TRUST BOARD Directors and Members
Chair of the Trust Board
I have been Chair of the C.I.T. Board of Trustees since it was formed in 2014. I previously held the role of school governor with Ambergate Sports College from 2009 and then chaired Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) governing body from 2010 until 2013. I was also an additional governor for Woodlands Academy, Spilsby for the academic year 2013/14.
I became a Trustee because I have a strong commitment to furthering the education and welfare of children and young people in Lincolnshire. There is a good deal of satisfaction to be gained from providing challenge and support to the schools within out MAT and to help to shape their development and progress. It is an opportunity to continue to use the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my career.
My experience of working within the field of education, and particularly primary education within recent years, and especially school improvement work, has provided me with vision and insight into what is needed to establish and maintain excellent schools that will enable children to flourish. I also bring my experience of governance and the skills that enable me to provide support and challenge to senior leaders and head teachers.
I retired from the teaching profession with forty years’ experience in 2008. During the course of my career I taught in a range of schools and held senior roles in a secondary and in three special schools including headship.
Since then I have been employed on a part-time basis, firstly by Peterborough LA Children’s Services as an Education Manager, working with secondary schools, special schools and FE colleges in developing their ability to deliver new educational programmes including Foundation Learning. Dates: 2008 – 2012
Secondly, working as a Coach for Achievement for All, (a DfE supported school improvement charity) providing advice and support to a number of primary schools, and also special schools and a secondary school helping their staff to raise attainment for SEND and vulnerable pupils. Dates: 2012 – 2016
During the last four years I have also worked as a consultant to CfBT and Lincolnshire County Council and have produced directories of provision for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their parents.
I live in Sleaford with my wife Sue. We have a son and daughter who both have their own families and we have four grandchildren. I am the Senior Steward of the Sleaford Methodist Circuit. I am also a keen golfer and classical guitarist.
I have been the CEO of C.I.T. since 2014 when it was formed by Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) - Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School. Prior to this I was the Executive Head Of Ambergate and Sandon, which were both graded Outstanding by Ofsted on 2013.
Since 2014 the Trust has grown to 10 schools, a Teaching School and has a number of other schools in "the pipeline" to possibly join C.I.T.
I am a National Leader of Education and within this role I support a number of schools who have requested support, are in special measures or causing their Local Authority/DfE concern. I am also an elected member of the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers Board.
I worked as part of the Lincolnshire “No school left behind” project board, focusing on putting into place a county wide program of school to school support and peer review. This process is now supported by the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership, of which I was a Board Member. I was also an Ofsted Inspector until Jan 2018, when I made the decision to concentrate all of my efforts into C.I.T. as we grow further.
Being a founding Trustee of C.I.T, I am fully invested and passionate about achieving our purpose of putting learners first. I bring drive, ambition and the skill set to ensure that the individual pupils across C.I.T. receive the highest levels of education and care.
Outside of work I am fully involved with my family, having a beautiful wife, 3 young boys, 2 dogs and a cat.
Trust Board Member
I am a qualified Architect, now retired. My wife is a retired nursery teacher, my elder daughter has Downs Syndrome and attended both Ambergate and Sandon Special Schools within the MAT, and my younger daughter is a qualified secondary school teacher so I have “absorbed” a strong interest in many areas of education over the years.
I have been a school governor in Grantham since 1990, becoming a Parent Governor at Ambergate School (subsequently becoming Ambergate Sports College) in 1996 and served on the interview panel which appointed Peter Bell as Head Teacher at Ambergate (the present CEO of C.I.T.). I then served as Chair of Governors at Ambergate Sports College from 2006 to 2010.
I remained on the governing body of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship - Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, until academisation in 2014, when I was appointed Finance Director for C.I.T., a role I have only recently handed on.
My professional qualifications as an Architect give me an interest in the practical aspects of maintaining the buildings and the financial aspects of running the MAT.
Because I care passionately about the provision of the best possible, high quality education and opportunities for pupils across all ages and levels of ability.
I bring a parental perspective to maintaining appropriate, caring and considerate standards of education within all our schools, across C.I.T.
The same skills and experience are also useful in monitoring and advising on the maintenance and development of the buildings and estate of C.I.T.
Trust Board Director
I am a retired Senior Healthcare Professional and Senior Civil Service Government Nurse Adviser. I have over 30 years’ experience as an Executive board level Nurse in the NHS, serving the needs of patients and their families in the community. I was also a Government Nurse Adviser on Nursing and Healthcare employment.
I have strong leadership skills with experience of managing large teams, along with extensive government and strategic board level experience in the public and private sector. I have high level interpersonal and business skills with critical thinking ability to successfully challenge decisions to ensure the best outcome.
I wanted to become a board member and guardian of C.I.T., including its financial resources, to enable the delivery of high standards of education for all the children attending C.I.T. schools. I will always contribute to the corporate agenda of C.I.T. using effective working and governance of the Trust Board to deliver high standards for C.I.T. schools.
Trust Board Director
I am a qualified accountant with almost 20 years of experience in financial services regulation having started my career at the Bank of England. I am also a qualified executive coach and sports massage therapist.
An expert in managing relationships with a wide variety of senior stakeholders, I have a deep knowledge of corporate governance and enterprise, wide risk management including the application of policies, procedures, and systems.
I became a Trustee because of my strong desire to add value to the wider community. I also have two young children so I am curious to learn more about how the education sector operates, including the challenges for teachers, parents, governors, and senior leaders alike.
In my day job I advise corporates on enhancing Board effectiveness, so I am keen to support C.I.T. in developing its approach to effective governance and risk management to ensure the schools within our remit can thrive in a well-controlled Trust operating environment.
Peter Jordan FCMA, CGMA
Trust Board Member & Finance Lead
I am an accountant by profession, now semi-retired. During my career I have held posts at senior management and board levels in a number of private sector companies, large and small. I have been Finance Director and Company Secretary in several successful manufacturing and service sector businesses where my contribution has generally been concerned with good financial control, profitable strategic financial management, business planning & securing funds for organic growth as well as growth through acquisitions/disposals. My line management responsibilities have extended to management of non-financial disciplines, including Purchasing and HR.
I like to give some of my time to my community. To that end I hold minor roles in a number of local community activities. I admire the passion which C.I.T. displays in its work on behalf of its pupils, its ambitions for the future, and its leadership and I am pleased to offer my experiences as a small part in their development.
I feel that my experiences in finance, financial control, good governance and integritous decision-making will be of value to C.I.T. as it continues to build on the stability and successes already achieved thus far.
Trust Board Member
Following 17 years at Toot Hill School as a teacher, Head of Department, Assistant Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher, I became Head of School in 2016. Toot Hill is a large, Ofsted rated Outstanding secondary school in Bingham, with just under 2000 students aged 11 – 18, over 130 teaching staff and 100 support staff. I thoroughly enjoy my job which is focused on building a strong and aspirational ‘Work Hard; Be Kind’ culture in our school and our local community.
The strategic leadership of pupil safeguarding, wellbeing, behaviour and personal development lies at the centre of my role, closely followed by the leadership of high quality teaching and learning, pupil progress and achievement. I hold the highest aspirations for all students and am wholly committed, with my team, to ensuring that our school provides everything our students need to do their very best, so they may lead aspirational and choice filled lives.
The responsibility of recruiting and retaining the highest quality staff is critical to such a provision and is a part of my role that I treat with the utmost seriousness. This coupled with high quality, relevant training and professional development of all staff underpins my philosophy that young people deserve the best education to enable them to succeed. I work very closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary is as smooth as possible so that all young people in our community can experience an outstanding educational journey from the age of 4 to 18. I also work very closely with, and share good practice with, many other secondary schools in the region and within Nova Education Trust, of which Toot Hill is the founding school.
I am passionate about improving the education and welfare of all young people and am keen to extend my commitment beyond secondary level, to primary and special schools. I wholly support the vision of C.I.T. and feel I can use my experience to contribute to the development of its strategy, whilst supporting the monitoring of its delivery of this vision. I am keen to get to know the unique school settings within C.I.T. and have already begun a schedule of visits so I can be as informed as possible, whilst undertaking the duty of care and accountability held by a member of the Trust Board.
I hope to bring a wide educational perspective to the Board and the MAT, based on my experience of teaching, leadership and governance within school, and wider involvement with the Nova Education Trust. My working knowledge of school / MAT budget management, HR and compliance to the relevant laws and regulations may be useful and complement the skills of the other board members. Commitment to being part of a team, promoting a vision and contributing to a strategic direction may also support the current Board members.
Trust Board Director
Having spent more than 25 years in the corporate world of Operational and Transformation rolls I decided to leave and start my own business 18 months ago. I now advise small businesses on how to get started, grow, and run a small HR Consultancy.
Having spent the last 15 years in the delivery of Welfare Services, I have seen first-hand what can happen when young people fail to get the support and education they need at an early age. I wanted to continue to give something back but mostly I wanted to help ensure that our young people are given the best possible start in life, are encouraged to do well and realise their potential. I don’t think I could do what some of the team within C.I.T. do and I admire them for that, so I’ll contribute where I can with the skills I have.
My passion and experience is in business and commerce and of course my HR experience. I have also managed large scale change programmes in fast growing businesses and I understand the pressures that can provide.
My husband says I’m nosey, that’s good because it means I ask lots of questions and miss very little and I think that’s critical in this role.
I live in Castle Bytham. I’m married to Richard and have 3 grown up sons, 3 granddaughters and a Beagle called Amber!
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