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Meet our Members

Members oversee the trust by:

1. Holding trustees to account for effective governance
2. Ensuring that the trust is fulfilling its purpose and charitable objectives. 

Members meet three times a year. They are not involved in the practical running of the trust. 

Members appoint trustees and can amend the articles of association. 

Elizabeth Smart - Chair

Liz is an experienced Head of Law School with a demonstrated history of working at institutional level in the higher education industry and legal professional education. 

Liz is a TEF Business and Law Panel Member and Institutional Lead for Sheffield Hallam University, a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Liz is skilled in public speaking, leadership, team leadership and quality assurance. She is a strong legal professional with an Executive MBA focussed in Law; National Police Consultant and Assessor.

Caroline Bagley

Caroline was a founder member of the Tapton School Academy Trust when it converted in 2012. She is also a trustee.

Caroline is a retired secondary school teacher who is passionate about changing the life chances and dreams of young people. 

In her spare time, Caroline is a keen supporter of Guide Dogs and has puppy walked 12 guide dog puppies, each one from 6 weeks old until they are a year old.

Much of Caroline's time is now spent looking after her two young granddaughters.   

Richard Dunlop

Richard joined the trust as a member in 2022. More information to follow





Stephen Lumb

Stephen joined the Trust as a Member in 2020. More information to follow.