Our School Trust and Governors

Inspire Academy Trust Governance

Trust Information

This webpage is for the publication of Trust governance information. If you have any queries or requests for Trust governance information, (including minutes of Directors’ and General meetings), please contact the Company Secretary and Clerk to the Directors.  In addition, some company documentation may be accessible from  Companies House https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07781921

Inspire Academy Trust (A Company Limited by Guarantee) Registered Company Number: 07781921 (England and Wales) Address: Southampton City College, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1AR

Currently there are four Members of the Company:
1 – Southampton City College Corporation (Corporate Member)
2 – The Chair of the Corporation of Southampton City College (Ex-Officio)
3 –  The Principal of Southampton City College (Ex-Officio)
4 – The Chair of the Inspire Academy Trust Directors (Ex-Officio)

The Inspire Academy Trust Charitable Trustees and Company Directors are:
  • Mr Hanif Brora – Chair of the Directors
  • Mr Kevin George
     – Chair of the Isle of Wight Studio School
  • Ms Sarah Stannard (CEO)


Our Governors

Kevin George

Kevin George

Chief Executive Officer, Red Funnel

Chair of Governors 
Inspire Academy Trust Director
Lead on Leadership and Management 
(Appointed 14/07/15 by Aspire Academy Trust)

Kevin George joined Red Funnel on 2nd January, 2014.

Kevin has over 30 years experience in the transport sector having held senior management positions in a number of companies including British Airways and Monarch Airlines.

An engineer by training, Kevin has worked extensively in business development, customer services and operations as well as leading a number of significant business transformations.

In December 2015, Kevin was appointed Chairman of Discover Ferries, the industry body that promotes ferry travel for all the UK operators. He is also a Governor of the Isle of Wight Studio School.
Kevin is a keen sailor and lives on the Isle of Wight.

Sarah McCarthy-Fry

Sarah McCarthy-Fry

Finance Director GKN Aerospace

Local Governor
(Appointed 09/09/14 and 09/09/18 by Inspire Academy Trust)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry is the Finance Director for GKN Aerospace based in East Cowes. She is a Chartered Management Accountant and has held a variety of financial roles with GKN in the UK, USA and Germany. Alongside her role in GKN, Sarah also chairs the Employment & Skills Board of the Solent LEP


Sarah was Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council between 1995 and 2000 and later MP for Portsmouth North between 2005 and 2010. During her parliamentary career Sarah was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Learning and later Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.


Sarah lives with her husband in Shanklin and has 4 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys walking the dog, tap dancing, musical theatre and singing in the church choir.

Steve Archer

IT and telecommunications specialist

Safeguarding Governor
Lead on Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare 
(Appointed 14/07/15 by Inspire Academy Trust)


Steve Archer I.Eng MBA BA(Hons) MIET worked for 30 years in the IT and telecommunications industries until 2004. He specialised in the installation and service management of connections between the high capacity networks of carriers such as British Telecommunications and the private networks of multinational companies. Major projects included linking the systems of banks in New York and London, setting up London networks for charitable events such as Live Aid and BBC Children in Need, managing the interconnection of mobile operators such as Vodafone and O2 within London.

Steve’s education career started in 1982 when he was invited to teach microelectronics during the evening at a local technical college. Steve left industry in 2004 to teach full time in the Further and Higher Education Sectors. Steve was a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich in the years prior to his retirement in 2010. During this time, Steve was the programme leader for a suite of Foundation Degree and HNC/HND programmes with a special remit to deliver these programmes to deprived areas.

Steve lives on the Isle of Wight where he spends time on such hobbies as radio control models and various social clubs. Steve is a keen touring cyclist who has recently toured Sicily, South Africa and Scotland and is a committee member of Cyclewight which represents the interests of island cyclists in negotiations with the Isle of Wight Council and other bodies.

Sarah Stannard

Principal and Chief Executive of City College Southampton

Inspire Academy Trust Director
Lead on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
(Appointed 09/09/14 by Inspire Academy Trust)

Sarah Stannard has been Principal and Chief Executive of City College Southampton since the summer of 2013. She was previously a Vice Principal at Chichester College, one of England’s largest and most successful colleges. Her career also includes management consultancy with global businesses and national public sector organisations, and marketing and sales roles for FMCG companies.

City College is Southampton’s general further education college. It educates and trains around 7,000 people a year, including: 1,300 young people, 1000 apprentices, 200 higher education students (often adults in work and studying part-time) and about 3,500 adults a year. The college is committed to providing education for all its community to ensure they have the right skills for work and life but has particularly invested in specialist facilities for Marine, Engineering and Construction as well as the Creative and Performing Arts to meet the needs of local employers.

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