OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bob Dool

Chair of The Board of Directors

Bob is highly experienced in educational development and management in both Scotland and England he has also taken advantage of work experiences across Europe and the USA widening his knowledge and experience. Bob’s key skills areas at senior level include:-Strategic leadership and management, communications and HR, leading and managing large teams, project management and development of new learning and sixth form centres, initiating and managing strong education/ business partnerships and leading diverse teams including youth, adult and community learning. More recently, he has worked with local schools to help develop partnerships enabling students, staff and the wider community to benefit from working together, and been Chair of the LGB's at Chantry Academy and Hillside Primary School & Nursery. Latterly, Bob was part of the small project management team which developed and established in Suffolk, a centre of post 16 learning - a £70 million project which opened in 2010, has nearly 1800 post 16 students and was recently judged by OfSTED as outstanding. Probably of greatest relevance is his passion for educational development with an emphasis on inclusion and partnership to help young people raise and achieve their aspirations.

Jeremy Beswick

Jeremy is an investment fund professional of >20 years’ experience in the industry, with a background in international business management and leadership, marketing, sales and client service, strategy, planning and product development, spanning both traditional and alternative asset classes in retail and institutional markets. He has served on several Boards and Executive, Investment, Risk and Audit Committees. He has spoken at many fund management conferences internationally, and has written a number of articles published in the Financial Times and other financial journals.

Marion Lloyd

Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors

Marion is Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors. She has 30 years’ experience helping schools to improve outcomes for students. Much of this work was in the North of England working for a small metropolitan borough (Bury), then for one of the largest shire counties (Lancashire). Marion developed a wide range of experience and expertise working with all types of schools from Early Years settings to post 16 colleges.

Clive Bush

Clive was the first Chief Executive of the Trust and is also a successful former secondary school headteacher and Director of the Secondary National Strategy. He has had direct and successful experience of recruiting and retaining high quality senior leaders in both of the above roles.

David Bateson

David Bateson OBE, Educational Consultant and NLE, retired after two headships and six outstanding OFSTED judgements in all-age, all-ability and all-disability residential schools. He has worked nationally and internationally with government bodies; as a consultant leader, school improvement partner and coach; as an inspector and appraiser; as a regional leader for NCTL; and as chair of a National Teaching School. He continues to work in various headship and LA support roles in maintained, mainstream and independent education. He is chair of the National SEND Forum comprising 20 national organisations. The NSENDF works with the DfE, Ofsted and the NSC, amongst others. David combines consultancy work with trustee roles on five MAT and charity boards. Outside educational pursuits, David enjoys the theatre, songwriting and travel.

Jackie Cutchey

Jackie has been involved in education for more than forty years, beginning her career as a primary school teacher in a London Borough. Having held a variety of middle leader roles before gaining promotion to deputy headship in Lowestoft. Jackie was asked to be acting headteacher after eighteen months, subsequently becoming headteacher for the first time in 1997. Jackie has led schools through Ofsted inspections a total of five times with good outcomes each time.

Greg Hely Hutchinson

Greg is a Managing Director for a leading Global Bank and is responsible for providing Corporate Finance advice to clients in the Transportation, Support Services and Infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience advising boards of major multinationals on complex projects and transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, stock market listings and other large financing events.

Professor Adam Boddison

Professor Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen (the National Association for Special Educational Needs) with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme. Adam is a Trustee of the Potential Trust and is a National Leader of Governance. In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of educational publishing and international education projects.

Catherina Quinn

Catherina is a lawyer, anti-racist campaigner and mum of two. Having spent 10 years as a solicitor in an international top 25 law firm, she has now returned to her first passion, education. Prior to practising law, she gained experience as a tutor. She also provided teaching and pastoral support to children who had been excluded from mainstream schools, the majority of whom were from the BME community. She is committed to progressing racial equity in society, believing long term positive change must begin with schooling. She delivers presentations and workshops to school staff on the need for racial equity and anti-racism in education. She enjoys spending time with her family, is a keen runner, enjoys hiking, watching films and travelling.

Rosie Weaver

Rosie is an experienced public sector Non-Executive Director, dedicating much of her time to voluntary roles having taken early retirement from the NHS. Her current portfolio of professional governance roles includes Primary School Local Authority Governor; Elected Member of the National Association of Local Councils (National Assembly and Policy Committee); Chair of the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils; Chair of the Local Parish Council; Chair and Director of a Community Sports Facility. Rosie is a qualified and experienced workplace mediator and runs her own consultancy business providing team and individual mediation as well as team facilitation events. Prior to this, Rosie held a number of senior leadership roles in the public and third sectors. She also chaired a Midlands-based housing association for 12 years and developed a suite of new community-based charities to meet the needs of marginalised people.


Members

Bob Dool

Member

Bob is the Chair of the Board of the Trust, as well as a Member, and is highly experienced in educational development and management in both Scotland and England he has also taken advantage of work experiences across Europe and the USA widening his knowledge and experience. Bob’s key skills areas at senior level include:-Strategic leadership and management, communications and HR, leading and managing large teams, project management and development of new learning and sixth form centres, initiating and managing strong education/ business partnerships and leading diverse teams including youth, adult and community learning. More recently, he has worked with local schools to help develop partnerships enabling students, staff and the wider community to benefit from working together, and been Chair of the LGB's at Chantry Academy and Hillside Primary School & Nursery. Latterly, Bob was part of the small project management team which developed and established in Suffolk, a centre of post 16 learning - a £70 million project which opened in 2010, has nearly 1800 post 16 students and was recently judged by OfSTED as outstanding. Probably of greatest relevance is his passion for educational development with an emphasis on inclusion and partnership to help young people raise and achieve their aspirations.

Helen Capron

Member

Helen Capron has explored education from a variety of angles: as a researcher, teacher, chair of governors and parent. She believes in high quality education for all and seeks to ensure this is being offered across all the Active Learning Trust schools.

Lesley Adams

Member

Lesley was formerly Chair of the Trust Board, and have served as this role has remained a Member of the Trust. Lesley brings considerable experience to the Trust after serving many years in the education sector.

Marion Lloyd

Member

Marion, Vice-Chair of the Trust Board, is also a Member. Marion was asked to remain a Member due to the changes being made to Governance. It is the Board's intention to move to a situation of having 4 out of 5 members who are not Trustees during the coming year.

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Local Governing Bodies

Littleport LGB (LECA and Highfield Littleport)

Chatteris LGB (Cromwell, Kingsfield and Earith)

March LGB (Neale Wade and Burrowmoor)

Grove / Westwood LGB 

Chesterton / Isle of Ely LGB 

Red Oak Primary

Pakefield Primary School

Reydon Primary School

Chantry Academy

Sidegate Primary School

Hillside Primary School

Gusford Primary School

Albert Pye Primary School

Ravensmere Primary School

Highfield Ely

Highfield Littleport