Members and Trustees


Members are similar to the shareholders of a company and play a very important role in overseeing governance arrangements for the Trust and they hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the Trust.  They will typically, however, be less directly involved in the running of the Trust and only meet on an annual basis.  Members are essential to the integrity of Trust governance structure and they are kept informed of the Trust’s performance.  The Members’ three main functions are (i) ultimate control over the performance of the Trust Board, with the ability to appoint and remove Trustees, (ii) the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association, (iii) responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives (including financial) and (iv) appointing auditors.

Duncan Haworth, MBE

Karen Hayes

Jane Owens, MBE

Jane Owens is a Member by virtue of the fact that she is Chair of the Trust Board


The Trustees are accountable for the operation and performance of the Trust as a whole and ultimately all schools in the Trust.  The Trust Board is the decision making body of the Trust (although it delegates some of its decision making responsibilities to other individuals / groups within the Trust governance structure.   The Trust Board is responsible for (i) ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction, (ii) holding the Executive Leader to account for the educational performance of the Trust’s schools and their students and the effective and efficient performance management of staff, and (iii) overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure that its money is well spent.

Jane Owens, MBE

Trustee / Chair of the Board

Jane is an experienced trustee / governor who was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in 2012.  Jane chairs another large Wirral Trust, a Wirral special school and a Wirral maintained school.  Jane also chairs a primary school in Liverpool and is a Member at a Cheshire West and Chester Multi Academy Trust.  Jane was previously the Chair of Weatherhead’s LGB for many years.  In her capacity as NGL, Jane supported the National College of Teaching and Leadership to develop the External Reviews of Governance (ERG) process which was in response to the drive towards more effective governance.  She also mentors local and national Chairs of Governors, conducts ERGs, Health Checks and Performance and Impact Reviews.  Jane was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her services to education. Mrs Owens can be contacted through Peninsula MAT (please go to the ‘Contact Us’ page).

Christine Bakewell

Trustee / Vice Chair

Christine is an experienced senior NHS manager and is currently the Deputy Director, Learning Disability and Autism – Community Development for NHS England.  Her previous roles within the NHS include Head of Partnerships and lead commissioner for mental health, learning disability and autism for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group.

Paul Smith


Paul is an experienced senior manager in Children’s Services at Wirral Council.  He currently has strategic and managerial responsibility for three key post 16 service areas, (a) 14-19 services (including Apprenticeships and Careers), (b) Lifelong Learning Education Service, and (c) Leaving Care Services.  He is also responsible for the delivery of two large key strategic employment and skills programmes funded by UK Shared Prosperity and Public Health Wirral.  Paul also sits on the Governing Board of Wirral Met College and chairs the Liverpool City Region Local Authorities Participation and Skills Strategy Group. 

Michael Green


Michael owns and manages RED Systems, a specialist Commercial Glazing company that manufactures and installs glass facades on high rise buildings (locally and nationally). Michael completed an MBA at Manchester Business School in 2020 and is a Board Trustee for the Construction Industry Training Board, with responsibility for Chairing the National Construction Colleges in England, Scotland and Wales.

Carol Rogers, MBE


Carol is the Executive Director responsible for education, visitor engagement and community participation at National Museums Liverpool.  Her role guides a team of senior managers responsible for growing cultural engagement across the Liverpool City Region.  She also leads the House of Memories project, a museum-led dementia awareness programme which offers training, access to resources, and museum-based activities to enable carers to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.

Dominic Mackenzie

Executive Leader / Ex-officio Trustee

Dominic has been a secondary school teacher since 1996, initially training as a teacher of History.  Having taught for 16 years at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, he moved to Formby High School as Headteacher in September 2012 where he remained for 11 years.  In September 2023 he took up post as Headteacher of Weatherhead High School and Executive Leader of the Peninsula Multi Academy Trust.

Tim Cherry


Tim is a qualified chartered certified accountant and part qualified Chartered Tax advisor. He is a Director at Haines Watts Liverpool where he oversees the audit team, overseeing the whole audit process, and deals with other areas including technical accounting, audit and corporation tax matters.  He also leads the firm’s academy audit function, including statutory audit and internal scrutiny engagements.  He has several years’ experience within the academy sector.

Margaret Morris


Margaret has 40 years’ experience in Special Education Needs, teaching for 20 years in 2-19 schools and then 20 years as Headteacher at a primary special school that catered for children with Cognition & Learning and Social Communication difficulties.  The school was rated by Ofsted as good in 2005 and during her headship the school moved to Outstanding in 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2023.  Margaret was seconded to the post of Strategic Manager of SEND for Wirral Council from 2016-2018.  Since retiring in 2023 she is supporting mainstream and special schools in curriculum delivery and SEND, and quality assuring the Wirral’s SEND resource bases.