Trustees

Trustees

Ali Wilson

Trustee


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.

Christopher Simmons

Trustee


Chris is Chair of Governors at West View Primary and was until recently Chair of the Child and Adult Services Committee at Hartlepool Borough Council. Chris is highly respected in the locality and was a renowned music teacher both locally and nationally for a number of years.

Ray Priestman

Trustee


Ray is a chartered accountant by occupation and has lived and worked in the North East all his life. He has been a school governor at West Park Primary School for around 15 years much of this time as Chair of Governors. Ray is also Chair of Trustees at Hartlepool and District Hospice and on the boards of other charities. He is also Chair of the Hartlepool Economic Regeneration Forum. Outside work Ray’s passion is Everton FC where he has been a season ticket holder for many years. Ray is interested in most sports and has recently taken up ballroom dancing!

Andy Brown OBE

Trustee


Andy was headteacher of West View Primary School, the Regional 2015 Pupil Premium Award winner from 1996-2016. He was up until 2018, Chair of the DfE Primary Headteacher’s Reference Group and was a National Leader of Education from 2007-2018. Andy was national runner-up in Head-teacher of the Year 2015 and currently sits on the NAHT MAT CEO Reference Group and the regional board of Tees Valley Combined Authority. He supported the DfE in the North East over a number of years from 2005-2015. Andy knows the North East education sector really well having taught in the Tees Valley for almost 39 years. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 for Services to Education. For his sins he is a shareholder of Darlington Football Club and an ‘average’ golfer and tennis player!

Richenda Broad

Trustee



Alby Pattison MBE

Trustee


Alby Pattison is Managing Director at Hart Biologicals, a business which creates life-saving medical equipment and exports around the globe. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

Alby has created a company with community at its heart and with his guidance the organisation has become a key supporter of the apprenticeship scheme, taking several new students per year and giving them invaluable on-the-job experience.
He has been a Governor at High Tunstall College of Science and Manor Community Academy for over 10 years and is a Link Governor for Science at both schools and also for Maths at Manor. He has previously been a Governor at Hartlepool 6th Form College and Rossmere Primary School.
He has a particular interest in the promotion of science subjects, and science careers within Hartlepool and the surrounding area, and uses Hart Biologicals as a vehicle to introduce students from all schools, colleges and universities to biological sciences and career opportunities.
A keen rugby man and stalwart of Rovers Rugby Club, Alby has many personal achievements and over the years he has raised thousands of pounds for local charities including Hartlepool and District Hospice, Get Kids Going and the Stroke Association.
Alby was crowned as the Business Leader of the Year at the Hartlepool Business Awards 2016.

Vacancy

Vacancy


We currently have a vacancy for a Trustee to join Ad Astra Academy Trust.

Father Graeme Buttery

Trustee


Father Graeme has recently celebrated 25 years in the Priesthood. He is based at St. Oswalds in the Hartlepool Deanery and is Chair of Governors at Brougham Primary School.

Garry Brown

Trustee


Garry has been an experienced school governor for a number of years. He is Managing Director of a local company, Bondgate IT which is based in Darlington. Bondgate IT has been a technology partner for businesses since 1998. He brings commercial expertise as he started life “selling PC’s to the man on the street” but shifted to commercial office premises and a pure business-to-business model some eight years later, the company now employs a number of staff and has a simple philosophy, “To provide a complete, outsourced IT department experience for businesses.” Primarily servicing the private sector, Bondgate specialises in HP and Microsoft based solutions.