his Secondary School until recently. Consequently, Dave has always seen supporting Education as an important thing to do.  It is a challenging profession, and he is keen to help the staff with those challenges to help ensure pupils and parents feel that are getting the best education experience possible. Dave’s children will attend 3 out of the 4 schools in the MAT, so he can appreciate directly the importance of supporting the Trust and the Schools

Paul Withey

Professor Withey has held the Chair in Casting Technology at The University of Birmingham since early 2018, prior to this he worked at a large, Derby based engineering company. He has held Chartered Engineer status for over twenty years and has been involved in the development of educational resources for secondary level science and engineering.

Professor Withey has been involved in school governance for over ten years and has investigated and analysed schools’ performance data particularly across educational boundaries.


Paul Garvey

Paul Garvey is an Ex Ofsted Lead Inspector who has substantial experience in inspecting both primary and secondary schools, having led the inspection of around 50 schools. In addition, Paul has also supported hundreds of schools in preparing for inspection, with very positive results for the schools overall. He gained NPQH in 2007. After working as a Foundation Subjects Consultant, Paul left LA employment to form QA South-West in 2010. It is now a successful company, in which Paul and the consultants he employs have had remarkable success in improving the quality of teaching in schools, through a method of joint lesson visits called “Talk for Teaching”. Paul is steeped in teaching and learning and has probably visited over 10,000 lessons from Pre-school to Y13!  In 2017, Paul published both ‘Talk for Teaching’ and ‘Taking Control - How to Prepare for Inspection’. ‘Taking Control 2’ is out April 2020. Paul is also a Member of Barnsole Academy trust, in Medway.

Deborah Robinson

Deborah is an educationalist with 32 years experience of working in the sector. She has been a primary teacher, deputy principal, SENCo, teacher educator and researcher. Deborah is currently Professor of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at the University of Derby where her role is to lead research in that area. Deborah has worked on research for the Department for Education in the area of SEND and has been a reviewer for the Rochford Committee supporting statutory assessment for SEND. She has a number of publications focussed on inclusion policy and practice.

Both of her children have special educational needs and as a teacher, researcher and parent, this has always been a passionate area of interest.

Deborah has served as a governor at schools in Derby City, most recently as the SEND Governor for a PRU and Special School.

MAT Executive Team

Anne Martin FCCT

Interim CEO

Carly Brown

Director of HR and Operations

Carly’s background is predominately in HR.  Having graduated with a BA Hons in Human Resource Management, she then went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management before becoming a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Prior to working in the education sector, she spent over 13 years working in generalist HR roles across a variety of sectors including government funded training, sport and pub companies where she held a range of responsibilities in management positions.

Carly has only recently moved to work in education, though since making the change has gained experience across a number of different areas, including governance and the conversion to Multi Academy Status, having been involved since its inception.  

She is passionate about supporting people to be the best that they can be at work and enjoys working in an environment where this has a real impact on improving the lives of young people too.

Sarah Coleman

Headteacher at Homefields Primary School

Since qualifying as a teacher in 1997 Sarah’s teaching experiences have been based in Derby City. In 2002 she joined the newly built Homefields Primary School as an Early Years teacher. Over time she took on the lead Physical Education, Early Years and gained a sense of achievement through her role as a developing leader - seeing the positive difference that can be made to children.

In 2015 she became the Headteacher of the school and considers this a true privilege. Sarah is a firm believer in life-long learning. The education of the pupils is clearly the number one priority and the school strives to make Homefields Primary School a learning place for all. The school encourage attitudes towards learning that will equip the children for school and for life. Children are at the heart of all they do at Homefields and this is shared across Peak Multi Academy Trust. Sarah is proud to have played a part in the inception of Peak Multi Academy Trust and sees it as an extended family. A family that can work together for the greater good of its children.

Sarah remains fascinated and enthralled by children’s learning and considers it a real honour to be part of a child’s journey from Homefields, to the other Peak Multi Academy Trust schools and on to the wider world.

Lindsay Galley

Headteacher of Chellaston Infant School

Having taught in Shropshire for 18 months, as a newly and then recently qualified teacher, Lindsay moved to Derby in 1998 with her husband, where she began work at Alvaston Infant School. In January 1999 she gained a position of class teacher at Chellaston Infant School.

In 2003, Lindsay became an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and began supporting colleagues in Derby in developing outstanding classroom practise, specialising in ICT teaching and working with Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). She worked across the city in various schools, one day a week, and became part of the School Leadership Team of Chellaston Infant School.

In 2007, Lindsay became Deputy Headteacher and moved to work specifically with Year 2 children with special educational need and moderate learning difficulties in a smaller class.

In 2008, her son was born, and she returned to work part-time in 2009, leading Foundation Stage.              

In September 2013, Lindsay was appointed as Acting Headteacher, becoming Headteacher in March 2014.

In December 2014, she led the school through her first Ofsted inspection as a Headteacher with good outcomes including Outstanding Leadership and Management and Foundation Stage provision.

Lindsay is most proud of the children, who run through the school gates each morning enthusiastic to start their day at school and that 100% of our parents, when surveyed, think their child is happy at the school and feel safe. Parents feel that their children are taught well and would recommend the school to others.

Lindsay values the support and strength of her driven and passionate school leadership team; the wider school team of dedicated teachers, teaching assistants and support staff and the committed Local Governing Board. The strength of the school is the people that lie within it; they celebrate what they do well, do not shy away from what they could be doing better and look continually for where they can make improvements.

Come In, Succeed.

Alex Smythe

Headteacher at Chellaston Junior School

Alex began in the role of Headteacher at Chellaston Junior School in January 2020.  This is his 13th year of Headship, having been a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in a number of schools in Leicestershire. Prior to this, he was a teacher for around 10 years in schools in areas of high deprivation in Leicester.

The majority of his leadership experience has been built around rapid change in schools in need of improvement. Alex recognises that this cannot be achieved without unifying teams and without helping his staff to be the best. He prides himself on setting a tone of unwavering commitment to hard work and a focus upon strategic improvement which involves all stakeholders and which reflects in the work of all of the staff in the school.

The challenge of reversing the declining progress data in writing and maths at Chellaston Junior School is the reason he joined the Trust.

Jaime Wainwright-Jones

Director of Business and Finance

Jaime joined Chellaston Academy in June 2018 as the Business Manager having previously worked for 20 years in the public sector, the last 5 years in a Strategic role.  Since then she has been appointed to Peak Multi-Academy Trust as the Director of Business and Finance on 1st December 2019.  She studied at Worcester University where she achieved a Masters in Educational Management and Leadership and also completed her NPQICL (National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership).  Her previous year in the private sector was spent in a mobilisation role in facilities management ensuring projects were delivered on time, within budget and to a high standard.  She is responsible for providing professional leadership and management to the Trusts support staff in partnership with Head Teachers and Senior Leaders working alongside the CEO.  Jaime promotes the highest standards of business ethos within the Trust and strategically ensures the most effective use of resources, including generating income in support of each individual school to enhance outcomes for children.  She also has a lead role in managing compliance for the Trusts finances and oversees the Risk Management Strategy whilst also playing a key role in managing suppliers and contractors to ensure best value for money.

Ryan Metters

Headteacher at Chellaston Academy

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