Composition of our Trustees

Board Trustees are appointed for their wide ranging knowledge skills and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Corporate and Business Strategy / Development
  • Accountancy Compliance and Business Growth
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Foundation Trustees (majority) which will include an Incumbent
  • Chief Executive Officer (Trust Performance and development – Education & Standards and Business Development)
  • Other skill set as required

Co-opted Trustees

Board Trustees may appoint Co-opted Board Trustees with the required skill set as is necessary to support its development from time to time. Co-opted means a person who is appointed to be a Trustee by being co-opted by Trustees who have not themselves been so appointed.

Board of Trustees

Richard Vaughton

Richard Vaughton

Chair (Foundation)

Richard’s talent is company growth, with a broad range of skills and the ability to think laterally, engage staff creatively, develop new opportunities and establish business partnerships quickly. Richard has a good knowledge of SME company management, as well as large corporation reporting and governance.

Tracey Cleverly

Tracey Cleverly

Chief Executive
Mark Miller

Mark Miller

Vice Chair (Non Foundation)

Mark has over 35 years experience as an education professional, leader and manager, including over 20 years as a headteacher and 3 years managing the Early Years and Childcare Service for a large London borough. Mark is passionate about improving the life chances of children and their families. High quality early education and care are an essential element of this.

Reverend Paul Ireton

Reverend Paul Ireton

Incumbent (Foundation)

Reverend Paul holds the office of Trust Incumbent. He has considerable pastoral and educational experience and has had a long association with the Learning Academy Partnership since its conversion to a Multi Academy Trust. Reverend Paul has seen the expansion of the Trust and the sharing of a commitment to first class teaching underpinned at every level by a strong Christian Ethos.

Dr Mark Graves

Dr Mark Graves

(Foundation)

Mark's career has covered various role and responsibilities including setting up his own Consultancy business, working as a Design Engineer, co-founding a company to develop x ray and image processing technology for the food sector and CEO of Spectral Fusion Technologies responsible for recruitment and management.

Phil Dean

Phil Dean

(Non Foundation)

Phil is an experienced Chief Finance Officer who matches excellent technical skills to incisive commercial awareness. He has 17 years of experience as a Financial Director within multiple sectors across multiple countries enabling him to provide clarity, design strategy and enabling actionable business development.

Neil Discombe

Neil Discombe

(Non Foundation)

Neil is an experienced manufacturing and business leader with considerable international experience in leading manufacturing facilities across three continents. He is trained in Manufacturing and Engineering and has held several leadership positions as well as directorships. Neil is also experienced in working within smaller family-owned and large corporate organisations.

Dr Adnan Isin

Dr Adnan Isin

(Foundation)

Adnan is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting at University of Exeter and his research concentrates on advanced-level issues on corporate finance, financial reporting and contract design. Adnan is a strong believer of leverage one can attain via education and that the stronger the foundations of early education the greater the leverage.

Mrs Joanne Tisdall

Mrs Joanne Tisdall

(Foundation)

Joanne was Chair of Governors at Dartington C of E Primary School supporting the school community through the academisation process to join the Trust in April 2021. Joanne has spent her professional life working with small to medium-sized companies in the creative and software industries and currently works at the University of Exeter as the creative industries impact and partnership manager.

Maria Goodwin

Maria Goodwin

(Foundation)

Maria is the CEO of YMCA South Devon, who provides Alternative Education for children & young people that can’t access full time mainstream education and also a very busy nursery for babies to pre-school age children. Maria has worked in many different settings with children & young people for over 20 years and strongly believes everyone has a right to quality education and that it is our duty as professionals to make it accessible for them regardless of any disadvantages they might face.

Contact Details

The Trustees can be contacted through:

Karen Barnett, Clerk to the Trustees,
c/o Learning Academy Partnership,
Suite 4 Zealley House,
Greenhill Way,
Kingsteignton,
TQ12 3SB

Email: clerk@lapsw.org

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