ANN ADAMS (CHAIR)
Ann has over 10 years of experience in regard to school and academy governance, and prior to those 20 years of experience in law, accountancy and insurance in both the private and public sector. Her varied background brings a wealth of skills and experience appropriate to the role.
Ann has declared Business and Pecuniary Interests from her role as Service Manager for SSE – Governance Services providing advice and support on all aspects of governance to Academies, Multi-Academy Trusts and Maintained Schools in the South West.
Martin is the CEO and Executive Principal of the Vector Learning Trust. With extensive and varied experience across a range of educational sectors, Martin brings experience, ambition and a proven track record in school leadership to the Trust. He is a strong advocate of collaboration between schools and uses an approach of doing ‘with’ rather than ‘to’. Martin is recognised nationally for his implementation of successful learning strategies, which have vastly improved the outcomes of students in schools under his leadership. He is a Somerset Education Partner and a National Leader in Educational as well as a strategic partner in the Jurassic Coast Teaching Alliance and the Redstart Teaching School Alliance.
Heather has over thirty years of experience in the public and voluntary sectors. An early career in scientific research has provided her with the analytical skills to assess situations and develop strategies to achieve successful outcomes. More recently she has played an active role in school governance and is committed to ensuring that every student receives a high quality and inspirational education which will equip them with both the qualifications and the life skills needed to excel in the modern world.
Ewen is a Director of Dillington Estate, a multi-enterprise farming, property and renewables business based near Ilminster. With his experience in developing and overseeing the business at Dillington, and a background as a Management Consultant at a marketing and branding consultancy, Prophet, he brings a commercial perspective to his role as a Trustee. In his previous roles he has worked with many blue-chip Corporate clients to tackle a range of issues and has developed the skills to ask the right questions, and structure and solve a variety of complex commercial challenges.
Margaret has over twenty years’ experience, as an accountant, working internationally for a multinational oil and gas company. Additionally, she worked as a self-employed accountant for over fifteen years so has a wealth of experience at both international and small business levels. Margaret has ten years’ experience of school governance at both primary and secondary schools.
David has undertaken governance duties in both the primary and secondary sectors. His main areas of experience have included finance, budgeting, facilities and campus development.
Stephen has worked in the field of education for over thirty years. He began his career as a History teacher and has held the posts of Vice Principal in an 11 to 18 school and was Headteacher of a 9 to 13 middle school. He later held the post of Assistant Director of School Improvement Westminster City Council. He lives in Axminster and currently works for Somerset County Council as a School Education Partner and Adviser.
Paul is a qualified Design Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the field of air movement. He works for Air Control Industries Ltd who are based in Axminster and has been managing the business since 2001. His role incorporates the managing of a wide range of projects and personnel management with 47 employees in Axminster and 5 in the USA. Paul has experience of global sales of bespoke engineered products. Paul also has more than 14 years’ experience of school governance at both primary and secondary level.
Michael is a qualified teacher and has a Master’s degree in Modern Foreign Languages. He worked in the teaching profession for over 30 years in the maintained and independent sectors. His experience covers both academic and pastoral aspects of secondary school life in the UK and overseas, and also includes Ofsted (and other agencies) inspection and accreditation work. He retired from his last post, the headship of a British international school in the Middle East, in July 2016.