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Thomas Deacon Education Trust

Academy Trust boards are the accountable bodies in law and as such must act collectively in the best interests of the children, ensuring the good conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement. The three core functions of a governing boards:

  1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Julie Taylor - Chief Executive Officer

I became the CEO and Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy in 2013.

I take up this post having spent my entire career as a teacher in various parts of the country including Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, my native South Wales, the Isle of Wight and Bury St Edmunds. Most recently, I have been Headteacher at a community school and then at an academy in Hampshire.

In January 2016, I became the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Deacon Academy Education Trust (TDET) which is a multi-academy Trust encompassing both primary and secondary schools.

My main task is simple: to raise the educational standards at the schools within the Trust in order to ensure that every child and young person leaves us having made the best possible progress. I will be relentless in ensuring that the highest standards are achieved and maintained.

Richard Barnes - Chairman of the Board

Richard was brought up on a council estate in Cambridge and educated under the old direct grant system at the Perse School. 

He studied natural sciences for medicine at Cambridge and then, by a series of serendipitous events, ended up as a University Lecturer in Physiology at Cambridge.  

His main research interests are in heart, circulation and early human development.  

In Cambridge his main educational interest, apart from lecturing, has been in facilitating access and outreach work, both through his college (Emmanuel) and the university.  

He has participated in master classes, particularly in South Yorkshire, which is one of his college’s link areas, and has run many summer schools for the university.  

Richard is also Chair of the Villiers Park Educational Trust which seeks to create social mobility by providing education opportunities for gifted children from underprivileged backgrounds. 

Paul Clegg

Paul was Global Purchasing Manager with Caterpillar, having joined Perkins Engines in December 1984, and has held many varying roles. 

Paul has 30 years’ experience in the purchasing and supply chain profession covering: disciplines, lean manufacturing, supplier collaboration, materials movement and sales and operation planning. 

Paul was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and currently lives in the county of Rutland. He is married to Sue and they have three grown up children, one boy and two girls. He has a keen interest in sport and plays golf with a genuine competitive nature. 

Ian Wigston

Ian Wigston is a co-founder of Bright Field Consulting. Originally a banker, Ian developed and built one of the first Innovation Units in Europe for Barclays. He has been working as an independent consultant for 20 years.
He has specialised in education for most of that time, and was inspired to establish Bright Field having established a reputation for originality and innovation across a range of client projects. These have included the DfES Innovation Unit, Odyssey Charter School, the Learning Schools Trust and Woodard Corporation.

As part of a team, Ian conceived the idea for a young person’s predisposition measure and in tandem with the Academic Magician Professor Todd Landman designed and developed a programme for schools combining behavioural feedback and magic.

Mark Potter

Mark is currently the Headmaster of the English School in Paris, having previously been Headmaster at Laxton Junior School, Oundle.

 

His first teaching post was at St Mark’s RCVAP School in Ipswich and, after a fulfilling four years, his sense of adventure took over and he joined the Shell Schools’ Network, to work at a School in Nigeria. Following a very successful two years in Africa, Mark moved to China to work at The CSPC International School, Shell’s new school in Daya Bay.

Mike Gross

Mike is the Bursar of Emmanuel College Cambridge. He is also an Official Fellow of the College and the Director of Studies in Economics.

He has taught macroeconomics, labour economics and industrial economics within the University. As Bursar his main responsibilities are for the College finances, its buildings and staff. He also has a more general role in College governance, being the executive officer for the Governing Body, College Council and various College committees.

Saqib Rehman

Saqib is the proprietor/governor at Iqra Academjy. He is a father of 3 children and was born and raised in Peterborough. Saqib has been involved in strategic leadership and management within the health and social care section since 2004. Having established a domiciliary care agency working with the local authority in Peterborough, Saqib quickly developed the service and brand into an integral part of the care services sector in Peterborough. Saqib’s day to day management responsibilities oversee the delivery of over 1200 hours of care to 3 regional authorities, over 50 front line staff and 7 supervisors and managers. Saqib’s managing director responsibilities are based on 5 key lines of delivery to ensure service delivery is not only meeting regulatory requirements but surpassing the expectations of commissioners and most importantly the service user.

With the Health and Social care service firm established Saqib turned some of his time to community needs within Peterborough. Having worked as a volunteer and director of a Community House project, a community project set up to help support and empower youngsters and under achieving adults, Saqib, along with three colleagues set up the charity Children of Adam.

Children of Adam is a fully registered charity that works with local issues in Peterborough as well as national and international delivery. From inception, Saqib was voted Chair for the group and took responsibility on behalf of the strategic planning team of the charity. At the end of the first accounted year, Children of Adam raised £170,011. In the second year under the same leadership team Children of Adam spent £249,090 on all projects and in year 3 £511,586.

Saqib was invited onto the Peterborough Muslim Education Trust Board and quickly became a core member of the team, In March 2016 the board was revamped and Saqib was nominated for and accepted the role of Proprietor. The new board quickly took steps to not only ensure the very existence of the school, but to secure a new senior management team at the school, to push for Iqra Academy to become a vital part of the education infrastructure in the City. They want to provide the resource to help people, especially women from all backgrounds, achieve their potential and become confident, active role models in our community.

Simon Smith - Director of Resources

Simon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2004, is Director of Resources for TDET and also the Company Secretary.

Prior to joining the Trust, Simon has held various senior roles across the public and private sector including Children’s Services, Economic Development and Probation Services. He has worked in or around schools for over 7 years and has led on changes to school funding, managed commercial teams that provide services to schools and been an active member of Governing Bodies, particularly for schools in financial difficulty.

Being the first person in his family to attend university, Simon is passionate about all children getting a good education regardless of their background.