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Trustees


Kate Evans CEO

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Kate Evans CEO

Kate originates from Stockton-on Tees in the North East of England and remains a loyal Middlesbrough supporter, despite the enduring challenges that this brings. She was one of the first cohort of students to attend a comprehensive school, following the abolition of the 11 plus examination and on completion of her secondary education proceeded to study Physics at the University of London. Kate has worked in a variety of state comprehensive schools throughout her career, including 11-18 schools in London and Hertfordshire, as well as two village colleges in Cambridgeshire. Throughout her career she had the opportunity to take on a wide range of middle and senior leadership roles, prior to being appointed as Principal of Bottisham Village College in January 2005. Since that time the performance of the school has improved significantly, and was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in 2012. She was appointed CEO of Anglian Learning in 2016. Previously a Specialist Leader of Education, Kate was chosen as a National Leader of Education in 2013 and through these roles she has had the opportunity to provide support for headteachers and leadership teams in a range of other secondary schools. She is very excited about the opportunity she has to lead Anglian Learning as it develops into a national centre of educational excellence, underpinned by a passionate commitment to collaborative learning.


Philip Hodgson

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I have been a school governor for over 30 years both in the primary and secondary sectors. I am currently Anglian Learning Chair of Trustees. Both my son and daughter attended Bottisham Village College. After my grammar school education I trained at the London Hospital and qualified as a Dental Surgeon. After a brief period teaching conservative dentistry, I went into general dental practice in Cambridge from which I retired to join the Dental Reference Service which monitored the quality of NHS dentistry. I work closely with Cambridgeshire Local Authority to support education in the county. I am an advisory governor and work with primary school governing bodies which need support. I am chair of Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and a member of the county’s Governor Advisory Group. My hobbies are photography, woodwork, gardening and caravan touring


Gareth Davies

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I was a parent governor for 7 years at Bottisham Village College which both my sons attended. I am currently studying for a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. My working career started in the Civil Service, at the Department of the Environment.  I then trained at Homerton College and became a primary school teacher in Cambridge. Subsequently I spent 25 years working with schools to develop the use of information technology for learning. For twenty of those years I was also a part-time sheep farmer. I support Cambridge United, and am interested in birds, bells and photography.


Claire Lawton

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I have been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist, working locally for CPFT, for more than 20 years. I have considerable management experience at local, regional and national levels in the health service and was Associate Medical Director at NHS East of England for several years and Acting Medical Director in 2012. I have also worked in medical education as Associate Postgraduate Dean for 8 years. Throughout my career I have always worked clinically as well as holding other posts in the health service. I have a longstanding interest in education at all levels and am married with 3 grown up sons.


Donna Cornwell

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I am currently working as Associate Headteacher at Swaffham Bulbeck CoE Primary School (previously Headteacher for 15 years) as well as Co-Director of Anglian Gateway Teaching School Alliance and Senior SCITT tutor.


Sue Speller (Bsc,MCIHort)

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I have a degree in Horticulture and worked on horticultural trials for the government and as a rep for 4 years before moving into IT. I have been in IT for 27 years as a Project/Programme Manager and Support Director, delivering and supporting multimillion pound IT projects for the Research and Development Group of a global pharmaceutical company. I was a primary school governor for 8 years, a parish councillor for 10 years (Chair for 4 years) and a district councillor for South Cambs District Council for 4 years. Currently I am a trustee for a local Housing Charity as well as a community governor for Bassingbourn Village College. I have two grown up children (both attended Bassingbourn Village College) and in my spare time I work on my allotment and ride my horse.


Ken Murphy

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I spent most of my working life in the city of London, initially working for a large fund management group and then 25 years ago I set up a wealth management business with another partner. Having developed the business it merged with another firm in 2003, and then the merged business was sold to a large city bank in 2007. At the time of sale the business employed 150 people and managed over £4.5 billion in assets. Having been with the business from the start to the size when sold in 2007, I have been involved in most areas of business management, including HR, financial controls and compliance. I decided to retire after the sale, and now manage my own property company. I also occasionally help out with a local Riding for the Disabled group. I have been a governor at Bassingbourn Village College for 6 years and became Chair in 2014. I led the successful conversion process to an Academy in 2011 and was involved in the successful bidding process and implementation for two large building projects at the college for a total of £1.5 million. I am also the child protection and SEN governor. I am married and have 2 children at university.


Richard Cowling

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I am an HR Consultant, generalist plus specialist work in pay and reward, benefits, acquisitions mergers and disposals. I was formerly head of HR & Pensions for a UK company employing 2000+. I have been a Sawston Village College governor for 8 years.


David Lamkin

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After gaining a degree in Physics with Computing I have worked in computer software development for more than 40 years, specialising in Information Security and Messaging. Since 2000 I have been Managing Director of Metanate Ltd, a Software consultancy based in Great Shelford. After becoming involved in education as parent helper when my daughters attended the local primary school I have been a school governor at Sawston Village College for the last 15 years. As Chair of the Governing Body I steered the school through Academy Conversion. I am a member of the Anglian Learning board and I remain a member of the Sawston Village College local governing body.


Geoff Hayward

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I started my academic career as a research biologist at the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool. I taught in the further education sector for five years and I have been involved in the training and education of teachers across both primary and secondary phases at the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education and the Universities of Oxford and Leeds. At the University of Oxford’s Department of Education I was one of the directors of the Nuffield 14-19 Review of Education and Training, Associate Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) and the Director of Research. Subsequently, I was Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds for three and a half years before joining the Faculty


Simon Humphrey

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I have been a governor at Netherhall School and Sixth Form since January 2015 and a Trust Board Governor since September 2016. I work at ARM Holdings in the Corporate Responsibility team where I lead on external communications, engagement with charity partners and advocacy across education, health and the environment. I have been involved in sustainability and corporate responsibility since 2008. Prior to that I spent 12 years with accountancy firm PWC advising on risk management working extensively across Europe, Africa and Australasia. Alongside representing ARM on a number of different external committees and steering groups relating to STEM education and promoting engineering careers, I am also Chair of the Local Area Board for the Career Ready programme.


Board Members


Christopher Walkinshaw

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I am Group Corporate Communications Director for the family-owned Marshall Group of Companies, where I work alongside the Group’s Chief Executive, Robert Marshall.
I joined Marshall in 1983 and have worked in each of the Group’s main operating companies, before joining the Head Office team at the end of 2011. My first 10 years with the Group was spent in Marshall Aerospace, most of this time in the Commercial Office. I then moved to Marshall Land Systems as Product Manager of its waste compactor business, responsible for taking the innovative new design out of development and into production. A longer spell in Marshall Motor Group followed, most of that time as Business Development Director.
Outside work, I am Deputy Chairman of No.104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Cadets and a member of the PCC in Swaffham Prior. I am a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.


Alison Butterworth

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I grew up in Kingston, Surrey, and read Physics at Southampton University before a career in retail management and buying for a large multi-national fashion retailer. I moved to Steeple Morden around 20 years ago and since having 3 daughters I have run my own small business. I was Chair of Governors for one of our feeder primary schools as well as being an advisory governor for the local authority.


Amanda Askham

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I joined Bottisham Village College as a parent Governor in 2009 and am now the Chair of the local governing body. My children were lucky enough to be pupils at Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School and at Bottisham Village College. I am Head of Transformation at Cambridgeshire County Council and oversee the Council's Transformation Programme which includes strategies for health and wellbeing, social care, children’s services, arts and culture, community development and commercialisation. Prior to this I worked in Children’s Services for 12 years and was responsible for leading and developing education services that work directly with children (including outdoor education, schools ICT, music services and health and wellbeing teams) and implementing a partnership strategy to support countywide achievement in schools and academies (including trading, sponsorship, volunteering and funding). My academic background is in innovation and business design and I am a board member of the UK Innovation Hub and a mentor for post graduate innovation students.


Albena Madej

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I am a qualified Global Chartered Management Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. I work as a Group Head of Finance for a software development company, with headquarters in Cambridge and offices in the UK, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. I sit on the Executive Committee of the Group and am responsible for the leadership and management of the finance teams around the world. I was elected as parent governor at The Netherhall School and 6th Form Centre in November 2012. In September 2013 I was voted as Chair of the Finance Committee and became Chair of the Governing Body in December 2013. I successfully led the school through a very challenging period of exciting and sometimes difficult changes, including recruiting a new Principal, converting the school to an Academy and becoming part of the Anglian Learning Trust. I am also a Trust Member and sit on the Trust Finance and Audit Committee. In my little spare time I enjoy spending time with family, exploring new places and socialising with friends and colleagues.


Martyn Postle

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I am Director and Founder of Cambridge Healthcare & Biotech and its sister company DH&B, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. I have a research background and have worked in and for the life science industry for over 35 years. I held various management positions over a ten-year period with Eli Lilly in areas such as New Product Planning and Marketing, before leaving Lilly to join Rorer Healthcare where I was Strategic Planning Director and a member of their UK Executive Committee. I have been a Principal in both KPMG's and Coopers & Lybrand's consulting divisions, plus I spent three years as an Assistant Director with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where I was responsible for healthcare merger, acquisition and divestment projects based out of the bank's London, Frankfurt and New York offices. As well as being a Member of the Anglian Learning Trust, I am also a Feoffee (Trustee) of the Nicholas Swallow and Other Charities and a Manager of the Duxford Saturday Workshop.  My hobbies include playing and teaching guitar and ukulele, plus I am a keen wildlife photographer.


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