Chair of Aston Community Education Trust, Member and Trustee

Now retired, John brings 33 years of leadership and management experience acquired through his work as a Senior IT Manager for a large global financial organisation. His position as a strategic leader: managing, reporting and delivering multi-million pound board level business cases on time and on budget including the management of personnel and finance matters for staff (up to 300+ across several countries), offices, programmes, projects and live IT services. He is a highly effective manager of people who places great emphasis on staff development particularly those who occupy senior leadership posts.

John has a wealth of governance experience at nursery, primary and secondary level in schools and academies, having been a governor since the late 1980’s. He is a highly experienced Chair who has also been a National Leader of Governance since 2013, mentoring other Chairs of Governors and undertaking Reviews of Governance. John was instrumental in setting up Aston Community Education Trust and as Chair of the Trust, he leads the strategic direction and reviews the audited accounts to ensure financial soundness, best value and strategic alignment.

In addition to serving ACET as Chair, Member and Trustee, John is currently Chair of Governors at Swinton Academy, Brookfield Junior Academy and the interim Board of Waverley Junior Academy, due to open in September 2020.





After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons), Tim achieved Graduate Diplomas in both Law and Legal Practice with the Nottingham Law School. A Chartered Accountant, he now works for one of the largest regional accountancy practices in Sheffield, leading their management accounts department, providing finance and accountancy service to the SME Market. This includes the provision of bookkeeping, management reporting and management information systems reviews.

Appreciating the benefits of his own education, Tim is committed to ensuring that other young people in this area are also enabled to reach their full potential through the provision of high quality pastoral care, teaching and learning in our academies. Tim joined ACET in Spring 2017 bringing with him extensive and highly relevant professional expertise which was particularly valuable at this point in time when the organisation was undergoing significant and rapid change from an emerging trust comprising of four academies to an established MAT comprising of three secondary and eight junior academies in 2019. He is a highly valued member of the ACET community.












James Sharman, a former student of Aston Academy, has worked for HSBC plc for the last 14 years in a variety of roles and currently works in Risk Management. Prior to joining the bank, he studied Law and Politics at Manchester University.

James is committed to making a positive contribution to the local community where he was brought up and in which he now lives with his wife and two young children and has served as a governor at Aston Academy where he was previously a student. He has also been a member of the Local Government Standards Board. He is passionate about education as a means to unlock everyone’s potential and preparing students with the skills for the future. He is a highly valued member of the ACET community.