Meet the Trustees

David Whiles

Committee Membership: Standards 

Current Job: retired

David was a Chartered Engineer for Chartered Water and an Environmental Manager.  He has international Experience in the development of public health infrastructure and organisational change. 

Emma Black

Committee Membership: Resources

Current Job: Managing Director of Cascade Cash Management 

Dr Emma Black is a Managing Director of Cascades Cash Management and CF30 regulated financial advisor at Tier One Capital. Her role combines a detailed knowledge of the intricacies of private banking and investment management, while she also has specialised in Savings and Structured Products. She is a published academic in the fields of Mergers and Acquisitions, Emerging and Frontier Markets, and Behavioural Finance.  Dr Emma holds a PhD in Behavioural Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions from Durham University as well as the CFA Investment Management Certificate and the Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice & Management from the CISI. 

Dr Emma lectured at Durham, Newcastle and Leeds University over a period of eight years. While at Durham University, Emma designed and delivered the Supported Progression summer school for GCSE and A-Level pupils in Sutton. 

Gary Dawkins

Committee Membership: Chair of Resources

Current Job: retired after 38 years with BT

Gary was a primary school governor for a few years and then he became a secondary school governor since 1991. He retired as a Lead Consultant with BT, working in design of it's networks. Gary holds a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering & Technology. 

David Gilmour McLaren

Committee Membership: Chair of Trustees, Ex officio for Resources and Standards

Current Job: Retired 

Now retired, David Gilmour, was Director of financial services adviser and an Insurance Broker.

Iain Erskine

Committee Membership: Vice Chair of Trustees, Chair of Standards Committee

Current Job: Co-Principal of the Fulbridge Academy

Iain was a teacher for 42 years, he then became a Deputy Head, Head and then Principal. He is a National Leader of Education, an Ambition School Leadership coach and mentor and a Whole Education Network Peer Reviewer. 

Dr Mary Kiernan

Committee Membership: Standards

Current Job: Deputy Head Computing and Information Systems, University of Greenwich

Dr Mary' s current job role has allowed her to undertake research into technology enhanced learning. This enabled better delivery of education to partners in the UK, Africa and the Far East.  Previously, Dr Mary has held positions as Director of Quality and was a Head of Department as well as also undertaking consultancy work. Her community roles cover governance at primary and secondary schools, government quality reviews and visiting a range of institutions across the world as an academic accreditation board member for the British Computing Society. Dr Mary holds a PhD in the area of Computer Science, MSc in Human Computer Systems and BSc (Hons) in Computer Science.

Jonathan Theobalds

Committee Membership: Vice Chair of Standards Committee

Current Job: Managing Director of Peterborough based Rivercircle

Jonathan holds previous experience of Chair of Governors at both primary and secondary level and in the past, has also been a Trustee of another Multi-Academy Trust.

Andrew Finding

Committee Membership: To be decided

Current Job: Financial Controller - Elliott Group Ltd

Andrew’s current role is heading up the accounting and property functions for Elliott Group Limited. He has held similar positions at a variety of businesses across several sectors and has extensive experience of financial, change and corporate governance management. For over five years Andrew was a Governor at a local Primary School where he chaired the Resources Committee. Andrew holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.