Board of Directors

Peter Marples,  Chairman

Peter Marples is one of the leading practitioners of education strategy in the UK. A trained accountant, Peter was head hunted by KPMG and ultimately led their education practice in the UK and beyond. In 2008, Peter established his current business, Aspire Achieve Advance (3aaa). Now the leading provider of apprenticeships in the UK to the 16-21 age group, 3aaa has 41 centres of learning in the UK. Peter brings to the board great insight into education policy, finance, strategic business management and improvement.

Paul West,  Chief Executive

Paul West joined The Spencer Academies Trust in September 2017. Previously the Executive Director of Education for Delta Academies Trust, Paul has extensive experience of school and system leadership gained as a Principal, Executive Principal and CEO of schools in the UK and internationally. Paul has been a registered OFSTED Inspector, and in 2011 was recognised as an outstanding system leader through designation as a National Leader of Education. In 2012, Paul was invited to participate in the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s flagship Fellowship Programme.

Donna Kinderman,  Vice Chair & Safeguarding Lead

A Chair of Governors since 2012, Donna is a former Extended Schools Co-ordinator for the George Spencer family of schools. Professionally active in education practice, Donna now works at a school in Long Eaton. With four children, Donna is passionate about all children having the opportunity to fulfi l their potential.

Geoff Weightman

Involved in school governance since 2009, Geoff  helped to secure two successive outstanding judgements for George Spencer Academy. A former Vice-Principal and associate of George Spencer Academy for over 40 years, Geoff  has secured signifi cant funding supporting building and innovation projects across the Trust Academies.

Michelle Thompson

Michelle has a background in Human Resources, she is employed as a Senior HR Business Partner for Dairycrest. She became a member of the Trust when it was first established in August 2010.

Malcolm Batchelor

Malcolm brings to The Spencer Academies Trust a 25 year history of working in Higher Education, together with 7 years experience of teaching in secondary education. An IT specialist, Malcolm is a contributor to the National Programmes of Curriculum Development and E-Assessment.

James Smith

With twenty years senior business experience, James is a Director of a regional housebuilding company based in the East Midlands. He brings to the board his experience in property planning, development, investment and law. James has two children, both of whom are currently enrolled at Chetwynd Primary Academy.

Toby Preston

Toby is a corporate lawyer and partner in a law fi rm. Having been brought up and lived for a number of years in Sydney, Australia, he has been based in Chilwell for over 14 years. He is married with two children, who both attend Chetwynd Primary Academy.

Kelly Vere

Kelly is an award-winning technical and research-skills professional at the University of Nottingham, and is currently undertaking a PhD in education. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Scientist, Kelly is currently on secondment to the Science Council. In 2014, she was awarded ‘STEM Technician of the Year’.

Nicky-Jane Kerr-Gilbert

Nicky-Jane has sixteen years’ experience of teaching and schools leadership gained across Nottinghamshire. Now a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Nicky-Jane is a course and SCITT practice leader. In 2016, Nicky-Jane received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.