Youth Engagement Schools Trust is a Multi Academy Trust based in Cheshire, specialising in helping vulnerable learners succeed in specialist settings. Fundamentally, the YES Trust’s ambition is to help as many vulnerable young people requiring specialist support within education as possible. The Trust is relentless in driving the development of successful, resilient, lifelong learners. We strive to make sure that all learners under our care experience an exceptional education, underpinning our unwavering view that every student can succeed.

The Trust currently runs an Alternative Provision Free School and an SEN Free School in Cheshire East, in addition to overseeing an Independent Primary AP, also in Cheshire East. The Trust is opening two SEN schools in September 2022 which will further increase the capacity we have to help more vulnerable young people.

The Keystone Academy will be recruiting for a ‘Local Support Board’ (LSB) during the autumn term, and if this is something that you would like more information on, or to apply to be a Governor on the LSB, please get in touch or download an application form here: YES Trust Governor Application Form

Until the LSB is formally appointed by the Trust, the Board of Trustees of the YES Trust will carry out the functions of the LSB at Trust level. The Trust governance and management structure is as follows:



Chris Hindley
Jim Bisset
Amanda Kiddle
Martin Pearson


Rob Halsall – Chair
Belinda Logan – Vice-Chair
Nic Brindle – CEO
Tim Haselwood
Lisa Carden-Doorey
Sharon Bradshaw
Helen Davies
Wendy Bower-Choyce


Chief Executive Officer – Nic Brindle
Director of Education – Helen Phillips
Director of Business – Chris Heptinstall

More information on the Trustees and Executive Leadership Team, including bios and contact info, can be found on the Trust website