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Meet the Combined Local Academy Committee Members

St Peter's operates a Combined Local Academy Committee with St John's in Wednesbury. This enables us to utilise a broad, diverse skillset and a wide range of expertise. All members support both schools. Our Local Academy Committee members are below:

Mrs. Z. Heath (Co-Chair of CLAC)

Joining St Chad’s Academies Trust in 2015, I bring several years extensive experience in the multi-dimensional discipline of Human Resource both transactional and strategic (payroll, pensions, safeguarding, recruitment, consultancy, job evaluation and Single Status) as well as traded services and academisation through project management principles whilst employed in the public sector at local authority level, incorporating practice to support the organisation both corporately and more latterly within the education sector.

Since joining the Trust I have progressed into management of the Human Resource team through natural growth as the team has expanded before promotion to the Director of Operations post in 2019. Working strategically and operationally during this time to successfully convert 15 academies (having worked collaboratively with the original 4 academy conversions), to develop operational systems to support senior leaders in all academies through policy and procedure writing in line with employment law practice and report writing, develop working relationships with external partners at local Authority, DfE and through MAT leadership programme, project management from scope to implementation of a new Trust wide HRMS and been instrumental in developing Union relations through JNC.

I am an Associate Member of the CIPD in Human Resource Management and have successfully completed the Optimus MAT Leadership programme, encompassing all elements of Trust sustainability (efficiencies, effectiveness and economies of scale), growth and stabilisation, financial management and cultural change.

I have gained extensive experience in governance through representation as both a Trust representative and Chair since joining the Trust; striving to achieve the best for the pupils and communities we serve through accountability frameworks and challenging conversations to ensure we offer quality first teaching and affective governance scrutiny and assurances.

Mr. Gregory Shilton (Co-Chair of CLAC)

Hello everyone, my name is Greg Shilton and I am the co-chair of CLAC at St Peter's and St John's. I have been a part of the St John's LAC since February 2021.  I am very proud to now be on the combined committee for St Peter's and St John's and I am very happy to be able to make a positive contribution to Academy life. I am a qualified secondary school teacher and have worked in various West Midlands schools.  I am now working at the University of Wolverhampton training new secondary teachers, which is a role I love.  It means I get to visit dozens of schools every year, including all of the secondary schools in Wednesbury!  I have lived in the Black Country for most of my life, apart from a short stay away whilst at University and I am a Wednesbury lad, born and bred.  It is a pleasure to work with Mr Seex and my fellow CLAC members, and I am delighted to be able to support the staff to continue making our Academy the best that it can be.

Mrs. L. Burnam 

I am a HR Business Partner with expertise in People processes, legislation and Employee relations.  I put myself forward to become a member of the St Peters LAC as a Parent LAC to offer my support, help and knowledge from a different business perspective whilst at the same time supporting my 2 boys’ education setting and feeling involved in the school and helping to add value where I can.

Mrs. Susan Matthews

I am married with a grown up family and grandchildren of varying ages. My teaching career has been in and around Sandwell for the most part. I became a supply teacher after finishing full time feeling that I still had a role in education. As a supply teacher I have also worked around the borough. I came to St John's a few years ago in that role and have since joined the CLAC team. It is a joy to be part of St John's School. 

Mrs Sharon Brackpool

I have worked as a teacher in schools across Sandwell for 30 years, joining St John’s in 2007.

In 2013, I was appointed to the position of Deputy Head and helped to oversee the school’s transition to becoming an academy.

I retired in 2019 as Head of School and now feel proud to be a part of the St John’s and St Peter's Combined Local Academy Committee.