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Members can be considered as the custodians of the Trust. They have a ‘hands off’ role in terms of managing the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the multi-academy trust.

Directors have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all management decisions within the Trust academies.

A Local Governing Body may be established by the Directors of the Trust. The Local Governing Body plays a ‘support and challenge role’ for the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team on day to day management of the Academy.

Lydiate Learning Trust Members

John Graham (Chair)

Area of expertise Leadership & Management
Current role Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director of Finance of The Royal NHS Trust
Brief comments John has almost 30 years NHS experience having worked for a variety of Trusts including (most recently) Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Trust and Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust.

He currently holds the position of ‘Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance.

His expertise lies in the areas of Finance, IT, Business Development and Procurement.

He is an accredited NHS “Top Leader”.

Latterly, in his role, he has overseen mergers and the dissolution of organisation e.g. securing funding for a £400 million hospital.

Track record CIMA – and a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Management Accountants (FIMA)

Graham Hewer

Area of expertise Leadership & Education
Previous role Headteacher of Greenpark Primary School 1993 – 2011 (now retired)
Brief comments A highly experienced retired Headteacher whose last full Ofsted inspection judged the school as good with outstanding features. “The high standards at the time of the last inspection have been improved. This is mainly because of the strong leadership of the Headteacher who works with energy and determination to drive the school forward.” Developed the first ‘network of community’ schools programme in England and Chaired the group until 2011.  Previously a Local Leader in Education.  A Community member of the host school’s governing body providing support and challenge to raise standards and fulfilling the role of Governor link for Safeguarding.
Track record


Ofsted report judged school as good with outstanding features.

Chaired the network learning group supporting raising standards across a portfolio of schools.

Ann Stahler

Area of expertise Education
Current role  CEO Lydiate Learning Trust, Executive Headteacher Deyes High School
Ann Stahler has had various roles in secondary schools, including 2 Headships, before becoming Executive Headteacher. She was instrumental in developing Deyes High School, Maghull, Sefton as a high performing school through a relentless focus on robust systems and processes of self-evaluation (September 2010 to present). Due to the success of Deyes High, Ann was approached to lead Lydiate Learning Trust and work with other schools to raise performance, including Childwall Sports and Science Academy in Liverpool. Ann became a Local Leader in Education in 2011 and has a proven track record of working across the North West with other Headteachers and Governing Bodies in challenging circumstances to:

  • Negotiate objectives for improvement
  • Provide coaching and mentoring
  • Facilitate support for faculties, departments and individuals

Ann’s areas of strength include Leadership, teaching and learning, school self-evaluation and increased performance in challenging situations. Latterly, Ann has led the development and opening of a new school and has led the development of a school based teacher training centre. Her fundamental moral purpose is based on the premis that “all children have the right to be taught by outstanding teachers and to be developed as responsible citizens.”


Board of Directors