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Purpose & Overview


Members have ultimate responsibility for the Multi Academy Trust achieving its charitable Objectives. The members are the signatories to the Academy Trust’s Articles of Association, They exercise their rights under the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles of Association and agree not to do anything or take any action which, would cause the Academy Trust to contravene its Objects under article 4. Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the academy trust and have the power to appoint trustees and remove these trustees. Members can amend the Articles of Association and may do so to support stronger governance arrangements, however any amendments would require approval by the  Department for Education.

Mr Charles Christie

Member, Chair of the Board of Trustees


Following graduation in mathematics from Manchester University, Charles worked for over 50 years in business, mainly in systems companies and high tech engineering both in the UK and elsewhere. Latterly this involved corporate management roles including both executive and non-executive director positions. Most recently he was Director Development Strategy & International Operations for IDS, an Italian based company involved with developments relating to radar, air navigation, UAVs and special purpose antennas. The role included coordination of the company’s overseas subsidiaries as well as some merger and acquisition activity.

Prior to this he was a partner in a small management consulting organisation addressing particularly strategy and change management. This period included pro-bono strategy management assignments involving a number of UK charities.

Previous employers were Consett Iron Company, CEIR, Logica and Finsiel. Consulting clients served while with CEIR and Logica included the Civil Service Department and the DVLA as well as major clients in the petroleum industry, consumer goods, banking and overseas government.


Mr Callum Foster


Callum is a finance professional who works in a senior management role at a local housing association. Previously he worked in practice for a Big 4 firm where he worked extensively with education clients including academies.


Ms Kirstin Hofbeck


Kirstin Hofbeck is Head of Finance and IT at Newcastle International Airport and a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to joining the airport she worked in various finance roles in different industry sectors including fast moving consumer goods and manufacturing. Previous employers include Procter & Gamble and Rolls Royce. She holds a degree in Accounting and International Business and is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Mr Matthew Thomas


Matthew has worked for over 30 years in the Financial Services sector, holding a number of senior Executive and Board positions. His main areas of focus have been in strategy development and execution, change management and business transformation.

Matthew has been responsible for a number of successful mergers and acquisitions within the insurance and technology arenas as well as involved in the setting up and oversight of new insurance businesses and large strategic partnerships/joint ventures.

Included within his past Executive responsibilities, Matthew has led IT, Property, Programme and Change Management and Process Improvement functions. In addition, he has led research and development programmes into subjects such as robotics, artificial intelligence, driverless cars and connected homes.

Most recently Matthew has worked in consultancy specialising in Mergers, Acquisitions and Operational Integration within the Financial Services sector.


Mr David Williams


In David's current role as Head of Finance Commercial for North Yorkshire Education Services (NYES), he supports and deliver the growth strategy across a range of services delivered within the educational sector including; Facilities Management, Learning and Education support, ICT and professional services such as HR, Payroll, Legal, Finance, Clerking and Occupational Health.

David oversees the financial reporting, governance and leads the commercial finance team. He has previously worked in a number of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, logistics and distribution and within the social and supported housing sector. David qualified with CIMA over 10 years ago and he has a passion for personal and professional development.


Mr Ian Bell


Ian joined the Royal Air Force as a Direct Entry Officer and was commissioned as a pilot. He flew several types of helicopters operationally and as an instructor and evaluator including a four year exchange tour with the United States Air Force. A graduate of the RAF Staff College he has also held a number of staff appointments, most notable in HR and procurement. Having commanded an operational squadron he retired from the RAF following command of an operational RAF Base.

Ian moved into the commercial world with CAE where he started as the MD of the Helicopter training business (the largest pfi in UK Defence) before moving to become the MD of CAE Defence and Security UK. Later Ian was the Vice President of CAE's Defence Business in Europe and established businesses across the Middle East. Ian has also led several business regions across Asia Pacific, before becoming Senior Vice President Global Strategy and Business Development for all of CAE's Defence and Security business.

Ian is married to Michelle and has two grown up children. Settled in North Yorkshire, Ian 'retired' from corporate life in December 2020.


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Smart Multi Academy Trust

Wyndham Primary School, Montagu Avenue,

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 4SB

Smart Multi Academy Trust is a company registered in England and Wales.

Company registration no. 10257723. Registered office address

Wyndham Primary School, Montagu Avenue, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 4SB

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