Board of Trustees

Paul Whitman (Chair)

Paul worked for 10 years in retail financial services in the UK and Africa. For the last 10 years he has been running his own business as an independent Learning and Development Consultant working in Europe, Asia, Far East, US and India. Paul has a passion for development and leadership at all levels in organisations and enjoys the challenge of working and facilitating diverse cultural groups. He is married and has two children at Abbey Grange Academy and one at St Chad’s Primary School. Paul is a keen, if slightly slow, triathlete and an active member of South Parade Baptist church in Headingley.

Tessa Mason

Tessa Mason was a primary teacher for 25 years and a Headteacher in Leeds for 16 years prior to joining the Department for Education undertaking the following national roles: Regional Programme Leader for the Training & Development Agency (TDA) for schools (2007-2011), DfE NCSL Regional Associate (2011-2014) and is currently DfE Education Adviser for the Academies Division, Professional Mentor for the Arts Council England and DfE Teaching & Leadership Advisor in Yorkshire & the Humber for NCTL and ACOD. Living in Weetwood, Tessa is a mum and grandma.

Steve Simkins

Steve is an Actuary and a Partner of KPMG where he is the Head of Public Sector Pensions. He is part of KPMG's Public Services & Healthcare practice and has many clients across the sector, including school academies and local authorities, working closely with colleagues on a wide range of issues. He is married to Naomi and has four children who have all attended or are still at Abbey Grange Academy. Steve lives in Calverley and is a member of St Wilfrid's C of E Church. In his spare moments Steve might be found playing the trombone or riding his bike.

Frances Baker

Fran is a barrister specialising in civil litigation and practising out of Zenith Chambers in Leeds. She read law at Oxford University and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 2007. Fran also acts as an external examiner for the Bar Standards Board and provides training in advocacy and public speaking. She has two young daughters and in her spare time she enjoys cooking and gardening.

Peter Laurence

Peter was Principal at Brigshaw High School in Leeds until 2010, before becoming Development Director of The Brigshaw Co-operative Trust, an eight-school partnership in outer east Leeds which became a multi-academy trust in the autumn of 2016. He has combined this role with being a Regional Adviser for The National College and, more recently, providing support for schools and local authorities looking to develop stronger school collaborations. Peter is also a member of the WYAD Diocesan Board of Education.

Gefrin Price (Vice Chair)

Gefrin has worked for Lloyds Banking Group for 26 years. He is currently the Regional Director for the Halifax and the North which involves leading teams across circa 120 branches, helping to develop the broader brand strategy and supporting the bank’s overall purpose of Helping Britain Prosper. An MBA graduate, Gefrin’s career has seen him undertake a range of leadership, policy and strategic roles. He enjoys working with others to help maximise opportunities and overcome challenges, whilst coaching individuals to help them reach their potential. Gefrin is married; enjoys running, hill walking, reading and all things food related.

William Rachmann

Philip Turner

Kamila Morawiecka-Watkins

Name & Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552