We know that effective governance and a clearly defined structure is crucial to our Trust’s success.

North West Academies Trust (NWAT) is focused on delivering the best outcomes for pupils, alongside accountability. We are proud to have a team who bring with them a wide range of professional and personal experience to support and challenge both our trust and its schools.

Our Members sign The Memorandum and Articles of Association. They are responsible for establishing the Trust and appointing Trustees.

Our Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust. They are accountable for the performance of our schools and ensure financial probity. They also link the NWAT Central Governing Body with the Schools’ Governing Bodies.

Our Schools’ Local Governing Bodies:

Please use the links below to find out details of our schools’ Local Governing Bodies:

North West Academies Trust Board Information

Please use the links below to find further information about the NWAT Board:

Name of Trustee Date Appointed Expiry Date Registered interest
Sandra Verity


01/09/2021 01/06/2025 Governor of University of Chester, Member of Planning and Resources Committee, Chair of Joint Forum; Governor of The Kings School, Chester, Deputy Chair of Governors, Chair of Governance Committee, Chair of Risk & Compliance Committee; Trustee of Cheshire Connect; Director of Bridge Community Farms Ellesmere Port; Trustee of Chester Clergy Family Trust; Magistrate, Family and Criminal Court; Beeston Parish Council
Sir John Timpson


17/09/2017 John is Chairman of British retailer Timpson and has supported several NWAT schools through the Timpson Foundation. He is a director in several other companies none of which have a connection with NWAT.
Brendan Wignall

Member and Chair of Trustees

01/08/2014 Brendan is headteacher at Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Iain Colledge


20/01/2014 Iain is Executive Principal of Raha International School and a member of the senior leadership team at Taaleem Education in UAE.
Adrian Walmsley


01/08/2014 31/07/2022 Adrian is a Governor of St Martin’s Academy, and a Trustee/Governor at the Queen’s School - both in Chester.
Chris Penn

Board Member

17/09/2017 Chris Penn is appointed Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester. He leads the education department which supports the 116 Church of England schools across the Diocese of Chester.
Steve Docking

CEO / Trustee

01/05/2014 30/04/2022 Steve is CEO of NWAT. A former Headteacher at Delamere Academy, he lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin's, and they have two children.
Kay Cook


01/10/2017 30/09/2025 Kay is a Director at Oliver and Co Solicitors and governor at St Martin's Academy.
David Jones


01/10/2017 01/10/2025 David retired from his position as a Commercial Manager with Lloyds Bank in April this year after 40 years service.
Kirsty Cobb


01/10/2017 01/10/2025 Kirsty is Executive Head of the Manchester Office at law firm DWF and former Chair of Governors at Delamere Academy.