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St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Academies Umbrella Trust (Corporate Member)

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is a "corporate member" of the All Saints Schools Trust. They are represented at Members meetings by Jane Sheat who is the Diocesan Director of Education.

Jane has been Diocesan Director of Education since August 2010. Jane has an important strategic role in relation to academies, school place planning and small schools.

She regularly brokers school to school support, supports underperforming schools and works with governors on the appointment of headteachers in church schools. She has 23 years of HR experience in local government, 17 of which working directly with schools.

Jane is Chair of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education and Chair of Governors at Northgate High School in Ipswich. Jane is the CEO of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan MAT initially.

Archdeacon Rich Henderson



James Hargrave 

James holds a senior IT management position at the University of Cambridge where he is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of IT across the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He also holds the post of IT Director of Newnham College, Cambridge. He previously held senior IT management positions at University College London and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He has a degree in Theology.

James was the Chair of Governors at Stradbroke CE Primary School from 2006-2015 and was chair of the federation between Laxfield and Stradbroke since its creation in 2015 until 2018. He was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in January 2016 and supports Chairs and governing bodies across East Anglia. He supported a Suffolk school that joined a MAT as a sponsored academy. James delivers training for school governors.

James is heavily involved in the local community in Stradbroke and is Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Stradbroke Courthouse and Library Trust. He is also involved with a local community radio station Radio Stradbroke, and is Chair of Stradbroke Parish Council.

James is also the Chair of Trustees.


Alister Gourlay

Alister held Headships in Church schools for 30 years until 2008, leading a school rated as Outstanding, in both its OfSted and SIAMS inspections, in the year he retired.


In semi-retirement Alister took up the post of Deputy Diocesan Director of Education until August 2017, in which his experience was shared across all Church schools in the Diocese, to assist Governors in the appointment of new Headteachers and to support schools pre and post OfSTED and SIAMS.  Alister played a key role in co-ordinating Aided Schools and Academy admission policies and appeals, working also at a regional and national level with particular reference to Admissions, Succession Planning and Governance.


Alister is also a Director of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan MAT.

Compliance Information for Members and Trustees

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