Tapton School Academy Trust

Board of Trustees

Caroline Bagley - Chair of Trustees

Caroline Bagley is Chair of Tapton Schools Academy Trust. Until recently she had been Chair or Tapton School for 20 years. Caroline is a retired secondary school teacher who is passionate about changing the life chances of young people.

In her spare time Caroline is a puppy walker for Guide Dogs, having puppy walked 13 dogs. She is also a speaker for the organisation.

Kate Platts - Vice Chair and Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Kate Platts has been a Trustee since 2015. She is Vice Chair of the Trust and Chair of the Finance and resources sub committee. As Finance Director at The Sheffield College she has strong connections to the city. Her previous roles include being Head of Financial Services at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport,  Executive Head of Finance at Sheffield Hallam University and Financial Controller of Sheffield International Venues.

Richard Dunlop - Chair Risk and Governance Committee

Richard works for HSBC at a senior level and has 36 years’ experience of working in Financial Services. His experience encompasses implementing operational change and initiatives to support reform. He also has significant Risk Management experience.

Tom Ashford

Tom has over 15 years’ experience of IT in the Financial Services sector, occupying both technical and leadership positions. Tom holds numerous professional IT qualifications and certifications, and is a graduate in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

Outside work, he is passionate about improving outcomes for young people. Tom has been a school governor at Hallam Primary School for over two years, he works with Sheffield City Council as an Independent Visitor for young people in care, and also with Teach First providing voluntary, professional coaching support to new teachers.

Tom is married, and has two daughters attending primary school in Sheffield.

Colin Beardmore

Is an independent Business Consultant but previously held senior positions in American Express. He is experienced in business change and transformation. Has operational experience of working at Board level and also in contract negotiations and business growth.

Colin has worked in the financial services (SVP), retail, and business development consultancy for over 30 years and is currently the Managing Director of Albert Chantry Consultants. He brings expertise in IT services, business risk management, financial regulatory standards, board level governance and business strategy/planning.

Born in Staffordshire in the 50's, has lived in Boston MA USA, Winchester Hampshire and currently lives with his family in Newcastle Staffs. Married with three children and has interests in Football (Stoke City corporate member), hiking, tennis and reading.

David Beaumont - Chair of Learner Experience Committee

David works as a Senior Educational Psychologist in Derbyshire.  Previously he has worked in teaching in Special and Mainstream schools. He is on the National Committee of the Educational Psychologists Body. He is also an experienced governor

David Thorpe

After graduating with a Business Degree and PGCE from Hallam University David has worked for 25 years in the education sector. His career has been diverse and extensive, with experience as a teacher in secondary schools and further education colleges. In 2002 he moved into the field of vocational education as an assessor and verifier before progressing into senior management with a leading training organisation. He spent several years working in Northern Ireland as a qualification development manager with an awarding body, supporting the peace and reconciliation process through training and education. In 2011 he started his own training company which specializes in vocational skills training for young people in schools and business across Yorkshire.

Steven Conway

Steven is an employment solicitor. He works with both employees and employers, with a particular focus on representing charities and organisations in the not for profit sector. Away from law, he is a keen sportsman and plays football and golf. He is also a proud Dad to his baby daughter