Meet the Trustees
Dr Peter Hart
Peter Hart is currently Chair of the Trust, he works as a researcher at the School of Education, University of Leeds where his main research interests are professional ethics, character education, and youth work. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Education at Leeds, and teaches on courses on the sociology of youth and childhood, and research methods.
Before Peter completed his PhD, he was a youth worker, which involved managing a local church-based project and working with a range of other agencies, and sitting on steering groups for several other organisations. Peter’s skills include project management, data analysis, policy analysis, and teaching in a HE context.
Gill Danby is a Doctoral Researcher with Teesside University and through her business ‘Artistry in Leadership’, works to advance the discussion around gender and leadership in organisations. She has held senior leadership positions in the public health and public education sectors in the United Kingdom and Canada, and most recently was Vice President and Chief Finance Officer at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada. She has a passion for research, leading organisational change, and has a rich history in governance, financial and human resource management, project management and risk management.
Gill’s doctoral research ‘Gender stereotype threat for women: the potential of arts-based methods in management education’ developed new theory, facilitated by art-based methods in management education, in response to career progression barriers faced by women resulting from gender stereotypes. Gill has recently published a conference paper ‘Thinking beyond gender quotas and targets: Potential of art-based interventions in helping women reflecting on their careers in management’, and is currently preparing articles for publication including ‘Learning from our Lives: Autobiographic Vignettes of Change’. Gill is a Governor at St. Helens Primary School and a trustee at Stranton Academy Trust, both in Hartlepool. She is also a member of Hartlepool Ladies Choir.
Peter Gowland worked in the Third Sector for many years, chiefly with Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency, the town’s voluntary sector support body. Peter’s role as project development officer was to provide advice, guidance and developmental assistance to new and existing organisations. This included help with governance, fund raising, representation and volunteering.
Peter is now a director of Hartlepower and Stranton Academy Trust, a trustee of the Friends of Carlton Camp, the Asylum Seekers and Refugees group and the Hartlepool Men’s Shed. He is also a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Hartlepool Action Lab, the latter looking at ways to address community needs in Hartlepool through citizen involvement.
Sandra Saint is an advocate for anything that supports positive personal development within schools, workplaces and communities.
A qualified teacher (BA Hons QTS) with many years of classroom experience; she then spent almost 10 years as a PSHEe/Healthy Schools School Improvement Adviser within a Local Authority. She has developed a range of education programmes and resources at local, regional and national levels.
Since 2010 Sandra has been running her own consultancy and training business in relation to Health & Wellbeing education (so all things PSHEe/Healthy School related) and has spoken at several national conferences in relation to PfBV (Promoting fundamental British Values) and SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social Cultural) curricula. She was the north-east parent a school coordinator for 3 years for the Alcohol Education Trust. She is a member of the PSHE Association, a train-the-trainer for Quality Circle Time, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher.
Sandra is a national verifier for the Citizenship Foundation’s SMSC Quality Mark award and a national Adviser and Verifier for Optimus’ WAS (Wellbeing Award for Schools).
Sandra is also a Director of Golden Tree CIC which is a community interest company providing a range of innovative Mental Health & Wellbeing programmes. She delivers a range of this mental health training to organisations across the country. She is also a Train-the-Trainer for the FRIENDS programmes.
Sandra is an experienced school Governor, a Trustee of the Stranton MAT and a mother to two teenagers.
Ann Heaton is a HR professional with over 30 year’s experience in both Industry and Support Services. Ann is currently employed as a Community Centre Manager, Kilmarnock Road Children and Young People Family Resource Centre.
Her skills are mainly linked with HR, and she can provide support to Staff if required.
Working at Kilmarnock Road provides Ann with an insight into the challenges of ensuring that young people attend school on time, are suitably dressed and prepared for school.
In addition she has an understanding of the lack of support that young people receive from the family unit for homework or even positive re-enforcement for attendance and participation in after school activities. Ann has launched a Walking Bus and plans are in hand with their Youth Team to start a homework club at the Centre.
A local business owner, Michael has spent 30 years at the forefront of business, bringing great financial, marketing and development planning expertise to the table. Michael is passionate about giving every child the best start in life, and complete hundreds of hours charity work a year—both in this country and abroad .
PhD, MSc, MA (Hons) Psychology
Shirley—Anne Paul is a Research Psychologist at the University of Leeds where she specializes in the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational interventions. She currently works on the Narnian Virtues Character Education English Curriculum project which is designed to foster character development in 11 – 14 year olds. Her main research passion is in developing and evaluating methods for improving children’s reading skills. In 2013 – 2015 she worked on the Reading for Comprehension (REACH) project at Leeds, a Randomised Controlled Trial, designed to evaluate the effectiveness of two reading interventions developed for secondary school children with weak reading skills.
Before moving to Leeds Shirley worked at The University of Edinburgh, first as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and then as Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator in Psychology. Shirley obtained her Psychology degrees from The University of Dundee and is also a certified PRINCE 2 Project Manager, and a qualified Reiki practitioner. She is a Trustee of Stranton Academy and is dedicated to developing evidence-based methods for improving educational outcomes in children and reducing attainment gaps.
Peter is the current Chair of Governors of Stranton Primary School—a role he has undertaken for almost 6 years. With experience of Governorship in a number of other cross-phase Schools and Academies, Peter brings a great wealth of experience in this area to the Trust.
Additional to his work in Schools, Peter is a local Councillor—with representation on the Children’s Service Committee, as well as being a committee member of the Citizens Advice Bureau.. Peter is exceptionally passionate about serving the needs of the local community and is a strong advocate of Stranton Academy Trust.
An experienced School teacher and Leader, Victoria has spent the last year working for Teach First—an organisation tackling educational disadvantage—a key driver of the Trust.
With her recent knowledge in the education sector, Victoria is able to support the Trust in analysing and developing the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the Trust.