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Peter Maxwell - Chair

Peter is a former banker and corporate finance executive, who now runs a business that provides marketing and strategic advice to small and medium size enterprises. He is a member of the Diocese of Ely Board of Education, and chairs the Academies Scrutiny Review Group for the Diocese.  He has also previously owned a Nursery School.

Adrian Ball - Board Member

Since qualifying as a PE teacher in 2003, Adrian has always worked in schools located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Through a variety of different roles, as Vice Principal, Principal, and Executive Principal he has been part of a number of turnaround successes – most notably as Principal of Thetford Academy, where he led the school out of special measures to its first Good rating, with leadership recognised as Outstanding, in just 15 months.

In December 2014 Adrian took on a wider Executive Principal mentoring role of the new Principal at East Point Academy and supported in the removal of the academy from special measures in March 2015, with a good judgement for leadership.

Most recently Adrian was the Chief Operating Officer for the Inspiration Trust; a Multi-Academy Trust of 14 schools across Norfolk and North Suffolk, where he was responsible for the delivery of an effective operating model to ensure the educational objectives of the Trust are achieved. 

Adrian is also a member of the Norwich Opportunity Area Partnership Board, chairing the Teaching & Attainment committee, which is part of a national Department for Education strategy to improve social mobility through education in the areas of most need, and has spoken on this subject, amongst others, to colleagues within the education sector. 

Revd Michael Banyard - Board Member

MA, BPhil, Adv Dip Ed, Cert Ed, CTM

Michael taught as a secondary teacher of Religious Education and Head of Humanities Faculty at the City of Ely College (1969–1984), then was Deputy Headteacher of MoD secondary schools in Cyprus (1985–1991) and Hong Kong (1991–1996), before a final year in Germany and then early retirement in 1997. He spent four years as Lay Pastoral Assistant at St John’s Anglican/Episcopal Cathedral in Hong Kong, before two years at Westcott House, Cambridge (2001–2003). Ordination in 2003/2004 led to a curacy in south east Cambs, and then incumbency as Rector of the Three Rivers Group of parishes (Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett & Snailwell) since 2007. He has served as a Parish Councillor, was an Ofsted Inspector, and is currently Governor of two church primary schools; he serves as Vice Chair of the Ely Diocesan Board of Education, and maintains his interest in education and schools and the interaction of the mission of the church and its schools in his rural circumstance.

John Bradshaw - Board Member

John has considerable business experience.  He spent 34 years with the P&O Group, including 18 years as a Director, and 12 of which were as the Chief Executive of the European Logistics Division.  The Division had activities in 12 European countries, with 1100 employees and a turnover of £400 million.  John has also served on the advisory board for GE Europe and DFDS Seaways, involved in developing logistics strategies.  For 6 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Harwich Haven Authority, a trust port regulated by the DfT.  Recently he has worked for Cannizaro, a company specialising in efficiency programmes.  John was also Chair of Governors at Fordham Primary School for 5 years.

David Bridges - Board Member

MA(Oxon), MA, PhD (London), Hon D Univ (Open University) FAcSS

David is Emeritus Professor of the University of East Anglia and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College and Homerton College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Vice President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.  He began his educational career as a history teacher in a secondary school before entering teacher education at Homerton College, where he became Vice Principal. He was for 14 years a school governor and was a co-opted member of Cambridgeshire  Education Committee and a board member of the National Extension College.

He moved in 1990 to a Chair at the University of East Anglia where he became Dean of the School of Education, and then Pro Vice Chancellor. In 2000 he became founding Director of the Association of Universities in the East of England, based in the regional development agency, and a year later also became Director of the multi-disciplinary Von Hugel Institute at St Edmund’s College.

More recently he returned to the Cambridge Faculty of Education as Director of Research, leading a number of international research and development projects. His international research and development work has taken him to many parts of the world including Ethiopia (for 26 years), Iran, Vietnam, Mongolia and most recently Kazakhstan, where he remains a Board member of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, a federation of 21 schools that is pioneering educational innovation in the country.

Keith Carne - Board Member

Keith is a mathematician in the University of Cambridge.  In 2010 he was appointed as First Bursar at King’s College, where he is involved in the management of the College, the Chapel and the Choir School.  In the past he was a governor of St Paul’s Primary School in Cambridge and then became a Trustee for the Church Schools of Cambridge, which owns and supports four primary schools in the city.  He is on the electoral roll of St Bene’t’s Church.  Keith brings particular expertise in finance and trusts to DEMAT.

Wendy Garrard - Board Member

Wendy has more than 30 years’ experience in education, most spent in leadership roles in primary and middle schools.

She has also been a Regional Leader (East) and Local Leader of Education for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL) and has published educational books, training materials and other resources.

She is now director of an education consultancy providing training, coaching and mentoring to a range of schools and academies, dioceses and other organisations.

Wendy also served for over 14 years as a member of Diocesan Board for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese and is currently Vice Chair of Governors at a church school.

Ven Dr Alex Hughes - Board Member

Alex was born in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, though he grew up on the south coast of England, in Southampton and Seaford. He came from a Christian family, but it was not until he was at Oxford studying theology that he sensed a call to ordination.

After graduating, Alex worked as a factory labourer at Parker Pen. In 1998 he married Sarah, and they spent their honeymoon back-packing round East Africa, Australia and Fiji. On return they moved to Westcott House in Cambridge where Alex completed his ordination training and undertook post-graduate study.

Alex was ordained in Oxford in 2000. He served his curacy at Headington Quarry, before moving to Portsmouth Diocese as Bishop’s Chaplain. From 2008 he was a parish priest in inner-city Portsmouth. Among his duties in Portsmouth, Alex was Chair of Governors at a secondary academy.

The Bishop of Ely collated the Revd Dr Alex Hughes as Archdeacon of Cambridge on Sunday 14 September 2014 at Great St Mary’s church in Cambridge.

Helen Jackson - Board Member

Helen has extensive experience as a solicitor in the commercial and charity sectors. After some years working in mergers and acquisitions in the City of London, she moved into industry, spending 10 years within the corporate legal function of Philips Electronics UK. She then moved to the University of Cambridge, where over a period of 15 years she co-founded and led the university’s first in-house legal team, building it to a full-service legal function; as part of this, she provided advice across all of the university’s educational, research and commercial activities.

She is a member of the Central Development and Advisory Committee of the YMCA Trinity Group, which serves young people in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, and is on the Editorial Board of LBC Wise Counsel, a consultancy which provides mentoring and career development support for in-house lawyers. She is a church warden of St Barnabas Church, Cambridge.

Dr David Lee - Board Member

BSc, MA, EdD

David has 40+ years of experience in secondary education, including holding senior posts such as deputy headships and headship until 1989.  He served Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority as an Education Officer and was Maths Adviser TVEI consortium coordinator from 1989 to 2000.  He worked as an independent Education Consultant from 2000 to 2003, working with Local Authorities on Ofsted inspections.  

David was appointed as Senior Secondary Adviser for Norfolk Local Authority from 2003 to 2008, and subsequently became a National Challenge Adviser until 2011, working in Local Authorities across the UK.  During this time, he was also Education Adviser to the Building Schools for Future programme undertaken by the consortium of Norfolk Property Services and May Gurney between 2003 and 2011.

David has been a school governor since 1988 at Milton CEVC Primary School, Cambridge and held the position of Chair from 2002-2017.  He was a Local Authority-appointed governor to Ely Community College and Manor Community College, Cambridge from 1996-2004, following poor Ofsted reports.  He also served on the IEB of St John Fisher RC School, Peterborough whilst in Special Measures.  He is a Cambridgeshire Local Authority Advisory governor, involving supporting governing bodies that are in a period of transition. 

David has been Chair of the Governing Body for the Pathfinder CEVA school, Northstowe from 2011, and a Trustee of DEMAT since 2016.

Andrew Read - Board Member

BEd (Hons with QTS) and MEd, University of Cambridge

Andrew has Cambridge degrees in education and education management, and has taught, led, and managed in all phases, with 12 years’ experience leading Ofsted inspections. A staunch believer in formulating practice from evidence-based research, he has had extensive involvement in higher education, and is an established author. In the last decade he has acted as an advisor to government, provided management support to 80+ local authorities/academy groups, worked directly with more than 5000 schools, spent a decade serving as a director within the commercial sector, is a past and current Trustee for numerous charitable trusts, and has been a governor in a number of schools of different phases. Andrew lives near Cambridge with his teaching wife and a young son. Andrew is Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely, and above all else, he is a passionate campaigner for the rights of all children to a good education, regardless of location, circumstance or religion.

Robert Skelton - Board Member

MA CEng, FIChemE, FINucI, MIMechE

Robert (Bob) graduated in chemical engineering from Durham University (King’s College, Newcastle). He has over 30 years’ experience in the process plant contracting industry. During that period he was manager of Process and Safety for Davy McKee Nuclear and was responsible for a number of major nuclear projects.  He left Davy to become the Nuclear Energy Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Magdalene College.

Though now retired Bob is still a Director of Studies and supervises undergraduates in a variety of general and chemical engineering disciplines including safety, and continues to lecture in nuclear engineering.

He is the author of an undergraduate textbook on process safety analysis and an editor of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Process Safety and Environmental Protection journal. He co-chairs the IChemE Safety Forum and assists the IChemE on the running of safety courses.  He also runs safety courses both within and outside the University, advises the Dept of Chemical Engineering on safety matters and has assisted Addenbrooke’s Hospital on some aspects of radiation safety.

He is a member of the Ely Diocesan Synod and a member of the Council of Ely Cathedral.

Hilary Wright - Board Member

Hilary is currently Group HR Director for Domino Printing Services. She was previously an Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Business Services at Aveva Group plc and served as its Head of Group HR/Group HR Manager. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Midwich, an AIM-listed company. Hilary has almost always been in the Human Resources arena, with additional operational management responsibilities. A large part of her career has been in the retail sector in both multi-site and Head Office positions. She spent five years working with a Cambridge-based software electronics company which provided interest and challenge in a dynamic, growing business, where she undertook both an HR and an operational position, including overseas involvement, business systems and strategy. She joined Domino in 2016. Hilary is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mike Younger - Board Member

Mike is former Dean of Education and Head of the Education Faculty at Cambridge University. He was also Director of the Centre for Commonwealth Studies for eight years and has many years’ experience as a Chair and Vice-Chair of governing bodies. He has extensive experience in financial and strategic management and is currently working as an educational consultant.