The Circle Trust expects appointed Members, Trustees and Local Advisory Boards to work within the seven principles of public life (Nolan) and for all groups to contribute to the core purpose of the Trust in accordance with its vision and values. All groups will ensure compliance with the scheme of delegation and the law. They always act in the best interests of children and young people and manage all resources responsibly and with integrity. With care and skill they ensure our Trust is accountable by asking challenging and robust questions.
BSc(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chartered Engineer (CEng), MIET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), Certified Diploma in Accountancy and Finance (CDipAF). Managing Director providing technology consultancy services to industry and schools. School governor for 11 years.
Paul has been involved with local schools for over 15 years. Most recently he was the Chair of Governors at St. Crispin’s School and previously served as Chair of the Finance Committee. His passion for seeing children getting the best out of their school years is fundamental to all he does. For Paul the Circle Trust is an exciting extension of everything that schools do well working together. Paul’s professional career as both a Chartered Engineer and a business owner has led him to develop a range of skills that are important to the governance of schools and it is his intention to continue to contribute wherever his skills are required as a Member of the Circle Trust.
MA, solicitor since 1978, Chairman of Clifton Ingram LLP, Managing Partner of a 12 partner law firm and Head of Dispute Resolution.
Jonathan was a Governor some years ago and is nearing the end of his career as a local solicitor. He is a trustee of two large churches in Bracknell and Reading, and also of Oakwood Youth Challenge, Wokingham – a Christian centre dedicated to challenging young people spiritually, physically and mentally. All have given him experience that he hopes will be useful as a Member of the Circle Trust.
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Electronics, has held a variety of senior positions in both the commercial and charity sectors, most recently as Chief Executive for a UK-wide charity. She is a Trustee for a mental health charity and also volunteers for a charity, actively supporting and mentoring young people to reach their full potential.
Aileen has lived in Wokingham for over 20 years and has 2 grown up children who both attended the local schools. Aileen hopes that her professional background in strategic change management and business development will be useful in her role as a Member of the Circle Trust.
Andrew Beckett (Chair of Trustees)
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol; Chartered Engineer (CEng); MIET (Institution of Engineering and Technology); MIEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Northern European Application Engineering Group Director for Cadence Design Systems, a leading Electronic Design Automation company. School Governor since October 2009 and Chair of Governors at Nine Mile Ride Primary School from July 2011 until 2017 – also a Member.
Andrew’s journey in school governance started when his elder son was 10 and he wanted to give something back to the school which had served him so well. He is proud to have contributed over 8 years to Nine Mile Ride, both as a governor and as Chair of Governors, and is excited about the opportunities to continue that contribution as a trustee of The Circle Trust. His career involves working with engineers across the world to help them address their technical challenges with the design of integrated circuits, and the business and mentoring skills he has learned along the way are very applicable to helping set the strategic direction of the trust. The vision of The Circle Trust resonates so well with the ethos of each of the member schools, with the focus being on the children and young adults having the best opportunities to develop and to enjoy their time at school.
Born in Manchester and educated in Cumbria, Geoffrey has been a “local” for all his adult life. Geoffrey is a solicitor, spending the first 10 years of his career in private practice in Reading and Bracknell, initially as a litigator, then migrating into commercial law, before becoming an in house lawyer in BT Legal. After almost 28 years in BT, he left in 2018 to join his wife as a self-employed legal adviser to local industries. He has two sons who were educated locally – the elder following the family tradition to qualify as a solicitor, and the younger as a doctor.
Geoffrey was a governor at the Emmbrook School for almost 10 years, where he ran law sessions for Y12 students, with weekly lessons and visits to the courts in Reading (Magistrates Court and Crown Court) and London (Supreme Court, Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey).
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