Trust Directors


Nich Wilson is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors.

Nich was appointed a director and trustee in April 2012 and was elected to the chair in February 2016. 

Nich has spent the last 27 years working in Financial Services. He spent the early part of his career in Finance roles for a High Street Bank, but has more recently been working as a freelance project manager in the Lloyd’s Insurance Market where he has specialised in Risk and Compliance projects.

Nich has been a school governor for over ten years, serving on the governing bodies of four different schools.

Nich has lived in Northamptonshire for nearly fifteen years along with his wife and three teenage children.

In his spare time Nich enjoys being a season ticket holder at a local premiership rugby club, and he is also the Ringing Master at his local church.

Nich is committed to supporting the Trust’s academies achieve excellence, to creating an environment in which they can flourish, and to the secure and sustainable growth of the Trust.

Nich is also a Local Leader in Governance. A LLG will provide support and guidance to Governing Boards who are seeking to further develop their capacity to provide leadership and bring about continuous school improvement


Angela Carter is the current Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee at Guilsborough Academy. She worked closely with the previous headteacher to convert Guilsborough to an academy and bring Naseby Church of England Primary school into the Multi Academy Trust.

Angela is a Chartered Accountant and works part time locally. Previously she lectured at the University of Northampton specialising in taxation and auditing. She was instrumental in the development of the Accountancy Degree at the University.

As a Naseby resident for 30 years she has been involved in various local groups both personally and as a parent. Recently she has taken up tai chi.

Supporting Guilsborough Multi Academy Trust in these financially challenging times for education is a challenge she enjoys. Angela is keen to pursue a sustainable development of Guilsborough Multi Academy Trust.


Julie Swales is the Principal of Guilsborough Multi-Academy Trust and one of the Board of Directors.

Julie was appointed Principal in September 2016, having been Associate Headteacher at Guilsborough Academy from September 2014 and Deputy Headteacher since January 2011.

Julie has spent the last 26 years working in Education, in four different Secondary Schools. Prior to this she spent several years working in accountancy before deciding to study for a mathematics degree, then gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education to become a mathematics teacher. Julie’s career has seen her work with Primary School colleagues to carry out research into the impact of transition on mathematics learning, lead a Mathematics department, set up and lead a Mathematics and Computing specialist school. Whilst doing the latter she also studied for and gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship. She has also been the Pastoral Deputy Headteacher with overall responsibility for Child Protection and Behaviour for Learning in a local school, before taking on the role of Curriculum Deputy Headteacher at Guilsborough in 2011.

Julie has lived in Northamptonshire for 25 years, has married and had two children during this time.

Julie believes strongly that everyone is talented in their own way and that the key to confidence and success is finding those skills and developing them. Alongside this she believes that everyone wants to do their best, but sometimes we need support and appropriate praise to achieve this. Julie is very committed to supporting the work of staff, parents, governors and directors in the Trust to help each young person achieve their aspirational goals.


Tim has lived in Naseby for 22 years and has 2 grown up children and 5 grandchildren, with another 2 grandchildren “on the way”.

Tim until recently was the Chair of Governors at Naseby for 6 years and was instrumental in the conversion to Academy status & the formation of Guilsborough Multi Academy Trust. Tim has been actively involved in Naseby Primary since moving into the village. His wife Andrea was Bursar at the School for 18 years.

Prior to his retirement in 2008 Tim spent 34 successful years working in the Information Technology area of a major High Street Bank latterly specialising in the integration of IT services post merger / acquisitions. He has always had a keen interest in the governance and control disciplines associated within a regulated industry. Tim relocated from the North West to Northamptonshire in 1995 in order to be within an easy commute to London.

In his spare time Tim enjoys playing Table Tennis, spending as much time as possible with his grand children and generally enjoying retirement!

Tim is keen to see the Multi Academy Trust grow and to look to partner and support the many local rural primary schools within the local geography.



Jayne Garrett is the Administration Manager/Clerk to Governors for Guilsborough Multi Academy Trust and joined in January 2018.
Jayne has lived in Northamptonshire for 13 years, is married to Marc and has 4 children, a toy poodle and chickens. She originally comes from Nottingham and still spends lots of time there. She loves socialising and spending time with family and friends.

Prior to Jayne joining the Academy she worked for Wilson Browne Solicitors for a short period of time and spent 25 years with HSBC Bank, starting as a clerical member of the team and progressing to middle management. She feels very lucky to have had the opportunities with HSBC and loved every minute.

Jayne is enjoying her time at the Academy. She is interested in the community and helps raise funds each year for Macmillan and other charities.


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