Founder MAT Members

_IWKIain Kilpatrick – Headmaster Sidcot School

Iain began his career in branch banking before transferring to the Bank’s Corporate Finance Division. Iain has been a head for twelve years and led two contrasting schools: a day school in Scotland and boarding and day school in England. In each he has implemented considerable change and been successful in raising the number of pupils, academic achievement and profile of both as well as improving their financial performance. He has considerable experience of all aspects of school leadership – including marketing, branding and stakeholder relations – and in developing strategic initiatives that support continuing development in dynamic and challenging markets.


Joy Donovan picJoy Donovan – School Improvement Advisor

Joy has 23 years’ experience as a primary head. Since her retirement from headship she has been working as a School Improvement Advisor and as a Chair of Governors.  This enables her to keep up to date with all local and national educational initiatives and issues. Joy actively participates in the NAHT, including serving on the National Council, giving knowledge and skills in relation to HR issues.

Joy is fully committed to ensuring that all children and young people receive the education they need to equip them for a full and happy work and domestic life.  She has dedicated her whole adult career to education and wishes to continue to do so as we move into a new era.

Bill Bearsby- Engineer

Bill retired from a senior supplies planning engineer Rolls Royce where he worked regularly in America. Currently chair of Locking Parish Council where he has been a councillor for 37 years.

Bill has also chaired other committees previously including – Parish Council member of the North Somerset Standards Board, Treasurer of the Institute of work study practitioners Bristol Branch and Sports and Social Club

Mark BeamishMark Beamish – Education Welfare Specialist

Mark is passionate about supporting and challenging schools to provide high-quality education for all children.

Mark was employed by North Somerset Local Authority for 12 years in the Education Welfare Department. As an EWO he worked in primary schools, secondary schools and pupil referral units, providing welfare support and holding schools accountable. He was responsible for developing the North Somerset attendance policy, led the persistent absence initiative and was a member of the South Ward Intervention Panel. He has a vast experience of multi-agency working.

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