Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the trust, holding head teachers to account, and ensuring financial probity in line with the Academies Financial Handbook. As trustees, they must also ensure that they complying with the charity law requirements that govern the trust. Our directors have been chosen for their diverse range of expertise in both education and business.

Jo Perry

Jo Perry

Chief Executive Officer

Jo has extensive senior leadership experience and as Headteacher of The Quay School since 2008 has had responsibility for developing the provision and leading the school from Ofsted Special Measures to Outstanding.  Jo provides strategic leadership support and direction to Trust schools and has also extended this support to local schools. Jo qualified as a School Inspector in 2013 and was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2016.

Anne Shinwell Middle

Anne Shinwell Middle Trust Member

Chair of the Board

Prior to retiring, Anne had over 18 years’ experience as Headteacher of Good and Outstanding schools both in London and Poole.  As Headteacher of an Outstanding Academy, Anne had extensive skills and experience of academy conversion and governance alongside her previous experience as a National College Professional Partner, providing support and guidance for new Headteachers.   Anne also has a great deal of experience working in partnership with other schools and local authorities.

Leanne Symonds

Leanne Symonds Trust Member

Vice Chair of the Board

Leanne has extensive senior leadership experience and since 2012 as Headteacher of The Purbeck School has lead rapid and sustained improvement.  Leanne has significant experience strategic planning, project management and Primary Education Partnership development. Leanne will join the Ringwood Academy as Headteacher in September 2016.

Dr. Cheryl Bailey

Dr. Cheryl Bailey

Trustee

Dr Bailey is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Poole and Purbeck Child and Mental Heath Services (CAMHS) and is the named Doctor for safeguarding.  Dr Bailey has a long-standing interest in the positive impact of early intervention to support the education of young people with emotional and mental health conditions and has also been involved in the development of education provision for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Andy Baker

Andy Baker

Trustee

Andy has been a senior leader in four secondary schools and is currently Headteacher of a large secondary school.  Andy has also worked in a school improvement role for a local authority.  Andy has been both an accredited School Improvement Partner and an Ofsted Additional Inspector.

Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins

Trustee

Sarah Watkins is a co-founder of Complete Coherence, a company that delivers Leadership Development to large organisations. She has a background in nursing and medical sales and is the mother of four grown up boys. Sarah brings a depth of experience running a business and also offers the perspective as a parent of an autistic son. Enabling children to reach their potential despite their circumstances is what motivates Sarah to support Delta Education Trust.

Kate Carter

Kate Carter

Trustee

Kate Carter is the Executive Headteacher of four Poole primary schools within the TEACH Trust.  Kate was previously Headteacher for both Canford Heath Junior School and Canford Heath Infants.   She graduated from the University of Reading in 1998 and has been teaching for many years in Poole and Bournemouth.  Her specialism is in English, and she has worked on many English development initiatives – nationally and locally, including work for the National Strategies; leading the Poole Schools’ School Improvement Support Group for English and training new teachers.

Nigel Solomon

Nigel Solomon

Trustee

Nigel grew up in Bournemouth and his background is in the construction industry. He is Managing Director and a part owner of a Bournemouth based consultancy business with offices in London, Bishops Stortford, Farnham and Waltham Abbey. For much of his career Nigel has lived and worked abroad in The Bahamas, Singapore and Bahrain on large construction projects. Nigel returned to Dorset in 1999, his children were educated locally and he was a Parent Governor at Parkstone Grammar School for seven years which he found a rewarding experience. He was therefore happy to become a Director of The Delta Education Trust, contributing a broad experience, positive approach and business management knowledge to the Trust.

Mark Bickford

Mark Bickford

Trustee

Mark Bickford is a veteran of business lending at Barclays and Lloyds banks and is now Head of Social Impact Funds at the FSE Group, a company providing financial support to ambitious social enterprises in the UK.

Laurence Keane

Laurence Keane

Trustee

Laurie spent 34 years in military and civil aviation, and alongside flying and management roles he spent about 10 years as a foundation governor in voluntary aided primary and secondary schools.  He is founder and Chairman of Westbourne Training Ltd, which provides technical skills training as well as multi-crew co-operation and communication skills training to budding professional pilots.  Laurie has a keen interest in lifelong learning, and completed a Bachelor of Laws honours degree with the Open University.

Nathan Wilkins

Nathan Wilkins

Trustee

Nathan grew up in the South West before moving to Wales for to study at university where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Work then took him to London for a hectic 20 years working across finance and sales, delivering major programs and ultimately leadership. Recently Nathan has moved back to South West to marry and start a family. In his social time he owns a property company and when he can is an avid sportsman.

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