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Chair of Directors - David Bermingham

David has worked for over 35 years in the transport and logistics industry and has held senior leadership roles, Managing Director and CEO, within PLC, private equity backed and not for profit organisations.
He has led several business turnarounds, managed large scale M&A integrations and has successfully developed businesses year on year.
David is now focused on applying his experience in a more support and advisory capacity and brings with him extensive experience in strategic planning, commercial and change management.
David has a Combined Honours degree from the University of Aston in Transport Planning & Operation and Political Studies and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Inspire Director - David Kershaw CBE, JP, MA, Hon DEd, FRSA

  • Cabinet Lead for Education – City of Coventry May 2012 onwards.
  • AET Regional Director – August 2012 – April 2014.
  • Regional Director – Midlands – Future Leaders April 2010 – December 2012.
  • Executive Principal Fullhurst Community School Leicester from 2009 until August 2010. (Came out of Special Measures in June 2010).
  • Executive Principal, New College Leicester, from November 2005 (Came out of Special Measures in March 2006).
  • Interim Head of Service for Transformation for Leicester’s LA 2006-2009.
  • Executive Headteacher of Bradford Cathedral Community College from January 2002 to December 2003 and Coordinator of Education Bradford’s Secondary Support Team from January 2004 until January 2006.
  • Headteacher of Coundon Court School and Community College, Coventry, for 22 years, an 11 – 18 school with 1800 pupils and 350 students in VI Form (a Leading Edge and Training School with Technology College status). His leadership was described as ‘inspirational’ by OfSTED in 1999. In 2001, Chief Inspector of Schools Annual Report the school was named as one of
    the most improved secondary schools in the country. In 2000 and 2001, the school was awarded The School Improvement Award.
  • Ex member of the Training Development Agency and Board of Sport England Lottery Panel.
  • Appointed in 2002 to be a DCFS Pathfinder Adviser and Member of the DCFS / DCMS School Sports Coordinator Board. Became a DCFS Accredited School Improvement Partner.
  • Governor at Coundon Court School and Community College, Coventry- 2011 -2012 Governor at Hollyfast Primary School, Coventry 2011 onwards Chair of Governors at Alice Stevens Special School, Coventry January 2013.

Inspire Director - Sybil Hanson (DDE)

• Mathematics degree from Manchester University
• Teaching career from 1961 and came to Coventry in 1972 where I spent 25 years at Blue Coat CE School, initially as Head of Mathematics and then appointed Deputy Head in 1977
• I retired from teaching in 1997 and became a DBE member and have recently stepped down as vice-chair.
• I have been involved with school governance since 1997 in a variety of settings and I am currently vice-chair at St John’s CE Academy
• I represent the DBE on both Coventry and Warwickshire School Forums, and I continue to chair Coventry Schools Forum which I have done for many years
• I also represent the DBE as a co-opted member on Coventry City Council’s Education & Children’s Services Scrutiny Board 2
• I am a member of the Cathedral Community and regularly worship there

Inspire Director - Mark Gore

Joined the Education Department of Warwickshire County Council as Head of Education Planning. In 2006 he was appointed to lead on Schools and Education within the new Directorate of Children and Young People, a post he held until his retirement from the County Council in December 2012.
Was for a short time Interim Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire.
Was for a number of years a Governor and Chair of Governors of a non-maintained special school for the deaf, and is currently a Trustee of a Youth and Community Centre in Rugby

Inspire Director - Rachel Mason

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with over 17 years post qualification experience.
I currently work at National Grid, serving in various roles over the last 10 years, with my current role being Senior Finance Business Partner. I have successful experience in risk and project management along with the business acumen you would expect from a Finance professional.
In my current role I am responsible for helping to set the strategic direction, providing commercial insight, improving performance and driving the business forward. These skills I bring to my role as Governor.

I am a Mother of two children and also support small charity as Treasurer, helping those living in poverty in Ecuador.

I became a Governor as I am passionate about giving the best educational foundation to all children.

Inspire Director - Mary Aluko


Dual qualified legal professional and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales as well as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I am also an experienced corporate governance professional.

Key skills in:
▪ Strategic and operational governance advice, relationship management and influencing.
▪ Compliance with relevant legal, regulatory requirements and group standards.
▪ Assessing and advising on the impact of legal and regulatory changes on business activities and/or the legal implications of proposed business activities and transactions.
▪ Implementing, monitoring and driving change through learning interventions relating to compliance and governance.

Chartered Institute of Housing
▪ Group Company Secretary and Head of Compliance: Governance, Legal, Risk, Internal Audit and HR Board Director, CIH Canada.
▪ Data Protection Officer.
▪ Responsible for Governance, In-House Legal, Risk, Internal Audit, Regulation and Compliance.

Key achievements in:
Governance Strategy, Corporate Governance Framework, Subsidiary Governance, creation of a corporate contract register, procurement and tenders register, Information Security Framework and Data Protection.

2014 Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales – Admission to the Roll of Solicitors.
2008 – 2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Paralegal Practice – National Association of Licensed Paralegals Level 7 Diplomas – Distinction.
2007 – 2009 Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law – University College London (LLM).
2006 Legal Secretaries & PA’s Diploma – Institute of Legal Secretaries and PA’s.
2001 – 2002 Barrister at Law (BL) – Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria.
1994 – 2000 Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

2017 GDPR | Cyber Security Risk Management Governance in Charities.
2016 Various Enterprise Risk Management |Organizational Risk Culture| Risk Reporting.
2015 Central Law Training (Self -Funded) Board and Committee Servicing for Corporate Secretaries – In House Training| Charities in Financial Difficulties |Strategic Reporting |Contract Law Updates 2015 Annual General Meeting and Other Shareholder Meetings |Whistleblowing.
2015 The Pension Regulator Toolkit for Trustees 2014 (Central Law Training (Self -Funded)) Certificate in Commercial Contract Drafting Drafting Commercial Contracts Certificate in Company Law.
Practice Certificate in Corporate Governance Governance of Charities Annual General Meeting Update.

Inspire Director - Christopher Spencer

Chris is a qualified accountant. He worked for Ford Motor Company, Cable & Wireless and National Grid.
His career included periods working overseas in South Africa, the Yemen Arab Republic and Australia.
His final role was Managing Director of National Grid Australia where he oversaw the construction of a sub-sea electrical inter connector from Tasmania to Victoria. At the time, the world’s longest inter connector.
After retirement Chris undertook a number of roles, including; an elected member of Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, a mentor for the Princes Trust, a volunteer for Guide Dogs and Chair of George Eliot NHS Trust hospital.
In addition to Inspire Education Trust, Chris is currently a Trustee of St Marys Hall Trust (a charity linked to St Marys Collegiate Church) and is a Director of Manx Cable Company, which owns and operates an electrical inter connector from the Isle of Man to England.

Inspire Director - Lisa Hayes

I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. A HR professional, I have a wealth of experience working in both the private and public sector and have held senior positions for Randstad, a global leader in HR services and recruitment. I currently work in a HR position for a Russell Group University covering all aspects of operational HR and am a qualified Mediator.
A school governor for six years and Mum to three children, I am passionate about helping to create a learning environment in which our children thrive and are able to reach their full potential.