Anne began her working life in retail management before becoming an officer in the Royal Air Force serving in the UK and Hong Kong. She then joined the civil service where her roles included responsibility for transport policy in the West Midlands, running a college for senior fire service personnel, and a range of senior civil servant posts in the Department for Education. Anne retired from the civil service in June 2020 shortly after joining the MET Board. She was elected as Chair from 1 September 2020.
Drew Richardson-Walsh is a Partner of Peridot Partners Ltd, a London-based executive, and board-level search firm, where he leads the education practice. Prior to working for Peridot, he worked as a senior leader in both colleges and universities being responsible for student services, marketing, alternative (14-16) provision, and safeguarding.
Drew has been a school governor and charity trustee for over ten years; namely as Vice-Chair of Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People Ltd, a Governor of John Ferneley College, Governor of Brooksby Melton College and joined the Mowbray Education Trust Board as Vice Chair in 2018.
Adam Brewster has been a Trustee since the Trust was established in 2011, and has also formerly been a member of the local governing bodies at John Ferneley College and The Grove. Adam has extensive Special Educational Needs leadership experience. He is currently a Headteacher at a very successful Special School in Peterborough and originally started his teaching career at John Ferneley College in 1991. He has worked in a number of schools, often being sought to drive improvement and secure accountability.
Marianne left school in 1983 educated to A-level. Marianne had a variety of roles until 1988 when she joined BT. She has been both a Project Manager and Business Improvement Specialist for BT and more recently, Openreach, retiring early in November 2018. Marianne is absolutely passionate about good customer service and communications and hopes to apply these interests to the role of Trustee for MET.
David Warden was appointed a Trustee in 2019. David is a Policy Advisor with the Department for Education, where his work has focused on a number of areas related to the curriculum, subject-specific programmes, and social mobility. He acts as a Trustee in an independent capacity. He has worked across the Civil Service in a number of roles since moving to the East Midlands from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Philip Smith was appointed as a Trustee in 2017. Philip is Director of Social Enterprise at the University of Nottingham Students’ Union, an educational charity with over 34,000 members. He has a strong commercial focus and experience of managing projects, business development, and change management, as well as significant experience in managing complex organisations.
Wayne Hickling was appointed a Trustee in 2019. He grew up in the Black Country, but moved to Melton in 2002 and now lives locally with his wife and two children, both of whom went to Sherard Primary and John Fernley College. Wayne has worked in the engineering and construction industry for over 30 years and is currently a Director of a large UK contracting business.
Wayne was a school governor for over ten years and before becoming a Trustee was Chair of Governors at Sherard Primary School. He is keen to contribute to the local community by being part of the Mowbray Education Trust.
Working predominantly in the primary sector for nearly four decades, John held a variety of senior leadership roles including several school headships and was executive head/CEO of a primary academy trust. John has been a local authority school advisor and inspector, an Associate Lecturer on the Open University MA programme and has served on numerous committees at Local Authority and regional level on curriculum development, equal opportunities and school improvement. John delivered governor training in Leicestershire and was a governor of two secondary schools.
John lives in Melton and his children attended Brownlow and John Ferneley. John enjoys the stimulation of rapidly changing educational settings. He relishes contributing to the Trust’s development.
Ian Connerton was appointed a Trustee in May 2020. Ian is an experienced programme and portfolio manager, and is inspired by innovative technologies and revolutionary ways of working.
Throughout his career, he has always looked for roles that make a difference whether helping people ‘feel good’ through working at Boots through to transforming leadership in schools at the National College, or delivering strategic digital change in higher education at the University of Nottingham. Ian hopes his skills in delivering strategic programmes and projects, coupled with his experience working with technology, and his passion for collaborating to find innovative solutions, may be of benefit to the Mowbray Education Trust.
Siobhan Connolly is serving her second term as a Trustee and is the former Chair of Governors for Somerby Primary School, where she was involved in the Governing body for approximately ten years. Siobhan is Head of Learning and Development for the largest conveyancing firm in the UK and is a Licensed Conveyancer. Siobhan is also an appointee for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and as such externally verifies the delivery of professional qualifications by training providers in the conveyancing industry. In July 2019 Siobhan and her team won Outstanding Commitment to Training at the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards for the 3rd year running.
Debbie was appointed as a Trustee in September 2020. Debbie is the Deputy Chief Finance Officer at De Montfort University and has significant experience in senior finance roles in public sector and not for profit organisations. Debbie has developed expertise in identifying and managing financial risks, particularly in an environment where there are limited resources and a need to demonstrate value for money.
Debbie grew up in Melton Mowbray and attended Brownlow Primary School and John Ferneley High School, both of which are happy memories for her. Having spent her career working to improve public sector and educational organisations, Debbie is keen to bring that experience to the Board and contribute to make a difference to the educational experience of the children and young people attending the Trust’s schools.
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Trustees retired from role in last 12 months;
Siân Gant – appointed 5/9/2019 and resigned 14/9/2020