Professor Charles Mills
Charles Mills is the founder and Managing Director of ‘Olsen House Ltd.’ and its Holding Company ‘Charles Mills Education Ltd.’
Charles was educated at St. Mary’s College, Crosby and the Universities of Keele, London and Manchester, reading Economics, Education, Psychology and Philosophy.
Charles has spent the vast majority of his professional life in Special Education in the voluntary, state and private sectors, notably at Stamford House Regional Remand and Assessment Centre, as the Principal of Nugent House School and the Chief Executive of ‘The Witherslack Group of Schools’.
Alongside this, Charles has worked as an OfSTED Inspector, been part of the NPQH programme at the University of Manchester and was a Visiting Professor at the Josef Barczi Institute, University of Budapest where he was also awarded the Bronze Medallion of the Hungarian Association of Special Education for his services to disadvantaged young people. In January 2010 Charles opened a day school, Olsen House, in Crosby for young people with social, emotional and behavioural disorders.
In April 2013, Olsen House became part of Kedleston Education Ltd. whose Board Charles joined as a non-executive director.
In his spare time, Charles is a member of the Governing Council at Liverpool Hope University, is Chairman of the ‘Edmund Rice Bi-Centennial Trust’ funding education projects in the Third World and is a trustee and Life Member of Formby Cricket Club. He is proud to work closely with the charitable foundation of Everton Football Club where he is a shareholder and season ticket holder of many years.
Sir John Jones
Sir John is one of a small, select band of educational professionals who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours List (2003), but have been able to help and inspire others with their knowledge and passion. One of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-after speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited on to a number of panels and think-tanks.
When Headteacher of three secondary schools over a period of 17 years, he was asked to join the government’s Policy Action Team for Neighbourhood Renewal at the Social Exclusion Unit. He was also a member of the Headteachers’ National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities Project at the DfES. Sir John was part of the National Remodelling Team and the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership.
Working part-time at the Centre for Educational Leadership at Manchester University, he presented on a range of programmes as well as designing and delivering a Master’s Course at Liverpool University focused on the leadership of change. A Non-Executive Director on the board of Aintree Hospitals Trust, he was also a Governor of two schools on Merseyside.
Sir John has written two books; ‘Truancy and Exclusion: a teacher’s guide’ and the best-selling ‘The Magic-Weaving Business’ and has co-authored ‘Winning the H Factor: the secrets of happy schools’. He enjoys travelling, keeping fit, the theatre, golf, walking in the mountains and good food and wine. In his past he has played football semi-professionally and earned his living as a singer/guitarist in a rock duo! He is a season ticket holder for his beloved Everton and feels privileged to be Chair of the Board of Everton in the Community and a Governor at Everton Free School. John is also proud to be the Chancellor of Sefton’s Children’s University.
Alison currently holds a small portfolio of Non-Executive Director and Board Chair roles in addition to being the Director of Tax for Everton Football Club. Beginning her career with Coopers & Lybrand and KPMG in junior trust and tax positions, Alison subsequently spent almost 15 years with Ernst & Young most of which was as a senior manager. Alison initially joined Deloitte in 1995 as a senior tax manager before becoming a Consulting Tax Partner in 1998, a role she held until her retirement from the partnership in 2015.
In addition to her tax technical specialisms of employment and personal tax, international mobility and transaction support, Alison held a number of senior leadership roles within the partnership.
Currently Alison undertakes a varied and interesting part-time role as Director of Tax for Everton Football Club, alongside which she has built a diverse portfolio of NED & Chairing roles, including:-
2015 to present: Kids Allowed, NED
2016 to present: Citizen’s Advice Greater Manchester, Chair
2016 to present: Leeds University Business School, International Advisory Board
In addition, she has previously been a member of the governing bodies of two FE colleges and one of the largest independent school for girls in the UK, participating in the finance, general purposes, remuneration and strategy committees.
Jacqueline Colbeck has been working for Everton Free School and Football College for five years. As a Teacher of English, Jacqui began her teaching career in 2008 when she graduated from Edge Hill University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for Secondary English. Previous study saw Jacqui complete her BA in English at Liverpool Hope University.
Jacqui worked across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley during that time, teaching in mainstream education and also as a private tutor.
Jacqui is now entering her fourth year as Curriculum Leader for English at Everton Free School, leading a busy department, she is extremely proud of the team that support and surround her on a daily basis.
Jacqui was elected as Staff Governor, for Everton Free School, and she is excited to continue her role and commit to the advancement of the school.
Sir John Jones (Chair Of Governors)
Professor Charles Mills (Vice Chair)
Ms Alison Haynes (Chair, Finance, Premises and Personnel)
Inspector John Sacker (Chair, Teaching, Learning And Care)
Ms Jacqueline Colbeck (Staff Governor)
Ms Jennifer N (Parent Governor)
Ms Nicola Noon
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