GORDON JOHNSON - Chairman
Gordon is Chair of The Cam Academy Trust. He was President of Wolfson College, Cambridge from 1993 - 2010 and a Deputy Vice Chancellor from 2002 - 2010. He chaired Cambridge University Press for sixteen years and was the founding Provost (CEO) of the Gates Cambridge Trust. He is an historian and is currently the President of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Chair of Comberton Village College, Janet has been a governor at the school for the past 20 years and has seen her children and grandchildren attend the college. Janet is also a Trustee of the Friars Trust which was set up to benefit students and the older community in her home village, where she also assists her husband and eldest son in running the family farm.
John is the Bursar of Darwin College, Cambridge. His previous career was in law, having qualified as a solicitor in Australia and in England, and practising for many years in corporate finance work in Cambridge. He was managing partner of Hewitsons from 2004 to 2014. He is a vice chair of the governing body of the Stephen Perse Foundation (formerly the Perse School for Girls).
Sebastian comes from a business background having set up and run successful companies based in the market intelligence sector in the UK, USA and Australia; initially while he was completing a Law degree at Anglia Ruskin University. Based at East Hatley, he has been active in the South Cambridgeshire area in a wide range of roles as an elected member of Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council and as a Parliamentary candidate. He has been a school Governor and is currently a Trustee of a local Almshouse charity.
Joanna originally qualified and practised as a solicitor in the City of London. After a period teaching Law at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge, she has spent her working life in college and university financial administration, including ten years as Treasurer of the University of Cambridge. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College and of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is a Trustee of a range of charities, including a children's choir and a Trust managing sheltered accommodation and a care home in Cambridge. She is on the Audit Committee of Cambridge University Press and Chairs the Cambridge Building Society Retirement Plan.
Graham is the General Director of Christians in Sport. He is also a director of Cambridge United Football Club and an associate staff member of the Round Church at St. Andrew the Great Church, Cambridge.
In 1983, Graham qualified with a BA (Hons) Philosophy, with the University of Wales and in 1989 he obtained a BD (Hons) Theology, from the University of London. During this time he was playing professional football for Cambridge United and then Cambridge City FC who he eventually managed before moving to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a broadcaster.
Mark is Chair of OECam LLP, Parkinson's UK and St. Peter's School Local Governing Body. Mark advises Board and Executive teams on organisation effectiveness across the UK and internationally. He graduated in Social and Political Sciences from Clare College Cambridge and initially worked in operations, project management and labour relations in the steel industry before advising on industrial development in South America. After a period with BP Exploration in the North Sea he founded the company he now chairs based in Cambridge. He is a former partner of Ernst and Young and served 7 years on the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Review Body.
COLIN GREENHALGH CBE - Vice Chairman
Colin was Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College from 1984-2002 and was vice-chair and Senior Independent Director of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2002-2010. He is currently a governor of Comberton Village College and Long Road Sixth Form College. He is also President of the Johnian Society at St John's College, Cambridge,an Honorary Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University.
In December 2015 John retired after twelve years as Head Teacher of Saffron Walden County High School. Prior to joining SWCHS John was, for six and a half years, the Head Teacher of Notley High School in Braintree. Since 2011 he had also been Chief Executive of the Saffron Academy Trust. John was designated a National Leader of Education in 2011 and has led and coordinated improvement programmes to raise standards in several schools facing challenging circumstances. He now works as an independent education consultant and leadership coach. John is contracted currently by the Department for Education (to investigate the performance of sixth forms in the East Region); the Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads Association; and a number of Local Authorities, trusts and schools.
Tricia has been the Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation since 2001 (previously the Perse School for Girls), a leading Cambridge independent school, following a rewarding career as both a history teacher and middle and senior leader across three school. Routinely one of the top performing schools regionally and nationally, the Foundation promotes a love of learning and strives to prepare young people for the world they will live in. Tricia has taken a lead nationally on the importance of digital learning sharing the Foundation's vision at a range of conferences. She also is a strong advocate of the importance of creativity within the curriculum.
During her time in Cambridge, Tricia has served as a Syndic on the board of Cambridge Assessment, represented the independent sector on the UK Universities' Delivery Partnership, a national committee tasked with reviewing entry to university, and has been Chair of the Girls' Schools East of England division.
Simon is a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), in the Deals practice. He is also a community governor and the Chair of Finance, Planning and Personnel Committee at Cambourne Village College, a parent governor and the Chair of Finance & Premises committee at Bourn Church of England Primary Academy, a member of the Cambridge Maths Hub Strategic Board and a Cambourne Parish Councillor.
He has obtained a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and a MSc in Finance from Lancaster University. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a fellow of the Institute of Consulting. Simon is a classically trained pianist and a private pilot.
STEPHEN MUNDAY CBE
Stephen Munday is the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and the Executive Principal of Comberton Village College. Since joining Comberton Village College in 2001, the school has become viewed as one of the most successful schools of its type nationally. The school has grown considerably, added a large and popular Sixth Form and been designated as one of the first Teaching Schools in the country during this time.
George is a fomer teacher at The Perse School, Cambridge, and was a Governor there as well as at Impington Village College. He is an experienced business entrepreneur who co-founded and is a Director of Pearson Publishing. He is currently a member of the Management Board of Cambridgeshire’s Virtual School for Looked After Children.
Andrew is CEO of the 24-school Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust, Director of Education of the Diocese of Ely and a parliamentary advisor in the House of Lords. He has 12 years’ experience leading Ofsted inspections and is an advisor with a track-record in early years, primary, secondary and postgraduate education. He is an author, school governor and a trustee of numerous education charities.
Kris is a former science teacher and governor at Comberton Village College who now works at The Open University, where she is Director of Initial Teacher Education and runs the PGCSE. Kris is the co-ordinator for TESSA (Teaching Secondary Science) and has published research into ethics, assessment and aprroaches to educational change and eudcational research. Kris is currently Chair of Cambourne Village College Governing Body.
Stephen has been on the Comberton Village College Governing Body for 20 years and currently chairs their Finance Committee. He is also a member of St. Peter's School Governing Body. Stephen was Managing Director at the Coulson Building Group in Cambridge and is now semi-retired.
Nicola worked briefly as an IT consultant before training as a geography teacher and going on to become Head of Department in three comprehensive schools, including Comberton Village College. She then joined the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education where she worked for ten years in Initial Teacher Education, ultimately leading the Secondary Geography PGCE course. Currently, Nicola is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University where she is Course Leader of the BA Primary Education Studies degree. Nicola is also parent governor and chair of the School Effectiveness Committee on Jeavons Wood Primary School Local Governing Body.
Rod is currently the Executive Headteacher of the Godmanchester Community Education Trust and previously Headteacher of Caldecote Primary school. He has been a Local Leader in Education and an Associate for the National College of School Leadership, and undertakes school inspections for Ofsted. Rod holds a strong belief that the future of high quality education is dependent on closer working between schools and MATs, through the sharing of expertise and specialisms.
Sue is a former headteacher who is now Chief Executive of SSAT (The Schools Network), a national organisation which works with schools to improve performance through the development of staff and students. She has written widely on education, including pamphlets on personalising learning and redesigning schooling. Sue is also the Chair of Melbourn Village College Governing Body.
Register of Trustees' Pecuniary Interests
Meeting Attendance Record
Governance Structure as at September 2017
Links to trust schools' Local Governing Bodies:
Cambourne V.C. Local Governing Body
Comberton V.C. Local Governing Body
Gamlingay First School
Hartford Infant School
Hartford Junior School
Jeavons Wood Primary School
Melbourn V.C. Local Governing Body
St. Peter's School Local Governing Body