Philip Davis – Legal– 

Philip is a Law graduate and a qualified non-practicing barrister. He is an experienced chartered secretary with experience working in a number of listed companies and large professional services firms. Philip is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2014 became an Apprentice of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Philip currently works for Marks & Clerk LLP. Philip’s current principal responsibilities are: working as Partnership Secretary to an international intellectual property firm, include drafting and reviewing legal agreements and minutes, monitoring risk and governance issues across the Firm, managing projects and ensuring Firm wide compliance with legal and regulatory rules (i.e. Data Protection).  This includes advocacy and drafting, impartiality and communicating with people at all business levels.

Philip also sits on the MAT Board as Legal Director and Vice Chair.


Stewart Jardine –

Stewart is an experienced company director. He has worked in a variety of learning and skills focussed organisations. Stewart has experience developing and implementing business strategy and policy and leading the development and quality assurance of new learning programmes. Stewart’s responsibilities have included budget setting and management, recruitment, project management, managing bid processes from government funding agencies and negotiating the resulting contracts with those agencies.

His most recent employment as Director of Operations for Pearson Education included the development, implementation and quality assurance of franchised international qualifications. This project involved significant change management and reduction in costs to ensure that a quality product was provided efficiently, whilst maintaining profitability.

Stewart is currently a self-employed Education Management Consultant and has a range of experience working with a variety of organisations with a focus on auditing business processes, particularly those relating to HR and CPD, and implementing process improvements to improve quality and reduce costs.

Stewart also sits on the MAT Board as Chair and Business Director.


Gift Matinyarare – Finance -

Gift is an experienced charted accountant. Gift is currently a senior financial analyst for the Aster Group, a social enterprises not for profit organisation. He has previously worked as a financial analyst in an international engineering company and an international bank. Gift also has experience training accountants and financial analysts in a further education college and has also worked as a financial administrator in Local Government.

Gift’s skills set includes: data mining and analytics, budget formulation management and control, cash management, month end processes, preparation of balance sheet, income statements and cash flows and maintenance review and control of business processes.

Alongside his paid employment Gift is an experienced Charity Trustee for a Faith based organisation. He has previously also acted as Secretary and Treasurer for the Board of Trustees.


Chris Cade – Community –

Chris was appointed as Rugby Borough Council’s nominated Director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP)  in April 2017 and has been re-elected for a further term.

He was elected to serve as a Councillor for Bilton Ward on Rugby Borough Council in 2014.  This followed a long career in management with J Sainsbury covering Retail, Trading, Marketing, and Proposition Development.

Chris is currently Chair of Rugby Borough Council’s Licensing and Safety Committee, he is an appointed Trustee of the Bilton Charities.

Chris is a member of the Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, and in his spare time is Chair of Warwickshire Neighborhood Watch Association.


Nigel Snook – Business/Educational Strategist –


Nigel Snook was the former Chief Executive of Education Development International which was formed by the merger in December 2002 of GOAL plc and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board. Acquired by Pearson in 2011, EDI was among the top Awarding Organisations of vocational education in the UK and high stakes international exams.

Working closely with the Board of Directors Nigel was responsible for all aspects of EDI’s business strategy including that of compliance with its obligations as a public company.

Previously Nigel was Chief Executive of Lantra Trust which operates the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries. Whilst at Lantra Nigel Chaired Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership working with the local Connexions Services and Next Step contract for the West Midlands.

Nigel began his career with the Department of Employment and subsequently worked for the Manpower Services Commission for 12 years in a range of local, regional and national roles involved with vocational education and training. For two years he was Private Secretary to Sir Bryan Nicholson, the MSC Chairman and headed up the MSC’s largest area office operation covering Birmingham and Solihull.

Nigel is an MBA and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts and brings a wealth of experience in the management of publicly funded institutions and relationship with the Regulators.