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Board of The Cam Academy Trust

The Board is made up of Members and Directors.and each serve different roles. The full board meets five or six times during each school year with sub-committees for Finance & Resources, Curriculum & Standards, Audit (including risk) and Community & Partnerships meeting three to five times a year.

Sue Williamson

Chair, Trustee

Sue is a former headteacher who is now Chief Executive of SSAT (The Schools Network), a national organisation which works with schools to improve performance through the development of staff and students. She has written widely on education, including pamphlets on personalising learning and redesigning schooling.  Sue is also the Chair of Melbourn Village College Governing Body.

John Hartley

Trustee

John retired after 12 years as Head Teacher of Saffron Walden County High School in 2015.  Prior to joining SWCHS John was Head Teacher of Notley High School in Braintree. Since 2011 he had also been Chief Executive of the Saffron Academy Trust. John was designated a National Leader of Education in 2011 and has led and coordinated improvement programmes to raise standards in several schools facing challenging circumstances. He now works as an independent education consultant and leadership coach. John is contracted currently by the Department for Education (to investigate the performance of sixth forms in the East Region); the Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads Association; and a number of Local Authorities, trusts and schools. 

Sebastian Kindersley

Trustee - Chair of the Community and Partnerships Committee

Sebastian comes from a business background, having set up and run successful companies based in the market intelligence sector in the UK, USA and Australia; initially while he was completing a Law degree at Anglia Ruskin University. Based at East Hatley, he has been active in the South Cambridgeshire area in a wide range of roles as an elected member of Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council and as a Parliamentary candidate. He has been a school Governor and is currently a Trustee of a local Almshouse charity. 

Simon Krintas

Trustee - Chair of Finance and Resources Committee 

Simon is a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), in the Deals practice.  He is also a community governor and the Chair of Finance, Planning and Personnel Committee at Cambourne Village College, a member of the Cambridge Maths Hub Strategic Board and a Cambourne Town Councillor. He has a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and a MSc in Finance from Lancaster University.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a fellow of the Institute of Consulting. Simon is a classically trained pianist and a private pilot.

Nabeel Mardi

Trustee

Nabeel comes from the information technology and telecommunication industry where he has worked for over 30 years. He was previously Vice President of Device Development & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, running research and product development projects across 14 countries in Europe. He has operational experience of managing multi-disciplined teams, building industry consortiums and sitting on international standardisation bodies. He has been a primary school Chair of Governors for the past 5 years. He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Administrative Sciences, an MSc in Data Communication and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Rita Monson

Trustee

Rita Monson has lived in the Cambridge region since 2004, and is originally from New Brunswick in Canada. She attended University at MIT in Boston before settling in the UK. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MIT and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Rita is currently a research scientist at the University, studying the interactions bacteria have with each other and their response to the environment. She has been a fellow of Churchill College since 2007 and was heavily involved in admissions, teaching, academic support and more recently as Dean of the College. She is passionate about finding ways to increase access to Higher Education, a process that begins early in education.

Stephen Munday CBE

Trustee

Stephen Munday is the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and was Executive Principal of Comberton Village College from 2001 until 2019. During that time, the school grew to include a Sixth Form and was designated as one of the first ‘Teaching Schools’ in the country.  He was until August 2020 a member of the ASCL Council and served on the Teaching Schools Council.  He was previously a member of the Headteacher Board for the Eastern Region, served on the Department for Education's Headteacher Reference Group and chaired the Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads' group.  In October 2018, he was appointed President of the Chartered College of Teaching.

 

George Pearson

Trustee

George is a former teacher at The Perse School, Cambridge, and was a Governor there as well as at Impington Village College. He is an experienced business entrepreneur who co-founded and is a Director at Anspear, (formerly Pearson Publishing). He is currently a member of the Management Board of Cambridgeshire’s Virtual School for Looked After Children.

Andrew Read

Trustee

Andrew is CEO of the 24-school Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust, Director of Education of the Diocese of Ely and a parliamentary advisor in the House of Lords. He has 12 years’ experience leading Ofsted inspections and is an advisor with a track record in early years, primary, secondary and postgraduate education. He is an author, school governor and a trustee of numerous education charities.

Jacob Powell

Trustee

Jacob is studying for a Master’s Degree in Engineering at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. In the earlier years of his studies, he was a Trustee of the Jesus College, Cambridge, charity, a role he was appointed to after being elected as the Student Union President. Coming from a comprehensive background himself, Jacob is passionate about ensuring an excellent education for all. He enjoys rowing and music production in his spare time.

 

Kristina Stutchbury

Trustee - Co-chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, Link Trustee with oversight of Safeguarding

Kris is a former science teacher and governor at Comberton Village College who now works at The Open University, where she is Director of Initial Teacher Education and runs the PGCSE. Kris is the co-ordinator for TESSA (Teaching Secondary Science) and has published research into ethics, assessment and aprroaches to educational change and eudcational research. Kris is currently Chair of Cambourne Village College Governing Body.

Nicola Walshe

Trustee - Co-chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee 

Nicola worked briefly as an IT consultant before training as a geography teacher and going on to become Head of Department in three comprehensive schools, including Comberton Village College. She then joined the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education where she worked for 10 years in Initial Teacher Education, ultimately leading the Secondary Geography PGCE course. Having previously held the position of Principal Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Education and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Nicola was recently appointed as Head of Department for the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at UCL Institute of Education.  Nicola is also Chair of the Jeavons Wood Primary School Local Governing Body.  

Rod Warsap

Trustee - Link Trustee with oversight of SEND

Rod currently works for the David Ross Educational Trust as Regional Director for Primaries. He has been a Local Leader in Education and an Associate for the National College of School Leadership, and undertakes school inspections for Ofsted. Rod holds a strong belief that the future of high quality education is dependent on closer working between schools and MATs, through the sharing of expertise and specialisms.

 

Janet Banks

Member

Chair of Comberton Village College's governing body, Janet has been a governor at the school for the past 20 years and has seen her children and grandchildren attend the college. Janet is also a Trustee of the Friars Trust, which was set up to benefit students and the older community in her home village, where she also assists her husband and eldest son in running the family farm.

Colin Greenhalgh CBE DL

Member

Colin was Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College from 1984-2002 and was Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2002-2010. He is currently a governor of Comberton Village College and Long Road Sixth Form College. He is also Past President of the Johnian Society at St John's College, Cambridge, an Honorary Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University.

Joanna Womack

Member - Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Joanna originally qualified and practised as a solicitor in the City of London. After a period teaching Law at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge, she has spent her working life in college and university financial administration, including 10 years as Treasurer of the University of Cambridge. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College and of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is a Trustee of a range of charities, including a children's choir and a Trust managing sheltered accommodation and a care home in Cambridge. She is on the Audit Committee of Cambridge University Press and Chairs the Cambridge Building Society Retirement Plan.