Jonathan Ash-Edwards : Chair of Trustees

Jonathan Ash-Edwards

Chair of Trustees

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise Jonathan has been a member of the Board since 2007 and currently serves as Chair. As a former student of one of the Trust’s academies, he knows local schools well and is committed to ensuring the Trust and its academies offer young people the best opportunities in life. Jonathan led the Board’s decision to convert to academy status, establishing the Trust which is now Sussex Learning Trust, leading to a transformation in academic standards in our academies. During his time as Chair, Jonathan has been involved in two Ofsted inspections, both of which have judged the Trust’s governance as being highly effective. As well as experience running a small business, Jonathan is Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, where he is responsible for giving strategic direction and leadership to the local authority. His portfolio responsibilities also include financial management, budget setting, performance management and economic development. In April 2016 Jonathan was appointed as a National Leader of Governance, a role which involves supporting chairs of governors in other schools; part of the Government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. Recently, Jonathan has been awarded a contract by the DfE for Governor training. He is very highly regarded in local and national educational circles.

Simon Watt : Vice Chair

Simon Watt

Vice Chair

Extensive career in Human Resources. Experience includes:

• broad commercial experience

• specialising in advising on change management

• supporting individuals and leaders to succeed by fostering a culture of constructive challenge, innovation and learning and growth

Pete Bradbury :

Pete Bradbury

Extensive career in business, sales and marketing. Experienced Councillor: Mid Sussex District Councillor and a Member for the Leisure and Communities Scrutiny Committee. West Sussex County Councillor and a former Cabinet Member. Chairman of the Central Mid Sussex County Local Committee. Chair of Building Heroes Education Foundation, the Mid Sussex Science Week and the Big Bang @ Mid Sussex. Experience includes:

• commercial & marketing activities

• broad portfolio responsibilities

• being the founder Governor involved in establishing a free school (outside the Trust)

• being Chair of several charitable, sports and community-related committees

Mike Caidan :

Mike Caidan

Specialist in building and leading high performing teams across the Financial Services sector, both in the UK and globally. Executive Director on boards in the financial sector. Experience includes:

• management and commercial roles, working with national and/or global organisations

• providing mentoring and coaching

• providing commercial expertise for large and complex projects, with experience in mergers and acquisitions

Esther Gunter :

Esther Gunter

Legal recruitment manager and trainer with a broad commercial skills set and management experience. Experience includes:

• analysing individuals’ potential and skills

• coaching and supporting staff and clients/candidates to identify career desires and support them through interview preparation

• advising businesses on employer branding, candidate attraction, interview processes and recruitment market intelligence

• nurturing talent, developing graduate or “first job” staff to be successful innovative employees

Hamish Hill :

Hamish Hill

Clinical Psychologist, currently specialising in assessment, therapeutic work and care coordination activities with children, young people (aged 2-20) and their families, including post-adoption support work. Experience includes:

• extensive experience in parenting work with special interest in attachment-focussed therapies

• CBT, ACT, EMDR, family work, group work and attachment-focussed work

• delivering assessment, therapy and care coordination / systemic consultation

• teaching, research, editorial and service development projects

Claire Homer :

Claire Homer

Director of local business. Experienced Governor and Chair of the governing board during Northlands Wood’s conversion to academy status and joining the Trust. Experience includes:

• running a successful local business (broad commercial skills)

• leading and managing teams

• developing talent, including apprentices

Joelle Packham :

Joelle Packham

Extensive career in marketing and communications (working internationally) for a global engineering and energy firm, including focussing on recruiting communications and graduate recruitment. BA in French and Communication and an MA in Media and Communications. Broad commercial skills. Experience also includes:

• specialising in marketing and communications

• introducing internships and work experience placements within business

• recruiting and mentoring young talent

Jenny Pearman :

Jenny Pearman

Head of Client Services for a London based Software Services Company (Broadcast and Music industry). Broad commercial skill set. Experience includes:

• managing complex relationships across a wide variety of clients, balancing the clients’ needs against the company’s policy and growth

• assisting in growing a business from a start-up with one UK client to a globally recognised solutions provider that is driving the industry standards in an ever changing and diverse market

• developing teams and working with a diverse range of people (from the creators of programming and music through to legal and technical teams effecting business change and ensuring compliance obligations are met)

Roger Tapping :

Roger Tapping

Lead (Reporting Inspector) for the Independent School Inspectorate. Holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Former teacher (36 year teaching career) in non SLT schools and Chartered Geographer. Experience includes:

• management of Departments (including managing Learning Support)

• management and analysis of performance data

• training in Compliance, Safer Recruitment, Child Protection, Prevent, Safety Management on Educational Visits

• former Chair of the WPSA Pastoral and Safeguarding Committee

Phil Todd :

Phil Todd

Chartered Engineer and Managing Director for a pioneering Building Services Engineering Company with offices in England and Ireland. Broad commercial and management skills. Experience includes:

• managing teams and projects

• designing and delivering world class schools and education facilities

• delivering STEM support

• advising on procurement, Health and Safety management and improvements, development of ICT facilities and support