The board is made up of a wide range of highly experienced education, business and finance indivduals who bring challenge and support to the organisation. The board meets regularly with Head teachers and senior leaders from the Trust.

Register of interests


Lesley Adams

Chair of the Board of Directors

Lesley is Chair of the Board of Directors. She is an experienced Head of Service. She worked as head of integrated services for children and families at Birmingham City Council until 2010. This service area included early years, parenting support, family support and extended schools, and all saw significant change which Lesley led and managed. This included the development of 75 children’s centres. She has experience of managing large, complex budgets, funding streams, and large staff teams.

Marion Lloyd

Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors

Marion is Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors. She has 30 years’ experience helping schools to improve outcomes for students. Much of this work was in the North of England working for a small metropolitan borough (Bury), then for one of the largest shire counties (Lancashire). Marion developed a wide range of experience and expertise working with all types of schools from Early Years settings to post 16 colleges.

Jeremy Beswick

Jeremy is an investment fund professional of >20 years’ experience in the industry, with a background in international business management and leadership, marketing, sales and client service, strategy, planning and product development, spanning both traditional and alternative asset classes in retail and institutional markets. He has served on several Boards and Executive, Investment, Risk and Audit Committees. He has spoken at many fund management conferences internationally, and has written a number of articles published in the Financial Times and other financial journals.

Clive Bush

Clive Bush is the Chief Executive’s senior Adviser, with responsibility for supporting the performance management of our school leaders.In addition to his role as Chief Adviser, Clive was the first Chief Executive of the Trust and is also a successful former secondary school headteacher and Director of the Secondary National Strategy. He has had direct and successful experience of recruiting and retaining high quality senior leaders in both of the above roles.

Gary Peile

Gary Peile is the Trust’s Chief Executive. He provides the leadership for the Trust, is a Trust board member and also leads on our relationship with the Department for Education and Local Authorities. He is committed to maintaining the highest quality support whilst keeping the cost and time of administration to the minimum, thus increasing the time we and schools will have to concentrate on leadership, management and school improvement.

Marilyn Toft

Marilyn is a visionary, strategic thinker, with a high national profile, who works effectively with policy-makers and government departments across all sectors.

David Bateson

With experience as an Executive Principal, Regional Leader for the National College for Teaching and Learning, Ofsted Inspector, consultant leader, external advisor and NPQH panel member, David brings substantial experience to the board in terms of school leadership. He chairs the national SEND Forum, and is a Trustee of EMLC and the Shaw Education Trust. David is passionate about serving all children and young people and their families, but especially those with special educational needs and disabilitie

Mark Kerr

Mark is relationship director for one of Britain’s leading banks and has 28 years experience in that sector. Mark leads on work across the non- profit making sector and joins the board to support our work across the East of England. Mark supports the work of Careers Academies UK through a local advisory board of a large secondary school in East Anglia.

Jackie Cutchey

Jackie has been involved in education for more than forty years, beginning her career as a primary school teacher in a London Borough. Having held a variety of middle leader roles before gaining promotion to deputy headship in Lowestoft. Jackie was asked to be acting headteacher after eighteen months, subsequently becoming headteacher for the first time in 1997. Jackie has led schools through Ofsted inspections a total of five times with good outcomes each time.

Greg Hely Hutchinson

Greg is a Managing Director for a leading Global Bank and is responsible for providing Corporate Finance advice to clients in the Transportation, Support Services and Infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience advising boards of major multinationals on complex projects and transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, stock market listings and other large financing events.

Simon Staite

Simon is a senior partner in a City law firm, specialising in commercial property. He advises both UK clients and investors into the UK , both on development projects or sales and purchases of some of the largest buildings in England. With 30 years experience , he is a trusted adviser to some of the largest participants in the property industry. He has also been on the partnership board of the firm , providing non - executive advice.


Bob Dool


Bob is currently Chair of the LGB’s at Chantry Academy and Hillside Primary School & Nursery, both ALT schools. Highly experienced in educational development and management in both Scotland and England he has also taken advantage of work experiences across Europe and the USA widening his knowledge and experience. Bob’s key skills areas at senior level include:-Strategic leadership and management, communications and HR, leading and managing large teams, project management and development of new learning and sixth form centres, initiating and managing strong education/ business partnerships and leading diverse teams including youth, adult and community learning. More recently, he has worked with local schools to help develop partnerships enabling students, staff and the wider community to benefit from working together. Latterly, Bob was part of the small project management team which developed and established in Suffolk, a centre of post 16 learning - a £70 million project which opened in 2010, has nearly 1800 post 16 students and was recently judged by OfSTED as outstanding. Probably of greatest relevance is his passion for educational development with an emphasis on inclusion and partnership to help young people raise and achieve their aspirations.

Helen Capron


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