Engage Trust Board Members and Directors
The Executive Board maintains strategic and statutory responsibility for The Engage Trust Academies and services. In addition Local Governing Bodies support each Academy.
The Engage Trust currently has 2 academies; The Short Stay School for Norfolk spread across 9 sites in Norfolk and the Pinetree School in Thetford. The SSSfN also provides a range of other specialist services on behalf of the Local Authority including home education for pupils unable to attend school, reintegration of excluded pupils to new schools and advice on admissions to specialist provision.
There are currently 4 Trustees of the Engage Trust. Trustee’s work entails overseeing the Academy strategy and being responsible for complying with Charity law, overseeing the school’s assets, managing any conflicts of interest, managing risk and governing the charity in a transparent & accountable way.
Meet our Members
I first became a school governor about 1984; I have been a governor of Wellesley First School, Blackdale Middle School, Chair of Thorpe Hamlet First School and Chair of the Management of Douglas Bader School.
I have been running my own company since 1986, specialising in producing marine navigation and surveying software. The software is supplied on a global basis so I have plenty of opportunities of visiting many parts of the world.
I am on the board of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, am a Cromer Town Councillor and chair of the North Lodge Park Committee. I am chair of Cromer Community Association which run the Community Centre.
I am a member of the Labour and the Co-operative Party and chair of the East of England Society Co-operative Party.
Hobbies include a season ticket holder of Norwich City Football Club and I enjoy going orienteering (when I have spare time).
I am currently Business Director for the Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy, trading as Childhood First, which is a provider of therapeutic care, education and treatment for children and young people who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, abuse and neglect. Childhood First provides services for children and are supported by our Institute for Integrated Systemic Therapy, which provides clinical training, practice development, consultation and research, and is a full training and accrediting member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists. Currently in this role I am responsible for all aspects of placement referrals; income generation; fundraising; new project developments and senior management; and the development of therapeutic fostering nationally.
Previously I have worked over the past 2 decades in senior roles for Casterbridge Care and Education; National Fostering Agency; Lambeth Social Services and the Shaftesbury Society developing and managing strategic children’s services. In addition I served as a Community / Co-opted Governor in Wandsworth Education primary schools as well as serving as Chair in two of these separate schools. I am also currently Treasurer and Management Committee member for the ICHA Independent Children’s Home Association.
Originally from Wales and upon leaving school I spend over a year teaching in Sri Lanka.
After some attempts working at various theatres in London I eventually found myself leading the music strategy for MTV Europe as Head of Music and a stint living in Rome setting up an Arabic TV Network!
Following this I had a stint at music video production working with Ace of Base, Yello amongst others lesser known!
Before the turn of the millennium I decided to leave London and started working for the British Red Cross, based in Norwich. I was the Operations Director for East Anglia and then became the Operations Director for the Overseas Branches. This meant spending a lot of my time travelling around the Caribbean on disaster preparedness and recovery.
Having left the Red Cross in 2010 I joined Norfolk County Council as Project Manager leading their integration of Health and Social Care. I could only manage a year there and left to pursue an MBA at the UEA.
Once graduated I set up a consultancy business working with the voluntary and public sectors - which I continue to do to this day!
I live in Norwich with my partner and my elderly dog. We are members of the Octagon Unitarian Chapel in Norwich and regularly attend.
My interest in being a Governor at the SSSfN derives from always striving to ensure that everyone gets the best opportunities in life and therefore giving my time and expertise to the school goes towards fulfilling this for me.
Meet our Directors
I am currently employed as a Freelance Advocate with Coram Voice a children’s charity based in London. Coram Voice has the contract with Norfolk Children’s services to provide advocacy to young people who are likely to be placed on the Child Protection register.
I also advocate for LAC children who may have specific complaints about Children’s Services or their placement.
Prior to this I served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft technician for 22 years during which time I completed my degree with the Open University (Maths and Technology).
On leaving the RAF I completed my PGCE (Secondary, Physics and Maths) at UEA. I taught in mainstream and special schools for 21 years before retiring and taking up my current position.
I became a governor at the SSSfN in September 2014 and a Director of The Engage MAT from its inception.
I am currently the Finance Chief Operating Officer at HSBC where I manage accounting operations, IT, projects, process transformation and operational controls for the Finance function. I have held this role for 9 years and previously held similar roles at Santander (UK) and Credit Suisse.
I became aware of Academy Trust roles through the Free Schools Network looking for new commercially experienced Trust Directors. I was attracted to a role at The Engage Trust because I wanted to work with a Trust in a geography with which I have a strong connection - I was born in Suffolk, grew up in Essex, have family in Norfolk and live in Cambridgeshire. I also wanted to work with a trust that provided me with challenges that were very different to my own work and educational experience - I was inspired by the people I met and what they are achieving and I hope I can contribute to their continued achievement.
I have served as a governor in many schools in Norfolk for the past 25 years, including as an LA Additional Governor for Schools of Concern, and as a Trustee on 2 MAT Boards for a few years. I am an accountant by profession and am employed by Norfolk County Council as Finance, Leadership & Governance Services Manager, leading the School’s Finance & Business Services Team and the Leadership & Governance Services Team, overseeing the Educator Solutions traded budgeting and financial management service to schools and academies and the traded leadership & governance services to schools & academies.
I am a Trustee and Treasurer of several charities, including The SAW Trust (Science, Art, Writing), The Yorke Trust music education charity in North Norfolk, am Chair of Poringland Fuel Allotment Charity and am Trustee and Treasurer of the PCC of St Andrew’s Church, Framingham Earl. My son was educated in Norfolk schools, and, now I am a doting grand-parent, I have an even stronger drive in ensuring our schools attain the highest standards possible.
I am a freelance business consultant, specialising in the people side of business and organisations. My main areas of focus include organisational and leadership development, personal development and well-being, and generalist human resource management.
Having grown up in Norwich, I moved to the north of England in my early 20's, intending to stay for a couple of years. Twenty years later, I eventually returned to live in Norwich with my partner and our two dogs. Whilst in the north of England, I led and directed Organisational Development and Human Resource functions for several public and private sector organisations, completed an MBA and trained and practised as a psychotherapist and coach. I also qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
On my return to Norwich, as well as pursuing a freelance career, I also focused my attentions on volunteering opportunities which in turn, led me to the Engage Trust. My interest in The Engage Trust was sparked by my passion and interest in providing access for vulnerable young people to participate in equal opportunities to learn, grow and to develop their best selves.