Chair of Members
After working in industry for several years Andrew took up a lecturing role in Politics and Business Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education in 1990. Since then he has carried out various academic and management roles and is currently Assistant Principal at the College. His role as Assistant Principal has not only given him a wealth of experience in managing teaching and learning but also enabled him to work with hundreds of local and regional employers and in 2010 Ofsted rated this work with employers as ‘Outstanding’. Andrew is a member of Hartlepool Economic Regeneration Committee and is also Coordinator of the Hartlepool Business Forum. He has a BA Honours Degree from Sheffield City Polytechnic and an MBA post graduate degree from Newcastle University . He has been a Community Governor at West View School for three years.
Ali was until recently Chief Officer of North Tees Clinical Care Commissioning Group. After a period as Designate Chief Officer for NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, Ali was appointed as (Accountable) Chief Officer in January 2013.
Stephen has had a long experience in public service, 37 years as a teacher including almost 20 years as a secondary school headteacher in North Tyneside and a high school Head in Northumberland. Having retired from headship, he wishes to continue to serve the north-east community. He was a DfE advisor for 6 years supporting delivery in the North-East. He also had a senior regional position on SSAT. Outside of education: he has also been elected Public Governor for Hexham (Tynedale) since 2012; during this time his role has been to represent the views of Trust members and patients to the Trust Board.
Laura is a popular, public speaker and a National Advocate for Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care; this entails working with influence at a high profile and at times with Members of Parliament looking at developing changes of legislation. Laura holds a Diploma in Management Studies and has worked in the Education sector for a number of years. She is a regular blogger and can be found here.
We currently have a vacancy for a Member to join Ad Astra Academy Trust.