Meet Our Directors


There are 6 Directors. Directors are responsible for the governance functions such as setting the direction of the trust, holding the CEO/headteachers to account and ensuring financial probity.

As charity Directors, they also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. Academy Trusts are charitable companies and the Directors are company directors and must comply with company law requirements.

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Emma Woodhouse

Emma has worked in education for over 12 years with both Maintained Schools and Academies and therefore has extensive knowledge and experience of governance in a range of settings. Emma is a Chair of Governors of a large primary...

Rob Turton

Rob is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved with Academies and the Education Sector for almost 20 years. Initially this was through work with clients in the Sector whilst in practice and since retirement as a member of...

Phil Marshall

Phil has been a Director of CLPT since its inception in 2011. He has a broad range of intensive educational leadership experience spanning four decades, having served 13 years as a secondary head teacher in Rotherham. From 2010 to...

Graham Parker

Graham has lived in Birmingham all his life and has been involved with many business interests within the City and the West Midlands After a career in manufacturing giftware and international sales, Graham went on to use and develop...

Sofia Zamir

Sofia is a Chartered Certified Accountant working at senior level with over 14 years’ experience of working in multi-site organisations with key stakeholder management and business partnering. Sofia has extensive experience in consolidation, reporting, financial management accounts, forecasts, budget...

James Nichols

James has been a Chartered Accountant for significant number of years, and spent the majority of his career in Finance and Management Consultancy, working across many industries, including financial services, accountancy practice,  the food industry, customer services, and utilities....

Emma Woodhouse

Emma has worked in education for over 12 years with both Maintained Schools and Academies and therefore has extensive knowledge and experience of governance in a range of settings. Emma is a Chair of Governors of a large primary...

Phil Marshall

Phil has been a Director of CLPT since its inception in 2011. He has a broad range of intensive educational leadership experience spanning four decades, having served 13 years as a secondary head teacher in Rotherham. From 2010 to...

Sofia Zamir

Sofia is a Chartered Certified Accountant working at senior level with over 14 years’ experience of working in multi-site organisations with key stakeholder management and business partnering. Sofia has extensive experience in consolidation, reporting, financial management accounts, forecasts, budget...

Rob Turton

Rob is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved with Academies and the Education Sector for almost 20 years. Initially this was through work with clients in the Sector whilst in practice and since retirement as a member of...

Graham Parker

Graham has lived in Birmingham all his life and has been involved with many business interests within the City and the West Midlands After a career in manufacturing giftware and international sales, Graham went on to use and develop...

James Nichols

James has been a Chartered Accountant for significant number of years, and spent the majority of his career in Finance and Management Consultancy, working across many industries, including financial services, accountancy practice,  the food industry, customer services, and utilities....