About our trustees
Colin Winstone - Chair of Trustees
Address: Solihull AP Academy, The Quadrangle, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE
Colin has recently retired after a number of boardroom positions within the IT and Telecoms Industry, working for companies such as Siemens, BT and Hong Kong Telecom, latterly creating a management consultancy business within the UK Education sector.
Colin is a Rotarian and is the Executive Committee Member responsible for Membership. He has judged Young Enterprise Finals and also supported Rotary Technology Tournaments and Youth Program initiatives.
Living in Dorridge, Colin is married with four daughters, two of which are married with children and two still in higher education. Colin has held Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer roles for PTFAs in Castle Bromwich and Dorridge Primary Schools and Arden Academy.
Richard Adams – Trustee for Health & Well-being
Richard is a Partner in a Search & Selection firm and specialises in working with people in STEM careers. His previous work was focused around Hospitality & Catering and he was a chef for many years. He enjoys running, swimming and is an avid film buff, and has a young family to keep him busy.
Mariesue Burgess – Trustee for Special Educational Needs and Member
Mariesue has lived in Solihull all her life and has supported children with additional educational needs across the borough, for almost 25 years. She currently works at a Social, Emotional and Mental Health provision for Primary aged pupils and is passionate about improving the support, educational and vocational opportunities for pupils who struggle to access mainstream education. As well as having First Class Honours degrees in both Support for Learning and Early Childhood Development, she is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and Licensed Thrive Practitioner. In her free time, as well as running a youth group for SEN children. Mariesue loves music and attends as many gigs as she can.
Darren Gelder – Chair of Standards Committee and Trustee for Teaching & Learning / Data / Outcomes Trustee
Darren Gelder entered the teaching profession after a variety of career pathways including as an engineer in the RAF as well as a working in the USA. His subject specialism is Business and Economics in which he has written a number of articles and advised at a variety of levels for exam boards and accreditation panels. Yes he still does teach! Darren has worked in the highest performing schools in the UK as well as a wide range of more challenging environments. His role as executive head covered two academies in the west midlands, Darren is currently Principal at Grace Academy Solihull, he is also vice chair of the school’s forum for SMBC.
David Payne – Trustee for Finance
David is married to Sharon with one daughter. David is now retired, is an Accountant by trade and has worked for some 30 years in the Aerospace industry and in recent years in the Automotive industry.
Originating from Sheffield, David has lived in Henley in Arden & Knowle for the past 30 years. David is married with one daughter.
Main hobby is playing golf, and is on the committee at his local golf club.
Marie Murphy – Trustee for Safeguarding, Prevent, Child Protection, Behaviour and Anti-bullying
Marie Murphy has worked in Education for over 30 years. She started her ‘Educational Journey’ as a Teacher of Chemistry and is currently Headteacher of a local 11-18 secondary school. Marie has also had experience as a Teacher Governor and Chair of the Secondary Headteachers’ Association in the Diocese of Birmingham.
Martin Murphy – Trustee for Pay & Personnel / Member
As the Chief Executive Officer for Arden Multi Academy Trust (AMAT) Martin provides strategic leadership to the trust to enable it to deliver its charitable objectives while being accountable for the performance of all the academies within the trust. He has over 20 years of extensive senior leadership experience. He was the Principal and latterly the Executive Principal at Arden between 2011 and 2018 before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. Martin is a National Leader for Education (NLE) who has an intensive focus on Teaching and Learning, student progress, curriculum development and major estate strategy experience.
As a Headteacher in Cumbria for 11 years he led a major expansion from 450 to 1500 students in a decade where Ofsted judged ‘the quality of leadership provided by the Headteacher as “outstanding”. The PE, sports curriculum and Sports Coordinator provision was judged by HMI as “outstanding” and one of the best in England.
Mark Wilson – Vice Chair and Trustee for Behaviour, Inclusion, Attendance and Pupil Premium
Mark has extensive experience in Education, being a teacher for 33 years and the last 12 years in Senior management positions. He was Deputy Head curriculum for 7 years and in the last 5 years as Head teacher of Lode Heath school, which he retired from in August 2018.
He was also a member for 4 years on the Solihull Local Authority Schools forum, representing the Secondary Headteacher’s within Solihull.
Alongside his two colleagues, he was one of the original members who formed the Governance and led the successful bid for the Solihull Academy.
He is presently working as the Community Development Director within the Arden Multi academy Trust, with my areas of responsibility being AMAT growth and the progress of disadvantaged students across the organization.
He is married with two daughters. His outside interests include rugby, swimming and walking.
Sally McCabe - Member
Sally is a qualified teacher and has worked in a number of mainstream secondary schools and pupil referral units. The majority of her teaching career was spent at the Triple Crown Centre in Solihull where she was Head for 6 years. She currently teaches English within the Education Service for Children Out of School and also works in the Statutory Assessment and Review Team within Solihull. Sally is a sports enthusiast and enjoys most sports. Sally hopes that she can make a positive contribution to Solihull Academy, its pupils and their families.
Michele Sadler - Member
Michele has lived and worked in Solihull for more than thirty years, during which time she has seen her three children, one of whom has special educational needs, successfully navigate their way through the education system. During this time Michele, who works for the Local Education Authority, has been a Governor at five different schools so she is able to bring a broad perspective of understanding about the local education system.
As one of the original proposers of Solihull Academy, Michele is passionate about ensuring that there is a place for all children and young people in the education system, and that every child deserves an opportunity to excel.