Rapid Improvement Board (RIB)

In order to support Freebrough Academy a RIB has been established by The Trust and the Regional Schools Commissioner has been informed.

The RIB’s main function is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.

The RIB has taken on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of staff. In addition Members of a RIB bring a fresh outlook to the governance arrangements of a school, marking a clear break from the previous management of the school.


Anne Casey (Chair RIB)

Anne is Director of her education solutions company ACE limited, her portfolio includes working as a DfE Education Adviser, with Free School groups and MATS, mentoring MAT CEOs, Associate Director for Academy’s Ambassadors matching non-executive Directors to Academy Trusts and working nationally to ensure strong Governance in Multi Academy Trusts.

Previously Anne was Deputy Director to the Regional Schools Commissioner (LWY) developing the education landscape of the region, challenging underperformance, assessing free school capacity and working with academies and trusts on Governance and growth strategies.

From 2013-2016, Anne was the Founding Principal for the University Technical College (UTC) In Media City UK taking it from vision to oversubscribed reality, and was on the board of Directors, she was accountable for all aspects of the UTC, staffing, recruitment, curriculum, assessment, safeguarding and growth plans.

Prior to 2013 she was Head of ICT at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), part of the DfE. Anne managed a national team of ICT Advisers providing expert ICT educational procurement support to all capital programmes. She advised free schools, UTCs, academies and Studio Schools on the development of the ICT aspects of their school development, and ensured that the first free schools, UTCs and Studio Schools opened with ICT partners in place. Prior to working in the EFA Anne was Education ICT Adviser for the South of England at Partnerships for Schools where she worked supporting and challenging local authorities and schools as they developed their aspirations for educational transformation through ICT investment. Anne has organised major DfE exhibitions at the BETT show, and developed ICT network events in London.

Anne has extensive experience in secondary ICT education as a staff governor, teacher and leader and has expertise in the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, and has coordinated Education projects for universities, EAZs, SSAT, the British Council, Becta, NCSL, local authorities and London Challenge. From 2001 she was Director of Camden City Learning Centre, designing innovative teaching and learning programmes across all key stages, and training programmes for education professionals and the local community. Anne has also been a contributor to international ICT workshops in Canada, the UK, US, China and Singapore.

John Anthony

John was Head Teacher at Gillbrook School until 2012 when he became Chief Education Officer for Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority until March 2016. John met regularly with regional HMI and has developed effective partnerships with Ofsted and the RSC. As part of this role John was instrumental in leading on the council foundation for jobs strategy. John also held an advisory role to AET.

John brings a lot of expertise in relation to school improvement.  As CEO within Redcar and Cleveland Education he has been responsible for school improvement in primary and secondary schools.  John also chairs the Trusts Standards Committee.

Pat White

Pat was formerly the Deputy Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment at Teesside University and served at the University for thirty years. Pat was given the responsibility of developing a Schools & Colleges Liaison team in 1992 and this team was an integral part of the Marketing and Student Recruitment Department.

As a Trustee Pat has the skills, knowledge and experience to challenge and support in relation to raising aspirations, HE links and the STEM agenda, as well as SEN and Safeguarding – building upon her training in both of these fields and her previous role as link governor for those areas in Freebrough Academy. 

Asma Shaffi

Currently Deputy Principal and Head of Centre for Prior Pursglove, part of the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust, Asma has worked at Prior Pursglove College for 15 years in various senior leadership roles.  She is Chair of a 14-19 Strategic Partnership of Redcar and Cleveland and the Police’s Independent Advisory Group which is a key role to improve quality in education and enhance community engagement.

Asma previously worked for the Local Authority, law centres and further education colleges in management roles undertaking an extensive amount of regeneration work in the Tees Valley.  She pioneered a large community business ‘Everyday Language Solutions’ and served as a Trustee and Director for 6 years after its inception.  It won the Adult Learners’ Week (NIACE) National Award in 2002 for the ‘highest quality’ community business of the year.  Asma holds a MSC in Social Research Methods and a Graduate of Law and Economics.

At Prior Pursglove College the value added, success rates and retention are at or above the Sixth Form Colleges’ benchmarks.  The College acquired an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ as a nominee in 2015 and the outcomes have been improving ever since.

Reverend Adam Gaunt

The Reverend Adam Gaunt is currently the Rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland and Carlin How with Skinningrove. Father Adam was a successful governor at Whitecliffe Academy. Father Adam was the Chair of Governors in a secondary academy, in a large Multi-Academy Trust.   He is a strong and strategic board member. Father Adam also serves his community in the village of Carlin How and as a Trustee of the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove since 2010.

Father Adam brings his skills of strategic leadership, his knowledge and understanding of the local community and his experience of working as a governor in both primary and secondary academies.

June Foxton … to follow


Committee Members of the RIB

Name Type of Membership Term of office start date Term of office end date or date stepped down (R)
Anne Casey (Chair) Co-opted 16 May  2018 31 August 2019
June Foxton (Interim CEO) Trustee 01 March  2019 31 August 2019
Asma Shaffi Co-opted 16 May  2018 31 August 2019
Jonathan Anthony Trustee 16 May  2018 31 August 2019
Patricia White Trustee 16 May  2018 31 August 2019
Reverend Adam Gaunt Trustee 20 September 2018 31 August 2019

Attendance Records at Meetings 2018-2019

RIB Committee Member Meetings attended Out of a possible
Anne Casey (Chair) 9 9
Linda Halbert (CEO) (R) 5 6
Asma Shaffi 9 9
Jonathan Anthony 9 9
June Foxton (Interim CEO) 3 3
Patricia White 9 9

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests 2018/2019

Name Date of Declaration Details of Business Interests Declared Details of Business Interests of Immediate Members of Family
John Anthony 21/09/18 1) Retired

5) Middlesbrough Football Club

Anne Casey 22/05/19 1) Director of ACE LTD




Governance within other establishments:

1) Rosebridge Academy, Governor, April 2018

2) Durham, Governor Support for Trust, June 2019

June Foxton 01/03/19 1) Interim CEO, Teesside Learning Trust None
Asma Shaffi 04/10/18 1) Current employment:
Deputy Principal/Head of Prior Pursglove
8) Employed by Sixth Form College’s Guisborough where Freebrough students go as their destinations
Reverend Adam Gaunt 20/09/18 1) Rector of Loftusin-Cleveland and Carlin How with Skinningrove
3) Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Company number 03837401 and Charity Number 108246 and Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland Company Number 9196281 and Charity Number 1159355
4) Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Company number 03837401 and Charity Number 108246 and Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland Company Number 9196281 and Charity Number 1159355
5) Proctor-in-Convocation and Elected Member of the General Synod of the Church of England
Pat White 01/10/18 1) Retired
4) Unicorn Centre Stainton Way, Hemlington

Annual Reports and Accounts

More information about governance of the Teesside Learning Trust and finance documents can be found on the TLT website.

The TLT Gender Pay Gap Report can be found on the TLT website here.

Freebrough Local Academy Council

The Board of Trustees  appointed a committee of the Board to undertake all responsibilities in relation to Freebrough Academy that were previously delegated to the Local Academy Council. This committee is called the Rapid Improvement Board and its membership is listed above.