"Putting Children First"



Diane Beardsmore

Diane began her career at Chesterton Community Sports College as an NQT in 1998. Her talent was recognised early on, as in her second year of teaching she took part in a developing Young Leader’s course run by Specialist School Trust. At this time she also had her first promotion having responsibility for RE and PSCHE. She later became SENCO and school safeguarding lead. She became Assistant Head at Chesterton Community Sports College in 2006 and Headteacher at Churchfields Primary School in January 2012.

During her time at Churchfields the school has gone from Special Measures to Outstanding. Diane has an impressive reputation across Staffordshire for her work in regards to SEN and Safeguarding and is widely held as one of the County’s most experienced people in this field. She has also quickly become an established authority on primary education and leadership.

Colin Beardmore

Colin has worked in the financial services, retail and business development consultancy industries for over 30 years and is currently the Managing Director of Albert Chantry Consultants. He bring expertise in IT services, business risk management, financial regulatory standards, board level governance and business strategy/planning.

Whilst SVP at American Express headed up world wide Customer Support Services and business transformation resulting in reduced delivery expenses and greater use of onshore and offshore resources. As MD of Albert Chantry Consultants have led various business effectiveness initiatives (re-engineering) and cost reduction programs in the UK, European and USA.

Born in Staffordshire has lived in Boston MA USA, Winchester, Hampshire and currently lives with his family in Newcastle Staffs. Married with three children and has interests in football (Stoke City corporate member), hiking, tennis and reading.

Brian Wilkinson

Brian Wilkinson Bio TBC

Elaine Masterson

Elaine Masterson Bio TBC

Graham Hutton

Graham Hutton is a semi-retired management consultant and was a senior principal in the Civil Service. He was the chair of finance for a large(2000+) secondary school in Surrey for 8 years and oversaw the recruitment of a new headteacher. He was a co-opted member of Surrey County Council’s education committee and helped direct the writing of their educational strategy, which was well received. He has worked for both DfE and FEFC either running large projects or turned around projects that were not doing well. 

Currently Graham is Chair of Governors at Stoke Minster CE Primary School, a Church of England inner-city primary school of 420+ pupils with around 58% pupil premium and 45% EAL. He has been chair of the finance committee for the last year and is link governor for maths and data. Graham wrote the report on becoming an academy with recommendations for governors, the LA and Diocese. The recommendations were accepted unanimously.

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