Meet the Directors
Dr Nicky Cuddihy
Catholic Senior Executive Leader
Chair of Directors
Gaynor is currently the SEN Enrichment Manager at a large outstanding Secondary school within Dudley Borough. As such she has 12 years’ experience of working in secondary education specialising in SEN in a teaching capacity and a pastoral role. Her experience incorporates managerial responsibility as well as having strong communication and leadership skills. However previous roles have included working for the DWP, again in a management capacity, having to draw on strong interpersonal and customer service skills and finally beginning her career working in International Banking.
Gaynor is a committed catholic in the Parish of Brierley Hill often attending services at all three parish churches served by Fr Sanju and as such has firm community links. Roles within the parish have included Safeguarding lead and a member of the Parish forum. As a former student of Bishop Milner her faith has grown and developed over many years beginning life as non-Catholic, she was led to conversion over 20 years ago. It is this key aspect that drives her determination to support the schools within the St John Bosco Catholic Academy in both Catholic life and academic opportunities for our young people.
Shaun is employed as an Academy Business Manager within a 11-18 secondary provision. His career to date has been focussed around business and financial management. He has previously worked as an Academy Financial Consultant delivering financial support to leaders and trustees within multi academy trusts and has supported trustees with the forming of several new multi academy trusts. Shaun is part of the senior leadership team within his current provision and offers support and guidance towards the development of the academies strategic vision.
Upon commencing his current position, the academy where Shaun is employed had a £532k cumulative deficit. Within two academic years this debt had been settled and the academy finished the financial year with a £119k cumulative surplus. This was achieved through effective restructuring, benchmarking against similar provisions and achieving best value.
Shaun is a practicing Catholic and has previously served as a foundation representative for St Chads Catholic Primary School where his son is a pupil.
Upon leaving school Shaun joined Dudley MBC within the Children’s Services Accountancy team and studied towards the Association of Accounting Technicians Qualification. He has since gone on to study towards a Bachelors in Business Management at the University of Wolverhampton.
Paul, is a retired Senior Local Government Manager. Having worked in a variety of Local Government settings: Leisure, Education, Transformation and Strategic Assets, skilled in Partnerships, Sustainability, Procurement, Asset Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Capital Projects; including 5 Primary PFI Schools and was Programme Director for Sandwell Building Schools for the Future project including a PFI school. A Post Graduate Diploma focused in Management Studies. With over almost 25 years’ experience in school governance within both Primary and Secondary settings serving boards as Chair or Vice Chair. He is a Trustee of Sandwell Leisure Trust and was appointed Director of St John Bosco Multi Academy Company in September 2019.
Stephen is a Chartered Financial Planner and works for a Financial Advisers based in Wolverhampton. He has experience in working towards achieving a set of objectives through practical solutions for his clients covering a wide range of financial services and management of their financial assets.
Stephen attended Bishop Milner for his secondary education and went on to achieve a Bachelors degree in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent University.
His wife attended St Chads Catholic Primary School and Bishop Milner and is now a teacher in the Sandwell authority. Stephen has a number of nieces and nephews that attend St Chads Primary school and has a good knowledge of these schools.
James is a Chartered Engineer and Director of a local Building Services Engineering consultancy firm. He has experience in management and organisation of a team of staff. His work involves design and project management through engineering and construction projects throughout the UK.
James is a practising Catholic and attended two of the School’s in the MAC; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Bishop Milner Catholic College. Following on from Bishop Milner Sixth Form he went to Birmingham University, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
His wife attended St Chads Catholic Primary School and Bishop Milner Catholic College and is now a teacher in a Catholic School in Walsall, as well as their RE coordinator. His daughter now also attends St Chads Catholic Primary School, so he has a good knowledge and experience on these school’s in particular.
Ian is a career Civil Servant and is currently Head of Transformation Communications for a Government department.
A Government Communications specialist he has been responsible for promoting and defending the reputation of several public bodies covering utility regulation, business and industry, estate management, transport, defence, social justice and welfare, and forensic science. Ian has worked on a number of senior leadership teams and in 2017 helped set up the office of the Small Business Commissioner.
His experience spans brand, reputation, and change management, business administration, finance, project and operational delivery.
A practising Catholic Ian nears 20 years’ experience in school governance within both Primary and Secondary settings serving boards as Vice Chair, and former Foundation Director of a Sandwell-based Multi-Academy Company.
Ian’s wife is an Executive Head Teacher, school improvement consultant and Section 48 Examiner in Catholic Schools. His children are both Catholic-educated attending schools in Sandwell and Worcestershire.
He has a Masters Degree in Visual Communications, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design, and an Honours degree in Design and Audio-Visual communication. He is a certified Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming, a certified workplace coach, and Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Chris is a recently retired Headteacher of a successful 11-16 comprehensive school within Dudley. She has spent her whole career in education with a subject specialism in the Technology area but has also taught a wide variety of subjects when required. She has held leadership roles in every area of school life during her 41 years as a teacher. She feels she can support and contribute within the MAC with her extensive knowledge of Quality of Education, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management, All aspects of pastoral care and Safeguarding. She is passionate about supporting all students to reach their potential and grow into young people who have developed all the skills they need to successful.
Safeguarding – Christine McGrail
SEND and Inclusion – Gaynor Rennicks
Health and Safety – Paul Piddock
Whistleblowing – Gaynor Rennicks
Pupil Premium – James Wiltshire
Finance – Shaun Millington
Catholic Life – Ian Bickley
Safer Recruitment – all
Committees and their responsibilities
Each Director and Governor member is vetted by the Trustees of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The Boards of Directors is made up of a wide range of professionals who through their representation as board members bring vast experience from both education and business.
The Governors within each school or groups of schools work together with the Principals and staff of each school for the good of the pupils whilst also ensuring everything is underpinned by sound financial acumen.
Governance Structure of
St John Bosco Catholic Academy
Local Governing Body
St John Bosco
Local Governing Body