Trustees

Nick Jones - Chair 

Nick Jones had a successful career in catering management before co-founding ‘Restaurants at Work’, a major UK contract catering company. He has extensive experience of setting up new businesses and is currently Chair of Maiden Erlegh Trust. Nick is a founding member and Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust and has been a governor for 18 years.

Ian May - Vice Chair 

Ian May is a qualified engineer and heads the Building maintenance team at the University of Reading. He has extensive knowledge of governance at both primary and secondary – he served on Radstock Primary school governing bodies as Vice Chairman.  Ian is also Deputy District Commissioner for the Scout Association. Ian was awarded the BEM in June 2016 for services to higher education. In his spare time he enjoys badminton and running.

Mary Davies - Chief Executive Officer 

Mary is Chief Executive Officer of Maiden Erlegh Trust in Reading, having previously held the position of Executive Headteacher for both Maiden Erlegh School (to December 2018) and Maiden Erlegh School in Reading (to December 2017). During her time at Maiden Erlegh School, she helped on both the academisation process in 2011 and the setting up of a new free school in 2015. Prior to joining Maiden Erlegh School, after nearly four years as Head of Modern Languages at Robert Smyth School in Market Harborough, she was Assistant Headteacher at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough where her portfolio included the leadership of the school’s specialisms, including leading the school’s application for High Performing Specialist School Status. She headed up the school’s Leading Edge work and undertook primary outreach work as part of Language College status.  Mary’s background before education was in business and she has worked at the Bank of England and studied and worked in Europe including helping with a start-up business in France. Mary attended comprehensive schools in Leicestershire and Rutland and completed her degree at Cambridge University and her tri-national Masters in International Business Management at Leicester De Montfort University (GB), École de Commerce Chambéry (France) and Fachhochschule Saarbrücken (Germany).

Vicky Boatman - Clerk 

Victoria is the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and joined Maiden Erlegh Trust in September 2017. She is an experience clerk and supports a number of local schools in this capacity.

Bob Kenwrick 

Bob Kenwrick spent 38 years in the Police Force and prior to retiring was Chief Inspector with British Transport Police. On retiring, he returned to British Transport Police for 7 years as their well-being manager with responsibility for Health and Safety and Occupational Health. Bob has been a governor for 12 years; he was Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is currently Chair of Governors at a local secondary school. He has been a governor at Maiden Erlegh School for four years and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust.

Lindsey Bowden
 

Lindsey is an experienced Governor, having spent six years at a local primary school as Vice Chair before joining Maiden Erlegh in 2010 and becoming a Trustee in 2017.  Her background is in accounts working for Combined Lease Finance PLC in the city then working locally when her children were young, including Gowrings of Wokingham, the RMBI at Lord Harris Court and Whiteknights Mortgage and Financial Services. More recently Lindsey studied operating department practice  at Bucks New University and did her placements at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.  She also works for Reading Football Club as a host family offering a safe 'home from home' for their young players on both a short and long term basis.  Lindsey attended Maiden Erlegh School as have both her children. Lindsey is the Safeguarding lead for the Trust.

Jan Rothwell
 

Jan Rothwell was previously Chief Executive of the West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau and has extensive senior management experience. Jan has served as a governor at Maiden Erlegh School for 10 years and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust.

Alastair Starnes
 

Alastair Starnes is a chartered surveyor and an associate of one of the top design and construction companies in the UK – Ridge and Partners LLP and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust. He has two children who attend Maiden Erlegh School. Alastair has used his expertise to support the Trust in the building of our new school Maiden Erlegh School in Reading.

John Hobson
 

John joined the Trust in December 2017. He studied at Durham University, gaining a degree in Geography. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He has worked for 30 years in Human Resources, latterly in the IT support services sector, as an HR Director, where he was responsible for businesses in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Michael Bellamy
 

Mike graduated from London University and also qualified and worked as a teacher. He then worked in the NHS for over 30 years, 18 of these as a CEO, then ran a consultancy. He has non executive experience having been Vice Chairman of two University Boards and has also been on three NHS Boards. He is a Trustee of three charities.

 

  • Nick Jones

  • Ian May BEM

  • Mary Davies

  • Bob Kenwrick

  • Lindsey Bowden

  • Jan Rothwell

  • Alistair Starnes

  • John Hobson

  • Victoria Boatman

Nick Jones

Nick Jones had a successful career in catering management before co-founding ‘Restaurants at Work’, a major UK contract catering company. He has extensive experience of setting up new businesses and is currently Chair of Maiden Erlegh Trust. Nick is a founding member and Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust and has been a governor for 18 years.

Ian May BEM

Ian May is a qualified engineer and heads the Building maintenance team at the University of Reading. He has extensive knowledge of governance at both primary and secondary – he served on Radstock Primary school governing bodies as Vice Chairman.  Ian is also Deputy District Commissioner for the Scout Association. Ian was awarded the BEM in June 2016 for services to higher education. In his spare time he enjoys badminton and running.

Mary Davies

Mary is Chief Executive Officer of Maiden Erlegh Trust in Reading, having previously held the position of Executive Headteacher for both Maiden Erlegh School (to December 2018) and Maiden Erlegh School in Reading (to December 2017). During her time at Maiden Erlegh School, she helped on both the academisation process in 2011 and the setting up of a new free school in 2015. Prior to joining Maiden Erlegh School, after nearly four years as Head of Modern Languages at Robert Smyth School in Market Harborough, she was Assistant Headteacher at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough where her portfolio included the leadership of the school’s specialisms, including leading the school’s application for High Performing Specialist School Status. She headed up the school’s Leading Edge work and undertook primary outreach work as part of Language College status.  Mary’s background before education was in business and she has worked at the Bank of England and studied and worked in Europe including helping with a start-up business in France. Mary attended comprehensive schools in Leicestershire and Rutland and completed her degree at Cambridge University and her tri-national Masters in International Business Management at Leicester De Montfort University (GB), École de Commerce Chambéry (France) and Fachhochschule Saarbrücken (Germany).

Bob Kenwrick

Bob Kenwrick spent 38 years in the Police Force and prior to retiring was Chief Inspector with British Transport Police. On retiring, he returned to British Transport Police for 7 years as their well-being manager with responsibility for Health and Safety and Occupational Health. Bob has been a governor for 12 years; he was Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is currently Chair of Governors at a local secondary school. He has been a governor at Maiden Erlegh School for four years and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust.

Lindsey Bowden

Lindsey is an experienced Governor, having spent six years at a local primary school as Vice Chair before joining Maiden Erlegh in 2010 and becoming a Trustee in 2017.  Her background is in accounts working for Combined Lease Finance PLC in the city then working locally when her children were young, including Gowrings of Wokingham, the RMBI at Lord Harris Court and Whiteknights Mortgage and Financial Services. More recently Lindsey studied operating department practice  at Bucks New University and did her placements at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.  She also works for Reading Football Club as a host family offering a safe 'home from home' for their young players on both a short and long term basis.  Lindsey attended Maiden Erlegh School as have both her children. Lindsey is the Safeguarding lead for the Trust.

Jan Rothwell

Jan Rothwell is Chief Executive of the West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau and has extensive senior management experience. Jan has served as a governor at Maiden Erlegh School for 10 years and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust.

Alistair Starnes

Alastair Starnes is a chartered surveyor and an associate of one of the top design and construction companies in the UK – Ridge and Partners LLP and is a Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust. He has two children who attend Maiden Erlegh School. Alastair has used his expertise to support the Trust in the building of our new school Maiden Erlegh School in Reading.

John Hobson

Victoria Boatman

Victoria is the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and joined Maiden Erlegh Trust on 4th September 2017.