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.
Neil Collins – Appointed 2 August 2011
Member and Chair of Trustees – Previously Chair of Governors at Wymondham High Academy Trust and then ieTrust. Neil is a company director of an education-based software company, Ortoo Technologies Ltd (one of their key products is GovernorHub). Chair of Wymondham High Academy Trust (2013-2016). Previous Chair at Long Stratton High School (2004-2010).
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 – Appointed 3 March 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 currently holds the position Chair of Governors (2016 – date).
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.
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.
Rob Waller – 10/09/2019 to 31/08/2020
Rob has held several senior positions working within manufacturing and the business services sector before moving into marketing and management consultancy. He has also worked in Further Education as a tutor and programme manager for business and MBA courses. Most recently Rob has been working as a professional development practitioner and as an assessor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Robert Linnell – 23/01/2017 to 13/10/2020
An educational consultant working with schools across all sectors of education. Is supporting the conversion of a primary school in Tower Hamlets to an academy and forming a new MAT. Mr Linnell is also a director of Eteach, an international teacher recruitment company. Previously head teacher of a secondary school for 15 years (Ash Manor School), chair of governors of both a secondary (Jubilee High School) and a special school. Has acted as a school improvement partner to several secondary schools and is a former NPQH tutor and consultant.