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.

Victoria Boatman - Clerk 

Victoria is the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and joined Maiden Erlegh Trust in September 2017. She is an experienced 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.

Charles Ainslie
 

Charles Ainslie  worked in the education sector for 18 years, in areas of IT, Facilities and from 2008 to 2020 as a Business Manager in both state secondary and independent primary schools. Charles has experience in large capital projects including PFI and has worked with all stages of education from primary to HE and Local Authority as well as with BESD provision. Currently working as the Head of Operations at Parago Software running both support and development teams. Previously Charles has worked in IT and Mechanical Engineering. Charles has two children at Maiden Erlegh schools and has lived in Reading for many years

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.

Tara Hanley

Tara, born and educated in Reading and now living in close proximity to Maiden Erlegh Trust schools, has been in education since the 1990s when she trained as an English teacher; she is now a deputy head in Surrey. Her career path, which started in West London before moving to Berkshire and Surrey (in all cases, working in challenging comprehensives and independent sector schools) is one which reflects her deliberate choices to develop across the diverse array of institutions which constitute the British education system. Her experience encompasses all ability groups, single sex and mixed cohorts, the independent and maintained sectors and has included senior pastoral and academic roles as well as staff training and development. Alongside this, Tara has a keen interest in educational theory and research (she has an MA and will start a PhD in 2020) and in the growth of educational networks and organisations (notably @WomenEd in recent years). Tara has a strong belief that all young people, irrespective of perceived privilege or disadvantage, deserve an excellent education which enables them to achieve beyond what they ever thought their potential could be.  Tara joined the Maiden Erlegh Trust Board May 2019.

 

  • Nick Jones

  • Ian May BEM

  • Victoria Boatman

  • Bob Kenwrick

  • Jan Rothwell

  • Alastair Starnes

  • John Hobson

  • Tara Hanley

  • Charles Ainslie

    Trustee

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.

Victoria Boatman

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

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.

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.

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

Tara Hanley

Charles Ainslie

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