Mr David Webster 

David is the CEO for the Stoke on Trent Douglas Macmillan Hospice mainly responsible for the leading the strategic vision and accountability for performance in all areas of the charities business. Previously he was the CEO for the Hanley Economic Building Society for 14 years during which he enhanced it’s standing in the building society industry. David is a keen supporter of local businesses and community initiatives in North Staffordshire and he was elected onto the Council of Keele University in 2010 and in 2012 assumed the position of Honorary Treasurer at the University. David also coaches a local secondary Headteacher in leadership and has been a member of a secondary school governing body. David brings a wealth of finance and business acumen to the trust alongside an in-depth understanding of school governance.




  Mrs Sally Brough (Chair of Resources and Audit)

Sally was an accountant prior to working as a senior school business manager within a primary school. She has since been in post as the chief finance officer for a MAT of seven schools established for last three years. Sally brings a secure knowledge of school business management and finance within a MAT.




   Mrs Sue Kuzubasoglu

Sue is a Freelance consultant providing training in Functional Skills to young people, through Apprenticeship Training Providers, delivering Barclays LifeSkills (People, Money and Work Skills) through Barclays’ charity partner and providing CEIAG to young people aged 14-19 at a University Technical College.  Sue has over 25 years’ experience in the education sector as a former lecturer in ICT, at Stoke-on-Trent College, and as a project manager for Education and IT projects across Staffordshire Colleges.  Sue is also a former Director of the Haywood City Learning Centre where she helped schools develop the use of ICT and innovative digital technologies in teaching and learning. Alongside education, Sue brings a wealth of Human Resource Management and great expertise of online technology to the trust.








    Mrs Louise Eagle (Chair)


Louise Eagle is the former Head of Volunteer Resources at Douglas Macmillan Hospice. She is currently on a 5-month secondment to support the smooth transition to create a Strategic Alliance with Approach Staffordshire, a charity support people living with dementia and their carers in Staffordshire. Previously Louise has been a Fundraiser for a National Children’s Charity and Volunteer Development Manager within a Children’s Hospice. Louise is also an Enterprise Advisor for Kemball School.




    Mrs Sheela Dutton


Sheela was a litigation and licensing solicitor for a local authority for 22 years before retiring 3 years ago. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Sheela worked in ceramic and then forensic science laboratories. She is now working as a Clerk to Governors for Stoke City Council. Sheela became Chair of Governors at Moorpark in November 2016 after being a parent governor there for 3 years. She brings legal, industry and governance skills to the board



Mrs Helen Frost (Vice Chair)


Helen is the Senior Programme Manager for the Artsmark Award in the West Midlands. The Award helps schools to deliver high-quality art and cultural education in their setting. She has Post Graduate Qualifications in both Museum Studies and Fine Arts and currently sits on the West Midlands Museums and Schools Board. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Helen worked with children in a specialist provision for 8 years in both India and New Zealand before moving back to the area in 2012. She is involved in the Stoke-on-Trent bid for the city of culture 2021, specifically supporting the strategy for children and young people. Helen is also trained to deliver Arts Awards, which inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.

Helen brings a wealth of cultural and diverse experiences and skills to the board with an excellent knowledge of education on an international level.




Mr Paul Humphreys


Paul has worked as a tutor in adult education for a number of years. Currently working with a local provider developing courses for unemployed working towards employment and working with the community to develop aspirations and signposting to career goals. He also has connections with community and progression via unions through 15 years with the TUC, identifying local progression and he has been a former LEP member. Paul is Qualified to Masters level in HRM, IAG to degree level. Paul is the chair of governors at Jackfield Infant School. Paul brings education, human resources and a knowledge of local politics to the trust.


Mr Julian Grindey

Julian is father to Erin who is 11 and married to Helen. I grew up in Cheshire in an environment where it was unexpected to go on to Further Education. My Dad worked as a Joiner and my mum, a nurse but with the help of some great teachers and very supportive  parents I have achieved an honours  degree and a Masters in Business Administration.  I pursued a career in Retail.

In business I have worked for several household names including; Aldi, Shop Direct and Matalan. I started on graduate training scheme and worked in operational and commercial roles. I have been an Executive Board Director for over 15 years, leading large teams in UK and overseas. I have lived and worked in; the middle East, Hong Kong and Australia. I continue top work hard at improving  my working style which has been characterised as Engaging, inspiring, collaborating, Empowering and mentoring. Away from work I play golf, I cycle and run.

Being involved in the Trust gives me the opportunity to ” put a little bit back”, and I hope I can help to make a difference.



    Mrs Karen Peters (CEO)

Karen has been a Headteacher for 5 years, reported by Ofsted in June 2016 as being an outstanding leader. She entered the teaching profession in 2001, awarded Science teacher of the year, 2004. She worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher from 2005 working with a range of professionals in school improvement across Stoke, Staffordshire and Cheshire until entering leadership in 2008 as a deputy head in a large primary school. Karen is a lifetime fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Prior to teaching, Karen worked within a support role in a specialist provision for children with Autism.