Michael Caine


Senior Nat West Bank Manager. Responsibilities include the provision of Commercial Finance, Corporate Restructuring solutions, Financial Analysis, Relationship Management, Service Level maintenance and Business Development. These responsibilities require skills in understanding Financial Statements, an ability to strip down Financial Information, understanding Credit Risk, finding Solutions and having Interpersonal Skills to maintain good Business Relationships. Previously Chair of St Bede Primary Academy.

Graham John Cohen

Vice Chair

Qualified in June 15 (BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS) with a long career in working within education, particularly within Church of England Primary schools and academies. Worked within numerous schools and year groups gaining essential knowledge of the challenges within the education sector and what is expected of schools to be able to provide an outstanding education. Additional role as a youth theatre director (for over 25 years) provides a useful skill in terms of planning, presenting and problem solving. Was an installation manager (for 7 years) encompassed annual project management of £18m budget, where cost control, project planning and liaising with colleagues was essential to the success of each task. This combination of educational knowledge and business acumen ensures he is able to operate at a strategic level within the MAT board.



Over 25 years’ experience driving successful business operations in a variety of sectors including a £350m turnover FMCG business. Worked within St Bede at a strategic level for over 13 years. Previously performed the role of acting COO covering for both the CEO and COO and understand the unique and successful way things are done at St Bede. embraces the Christian ethos of the Trust and understand the importance of this alongside the educational excellence. Spent a considerable amount of time supporting Heads of School with class observations, recruiting and mentoring staff. Key part of the implementation of the aims and objectives of the MAT, ensuring they are relevant and help fulfil the vision of the Trust. Created project teams to lead the development of the MAT, from St Bede Academy conversion (without the use of external consultants) through to the first sponsorship of a second Academy, Tonge Moor. Network nationally to benefit the Trust and educational sector as a whole. Including advising the House of Commons Select Committee for childcare affordability, being part of the NAHT SBL Committee to challenge the Government on their National Funding Formula, and attending select round table talks with Education Ministers. Created a sound financial base for the Trust within challenging times. Under her financial guidance the Trust has been able to self-fund many capital programs (e.g. additional classroom space) and build reserves to continue to do so in the future.

Ian Walkden

Chartered Accountant with over 35 years commercial experience in a variety of roles ranging from audit of PLCs to Chief Financial Accountant of a £2bn turnover business incorporating the following major activities- retail, distribution, farming, funerals, travel, non-food manufacturing. Main aspects of the role included the production of the annual Group Consolidated Statutory accounts; consolidation of the annual Group budget; monthly Executive Management accounts and Board reporting; evaluation of capital investment projects (acquisition of businesses etc), management of the Central Finance function including both capital and investments. Latterly worked in a £350m turnover FMCG business. Main aspects of the role included balance sheet control, including variance analysis, production of annual Statutory Accounts, cash flow reporting including both variance analysis and forecasting, preparation and submission of Corporation Tax computations and returns for the various businesses incorporated within in the group.

Kevin R bARTON

An entrepreneur of a successful business encompassing raising finance, product selection, production, sales and marketing. Managerial experience including both staff and contractors. Experienced in health, safety in the workplace and provides advice to the MAT in this area (including food hygiene). Has a background in auto engineering where a strong aptitude in project management and problem solving was essential.

Tony Whitehead

As a qualified Investment Operations manager, I have working in the investment industry for over 25 years. In my current role I am responsible for the oversight of the outsourced Investment accounting provider and provide assurance around valuation uncertainty in addition to ensuring appropriate investment accounting control and expertise and a box management process, conforming with governance processes, supporting preparation of materials for various forums, analysis of unit pricing errors and supporting the delivery of unit pricing data controls and oversight. More recently, I have been licenced as a Lay minister (known as a ‘Reader’) at St Bede Church so the Christian distinctiveness of the Trust is very important to me. As well as lead and teach at Church, I also lead Collective Worship in St Bede Academy. During my time as a governor and Chair of Governors at St Bede, I have built up a knowledge base of educational priorities as well as what the MAT deems as priorities for the benefit of its staff and pupils and this has placed me in a good position to help lead the strategic direction of the MAT board.

June Roberts

Worked alongside the Leadership Team of the MAT since its inception. Previously worked with the Executive Headteacher and the Leadership Team at a strategic level for more than 25 years. I hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship and chose to develop my role at St Bede rather than take up headship myself. Extremely experienced teacher through all primary age ranges, My wealth of experience includes: strategic Director of St Bede Primary Academy, St Bede Primary MAT and St Bede Charity, taking part in SLE interviews, ‘deep dives’ and other Ofsted related programmes, data analysis, quality assurance roles and observations. I was the Branch Secretary for the Bolton Branch of NAHT before retirement, as well as the Chair of the local Cluster group for many years. Email: