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.
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 since July 2011 – 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.
Ginny Rhodes (Executive Headteacher)
BA (Hons), PGCE (Distinction), NPQH. Secondary School Headship for five years with leadership and management judged as outstanding by OFSTED. Ginny is a Leader in the PIXL partnership. PIXL is a group of 1745 Secondary Schools, 611 Sixth Forms, 387 Primary Schools providing strategy, resource and advice for improving educational outcomes for children and young people. Ginny is a lead practitioner in the organisation in setting and delivering improvement strategy and presents to 2000+ delegates each half term advising school leaders on how to improve performance. As a Governor and Trustee of Wellington College Ginny plays a pivotal role in developing the state and independent school partnership.
Chartered Management Accountant, ACMA (1981), Chair of Wokingham Borough Council’s School Forum, National Youth Agency Trustee and Chair of Finance. Paul serves on a range of Boards including WCL (UK) Ltd, Acroatics Ltd. Easy Auction Ltd. He is Past President, Chief Executive and Board Member – Paramount Pictures UK Ltd. Paul works in an Advisory role and has provided support and advice for other established MATs including: E-ACT, Community Academies Trust and ARK, as well as Reading UTC, Training and Development agency and Aiming High for Disabled Children via the DfE. Paul’s current role therefore brings a wealth of expertise to management and probity of public funds.
Having obtained his BA (Hons) in Modern Languages at Liverpool University, Julian gained his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Bristol University. A teaching career of over 25 years in local schools then followed, including many years in senior management. Julian then moved to working in Children’s Services at the local authority, firstly as a senior adviser for school improvement, then as a Service Manager overseeing services such as Education Welfare and Educational Psychology.
Julian continues to work with schools and brings a keen understanding of the educational landscape both nationally and locally that will support the growth strategy of the Trust.
Health Visitor, Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered Nurse, Specialist Community Public Health and Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber. Nicola’s professional qualifications mean she has an acute understanding of all aspects of good practice and compliance in Safeguarding as well as mental health and emotional well-being education.
BSc (Hons) Physics and Electronics, University of Sussex, CCDA, MCSE, MCNE, CNI. From 1984 – 1988, he was a Police Constable based at Reigate Police Station. Kevin is now a Senior Director and Member of the Board for Azlan (turnover of $100M+), an IT company based in Wokingham but pan Europe. Kevin is a hugely experienced school Governor.
1971 Certificate of Education – Distinction (Primary), 1972 B. Ed. Hons 2:1 (Reading University), 1972 Primary school teaching until retirement 4 years ago. Anne is a most experienced school governor having served in the role since 1988. During this time she has been Chair of Governors at Keep Hatch Primary School as well as Chair of St Crispin’s Parents and Pupils Committee, Curriculum Committee and is currently Chair of the HR Committee. She has chaired both the panel for HT Performance Management and the Pay Committee. Anne provides specialist knowledge as a Trustee with expertise including, but not limited to, primary education and Special Educational Needs.
BSc (Hons) Southampton University in Geophysical Sciences. MSc from Durham University 1985/86 in Geophysics. Retired BP Executive with worldwide experience working at Director level. Trustee of two charities. David is new to school governance but brings a considerable expertise on HR matters having worked at a senior level at BP over a number of years. Speciality in organisational/discipline and capability management.
BSc (Hons) & Doctorate in Biotechnology & Biochemistry. With respect to board service Lee has previously, in commercial settings, attended board meetings for Davos Life Science, Singapore & CFT Ltd, UK in the capacity as CEO and iCEO respectively. Furthermore Lee attends company board meetings for a European Biotech company, Themis Bioscience GmbH, in an advisory capacity as well as chairing their manufacturing oversight committee. He also serves on a Scientific Advisory Board for a US based biotech. Lee is a Director & the principal consultant for GreyRigge Associates Ltd. Lee was previously a parent governor and brings business management expertise to the Trust.
Lee cares not only about the quality of his own children’s education but also provision of the best possible schooling for all children and young adults. A few years ago he realised that good schools don’t just ‘happen’ and that schools need people that are prepared to give up some of their time to provide them with support and good governance. Acting on these thoughts, it was back in 2015 that he became a parent governor at St. Crispin’s school and quickly began to better understand the demands and challenges facing not only St. Crispin’s but UK schools in general. Following the academisation of St. Crispin’s he now provides support as a Trustee to The Circle Trust. He will contribute with his experience of working with businesses to help with the strategic challenges facing the trust.
David Walker holds 1st class B.Sc in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol and has held a number of teaching and leadership positions, mainly in the independent sector. He has recently returned to Wellington College as Deputy Head (Pastoral and Wellbeing) after previously spending 10 years at Wellington College between 2006 and 2016. In the meantime he was been Head of School at an independent school in Cambridge as part of a group of independent schools.
Clerk to the Circle Trust and also St. Crispin’s Local Advisory Board
Diana retired in November 2013 after 25 years at Imperial College London. She was the Campus Administrator at their postgraduate campus, Silwood Park in Ascot, looking after both postgraduate students and academic staff. Diana was appointed as Clerk to the then Governing Body, now the Local Advisory Board at St. Crispin’s in February 2014 and was then asked to become Clerk to The Circle Trust.
Having worked in higher education for so long Diana was delighted to become involved with such a successful and highly regarded school as St. Crispin’s and to then utilise the experience gained with The Circle Trust. She also brings long-term experience of sitting on Schools Admissions Appeals Panels for both Bracknell and Wokingham Local Authorities, recently as Chair; and also chairs Independent Review Panels looking at permanent exclusions for both Authorities.