Saqib Chaudhri

Saqib has a huge passion for pedagogy and has been a teacher in London for over 15 years. He is very proud to be the Principal of Oasis Academy Shirley Park Secondary & Sixth Form. Having grown up in Croydon and educated in the area, he finds it a great privilege to be leading a school in his hometown and providing opportunities to the young people of Croydon in order to help them reach their potential.

Philip Hogan

Philip is a semi-retired businessman who has extensive executive experience working across a range of global and international businesses. He has served on the Trust Board since January 2016 and was appointed Chair of the Trustees in January 2019 at which point he was elected a member of the Trust. Philip is also a Lay Member (non-executive) on the Governing body for the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sue Lewis

Having retired from a successful career in Retail Management and sitting as a magistrate, I have hopefully been able to put the skills I learnt to good use as a school governor of long standing.


William Whitmarsh

Retired Secondary school Headmaster. Taught in Secondary and Primary schools in maintained and academy sectors. Served as Governor and Chair of Governors in Primary and Secondary schools. Trained in Budget setting, results analysis and safer recruitment.


Janet Akala

Janet was appointed as a Director for The Collegiate Trust in May 2019, she sits on the Trust’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and is also the Director with oversight of Safeguarding. Janet is a Chartered Accountant with over 19 years’ experience within small & medium enterprises and tier one organisations. Her career includes senior executive roles within financial services and alternative asset firms managing finance, operations and compliance. Most recently, she was CFO/COO of an international asset management firm, Group CFO of a government pension fund and Group Finance & Compliance Director for a corporate advisory firm.

Keith Beattie

Keith is the Growth & Development Lead for The Collegiate Trust. He has over 15 years experience advising senior management and taking interim C-suite roles in businesses and organisations facing major periods of transformation. He is currently a Partner in a major global advisory firm where he focuses on leading and implementing significant transformation programmes. His work covers a range of industry sectors and spans from distressed to growth situations. He is married with two children and lives in SW London.

David Butler

David has over 35 years of experience as teacher, head teacher, consultant and former Director of Education in a large and diverse Local Authority. He has experience of working with all phases of education and with maintained schools, academies, independent schools and schools with a religious character. He currently works as an independent education consultant with schools and local authorities across the country.
David has worked with a wide variety of schools as a School Improvement Partner, undertaken strategic reviews at both school and Local Authority levels and has extensive experience of devising and delivering governor training and supporting governors and trustees with Performance Management of senior leaders.
As Director of Education David was responsible for a wide variety of services including Education Standards, School Improvement, School Place Planning and Admissions, SEND, Music and Arts services, Alternative Provision, Safeguarding, Youth Engagement Team and Commissioning.
David has served as a governor in a variety of schools and has served on a Diocesan Board of Education.
David has a passion for working alongside leaders in schools to support and challenge them in their role as leaders of continuous improvement and development, both for children and young people and their staff teams.
David is a lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace Football Club and his love of the game saw him serve as the manager of the Croydon District football team at U12 – U16 levels for several years.

Markieu Hayden

Mrs Markieu Hayden brings with her a good working knowledge of both primary and secondary education. Markieu has taught in Croydon borough for over 20 years and across all key stages, the last seven of which she has spent at her present school Norbury High School for Girls where she is now the Headteacher. She began her teaching career at a local Croydon Primary school where she taught some of our current staff and students. She has responsibility for a variety of other duties in addition to those connected with her current position; these include being previously a governor at another local Primary School, a PIXL associate, and Chair of Trustees at the NM Jets Cheer and Dance Programme. Currently Markieu is also Chair of Trustees at Sayaw Ltd formerly Jam Total Sport and is ex officio on her own governing body. Markieu is also a Coach on the Mayor of London’s Getting Ahead Programme and Chair of Croydon’s Fair Access Panel. Her previous roles in education have given her a broad spectrum of experience; at various times she has been an Acting Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, a Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer, Head of Inclusion, SENCO, BME Coordinator, Head of House, Head of PE, PE Coordinator and primary school teacher..

Philip Hogan

Philip is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Collegiate Trust. He became a Director of The Collegiate Trust in January 2016. He has held senior executive and Board level positions within the global business services industry for over 30 years and has lead businesses of up to 4,000 people operating in the financial services, government and IT sectors. His experience of managing and overseeing transformation change, acquisition integration and new business growth will ensure The Collegiate Trust grows in a thoughtful and risk managed manner. Philip is one of two Directors who make up the Performance & Review Committee.

Fiona McSorley FCCT

Fiona is the Vice Chair of the Trust and Chair of the Learning & Quality Committee. She is a former senior leader in secondary schools, a Specialist Leader in Education for teacher training and NQT development, and Director of Teaching School. Fiona has a particular passion for developing teaching and leadership and was a founding member of the Chartered College of Teaching in February 2017, and is now a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Tim Rodwell

Tim was appointed as a director in March 2019 and is the Director with oversight for Heath & Safety at The Collegiate Trust. With high level management skills and experience of looking after large-scale shopfitting and retail display projects throughout Europe and further afield, Tim has a keen eye for concept interpretation and specification as well as a strong strategic mindset which ensures a sustainable business model. Tim had been a Governor for 3 years at Gilbert Scott Primary School and seeks to bring rigour, creativity and acumen to the role. Tim is also a speaker for Founders4Schools, a charity that introduces students to inspiring, successful business leaders to discover the skills and pathways required to be part of those companies that will shape our future. The service is free for schools to use and business leaders volunteer their time to share their stories and insights. Tim is an Executive Council member of the National Association of Shopfitters and Interior Contractors. Finally, Tim is a parent of an SEN child currently specialist educational provision, he brings additional insight and understanding in that particular area.

Simon Rowley

Simon is a Chartered Accountant and a Director at a global advisory and consultancy firm where he focuses on advising senior management teams and stakeholders groups during complex turnaround assignments and transformational change. Simon is Chair of the Audit, Risk & Finance Committee, and wants to ensure that all the academies in the Trust are able to provide a high quality, holistic education that prepares students for their future.

Gordon Smith

Gordon is the CEO of The Collegiate Trust, having been Principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate from 2006-2015. He has held leadership roles in London schools for over 25 years, including 14 as a Principal / Head. His successful experience spans the development of teaching and learning, raising standards, complex financial management and significant restructuring projects.

Mike Whittaker

Mike is a member of the Learning and Quality committee.  He has over 15 years international  C-level technology and operations experience with some of the world’s leading media and broadcast companies.  He has led major technology and operational strategy and transformation programmes, as well as the successful launch of consumer products and services, and technology innovation.  He is currently Chief Technology Officer for a global digital media and cultural start-up.  Mike has previously served on the governing bodies of Selsdon High and Riddlesdown Collegiate.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Council Member of the International Broadcast Convention.