"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.

Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall is a Chartered Accountant, running her own business since 2011 delivering accounting services to small to medium sized businesses. Her strengths are finance, budgeting and business planning.
Her children attend Manifold Academy, one of the schools within The Praxis Trust.

Sean Wilkinson

Sean is a Business Leader and Operational Process Specialist leveraging 30+ years in the Rail, Telecoms & Nuclear industries to pragmatically develop business strategies and advise on the overall executive direction of corporate businesses and ambitious SMEs. 

Having established 2 successful businesses with turnover of up to £2.5M, Sean currently acts as Director at Certeza. Consulting to provide Engineering and Systems Assurance Leadership on major safety and infrastructure programmes with companies including Network Rail and Siemens on projects such as Crossrail. This recently includes, as Network Rail’s Subject Matter Expert, advising on and having a suite of proposed documents accepted around new business critical rules for a telecoms domain which was currently unsuitable for a modern, safety-focused business. 

Additionally. Sean’s extensive background as a Project Manager on several £multi-million, high profile national engineering programmes, allows him to offer a clear, hands-on perspective of delivery processes and issues to mitigate risk.

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.

Justin Wilson

Justin has worked in education for most of his career. After twenty years in schooling he moved into consultancy and has worked in large private organisations, Plcs and local authorities. He is presently director of a HR company and also provides some specialist consultancy on governance for new school developments. He lives in the Peak District and enjoys walking and the outdoors.

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