Introducing our Directors

Introducing our Directors

My name is Ken Wilson and I am Chair of the Board of Directors, Painsley Catholic Academy.

I’m married for over 50 years, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

I enjoy most sports including football, cricket, rugby and in earlier years participated in athletics, squash, swimming, boxing, football, angling & cricket. I also trained in my early years as a musician and attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where I played Bass Trombone, Violin and Bass Fanfare Trumpet. I enjoy music singing Bass in the Church Choir and as Cantor as well as in the past in local / County choirs.

I’ve been involved with Catholic Education for more than forty years in various capacities including PTFAs, elected Parent Governor, LGB Foundation Governor, Foundation Director & Chair of the Board of Directors of Holy Trinity Academy, Stafford and Chair of the Board for the past 5 years of The Painsley Catholic Academy, which comprises 16 schools. In this capacity I also Chair sub committees on Standards & Curriculum, Safeguarding, Catholic Life and am a member of the Resource / Finance committee.

I’m a CATENIAN for over 20 years, past President of Stafford Circle and currently President of Stoke- on-Trent Circle. I am also a member and past Chair of PROBUS. I started a Catholic Scout Troop which I enjoyably led for a number of years until work / travel commitments overtook me.

I studied with the Open University, University of Wolverhampton, Ohio State University, USA and have a B.A. (Hons) in Business & HR. Whilst I’m now retired for many years I was responsible for operations in Russia, Europe, Middle East & Africa in a leadership, technical, quality and manufacturing capacity having also worked prior to that in the UK, Japan & USA.

I am Bridget Williams, a Director of the Painsley MAC and current Vice Chair . I have been involved both at LGB level as Chair and then with the Board since the merger of the Holy Trinity. I am a widow with two grown-up children both of whom went through a primary Catholic school and then Painsley Catholic College. l also have a grandchild who attends St Giles’ Catholic Primary.

I am retired after spending my working life in the corporate world, firstly, with a major brewer where l worked both in wholesale and retail as a regional sales manager in the south of England.

I moved later to Uttoxeter due to my late husband’s promotion, which then took me into property  where l was a board of management partner dealing with land and property in management, marketing and sales. I am a practising Catholic and involved with my local parish .

Education has always been a passion of mine and l enjoy contributing to the continued success of our MAC.

I have been in Catholic education my whole life. I’m a former pupil of St Anne’s and Blessed William Howard schools and I have taught in Catholic secondary schools for the last 27+ years, gaining an MA in Catholic School Leadership from St Mary’s in Twickenham along the way. I am currently an assistant principal and English teacher with whole school pastoral and communication, language and literacy responsibilities and I believe in helping every child to become the best that they can be. I am also Vice-chair of governors of a primary school in Wolverhampton and I have been a foundation director at Painsley Catholic Academy since 2018, having been a foundation director of Holy Trinity MAC prior to this.

Dr Nigel Matthews

Foundation Director Painsley Catholic Academy.

Former (Retired) Consultant Anaesthetist University Hospital of North Midlands.

Chairman of the Department of Anaesthetics.

Examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists- where I contributed to the development of the Fellowship examination and was active in overseeing many examinations abroad.

I am a believer in good Catholic education as a foundation for life.

I am qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and have over 20 years’ experience working in the education sector.  The majority of my career was working for the County Council, supporting schools and the Local Authority in all areas of finance.  My current professional role is Director of Finance and Business at an academy trust where I am involved in the school leadership along with being responsible for all the financial planning, budgets, contract management, HR, premises and health and safety.  I spent 8 years as a parent governor at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School before being appointed as a foundation director at the Holy Trinity MAC.  I have served as a foundation director at The Painsley Catholic Academy MAC since 2018.

I am a former pharmacist, with experience in a variety of roles in community pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

I am now retired and enjoying spending time with my family.

I was appointed as a Foundation Director of The Painsley Catholic Academy in September 2022.