Audit Committee


Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards

Vice Chair, In-House Solicitor at Green Thumb Limited, Director of PJE Consultancy

Type – Community

Paul is a practising solicitor specialising in Employment Law working as Head of HR at Green Thumb Limited.

He is also a director of his own law consultancy firm and regularly advises educational establishments including Schools, Colleges and Academies on all employment related matters.

Paul has also advised on contentious and non-contentious pupil and parent matters such as parental complaints, data protection, freedom of information act requests, child protection and safeguarding, abuse claims, Equality Act obligations, Disclosure and Barring Service requirements, parent contract and breach of contract (independent schools).

Paul’s main interest is rugby and he has played semi-professional rugby for Sale Sharks 2nd and U21 teams, Waterloo FC, Manchester Rugby Club, Altrincham Kersal and Cheshire, winning the County Championship Shield at Twickenham. Paul is also a keen golfer.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Audit Committee – Independent member

Type – Community

Mark Johnson is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered company secretary with over 23 years’ experience of advising on commercial arrangements in public services. He has advised on conversion of many schools to academy status, the establishment of free schools, formation of group structures, mergers and acquisitions. He serves as the Company Secretary to a community MAT in Cheshire and to several social enterprises providing youth and community services in Staffordshire.

Mark is member of the syllabus committee for ICSA The Governance Institute’s qualification in Academy Governance. He holds the IoD Diploma in Company Direction. He has served as a school governor and chair of finance committee, as well as being the trustee of an educational charity.
His role as part of the Audit Committee is to support and provide assurance to the Board by:

• Reviewing the Trust’s internal financial controls, internal control and risk management systems
• Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the Trust’s internal audit function in the light of current risks and trends in the sector
• Make recommendations to the Board in relation to the appointment, reappointment or removal of the organisation’s external auditors.


Grenville Page

Grenville Page

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Chair of Audit Committee

Type – Community

Grenville is a highly experienced commercially minded finance, business and governance professional, and senior leader with a wealth of board level, audit committee and change experience as an executive, a NED/trustee and business consultant gained across the public (local government, NHS, central government), charities/social enterprises, housing and education sectors. Grenville has held Finance Director positions in health, a social enterprise and a private sector social care local authority spin-out.

Grenville has extensive knowledge and experience of the health, social care, housing, and well-being agendas, and in supporting emergent social enterprises and public sector spin-outs. He is committed to contributing to organisational success and sustainability, and ensuring best practice governance and financial management.

Grenville currently has a number board positions in organisations in Greater Manchester and is closely linked into Devolution developments and service transformation. Current positions include Lay member for Governance at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning; Board member and Chair of Audit Committee at Equity Housing based in Stockport with stock in and outside of Greater Manchester, where he is also a member of the Finance and Treasury management committee; and Non-executive and Chair of Finance and Business Improvement at Borough Care based in Stockport with 11 residential care homes. He is also a Non-executive at Catalyst Choices, a social care spin from Warrington Council.

Grenville is married with a daughter. His interests include all forms of motor sports and cars, photography, visiting national trust properties, and progressive rock music.