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Solent Academies Trust

Mark Mitchell - Member & Director


BA (Hons) in Sociology , University of Leeds

MSc in Politics and Sociology, University of London

Current employment where relevant:

Retired, although act as a consultant to the National Offender Management Service and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Professional experience including organisations you have played a part in:

Employed until 2011 as a member of academic staff at the University of Portsmouth, as a head of department for six years and a Dean of Faculty for a further eight years. As Dean, had devolved responsibility for a budget of c£12 million and leadership responsibility for c300 staff.

School Governance Experience

Twenty-two years experience of school governance, eighteen of these as a chair of governors, including at a mainstream secondary and two special schools. In 2003 asked by the local authority to chair the shadow board of governors of what became Mary Rose Academy. Currently still chair of governors of Mary Rose but about to stand down in order to focus on SAT role. Recently invited to chair the Salterns Academy Trust for a 6-9 month period to assist with strategic planning.

Appointed as a National Leader of Governance in 2014 and current chair of the Portsmouth Governors Forum.

Chair of Portsmouth Schools Forum from 2011-15.