The Trust Board encompasses Aston Manor Academy and Chilwell Croft as part of Equitas Academies Trust. 

The Trust Board consists of up to 12 Directors (also known as Trustees) from a variety of employment backgrounds. We work as a team with the Executive Headteacher and Headteachers, for the benefit of all the pupils at both Aston Manor and Chilwell Croft Academies. 

We are all volunteers and have a diverse background, from education, to safety, transport, I.T and Auditing. It is our job to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’ – helping to guide the school to improving the standard of education for all of our pupils. 

We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budgets wisely, that the curriculum is delivered in an engaging way and that the safety of pupils is at the forefront of everything we do. 

If you need to contact us, please feel free to do so through the Clerk to the Trust Board, Jayne Adamson; ( 

Trustee NameTrustee/ MemberTerm Start DateTerm End Date
Mr Wadim Wesolek 
Date of appointment: 24.09.2018
Trustee -Chair of Board27.09.202126.09.2025
Mr Herville Hector 
Date of appointment: 25.09.2017 
Mr Michael Bartley 
Date of appointment: 24.03.2014 
Mrs Jane Gotschel 
Date of appointment: 27.09.2021 
Trustee – Safeguarding Link27.09.202126.09.2025
Mr Conor Hickey 
Date of appointment: 12.07.2021
Mr Simon Harris (vice chair)
Date of appointment: 7.12.2020
Sharron Ledgister
Date of appointment: 26.09.2022
Dr Nicola Smith
Date of appointment: 27.03.2023
Mr Steve HughesTrustee18.03.202417.03.2028

The trustees of Equitas Academies Trust believe it is important that boards reflect the diversity of the school communities they serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. 

The trustees are currently collecting data on the diversity of the board, including data on age, gender and ethnicity. They will use that data to inform their recruitment and training needs and ensure there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. 

Due to our relatively small board of trustees we do not publish this diversity data online as individual trustees could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.