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Board of Trustees

 

Mrs Rosie Simmonds                                                                                   

Board of Trustees

Mrs Simmonds retired as CEO and Executive Headteacher of Leverington and Murrow Primary Academies, of the Magna Learning Trust, near Wisbech in August 2017. She was Headteacher of Leverington Primary for 17 years, which converted to an Academy in 2011 after the school achieved an Outstanding Ofsted report in 2010.

Mrs Simmonds enjoyed working as a Headteacher School Improvement Consultant for Cambridgeshire LA for six years supporting a variety of schools. It was through her passion in helping schools to strategically improve that Leverington Primary Academy became the official sponsor of Murrow Primary School in 2013. Under her leadership, Murrow Primary progressed from Special Measures to Ofsted Good rating in just 5 terms.

She is locally well known for supporting schools, especially for her strengths of assessment, behaviour management and subject leadership with high expectations in all areas of learning to ensure every child achieves their best. As a Headteacher of a Sims Partnership School, Mrs Simmonds has also presented to Leaders across the UK on behalf of Capita Sims, showing the power of MIS to aid school improvement. Mrs Simmonds is President and Treasurer of the NAHT Cambridgeshire Branch.

Start date: 5th February 2018

Mr John King                                                                                                  

Chair of Board Trustees

Mr King is a retired architect who worked as lead designer and design manager on large commercial construction projects. He was also a regional operations director for the design sector of a large corporation, responsible for the coordination and management of resources, for technical and financial performance, for staff welfare, recruitment, premises and facilities. Mr King has been a governor of SHSCC and served as chair, vice chair of premises and chair of finance and audit. He was appointed a Member when SHSCC became an Academy in 2013.

Start date: 1st July 2016

Mr Jonathan Digby                                                                                       

Board of Trustees/Chief Executive Officer

Mr Digby has been a senior leader in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for 15 years and Principal at Sir Harry Smith Community College since 2008. Ofsted said that he was effective in raising the expectation of staff and with the support of other leaders and governors, has improved the quality of teaching and the achievement of students and provided strong and ambitious leadership. Mr Digby has lead the College to two Good inspection reports in 2011 and 2014. He has supported colleagues in both primary and secondary schools, is currently chair of the Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads Association and was previously chair of the Fenland Partnership, vice chair of the Local Area Partnership and chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough School Games Local Organising Committee. He was a parent governor on a Lincolnshire primary school and was appointed a Trustee when SHSCC became an academy in 2013.

Start date: 1st July 2016

Mrs Jo Phillips                                                                                                

Board of Trustees

Mrs Phillips is a career civil servant working for the Ministry of Justice as a Business Change Manager, where her strong financial and analytical background has enabled her to oversee a multi-million pound annual budget. She was appointed as a parent governor at SHSCC and became Safeguarding Governor responsible for Safeguarding for SHSCC which included reviewing provision in March 2015 and July 2016. She now holds this brief across the Trust.

Start date: 1st July 2016

Mr Stephen Ackerman                                                                                

Board of Trustees

Mr Ackerman has spent much of his career to date in business in operational, factory and financial management roles.  In his last role he managed the operational side of a pan-European manufacturing and logistics business. Prior to that he managed a factory in Peterborough and before that was Chief Financial Officer for a region of an American multi-national company.

Mr Ackerman is used to building teams and working within a legislators and budgetary framework. He is a qualified management accountant and a green belt in six-sigma continuous improvement.   

Start date: 26th March 2018

Mr John Donnachie                                                                                      

Board of Trustees

Mr Donnachie lectured in Human Resources and Business with the University of East Anglia and Northampton and gained experience as an operations director with a national training company with responsibility for teacher/management assessment, budget management, curriculum development and provision, HR and educational data management. He has been a Governor at Sir Harry Smith Community College (SHSCC), served as Chair of the Personnel Committee and also served as the Chair of Governors at SHSCC. He has been a  member of Trustees when SHSCC became an academy in 2013 and now chairs the HR Committee of the Board.

Start date: 1st July 2016

Mr Jed Roberts                                                                                              
 

Board of Trustees

Mr Roberts retired in August 2014 after thirty-seven years in teaching. Thirty-five of those years were spent working in five different Village & Community Colleges in a variety of different roles across Cambridgeshire. The other two years were spent in an 11-18 school in Hertfordshire. For the last ten years of his career he was privileged to be the Principal of Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. Particular highlights of the role were: The successful introduction of post 16 provision to the College, leading the College from ‘Satisfactory’ to ‘Good’ while at the same time overseeing an £11,000,000 transformation of the site.

Since retiring Jed has continued to work part-time in a school improvement role, serves as a secondary school governor and Manager of the Cambridge Area Partnership of schools and colleges.

Mr Roberts was OFSTED trained and fully understands the requirements of evidence based judgements and accountability. 

Start date: 1st July 2016


Mr John Mullen                                                                                             
 

Board of Trustees

Mr Mullen has had a variety of careers. He worked for NatWest Bank in the City of London for five years and qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Bankers, before becoming a secondary school Head of Department, teaching History, French and Music. After fifteen years teaching in school, he joined the Inland Revenue, dealing with the taxation affairs of large multinational groups of companies, before working in their HR and Learning Department for five years. From 2005 he worked for Anglia Ruskin University as a Principal Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Taxation and Learning and Teaching Adviser in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. He has also lectured for the OECD in Vienna, the  German Federal tax authorities in Brühl, the Open University, Coventry University and Sunderland University and is an external examiner at various universities.

He now teaches online for Derby University, Lincoln University and the Open University

He has been an active trade unionist and has served on the National Executive Committees of the Tax Inspectors’ union (ARC) and the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA).

Mr Mullen has a BA in Business Studies and a PG Dip in Online and Distance Education from the Open University, a PG Dip in Personnel Management from Nottingham Trent University and Master’s degrees in History (Cambridge), Law (UEA) and Creative Writing (ARU). He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (USA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mr Mullen enjoys playing the organ and singing, cooking and fine dining, travel and foreign languages and going to the gym. He is married to Elizabeth and has two grown up children, Rosie, who is a nurse at Peterborough Hospital and George, who is a researcher with the BBC.

Start date: 26th March 2018