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TRUSTEE Profiles

DR Alison Mitchell, Chair of Trustees

A scientist by qualification, I spent several years working in academic research before embarking on a fulfilling career in the pharmaceutical industry. Living in Kintbury with my family since 1994, I have supported the local community in various voluntary roles. 

I started my experience in school governance in 2005, and as a mother of 5 children who have been through, primary, secondary and further education my passion for schools to provide children with the best possible opportunities to become successful and life-long learners continues.

In 2014, I was delighted to become a governor at Speenhamland School and support its transition to Newbury Academy Trust. I feel very privileged to work alongside staff and fellow governors and trustees across all three schools in the Trust and value the opportunity to make a positive impact on the well-being and outcomes of pupils/students throughout their schooling.


Mr Tim Morrison, Vice chair of trustees

My wife and I have lived in Newbury since 2003 and have two teenage sons. Both of the boys attended Speenhamland until year six, with one of them now at University in Bristol and the other in the sixth form at Trinity. My career has been largely spent in financial services and for a number of years focused on leading technology change initiatives/programmes for various organisations. I now run a business in the leisure sector and am very interested in how we best prepare students to transition into the workplace


Miss Sue Brown

I have lived in the Newbury area for most of the last fifty years and attended a local Secondary school. Having trained to teach, I taught at state Primary schools across the area and, until my retirement a few years ago, was a head teacher at three different schools. It was a joy to be involved in developing young people to take place in an ever growing and changing society. For several years I have supported a local Infant and Nursery school as a Foundation Governor. In the last few, I became a Local Authority Governor at Speenhamland Primary and subsequently joined Newbury Academy Trust.  I applaud and fully support the Trust’s vision of working to give all students the help and inspiration to become fulfilled and purposeful members of society. We have to embrace the challenges presented to us and make them work for our young people. Other interests include working as a volunteer for the British Polio Fellowship, bringing members together for events and trips.


Mr Mike Burroughs

I have lived in Newbury for the last 12 years with my Wife Steph and two girls who currently attend St John The Evangelist School and St Nicolas School. I am currently a parent governor at St John’s where I chair the finance committee. I wanted to become a school governor to volunteer in my local community as well as getting an understanding of the education sector that my girls were in and add my experience and expertise where required. I currently work as a Relationship Manager in commercial banking for HSBC where I look after a portfolio of SMEs. I have a good background in Financial and Business Management.


Mr laIth dilaimi






Mr martyn ruks

I am the founder and managing director of an immersive learning business, a role that exercises many skills that are highly relevant to my role as a trustee. Previously I was a director at a global technology business with offices across seven countries. I am proud to be using the experience gained throughout my career to provide strategic oversight to the trust. I am also excited to be supporting a diverse and inclusive organisation that is delivering a positive impact to the wider community.


Dr charlotte Wilson - executive headteacher





Mrs Teresa Crocker - Clerk

Much of my career has been in admin and office management.  For the past ten years I have clerked for local maintained primary schools, during which time I achieved the Clerks’ Accreditation.

I have been Clerk to the Board of Trustees for Newbury Academy Trust since January 2018 and my role is an advisory and administrative one. I’m there to help the board understand its role, functions and legal duties, and to document evidence that the board are fulfilling these duties. 

I live in Newbury, and my children are at various stages through their education and careers.