Governance

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The Board of Directors is accountable in law for all major decisions about our academies. However, this does not mean that the Board is required to carry out all the Trust’s governance functions and many are delegated, including, for example, to the CEO, the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and the Church Schools’ Committee. It is vital that the decision to delegate a function is made by the full Board of Directors and is recorded. Without such delegation, the individual or committee has no power to act.

Parent Forums

Although not part of our governance structure, parent forums are a valuable source of information and are helping the Board to make strategic decisions based on the views of a much wider variety of stakeholders.

You can find out more by looking at the parent forum page on the individual websites of our academies, you can find them here.

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Members

Academy trusts do not have shareholders; they have members. The role and rights of members is analogous to that of shareholders. They hold the AGM and appoint Directors. Our members are:

Full name: Mrs Fiona Trigwell
Date of appointment: 14/12/2017
Appointed by: Appointed under Article 12C
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Paul Trigwell Memorial Fund – Trustee, Daughter works at Thistle Hill Academy – SENCO
Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None
Relationships between other governors or school staff:   None
Attendance record at Members meetings over academic year 2023/24: 2/2

Fiona first moved to Kent as a newly qualified teacher in 1979 and has lived and worked in the Swale area ever since. Fiona’s experience in education spans all age groups from 4 to 18 years although the majority of her teaching has been in the secondary sector.

Over the course of her career Fiona’s responsibilities have been both pastoral and academic which has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of education. Fiona has led subject departments and faculties alongside responsibilities for safeguarding, child protection and social and emotional care. She has worked with social services to introduce new initiatives into schools, delivered training to county governors and children’s services across Kent and also led a federation of schools in a national pilot focused on achievement of pupils in Key Stage 3.

In 2013 Fiona accepted the Headship of a school in extremely challenging circumstances and over the last four years has used her expertise to see it develop into a popular and oversubscribed, successful school. In more recent years she has represented secondary Headteachers on the board of the Kent Early Help and Safeguarding Group and also represented Headteachers in Kent as a member of the Kent Children’s Safeguarding Board. Fiona was also a member of the Strategic Headteacher’s group for the South East for the national organization Teach First.

Fiona retired from Headship in August 2017 and now wants to divide her time between the children’s charity she established ten years ago, her family, advisory and voluntary work.

Full name: Mrs Georgina Glover
Date of appointment: 14/08/2012  
Appointed by: Member Appointed – (Article 12B)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Canterbury City Council – Councillor
Kent County Council Legal & Democratic Services Consultant
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Governor at Hoath & Chislet Federation
Governor at Newlands Tkat Primary
Governor and Trustee at Simon Langton Grammar School
Governor at St Ethelbert R Catholic School
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Members meetings over academic year 2023/24: 1/2

As a School Governor in excess of 25 years, Georgina has been a Leading School Governor in both primary and secondary education. Still an active school governor and Chair, Georgina previously worked as the Principal Accountant for Kent County Council Education Department for 20 years covering four districts with 23 staff.  She produced and undertook training across the County for Head teachers, Deputy Head teachers and Finance Staff including involvement with the appointment of head teachers.  Working with NCL in setting up the Bursar Programme for School Finance Staff, she set-up and ran County Bursar/Business Managers Workshops and wrote and undertook training for all staff within Finance on School Financial Management. Since retirement, Georgina has maintained her expertise within Education and is a committed volunteer to a number of charities, schools and working groups.

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Full name: Miss Veronica Fox
Date of appointment: 13/04/24
Term of office expires: 
Appointed by: Member Appointed (Article 12B)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Members meetings over academic year 2023/24: 

Full name: Canon Quentin Roper
Date of appointment:  21/01/21

Appointed by: Foundation Member – Canterbury, Diocesan Umbrella, Trust – DECAL Appointment, (Article 12A)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: St Edmund’s School, Canterbury – Governor
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Members meetings over academic year 2023/24: 2/2

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Quentin is Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury and leads its work in relation to ministry with children, schools and young people.  He is responsible for developing and articulating vision and strategy, managing a team that supports and resources schools, deaneries and parishes.  As senior executive of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), Quentin provides guidance and advice on school organisation and effectiveness, policy formation and statutory responsibilities, advocating for effective and inclusive Church of England (CE) schools for local communities, which focus on transforming the lives of children and young people.  In addition, he maintains oversight of DBE trading activities and the sponsorship and operation of CE academies. 

Quentin has significant previous experience within education as a teacher, senior leader and researcher, is involved in governance in several Academy Trusts as well as the independent sector and is a Lay Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. 

Full name: Mrs Angela Barry
Date of appointment:  14/12/2017

Appointed by: Member Appointed (Article 12B)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests:    
Galaxy Trust, Whitfield Trust, TBAP, Skills for Life Trust
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 0/2

Prior to retiring in August 2017 I was the founding CEO of a Multi-Academy Trust working within South East London and Kent.  I have been part of the teaching profession for 32 years; twenty of which have been as either a Head Teacher or as an executive leader in a wide variety of schools.  I feel extremely honored to have been a school leader; a role that I undertook with integrity alongside an incredible sense of being a ‘servant leader’.

The last six years of my career were spent in leading an Academy Trust of four primary schools with a free school in pre-opening.  I am firmly committed to the idea that successful leaders should support the system by taking responsibility for more than one school wherever possible to ensure that excellent practice is disseminated and supported.   During my time as an executive leader I worked hard to ensure that the community-offer across the Trust supported extended school provision both through out of hours care and through the provision of high quality pre-school provisions operating on each site and offering birth to five child care.

Through my work as a Local Leader of Education (2008), and since 2011 as a National Leader of Education, I have aspired to demonstrate the ability to work sensitively and collaboratively with a range of partners in order to improve the life chances for the pupils within those schools.  I have supported, and developed, school improvement in a range of capacities, including secondment, PSCL support, LLE/NLE input and also Professional Partner working with newly appointed Head Teachers.  All of these roles require the need to demonstrate emotional intelligence thus allowing me to work effectively with school in the most challenging circumstances.   Additionally, my range of successful roles, and my work with the National College, demonstrates working within, and beyond, my own individual organisations; sharing and harnessing the best resource to bring about improvement in my own and other schools.  My vast experience is also put to good use across a range of HR-related activities including mentoring and coaching.  My skills and experience have also been utilized, providing independent/unbiased support, to resolve disagreements through mediation if there are disputes between colleagues.

Two key skills required to be a National Leader of Education, alongside being an effective Executive Leader of four schools, include being both articulate and reflective .  Each of these attributes is evident in my day to day work and in my pedagogical thinking.  My work to date demonstrates determination to improve outcomes for children and young people.  I am not afraid to have ‘difficult conversations’ if it means improving the life chances of our young people. 

In 2014 I had the very real privilege to be appointed by the Regional Schools’ Commissioner (RSC), Dominic Herrington, initially for a three-year term, as a member of the South East South London Region’s Head Teacher Board (HTB).  This was subsequently extended in order for the delayed elections to be put in place to elect the new Head Teacher Board Members for November 2017.  The experience of sitting on the HTB Board has enabled me to share my experiences and expertise while also being able to learn from the wider practice that is evident across the academy sector. This included developing strategy in relation to MAT Health Checks and Financial Monitoring.    I was able to use this knowledge and experience when appointed as the Interim CEO of a failing Trust which had run into difficulties on all levels including HR, Financial and Pupils’ Outcomes-related.   I am able to sit on Boards and apply my knowledge and experience from being a CEO as well as having been part of the strategic decision making at DfE level. 

I am highly conversant with Multi Academy Trust (MAT) governance models and good practice. My most recent Trustee Board appointment is at the request of the SESL RSC in order to support a Trust that has recently lost its CEO through ill health; unfortunately his resignation also coincided with the end of the Board’s term of office and therefore a completely new board has been appointed.

I believe that peer to peer support is a fantastic resource; I view this work as part of the moral imperative of being a school leader with responsibility for supporting the development of the next generation.  More recently I have been working closely with the DfE in the reducing workload initiatives and working on the follow up to the three, initial reports through various DfE workshops and working parties in relation to the February 2017 Reducing Workload updates. It is my interest in supporting peers that has led me to pursue becoming an external advisor for HT and CEO appraisal.  A role that I am thoroughly enjoying as I am able to be empathetic to the appraisee whilst also maintaining a focus on improving pupils’ outcomes. I am also a coach and this gives me another avenue through which to support colleagues in their work.

Since retiring I have joined the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT) and have become an advocate for this organisation as I do believe that our vocation benefits through having a well-informed, professional body to support teaching as a profession.  I have been invited to become a Regional Lead Advocate but, due to other commitments, I shall be leaving this until 2018.  As part of my role of advocate I am a member of both the Medway CCT steering group as well as having been approached to sit on the South East London Regional Advocate Team, a position which I have accepted.

I am keen to support professionals to develop further and as such I am an accredited facilitator of the new National College’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ) courses; this includes the delivery of the 1:1 coaching element for all of the NPQ courses including that involved in the new NPQH training course which was introduced in September 2017. I am also able to deliver bespoke training to schools and MATs on a range of subjects including Safeguarding and Child Protection, Recruiting for Quality, as well as a range of leadership and/or motivational talks.  I am also able to facilitate as the host for training days and conference events.

Leadership at all levels within a school is a real interest for me and I include Governance at all levels in this aspect of a school’s development.  During my career I have been an appointed Local Authority (LA) governor, a staff governor, an ex-officio Trustee as well as being a Chair of a Board of Trustees within a Special School Trust in Kent.  I am also very proud to be a Member of The Stour Academy Trust in a voluntary capacity in order to contribute to this growing trust which serves a wide geographical area.

I consider myself to be a ‘life-long learner’ and as such I have become a full member of Vistage, a world-wide leadership organisation committed to supporting and developing lead professionals across the commercial and voluntary sectors.

I fully endorse the DfE’s work in examining workload and recruitment concerns related to the teaching profession. My work-life harmony is balanced and this is through the wonderful companionship of a tortoise, a dog and a wonderful life-time ambition to be the owner of a rather superb campervan.  The perfect combination for an ideal life and a very good reason to retire early while young enough to have the energy and wherewithal to enjoy it to the full! 

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Resigned:

Full name: Mr Nick Tyler
Date of appointment: 19/09/2023
Term of office expires: Resigned 13/04/24
Appointed by: Member Appointed (Article 12B)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Nick previously worked for Capita as a Business Director within the Education and Learning Business within Capita Public Service.  He also previously ran a successful independent management consultancy business and before that a career in Banking with NatWest.

Responsibilities of his past roles include strategy, major change and portfolio management, business and contract performance, risk and compliance and general management across business’s.

Nick is an experienced transformational leader, passionate about defining strategy and designing the right execution model through the whole lifecycle of real business change.  With a track record full of results delivery, built up through experience of leading complex multi-disciplinary strategies and change programmes and projects across all types of sectors: Private, Public and not for profit delivering strategically aligned and sustainable change.  Nick is very capable and confident in my approaches to create strategy, solve problems, identify workable and pragmatic solutions and turn those solutions into reality and deliver outcomes.

Directors

Directors work with the leadership team to set the strategic vision and ethos of the Trust. Our members are:

Full name: Mrs Fiona Trigwell
Date of appointment: 07/12/2017
Term of office expires: 06/12/2025
Appointed by: Member Appointed Director – Chair of the Board (Article 50)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Paul Trigwell Memorial Fund – Trustee, Family member employed at Thistle Hill Academy
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 4/4

Fiona first moved to Kent as a newly qualified teacher in 1979 and has lived and worked in the Swale area ever since. Fiona’s experience in education spans all age groups from 4 to 18 years although the majority of her teaching has been in the secondary sector.

Over the course of her career Fiona’s responsibilities have been both pastoral and academic which has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of education. Fiona has led subject departments and faculties alongside responsibilities for safeguarding, child protection and social and emotional care. She has worked with social services to introduce new initiatives into schools, delivered training to county governors and children’s services across Kent and also led a federation of schools in a national pilot focused on achievement of pupils in Key Stage 3.

In 2013 Fiona accepted the Headship of a school in extremely challenging circumstances and over the last four years has used her expertise to see it develop into a popular and oversubscribed, successful school. In more recent years she has represented secondary Headteachers on the board of the Kent Early Help and Safeguarding Group and also represented Headteachers in Kent as a member of the Kent Children’s Safeguarding Board. Fiona was also a member of the Strategic Headteacher’s group for the South East for the national organization Teach First.

Fiona retired from Headship in August 2017 and now wants to divide her time between the children’s charity she established ten years ago, her family, advisory and voluntary work.

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Full name: Mr Daniel Jeffery Moore
Date of appointment: 27/04/18
Term of office expires: 26/04/2025
Appointed by: Member Appointed Director of the Board (Article 50)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Faversham Medical Practice – Medical Practitioner, Faversham PCN – Clinical Director, Faversham Medical Services – Director
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 3/4

Daniel Moore qualified from Manchester medical school in 1990 and has been working as a GP in East Kent since 1997, now working as the senior partner in a local practice with over 14,000 patients. This practice is the result of a recent merger of two local practices and now provides minor injury and x-ray facilities to the local community as well as the full range of GP services. As part of this Daniel has been working as a GP trainer for Health Education England assisting other doctors to become GPs since 2002 and has also been working as a GP appraiser for NHE England, reviewing the quality of education completed by qualified GPs since 2005. More recently Daniel has spent the last 2 years on the Governing Board of Canterbury and Coastal CCG representing GPs from Faversham and completing a Masters degree in Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury. 

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Full name: Mr Tejinder Pal Singh
Date of appointment: 10/05/18
Term of office expires: 09/05/2025
Appointed by: Member Appointed Director of the Board (Article 50)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Tilda
Governance roles in other educational institutions: 
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 0/4

As an Indian born British Citizen I am fully aware of the benefits of education in creating opportunities both for social mobility and in working life opportunities. With post graduate qualifications, including a Masters in Business Administration I work at a senior and strategic level within a business context.

As part of my business role I manage large teams, often with conflicting priorities, ensuring a legally compliant, quality product is delivered. A key focus is developing standards, procedures, IT systems and improving food production standards across a global business.

Alongside production reasonability’s I regularly plan, manage and deliver on large scale business projects. As a successful project manager, I draw on a range of business skills including negotiation, people management, planning and finances.

Currently living in a small, close knit and supportive community, with two school age boys I have taken the decision to use my spare time to assist and contribute in improving and securing the educational experience of young children like my own.

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Full name: Miss Victoria Standing
Date of appointment: 03/10/2018
Term of office expires: 02/10/2025
Appointed by: Academy members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Teach First – Employer
Governance roles in other educational institutions: N/A
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 3/4

Victoria is a Participant Development Lead for Teach First, a charity which aims to end educational inequality by working with schools in areas of the greatest socio-economic need. In her current role, Victoria works closely with a wide range of schools across Kent, providing training and developmental support to graduate recruits on the Leadership Development Programme, which includes a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

Prior to this, Victoria worked as a Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning in a large, non-selective secondary school in Kent. She is a passionate advocate of the importance of teacher education; she takes a keen interest in educational research and is committed to sharing this with teachers and school leaders so that classroom practice is informed by robust evidence about what we know works best for children.

A law graduate, Victoria spent thirteen years teaching A Level law in schools in the Swale area. Prior to becoming a Deputy Headteacher, she held a range of leadership posts in schools, including Head of Sixth Form, during which time she was involved in an innovative project aimed at widening access to Higher Education.

In her spare time, Victoria likes to travel. She is a member of her local Amnesty International group and actively campaigns for greater awareness of global human rights issues.

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Full name: Miss Rachael Howell
Date of appointment: 30/06/2017
Term of office expires: 31/08/24
Appointed by: School Staff
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: Close family member (Mrs J Howell) employed at Sturry CE Primary School
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 4/4

Rachael Howell is the CEO of The Stour Academy Trust.  Appointed as a class teacher in 2005, Rachael Howell has a long and diverse history with the Trust, having undertaken most roles within its structures.  As a teacher in the sponsor school, Rachael led RE, English and Safeguarding whilst developing teaching strategies and approaches to improve the quality of education offered across the school.  Her role as lead for data and assessment emerged when the sponsor school federated with Hersden which led to her appointment of assistant Headteacher of the Sponsor school.  In 2012, Rachael moved into headship and was part of the successful team to secure an outstanding judgement for the school and SIAMs in 2015.  She began her current role in September 2015 and is currently undertaking the Executive Educators training for future CEOs.

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Full name: Natalie Ralph
Date of appointment: 21/11/22
Term of office expires: 20/11/25
Appointed by: Academy Members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Schools Officer at Diocese of Canterbury
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 4/4

Natalie is the Schools Officer focused on Christian Character for the Diocese of Canterbury and works in a team focused on ministry with children, schools and young people.  Her role in the diocese is to lead on Religious Education, Collective Worship and the Christian distinctiveness of Church of England schools. Day to day, this means visiting, supporting, encouraging, improving, resourcing and training 104 schools across the diocese. Over the last 15 years, Natalie has taught every year group across the Primary age range and has particular expertise in EYFS and KS1.

Full name: Victoria Louise Richmond
Date of appointment: 02/03/23
Term of office expires: 02/03/27
Appointed by: Academy Members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: Director at INSPIRE SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 1/4

I began my career much earlier than when I began working schools. In previous employment I worked within a young offender’s institution and later helped young soldiers achieve literacy and numeracy qualifications. From these two roles the impact of not having access to quality education became very clear to me.  Thinking about how these individuals had found themselves in situations where they felt they had limited choices was very closely linked to their educational experiences. Listening to their experiences, often involving very early exclusion from school posed the question ‘what if?’. What if they had been supported when experiencing difficulties at a young age, what if the trauma they had experienced had been identified and the impact on them recognised, what if someone had been their ‘good adult’ and offered guidance and support?

As a result of this contemplation, I decided to become part of the solution and to train to teach. I began as a teaching assistant and had the opportunity to learn from strong practitioners. I then progressed to achieve the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant status and finally completed my degree in Early Childhood Studies. My training was undertaken at Richmond Primary in Swale and later at Saxon Way Primary in Medway.  In 2012 I secured my first teaching position at Regis Manor Primary School in Swale and remained with the school until 2017 progressing to the post of Assistant Headteacher. It was not an easy decision to leave a school where I had been supported and developed however, I felt I needed to experience other schools to progress my professional knowledge and experience. This saw me beginning the new academic year in 2017 at Barnsole Primary School in Medway.  During the time at Barnsole I learnt many leadership lessons and felt ready to make the leap to Deputy Principal when the post at Oasis Academy Skinner Street was advertised.

I began my first Deputy post in 2018 and completed 1 year and 3 days before being asked to step up as Interim Principal in 2019. This was a period of rapid growth for me and with excellent support from the Trust I began to change the Academy to meet the needs of all pupils. In February 2020 I was made substantive in post, just in time for COVID to arrive in March.

As a new Principal leading an Academy through such an unprecedented time, I was able to learn how to lead in a time of crisis. The whole Academy community pulled together, and we were able to introduce iPad’s as part of the Horizons project and therefore provide high quality remote learning to our pupils. The reopening process, health and safety requirements and replanning of the Academy day provided challenges and opportunities and some of the adaptions remain as they supported the development of the Academy.

In 2022 in the first term of the new academic year Ofsted visited the academy and recognised the work that has been undertaken here and how the Academy has a clear vision and is firmly on a path of continued improvement. Securing a good judgement was a satisfying moment of my career and I am now moving towards the securing of an Outstanding judgement in the future.

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Full name:Rakel Morenike Eseku
Date of appointment: 09/06/23
Term of office expires: 08/06/27
Appointed by: Academy Members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 2/4

Rakel Eseku is a UK trained Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse and a Mental Health practitioner with extensive experience working across Children services, Mental Health and Forensic settings. Currently working as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner assessing Children with Autism Disorder Spectrum and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Rakel has expertise in the assessment needs of different populations especially children services. She has worked across the lifespan and is able to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of their presenting difficulties.

Rakel graduated with a BSc in Nursing ( Learning Disabilities) from the University of Greenwich where she obtained a First Class. She is trained in The Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2).

Since completion of her studies, she has worked with different population including children and their families within Children and Mental health Services (CAMHS), people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues, inpatients and outpatients working within the NHS as well as the private sector. Working within the wider health industry has given her a broad and wide understanding of complex needs and presentations which allows her to draw on a variety of experiences to provide the most comprehensive psychologically informed perspective.

Rakel is passionate about enabling young people live meaningful lives. She has a special interest in the assessment and support of young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder. Rakel also has extensive experience in working with children and young people who have been affected by different difficulties such as emotional and behavioural difficulties, difficulties at school, issues with anxiety and low mood.

Rakel understands the challenge families usually face in getting the right support for a child or young person who is experiencing a difficulty in their life. She believes that a positive relationship with the clinician conducting the assessment is vital and welcomes contact from families or young people who are seeking support, but may wish to discuss this first.

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Full name: Joseph Anthony
Date of appointment: 16/06/23
Term of office expires: 15/06/27
Appointed by: Academy Members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 2/4

Joe Anthony graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University with a 1st (Hons) Degree in Policing, before completing a Master’s degree at Cambridge University in Applied Leadership and Criminology. Joe has over 14 years’ experience working in a number of roles across the public sector and has recently taken up post as a Superintendent working for His Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire & Rescue Services, which focuses on improving community safety, by ensuring Police Forces & Fire Services in England & Wales are effective, efficient and operate with legitimacy alongside their statutory partners (i.e., Health, Education & Criminal Justice Agencies). Joe has a wealth of experience in leading large portfolios focusing on threat / harm / risk, alongside leading large transformational programmes to improve wider organisational strategy and governance frameworks. Joe has in-depth experience implementing new technology solutions & target operating models to deliver significant improvements to large & complex public sector organisations. Joe is passionate about sharing organisational learning to build an effective evidence-base to allow public sector organisations to focus on ‘what works’ in order to deliver for our communities.

Resigned/Term of Office Expired:

Full name: Mr Olatunde Adeniyi Aje
Date of appointment: 17/06/2019
Term of office expires: 16/06/2023
Appointed by: Academy members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Roldot International Ltd, Tony Gee & Partners LLP 
Governance roles in other educational institutions:
Relationships between other governors or school staff: 
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2021/22: 5/6
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2022/23: 1/2

Olatunde Adeniyi Aje is a chartered civil engineer with an MBA in Port Management experienced in development of large-scale marine civil engineering projects both in the UK and overseas. His expertise spans from planning, regulatory consenting and stakeholder management to developing design for construction and construction supervision. Aje has contributed to the delivery of capital infrastructure projects around the world in the private and public sector to include contract administration on the £1.5b DP World London Gateway Port Development Project and providing technical specialist services to Westminster City Council on its structural asset interfaces with the £4b Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.  Aje brings his years of both technical and business experience into his current role as Marine Group Director for a UK Civil Engineering Consultancy where he is responsible for developing and implementing the business group’s strategy to achieve the corporate goals.

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Jovy Sargeant

Full name: Jovy Sargeant
Date of appointment: 30/03/23
Term of office expires: Resigned 07/02/24
Appointed by: Academy Members
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 
Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None
Attendance record at Directors meetings over academic year 2023/24: 1/2

Jovy Sargeant, holds a deep passion for education and believes in enabling the potential of future generations. The opportunity to contribute to children’s development and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century is particularly appealing to Jovy, as it aligns with his lifelong dedication to education.

In terms of capability, Jovy brings a wealth of professional experience to the table. His background includes roles as an account manager for GL Assessment and Capita SIMS, where they used ed-tech to improve student and academy outcomes. He has also worked as a managing consultant at BRAC University, where they designed and expanded the curriculum to empower students with vocational skills and effective routes into employment. At Capita Consulting, Jovy led a large public sector Agile transformation, delivered key projects for the BBC, designed and built educational products, and collaborated with senior executives to operationalize Capita’s strategy and governance model for better client outcomes.

Key Documents/Information

For Governance enquiries, contact Clerk to the Board, Yvonne Elder clerk.trust@stouracademytrust.org.uk