Trustees

In this section, you can find information about the people behind Maiden Erlegh Trust.

  • Nick Jones

    Member and Chair of Trustees
  • Ian May

    Member and Vice-Chair of Trustees
  • Mary Davies

    Chief Executive Officer and Trustee
  • Bob Kenwrick

    Trustee and Chair of Maiden Erlegh School LAB
  • Lindsey Bowden

    Trustee
  • Jan Rothwell

    Trustee
  • Alistair Starnes

    Trustee
  • John Hobson

    Trustee
  • Victoria Boatman

    Clerk to the Board of Trustees

Nick Jones

Member and Chair of Trustees

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

Member and Vice-Chair of Trustees

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 a founding member and Director of the Maiden Erlegh Trust and was previously the Chair of the new Local Advisory Board of the Maiden Erlegh School in Reading. 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 and Trustee

Mary is Executive Headteacher of Maiden Erlegh Trust in Reading, and is Headteacher of the Maiden Erlegh School in Earley and in Reading. She was formerly Deputy Headteacher at the lead school. During her ten years at Maiden Erlegh School, she has helped on both the academisation process in 2011 and the setting up of the 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

Trustee and Chair of Maiden Erlegh School LAB

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

Victoria Boatman

Clerk to the Board of Trustees

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