The corporate management and trustee responsibility for the Trust is vested in the Trustees, who are also the company Directors registered with Companies House.
Trust Board - Trustees
Michael Bolger – Appointed 12 September 2017
Michael set up Badger Associates Ltd in 2001 offering executive and specialist recruitment to many of the regional major employers and is now Chairman. Michael’s expertise lies in People Management and Development, Human Resources and Recruitment and getting the best from all working within the organisation for the ultimate benefit of the pupils.
Joanna Chilton – Appointed 11 October 2021
Joanna has ten years customer-facing experience within the Technology industry and has participated in mentor programmes with secondary/university aged young people.
David Hill – Appointed 10 February 2020
David served as a Commander in the Royal Navy, before holding senior HR manager roles in scientific research and construction training organisations. He was part of the team that set up Norwich Free School and has acted as a HR Consultant to a number of schools. David is currently the HR Director at Ward Hill Walker, a Property and HR Consultancy based in Norwich.
Jeff Lansdell (Chair of Trustees) – Appointed 11 February 2014
Jeff has held senior corporate positions in blue chip company, Aviva, including Head of Operations, Finance Business Partner and Project Manager. From 2014, Jeff was the Vice Chair and a Governor of Wymondham High Academy and held the position of Chair of Governors from 2016 – 2022.
Judeline Nicholas – Appointed 14 March 2022
Judeline is a successful learning and development specialist addressing people skills and in particular Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging matters. She is committed to contributing to the community and is the Chair of Norfolk Race Equality and Human Rights Association, Ambassador for Diversity for the Institute of Directors (and has been highly commended for her work) and is also an Employment Tribunal Panel lay member.
Andrew Rowley – Appointed 1 January 2019
Vice Chair – Former Chair of Trustees at Mid-Norfolk Academy Trust (MNAT). A qualified Chartered Accountant, Andrew has held a number of board level consultancy and interim Director Roles across Europe, America and the Middle East, concentrating on Finance and I.T. Andrew has successfully managed major building projects and international corporate restructurings. More recently, Andrew managed his own business, successfully selling this following a 500% increase in turnover. Now retired, Andrew is passionate about the value of education and training to meet the current and future needs of business sector.
Leda Tarabay – Appointed 1 January 2019
Leda qualified as a Chartered Public Financial Accountant whilst working in the West Midlands. Moving back to Norfolk in the 1980s, Leda worked for Norwich City Council before setting up a successful restaurant in Norwich. After selling the business, Leda is now semi-retired and is Honorary Treasurer to Norwich Preservation Trust Ltd. Leda is also the former Vice Chair of MNAT.
Hannah Wheeler – Appointed 1 December 2022
Hannah has been working within the primary education sector for twenty years and in senior leadership for the last eleven having worked within Norfolk but trained and started her career in London. Hannah is currently the Headteacher of a Norfolk primary academy and nursery. Within her duties are safeguarding, SEND, attendance, educational visits and responsibility for Looked After Children and those that have English as an additional language.
We are currently recruiting for a number of volunteer Trustee positions. Trustees are expected to contribute to the governance of the Trust through their membership of our Board and through active roles on our Committees. We are looking for Trustees with backgrounds in Primary Education, Further Education, Law, Marketing, Health & Safety.
Should you be interested in supporting out Trust and Academies in this way please use the contact us page.
Neil Collins – 2 August 2011 to 30 November 2022
Member and Trustee – Neil held the position of Chair of Trustees until October 2022 and was Chair at Wymondham High Academy Trust (2013-2016) and Long Stratton High School (2004-2010).
Neil is a company director of an education-based software company, Ortoo Technologies Ltd (one of their key products is GovernorHub).