Michael Manley, Chair of the Trust

Michael was a successful secondary headteacher for over 20 years, leading his school to Outstanding Ofsted and SIAMS judgements and supporting others through his role as an NLE. He has been very active in progressing education agendas within Milton Keynes, but also across the Catholic Diocese. He played a key role in the changing of the age of transfer, the establishment of the Milton Keynes Behaviour Partnership, the work of the Excellence Cluster, which subsequently became the Education Improvement Partnership and latterly PEP:mk. He has been instrumental in developing partnership working, e.g. developing the facility to train teachers locally which culminated in the formation of The Tommy Flowers SCITT in Milton Keynes, which has an Outstanding Ofsted rating. He is well regarded by his peers and across the education community and his work spans a variety of schools and organisations: school improvement, leadership development, teaching and learning, assessment, data analysis and actions, and timetabling. He is the secretary of Milton Keynes Secondary Headteachers and the Project Manager for Learning 2050 as part of the MK Futures Programme commissioned by Milton Keynes Council. He is the Chair of Stephenson Trust, which is a Multi-Academy Trust in Milton Keynes which includes an SEMH Special Academy and the Academy for Secondary Alternative Provision locally. He is also governor in a Catholic primary school in Milton Keynes.


John O'Donnell

I have recently retired having worked in schools/education for over thirty years, ten of which were as Headteacher of a Milton Keynes secondary school and four years as Headteacher of a Milton Keynes special school.  Since retiring I have accepted governor and trustee positions at three schools.






Christopher Sayles

Christopher has been a Trustee and Governor at the Stephenson Academy for the past 6 years. He was instrumental in the setup and formation of the Academy.  Christopher has served as Vice Chair for a number of terms. Christopher wants the Academy to maintain its high standards of education and build on its success year on year. He sees links with the school pupil council, local business and the nearby community as key to its success. Christopher champions the ‘inclusive education’ for all.  Recently Christopher has taken the role of Lead Governor for Mental Health and Wellbeing of pupils and staff at Stephenson. He has recently completed the Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing for Schools and Colleges Certificate. Christopher has also been a Foundation Governor at St. Paul’s Catholic School since 2006. His tenure at St. Paul’s has seen him involved in and Chair various committees.  He has served as Vice Chair for a number of terms so has a vast knowledge and experience of the school and its community. He has recently taken on the position of Safeguarding and Lead Governor for Mental Health and Wellbeing of pupils and staff at St. Paul’s.  Christopher is semi-retired; by profession he was a seasoned, senior IT Professional with extensive experience in his field. He consulted for major ‘Blue Chip’ Organisations around the globe, working out of New York, Houston, Oslo, Helsinki, Geneva and Bern to name a few. With most of his time spent in Information Technology, he holds a keen interest in STEM and the use of Information Technology in the school setting. 


Kevin Scott

I enjoyed nearly 30 years in secondary teaching with two successful periods of headship. I worked entirely in inner city schools and challenging environments. It was enormously fulfilling. I then became a leadership consultant and began to work for Serco in their education division which at that time ran several LEAs, the Ofsted Inspection Service and many leadership contracts throughout the UK. By a series of accidents and good fortune I became a Contract Director and have led, amongst many other things, the national initiative to write, develop and deliver leadership and management training for school business managers, one of the National College's most successful developments.


Nigel Handyside

I am currently a serving Deputy Head teacher in a secondary school in Milton Keynes. My responsibilities cover the inclusion agenda, behaviour, attendance and safeguarding and I am the Designated Senior Person for child protection in the school.

I have lived and worked in Milton Keynes since 1983 where I began my teaching career at Stantonbury Campus. I have held a wide range of different posts across four different schools, from Head of Department (Geography) to Head of Faculty (humanities) as well as being Head of Sixth Form for a number years. I have been in the past a senior examiner and reviser for the AQA exam board. I have been Chair of Governors at the Bridge Academy for 2 years.


Anne Thomas

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