MEMBERS

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.

Derek North

Derek joined the Trust as a Member in May 2017, following a career flying fighters in the RAF. He has also held senior positions in various national veterans’ charities and was a governor at Gossops Green Primary School for nearly 10 years, mainly as Chair of Governors, prior to the school becoming an academy as part of TCT. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex since 2012.

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.

DIRECTORS

Janet Akala

Janet is a Chartered Accountant with over 19 years’ experience within small & medium enterprises and tier one organisations. She was appointed as a Director for The Collegiate Trust in May 2019, and also sits on the Trust’s Audit and Finance Committee. 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.

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.

Sylvia Moys MBE

Sylvia is the Governance Lead for The Collegiate Trust. Her career with International Maritime in the City at senior level included 10 years in charge of technical staff transfers for all nationalities to all parts of the world giving her multinational knowledge. She is widely travelled both with her employers and as a Member of the International Council of ICSA – the Governance Institute, which means she moves easily across a wide global and cultural spectrum. Since 1998 Sylvia has, as a Governor, first-hand experience across the entire age range 2 – 19 in the State and Independent sectors. She is delighted her current role in the City gives her flexibility to participate fully in the life and work of educational establishments, whilst ensuring she keeps updated in all relevant fields, including technology. Sylvia is passionate about education of young people.

Tim Rodwell

Tim was appointed as a director in March 2019. 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 & 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.