The Wesley Trust

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The Wesley Trust is a newly conceived Multi-Academy Trust that will provide a home for any Methodist School wishing to academise and a MAT that can welcome new schools and community schools that can benefit from the services and connections the Wesley Trust can provide.

Inspired by our Christian ethos, the Wesley Trust's vision demonstrates our commitment to work with people and children of all faiths and none; the Wesley Trust aims to:

  • offer a high-quality, all-round education for all children and young people
  • ensure every child and young person can achieve excellence
  • provide high-quality continuous professional development for all staff
  • respect and develop leadership at all levels in each school
  • support the development of local communities through education
  • work in partnership with all Methodist schools and with other Trusts schools and Trusts
  • grow the Trust, so that its values and aspirations reach as many children as possible

Contact details
Schools office 020 7935 3723


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Mr Alan Davies - Chair

Alan is a lifelong Methodist from the Warrington area. He had a senior executive position in industry until he was in his late 30s when he felt called to move into teaching. Before his retirement, he was Head and Executive Head in secondary schools in the North West, being awarded the status of National Leader in Education for his capacity to lead school improvement across groups of schools. He also had experience of academisations at school and group level.

Executive Officers 

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Dr David Lamper - CEO

David has taught at Higher Education level in  teacher training and as a tutor and assessor for school leaders undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

David is a successful leader in securing organisational transformation with particular interest in the development of teaching and learning and leadership. He completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership, the research for which was based on the work of business writer Jim Collins' Good to Great and the relevance of this model to different environments. He is also an accredited School Improvement Partner.


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Mr Jason Field - Finance Officer

Jason has extensive operational experience in both the public and private sectors.  He is a qualified accountant.  Jason worked at Royal Mail Operations for 11 years where he was responsible for the financial planning and reporting at a national level.  Jason has worked with Academy schools for the last four years and has experience is setting up Trusts, transferring schools and ensuring compliance with financial reporting standards.


Mrs Barbara Easton - Trustee (Director of Education, The Methodist Church in Britain)

Barbara's professional background is in school leadership, and Religious Education. She is currently the Director of Education at the Methodist Connexion and is a Trustee of both MAST and MIST. She is also involved with the Methodist church as a Local Preacher and youth club leader.

Mrs Elaine Cleland - Trustee

Elaine has wide ranging experience in senior management and leadership both in business and education. Her focus has always been on the engagement and development of the people, empowering them to perform more effectively to enable an organisation to realise its full executive and commercial potential.

Councillor David Kershaw - Trustee

David is a retired secondary Headteacher (Coundon Court, Coventry (21 years) Executive Head Bradford Cathedral Academy (three years), Executive Head of two schools in Leicester City (four years)) and is currently serving as a Governor of  two primary schools and two secondary schools in the Midlands.  David is also the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Academy Trust.

David is Coventry City Councillor and is a Methodist Local Preacher (from 1968).

Mr Tony Harris - Trustee

Tony is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in property dispute resolution. He is a consultant in practice in London and a Chairman of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He is currently Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at Farringtons (a MIST school) and becomes Chair of Governors in the summer of 2017. Tony is a Methodist and has wide experience of advising on Church and charity property matters.


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