Our Board of Trustees

Governance

Whitefield Academy Trust’s Executive Team is accountable to the Board of Trustees.  Our Board, which comprises individuals representing the education, business and charitable sectors, is responsible for setting the overall vision and strategic direction of the Trust and ensuring it meets its statutory and financial responsibilities.

 

The Trustees work closely with the Chief Executive Officer acting as a critical friend in order to raise levels of performance and ensure the Trust’s schools and services properly meet the needs of all those they serve.

Please see link for key information for the Trust:
https://www.whitefieldacademytrust.org.uk/68/key-information

 

Chair of Trustees

Name

From

To

Andrew Howat

28 January 2020

15 September 2023

 

Trustees

Name

From

To

Amy MacLaren

18 March 2019

17 March 2023

Andrew Howat

16 September 2019

15 September 2023

Jasvinder Paik

18 March 2019

17 March 2023

John Hogan

6 March 2014

5 March 2022

Louise Hutchinson

13 July 2019

13 July 2023

Neil Swift

16 September 2019

15 September 2023

Owen O’Regan

6 February 2014

31 August 2021

Richard Kramer

21 January 2019

20 January 2023

 

Members

Name

Date of Appointment

Andrew Howat

27 January 2020

Caroline Sheppard

6 February 2014

Owen O’Regan

6 February 2014

Philip John Sams  26 November 2014 

Stephen Unwin

1 April 2017

 

Accounting officer

Name

Date of Appointment

Kirstie Fulthorpe

1 September 2020

 

Chief Financial Officer

Name

Date of Appointment

Suzanne Clarke

1 March 2021

 

Further information about our governance structure is set out in our Scheme of Delegation, our Articles of Association and our Register of Business Interests. If you would like to contact the Trustees, please e-mail governors@whitefield.waltham.sch.uk

 

Biographies of Members and Trustees

Andrew Howat

Andrew is a Senior Executive with 38 years’ experience of financial markets in the UK, Europe and the USA.  He spent 25 years in investment banking, in trading and treasury roles, after which he spent 12 years at LCH Clearnet Group Ltd – the leading global CCP.  Most recently, Andrew worked as a Business Development Consultant for Calypso Technology, a leading US Fintech company and SAFE – an emerging South African equities exchange.  He has broad experience in Treasury, Investment and Risk Management.

Now retired, Andrew dedicates his time to his passion for education and child welfare.  In September 2019, he became Chair of Montessori Group UK, which supports quality Montessori provision throughout the world.  In January 2020, he joined the Board of Whitefield Trust, becoming Chair in March 2020.  Prior to this, he spent ten years as a Governor of Chigwell School where he chaired the Risk and Control Committee.

 

Amy MacLaren

Amy is Director of External Relations at the British Science Association (BSA) where her remit covers PR, digital and social media, marketing, partnerships and fundraising, policy and thought leadership. Her team are responsible for increasing awareness of – and support for – the organisation, its work and impact amongst stakeholders.

Amy has extensive experience in external relations, stakeholder management and partnership building, including working with business leaders, policy makers, opinion formers and VIPs.  She joined the BSA in June 2014 from award-winning communications consultancy Four Communications, where she led the Campaigning division.  There, her clients included a range of management, leadership, employment and skills organisations, science organisations and campaigns, voluntary organisations and women’s and diversity issues.

Amy has previously worked in education (for Pearson Edexcel) and the arts. She is a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust.

 

Caroline Sheppard OBE

Caroline first joined Whitefield School’s Governing Body in 1996 before becoming Vice Chair in 1998 and then Chair in 2011.  As Chair, Caroline played a significant role in the creation of the Multi Academy Trust with Joseph Clarke School and served as Chair of Whitefield Academy Trust until 2020.

Caroline is a barrister and is Chief Adjudicator of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.  She is a champion of technology for the tribunal and for public service delivery. She is a Member of the Administrative Justice Council, and was elected to the Council of Justice, the all-party law reform and human rights organisation in 2016. She was awarded the OBE in 2017.

 

Jasvinder Paik BA (Hons), MBA, FFA, FIPA

Jasvinder’s connection with Whitefield Academy Trust stretches back many years when his son joined Whitefield School in Reception.  He became a Parent Governor for Whitefield School in 2012 and joined Whitefield Academy Trust as a Director in 2019.  A retired financial analyst, Jasvinder has over 40 years’ experience of budget setting, monitoring expenditure and compliance with DOA compliance.

 

John Hogan

John is currently a consultant cardiologist at Barts Heart Centre and was originally appointed to both Barts and Whipps Cross Hospitals as a consultant in 1992.

John was initially a member of Whitefield Development Trust before joining the Board of Whitefield School and thereafter Whitefield Academy Trust.  John was instrumental in introducing Project SEARCH to Barts NHS Health Trust.  John is also a Non Executive Director at Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital Trust.

 

Kirstie Fulthorpe BEd (Hons), NPQH, FCCT, FRSA

Kirstie Fulthorpe joined Whitefield Academy Trust as its Chief Executive in September 2020.  In that capacity she also serves as a Director on our Board.  Kirstie has extensive teaching and leadership experience, having worked in education for over 30 years.

Before joining Whitefield Academy Trust, Kirstie was the Director of Education and Children’s Services for the National Autistic Society. Previously, Kirstie was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Ofsted, a Regional Director for Oasis Community Learning and a Principal for the Harris Federation. She has contributed to national and international training and development and has particular expertise in early years education, primary and Special Educational Needs.

 

Louise Hutchinson

Louise is Director of the PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) Joint Committee as part of which she makes statutory provision for and provides access to independent adjudication in respect of civil parking penalties issued by over 300 local authorities in England and Wales.  Her role centres around governance, financial accountability as well as national policy and stakeholder engagement.

Louise was previously Regional Director of a Northern charity providing community, educational and residential services to children and adults with vision impairment.  Louise is also a member of Whitefield Academy Trust’s Finance Committee.

 

Neil Swift

Neil is currently the Chief Executive at the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO), an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, which plays a key role in the regulation of single source, or non-competitive defence contracts. Neil joined the SSRO in 2015 and was appointed Chief Executive in May 2018 having previously been the Chief Operating Officer.

Neil started his career as an engineer with British Aerospace before changing direction to train as an accountant with KPMG. After a move to the public sector, Neil worked in several frontline operational finance roles including as Deputy Director of Finance at a large NHS Trust in London.  Neil joined the Audit Commission in 2003, initially as a Senior Manager and Health Policy Lead, where he worked on a range of national studies and publications before becoming Head of Technical Support for the Commission’s Audit Practice in 2007. He was appointed Associate Controller Corporate Resources in 2012 and was responsible for the delivery of all support services during the transition to and eventual closure of the Commission.

 

Owen O'Regan

Owen is a serving primary head teacher in Tower Hamlets, East London. He has been associated with Joseph Clarke School since 2013 and was one of the founding Members and Directors of the Whitefield Academy Trust.

Owen sits on the Board for the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, an organisation leading school improvement across Tower Hamlets' schools.  He is also a Board Member for the Poplar Partnership, a charity which aims to improve education and health outcomes for families in Poplar, East London.

 

Richard Kramer

Richard is the Chief Executive of Sense and Sense International Chief Executive.  Prior to joining Sense, Richard worked at Turning Point, the social enterprise organisation, for ten years during which he held a number of director-level posts, including leading the business function, Connected Care, which involved service users in the design and delivery of services across England.

A qualified solicitor, Richard has worked for public affairs consultancy NCVO and was Mencap's Head of Campaigns for four years. Richard was also a trustee of Respond for ten years.  He is a Board Member of the Campaign to End Loneliness and Vice Chair of the Disabled Children's Partnership.

 

Stephen Unwin

Stephen Unwin studied at the University of Cambridge and is a well-established and experienced theatre and opera director, writer and teacher.  He is also the father of a young man with severe learning disabilities who was a pupil at Whitefield School for several years.

Since 2016 Stephen has been Chairman of KIDS, a national charity which supports disabled children, young people and their families, and is a regular campaigner for the rights and opportunities of disabled young people.