The Forge Trust is a primary school led, multi-academy trust which was founded in September 2016

Trustee Profiles

About Us

Executive Trust Board Member List And Profile

Composition: 5 Members and 7 Trustees
(latest DfE Guidance) February 2017

Our specialism as a Multi Academy Trust is knowledge and understanding of how to get children brought up in white working class areas to achieve their best.


Lady Marriner

Sir Neville has an honorary doctorate from our partner university, Bishop Grosseteste. Originally from Lincoln, he has gone on to win international acclaim as a conductor. Recently being honoured with The Companion of Honour Award to go along with his knighthood and CBE. Sir Neville and Lady Marriner have taken a real interest in our Trust’s policy of providing violin tuition for every child in Year 3 (year on year).

Trev Puttergill

Appointed 01/03/2015

Specialism: Community

  • Married 28 Years with three children and three grandchildren
  • Ex-mining fitter
  • House husband
  • Volunteer in school from 1985 to present day
  • School Governor for around 25 years. Which included helping to oversee the amalgamation of the infant and junior schools
  • Outside of school interests include football. Managed a youth team. Committee member of Fisherman’s FC for many years up to 1995. Refereeing junior football from then until 2001. Other interests include spending time with family and friends, rock music and cycling.


Peter Towner

Appointed 01/03/2015

Specialism: Ofsted, Teaching and Leadership & Management

I originally left school without qualifications and joined the army to study Music. I have worked in education for 36 years and started in schools originally teaching Music and History before moving in to Further Education as support teacher for deaf students after qualifying at Manchester University.

• North Nottinghamshire College Support Teacher for deaf students and Teacher Training Lecturer.
• 1985 to 1990 Youth work and YTS provision
• 1991 to 2007 Newark and Sherwood College – Curriculum Manager
• 2007 to 2010 Lincoln College Director of School for Access Studies
• 2010 to 2013 Lincoln College Director of Curriculum Development
• 2002 to present Part Time inspector for Ofsted
• 2013 to present Educational Consultant
• School Governor 12 years

Qualifications include BA Hons, Teacher of the Deaf Certificate, Master of Education Degree.

Sue Trentini (Chair)

Appointed 01/03/2015

Specialism: Community, HR, Further Education & School Governance

Three sons and two granddaughters.

  • 2007 to 2014 Lincoln and Newark College
  • 1995 to 2007 Newark and Sherwood College
  • 1980 to 1981 Worked in the USA
  • 1970 to 1980 Newark Technical College
  • 1977 to 1979 Lincoln College of Technology
  • 1975 to 1977 Cranleigh Secretarial School, Bermuda

I enjoyed my teaching career, and work included being Curriculum Leader, involved with quality management including lesson observations, courses and external moderation/verification for NVQs, Functional and Key Skills. Roles also included responsibility for pastoral care for a range of students. Undertook risk assessments and completed training/qualifications in Health and Safety.

I have been a Chair of Governors since 1990 initially as a parent governor. I have been involved in the amalgamation of an infant and junior school, and becoming an academy. Outside of teaching, interests have always been my family, travelling and reading. I have three sons who all attended Bowbridge Primary School, attended University and have successful careers. I lived and worked in Bermuda, USA and Italy. My travels include Mexico, Canada and Europe. I have always enjoyed reading and look forward to reading to my grandchildren.


Haley Berry

Appointed 01/03/2015

Specialism: Business

My working life so far, has been delivering and developing mental health services. I now write and deliver training to businesses and the third sector in mental health awareness. Alongside this I have been a finance worker for a number of years. Away from work I have volunteered on a number of boards and committees. I was treasurer and then chair of a local pre-school (2006 – 2013) I have been a primary school governor/trustee for 5 years and I sit on the strategic board for the Notts Mind Network. Away from work I have always been involved in sport. I played netball for 13 years and managed my team for 3 of those. I am involved in local football through my children’s teams and hold admin and finance roles at both of my sons clubs.

Employment History

  • 2009 to present Bassetlaw Mind Finance worker
  • 2009 to present Bassetlaw Mind, Trainer, Mental Health training and awareness
  • 2003 to 2014 D Scarborough Construction, Business and finance worker
  • 2002 to 2006 Addiction, Community Drug and Alcohol worker
  • 2001 to 2002 Women’s Secure Services, psychiatric ward. OT support


  • 2006 to 2008 Newark College, Counselling skills and theory level 1-3
  • 1998 to 2001 Nottingham Trent University, Psychology degree 2:1


Jack Tarr

Appointed 28/09/2016

Specialism: Education

Married 43 years with one son and two grandchildren.

  • 1960 Redlands County Primary School, Worksop (age range 9-15)
  • 1964 to 1967 Deputy Head St John’s Boys School, Worksop
  • 1966 to 1967 Seconded – University of Liverpool (Dip. Ed.)
  • 1968 Deputy Head Carter Lane Junior School, Mansfield
  • 1969 Deputy Head/Acting Head St. John’s Boys School, Worksop
  • 1971 to 1980 Summer School Eastbourne/Littlehampton 5-14 (Head from 1966)

Outside of teaching major interest has always been sport.

Football: 56 years committee work, Founder of Bassetlaw Schools FA. Chair/Treasurer/Secretary and Currently in post.

  • 2000 to 2012 National Council of English Schools F.A. Chairman of England U.15 Selectors
  • 2000 to 2001 National Chairman
  • 8 years Member or National Executive of National Council for School Sport
  • Twice coach of ESFA National Champions (different schools)

Cricket: Co-founder of Bassetlaw Schools Cricket Association 1988.

  • 1988 to present Chairman/Secretary
  • Current President of Nottinghamshire Schools Cricket Association
  • Own schools multiple county champions. Twice national finalists

 Table Tennis: Secretary: Dukeries Table Tennis League (age 17)

  • 2002 to present Chairman: Redlands Table Tennis Club
  • Playing captain of four England international players (including now, current England senior number 3)

Other interests: Theatre, travel, choral music (as boy and man).

6) Lee Hessey

Executive Principal of The Sir Donald Bailey Academy, appointed CEO of the Trust 01/09/2016

Specialism: Education 

National Leader of Education and Strategic Lead for the Trust.  


Tim Woodman-Clarke

Appointed 28/09/2016

Specialism: Finance
Tim is head of student accommodation services and student discipline at Nottingham Trent University. Responsible for a 24 million pound budget and a large workforce, Tim ensures value-for-money is delivered through accurate budget setting, forecasting and monitoring. He manages procurement and project management frameworks that deliver high quality outcomes within tight budgets and timescales. Tim has been a school governor for the past 18 months and has chaired the finance committee.

Lorraine Pannel

Appointed 01/03/2017

Specialism: SEND & Reading
Lorraine has been a governor/trustee for 4 years. She is a qualified teaching assistant and has worked in several local schools, mainly supporting children with special educational needs. Lorraine has 3 children aged 18, 11 and 9, and the youngest has Down’s syndrome. She has been volunteering in school weekly for the last 7 years, listening to and encouraging children to read, and currently reads and shares stories with pupils in Foundation Stage, helping to promote a love of books, an area which she is passionate about.

Steve Scawthorne

Appointed 16/10/17

Specialism: Construction / Business.

Dr Yvonne Hill

Appointed 01/9/17

Specialism: Teacher Training / University.

Trish Astill

Appointed 20/03/19

Specialism: Financial Management/ Housing and Tenancy Law

Lynn Murray

Appointed 01/02/2017

Specialism: Community & School Governance

Hello. My name is Lynn Murray and I was previously Chair of Governors at Forest View Junior School in New Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire. I have served on the Governing Body for approximately twenty two years; seventeen years of those as Chair. During my time on the Governing Body I have worked with four different head teachers under five different governments. I think it is fair to say that over the years I have witnessed and, for the most part, embraced many changes in education.

I am a mum to four children and have five grandchildren so understand the many challenges families face in society today. I would like to say that the one thing I have never lost, is my belief that a good education is the right of every child irrespective of background.