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.

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 11 institutions of the School of Arts and Humanities. 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 recently supported a Suffolk school that joined a MAT as a sponsored academy. James delivers training for school governors for Primary East teaching schools alliance.

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.


Amy Eleftheriades

Amy Eleftheriades has spent the last 20 years working in education, health and social work establishments, promoting the education and life experiences of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

She has enjoyed the experience of participating in voluntary work in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, which saw her not just working in a children’s home, but also playing a vital role in the development of a new venture for the charity; the setting up of a sustainable farm run with vulnerable young people living on the streets of Rio.

Amy completed her PGCE to become a qualified teacher and went on to work in roles both in mainstream schools and in an advisory capacity for the Local Children’s Services. Her passion for innovative working and putting the needs of children and young people at the heart of services saw Amy starting up ‘Alpha Inclusion’ in May 2012.

Within five years Amy had acquired a solid client base, employed four staff and written two books ‘Interventions With Impact’ which made the publisher’s best sellers list, and ‘Building Blocks for Communication’, with another contract for her third book recently agreed by Speechmark Publishing.  She has also gone on to complete a MEd in SEND.

Amy is keen to promote and empower local business and community ventures and has ensured her business donates annually to ventures that follow a sustainable plan to provide support to their community.

Alongside the set up and growth of her business, Amy has relished her role as a Governor for Stradbroke CEVC Primary School and, more recently, The All Saints Church Federation, Suffolk. In her role as SEN Governor, Amy has provided invaluable support to the new SENCo and remains a supportive, yet critical friend of the Federation.

Amy provides advice and support to parent groups of children with SEN and plays an active role in Council run conferences for the ‘Virtual School’ and Fostering and Adoptive Parents groups. She also regularly attends meetings and networking events run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and attends networking events of the New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk.


Rev Dr Guy Sumpter

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.

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