The Strategic Board of Trustees is responsible for, and oversees, the management and administration of the Trust and the academies run by the Trust. The Strategic Board consists of the following:
Michael Tait (Chair of Trustees, appointed 24 July 2018)
Mike is an international chairman with 23 years’ experience in building or turning around private equity backed companies. Mike has worked with many leading names in private equity such as 3i, Electra Europe, Sovereign Capital, Advent International and Milestone Capital, and banks such as RBS, Hambros and Investec.
Most recently, Mike was chairman of 23.5 Degrees, the leading UK Starbucks franchise network where he presided over a period of considerable growth to 40 stores and DriveThrus and the achievement of considerable growth in revenues and profits.
Christina Kenna (CEO and Executive Headteacher, appointed 1 April 2013)
Christina is the CEO and Accounting Officer of the HEART Education Trust. With over 15 years senior leadership experience in primary and middle schools, Christina is also an Ofsted Inspector and Local Leader of Education (NCSL accredited). Having founded the Trust and project-managing the academy conversion of the Trust’s sponsor academy (of which she was headteacher), Christina has now been promoted to Executive Head of the Trust.
During her time as headteacher of the Trust’s sponsor academy (Heartsease Primary Academy), Christina took the school from “below” to “at and above” National floor targets in less than five years, with the school being recognised as within the top 20% in the country for securing improvement for deprived pupils (2013). Christina led the school through two successful Ofsted Inspections, with judgements of ‘Good’ and ‘Good with Outstanding Features’. She led and managed the amalgamation of 3 separate schools and a PFI new build. She also increased number of pupils on roll from under-subscribed to over-subscribed.
Christina has been a Magistrate (Justice of the Peace) for the West Suffolk Bench for the last four years. She has a post graduate certificate in Professional Writing and was previously a member of several operatic societies.
Laura Myles (appointed 6 March 2017)
Laura currently works at a HE/FE College in Norwich. She has previously worked at a high school in Norwich and with the associated feeder schools, this included working with groups of Senior Leaders, Governors and specialist staff. She has experience of working with schools in disadvantaged areas, including those with higher than the national average for SEN and Pupil Premium. Laura has experience of organising large events, educational visits and enrichment for pupils. Laura has been a member of the Local Governing Body and Local Advisory Board for Heartsease Primary Academy since January 2015, and more recently she has held the role of Chair of the Triad 1 Local Advisory Board across Heartsease and Lingwood Primary Academy.
Tim Payne (Vice Chair, appointed 12 June 2017)
Tim is an experienced Marketing Executive with over 30 years’ international experience in the IT Industry. Recognised as one of the top B2B marketers in Europe. Valued as an open, highly analytical, innovative leader with a successful record of marketing, business development and M&A experience gained with over 30 acquisitions. Success evidenced by having managed annual budgets ($70m that delivered and $5.1bn of marketing pipeline).
With an in-depth technical knowledge of driving the Digital Transformation of marketing in EMEA, Tim successfully changed market perception of Cloud solutions to that of a leader; launched cutting-edge Channel Marketing programs rated highly by Analyst firm IDC; established EMEA Social Media strategy & global execution Hub and launched employee & partner advocacy programs reaching millions of contacts per week.
Alan Jones (appointed July 2017)
Having worked in both primary and secondary schools at classroom and senior management levels before going into professional business contexts and then returning to higher education, Alan has always maintained an interest in ‘education provision’ as a whole. His own work (PhD and publications) on ‘creating learning organizations’ has sought to analyse and develop progressive and new ways of developing teaching at all levels and contexts of its delivery.
Alan has a particular interest in human resource management in educational settings at all levels and has been responsible for HRM policies and practices in a range of educational settings in addition to staff management appraisal systems, financial and budgeting systems and recently in ‘prevent’ strategies which now go hand in hand with health and safety issues.
Alan has served on and chaired many committees across a wide variety of topics and issues, including having served as a local parish council secretary. His part-time involvement includes membership of a number of voluntary bodies including ‘Rise Phoenix’ (a charitable organization dealing with children in war-torn regions of the world) and a charity dealing with AIDS/HIV/Malaria in developing countries.
James Alan Bell (Parent Trustee, appointed 16 May 2018)
The Board is also supported by a Company Secretary:
Hazel Cubbage (Company Secretary & CFO appointed 6 July 2015 and appointed CFO on 5 December 2016)
Hazel is the Trust’s Company Secretary. Educated at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, Hazel spent over three years working at the forefront of academy conversion, at one of the top law firms in the sector. Her background means that she has an in-depth knowledge of the obligations that the Trust faces as an academy, a charitable trust, a company and an educational provider. Prior to her legal role in the academy sector, Hazel gained experience in business development and turnaround, having worked in a leading UK bank where she managed a portfolio of commercial clients in financial distress. Hazel was a director of the Trust for six months, until she stepped down from the Strategic Board to accept her role as the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer.
In the past 12 months the following Trustees have resigned from the Strategic Board:
- S Beeson (resigned 21 July 2018)
- L Bambridge (resigned 7 January 2019)
- J Bale (resigned 9 January 2019)