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 comply with the charity law requirements that govern the Trust. Our trustees have been chosen for their diverse range of expertise in both education and business.

Leanne Symonds

Leanne Symonds Trustee

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 of strategic planning, project management and Primary Education Partnership development. Leanne joined the Ringwood Academy as Headteacher in September 2016 and is a National Leader of Education.

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 is a National Leader of Education.

Andy Baker

Andy Baker

Trustee

Andy has been a senior leader in four secondary schools and is currently Headteacher of a large grammar school. Andy has also worked in a school improvement role for a local authority and has been both an accredited School Improvement Partner and a School Inspector. He is Chair of The Quay School Local Governing Body.

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 in running a business and also offers her 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. Sarah is Interim Chair Of Coppice Spring School Local Governing Body.

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 Infants School. 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 and leading the Poole Schools’ School Improvement Support Group for English and training new teachers. Kate is a Local Leader of Education.

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 chartered accountant. Work then took him to London for a hectic 20 years working across finance, sales, delivering major programs and ultimately leadership. Recently Nathan has moved back to South West to marry and start a family. In social time he owns a property company and when he can is an avid sportsman.

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