Who's Who

TRUST BOARD Directors and Members

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Paul Boucher                                            
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. 

Peter Bell
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 decison 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. 

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Wing Commander Steve Berry MBE MEng RAF
Trust Board Director 
I joined C.I.T. as a trustee in December 2017.   

I hail from the West Country and was educated at West Somerset Community College.  I read a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton, where I also learned to fly with the University Air Squadron.  On graduation, I joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot.   

I completed my flying training in 1999 and flew the Harrier for four tours, including on Operations in the second Gulf War.  I became a Qualified Weapons Instructor in 2004 and graduated as a Test Pilot from the Empire Test Pilot School in 2008, subsequently carrying out Test and Evaluation of the Harrier, Tornado GR4 and the Typhoon.  I was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List and, between 2014 and 2017, was Officer Commanding 41 Squadron, the RAF's test squadron for Fast Jet aircraft.  

I have lived in Lincolnshire since 2010 and I am married to a very hard-working GP, we have three young children together.  My passion is offshore sailing, and I enjoy rowing and road biking.  I am also an assistant coach for Under 8s rugby and a STEM ambassador. 

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Graham Cook
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.

Kathleen Weekes
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.

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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. 

Rebecca King  
Rebecca King
Trust Board Director
I have worked in primary schools since qualifying in 1994.  First as a KS1 class teacher (including Nursery and EYFS) and then as a senior manager, and for the last 10 years as a Head Teacher. 

I have worked in a range of settings, from schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged and SEND pupils as well as village schools in areas of high socio-economic privilege with high academic aspirations.  During my first headship we were able to move the school from a ‘Satisfactory’ rating to ‘Good’ and raise the outcomes for pupils from below national averages up to the top 3 in the county (top 25 in UK). 

As a LLE and a practitioner experienced in school improvement I have been heavily involved in supporting and reviewing performance in a number of other schools.  I currently inspect primary schools in the East Midlands for Ofsted and have made an excellent network of contacts, knowledge of good practice in the area, and brought this home to my school to continually improve what we offer our pupils. 

My governing body and I feel that collaborative working, expanding experience and sharing good professional practice is vital for all schools as we move into the future.  Being a trustee will allow me to support and help develop schools beyond the one I am working in, impacting on a larger number of young people in the town. 

I have experience of working in and inspecting a wide variety of primary schools. Understanding what good teaching and learning looks like in a primary school, making accurate judgements and holding organisations and individuals to account.

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Simon Linforth
Trust Board Director
A father to three young children, Edie, Elsie & Albert, and a husband to Colette.  I, like many other parents, know how important school life is to the family unit. Our eldest two girls both attend Caythorpe Primary School, and our son will start his school journey in 2018. 

I have been a Governor at Caythorpe Primary School since 2014, and was recently elected as Chair of Governors at the start of 2017.  I have held positions on the Finance Committee, Pay & Performance Committee and also Health & Safety during this time, giving me a varied insight into issues facing schools from a financial perspective. 

I also act as a Trustee and Treasurer for a local charity called Lincolnshire Downs Syndrome Support Group or LDSSG (registered charity no.1095603) since 2012, following Elsie’s diagnosis of Downs Syndrome at birth.  As a committee member if I can do something to support the charities members and their families it will help me give something back. 

As a Trustee of C.I.T. my aims are to ensure that all children within the various educational establishments have access to the highest quality of teaching and learning relevant and specific to their needs and ability.  I hope that my business experience will allow the Trust to grow at a sustainable rate and ensure best value for all of our member schools, staff, and most importantly pupils. 

I have worked at a local financial services company for the past twelve years and am currently employed as a Director, responsible for a variety of areas including Procurement and 3rd party Supplier Management, Logistics, Postal Services, and Management Information Reporting.  With such a wide range of skills and experience I believe I bring something different to the Trust Board that can have a positive impact on the organisation as a whole as we continue to grow, with the main focus on providing positive impacts for our pupils.

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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. 

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Sandy Paley
Trust Board Member

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Kathryn Goodman
Trust Board Director

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