MEET THE TRUSTEES
Chair of the St. Benet’s Trust Board
Fred was a teacher, lecturer in higher education, Ofsted inspector and education adviser for over 40 years. He retired as Deputy Director for Norfolk Children’s Services in 2012. He is also Chair of Governors at Open Academy and a governor at Thorpe St Andrews High School. He is a Member of the St John’s Roman Catholic Trust as well as being an adviser to the Anglican and a Catholic Diocesan Education Boards. Fred is a Trustee of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Relaxation comes from extensive travel interests and stress from being a keen Norwich City season ticket holder.
Norwich Diocesan Secretary (Chief Executive).
The Diocese of Norwich has an annual budget of £13m+ and assets of over £145m. Formerly he was Finance and Business Director of a Norfolk-based youth charity; former Chief Executive of a national disability charity; and a Director of Operations. He received an MBE for services to young people and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk.
Kathryn is a Partner at Hansells Solicitors working in the Commercial and Employment team specialising in commercial contracts. She also works closely with Roger Holden, Managing Partner on aviation matters, which is a very niche area of law and undertakes employment law work. Kathryn graduated from the University of Leicester with a 2:1 (Hons) law degree and completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford. She joined Hansells in 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. In 2003 Kathryn gained a Masters degree in Employment Law from the University of East Anglia and was made up to a Partner in 2008. Kathryn is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Ed has been involved in school governance for five years including service as joint Vice-Chair of Governors at Archbishop Sancroft Church of England High School. Ed is currently Chair of St. Benet’s MAT Finance, Audit and Resources Committee. By profession Ed is a Solicitor Advocate with over 20 years experience in commercial litigation and financial regulation. He is married with 3 children, 2 of whom currently attend a school within St. Benet’s Trust.
Paul has spent his working life in education culminating in his appointment as Headmaster and then Bursar at a local independent school. He has also served as an Independent Schools’ Inspector. He has recently retired as the Bursar of the first Free School in Norwich. He is a Trustee of several local organisations and one national charity. Currently he is Treasurer of Norfolk Scouts and Chair of Governors at a local junior school.
Steve has worked a number of different disciplines including marketing, motivation, project management, digital design and latterly property development. As a result of his breadth of experience, Steve brings a range of skills to the role of Trustee of St Benet’s. Steve became a School Governor in 2001 and more recently hetook on the role of Cluster Chair of Governors. During the last 17 years he has undertaken a number of different roles across all areas of governance, including safeguarding, standards, Head Teacher’s performance, attitudes towards learning and recruitment. His focus as a Governor and Trustee, is on improving standards whilst protecting the well being of both students and staff.
After teacher training in the early 1970s, James took up a post as Geography teacher at Bungay in Suffolk where he was promoted to Year Leader. In 1985 he moved to Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean where he was Senior Teacher and later Education Officer. Returning to the UK in 1992. James was Deputy Head of a small primary school for five years and then Headteacher of a large Junior School in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. In 2009 he returned to Tristan da Cunha as Education Adviser for a further 3 years. He is now retired and living in South Norfolk.
Paul has worked in education for the last 20 years having first pursued a successful career in the agricultural industry. Having established a training scheme for his employers, Paul’s interest in education began and he moved into Further Education, working first for Easton College and then Bishop Burton College. Paul then spent five years working for Norfolk Children’s Services giving him a broad insight into the maintained school system. During this time he achieved a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of East Anglia. In 2014 Paul became Chief Executive Officer for the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. In September 2017 Paul was appointed as the Diocese’s Director of Education. He is also a Trustee for DNEAT, the Diocese’s other Multi Academy Trust.
Michael leads the Research Team at Cambridgeshire County Council. He has strong links with academia having recently completed a two year (CSAP) Policy Fellowship with Cambridge University. Having worked in local government for over twenty years he has expertise in a range of policy fields including Community Safety (including the Prevent Agenda), School Place Planning and public engagement with decision making. Michael has a strong interest in sports development being actively involved in cricket and running. Michael was a former parent governor of Dickleburgh Primary School where he chaired the Curriculum & SEND Committee for many years.
After training as a teaching assistant, Zoe moved abroad as a military wife. Upon returning to again live locally, Zoe wanted her children to experience the same ethos and values she had had by attending a Church of England school. She became a governor at her local primary school in 2013 and has undertaken extensive training linked to this role, including safeguarding, Head Teacher’s performance and Early Years provision. Enjoying all aspects of governance, SEND is particular passion for Zoe. She strongly believes that every child should be seen as an equal member of the school, regardless of what their ability and starting point might be.
Following graduation, Geoff started his career in the Housing Dept in Newcastle – upon – Tyne. He then entered the teaching profession and subsequently worked in the field of FE and Skills. He later became involved with urban regeneration on Teesside and in Liverpool. More recently Geoff has been CEO of 4 Councils in both Norfolk and Suffolk. Now running his own company providing local government advice and assistance to local Councils, Geoff also serves on the Board of the NCHC as a Non- Executive Director where he chairs the Charities Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. He is also Vice – Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Hollesley Bay Prison.
Helen was appointed as a Director on 26 March 2018 and resigned as a Director on 14 September 2018.