MKET has well established and robust governance arrangements. The Board of Trustees has a core of highly experienced non-executive directors who have a wealth of relevant business and not for profit experience that they bring to the Trust.
Mrs Marilyn Moffat - Member
Marilyn Moffat is a founding member of Milton Keynes Education Trust.
Marilyn Moffat recently retired from her role as an IT Infrastructure Architect at The Open University. She worked for the OU for over 25 years in a range of roles from Research and User Support Adviser to Systems Administrator and 15 years in various management roles. Her experience has been shared with the Trust in a number of ways, in particular working with the Technical Services Manager to ensure the Trust and it's schools have a robust IT service.
Marilyn Moffat has a MA (Hons) in Arts and Social Science and MSc Computer Science from the University of Dundee. She is a qualified PRINCE 2 Project Management practitioner and is TOGAF 9 Certified for Enterprise Architecture. Other recent training includes improving skills in management practice, e.g. coaching and mentoring, fair recruitment and performance management.
Dr Anthony (Tony) Ashmore - Member
Tony Ashmore has a BSc in Chemical Sciences and a PhD in Chemical Education. He taught for a number of years at secondary level in Cambridge before becoming an Education Officer for the Royal Society of Chemistry where he was promoted to Registrar.
Tony Ashmore is now retired and acts as adviser on Education Policy and Governance for “not for profit” organisations, has considerable experience as a school governor and is also a trustee for the NET Academies Trust.
Mr Richard Smith
Chair of Trustees
Richard Smith is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer with over 25 years’ experience of guiding businesses through difficult or changing environments. His responsibilities have included finance and accounting, human resources, IT, facilities management and pensions. He is currently Finance Director of ONI plc a data centre operator and IT networking company.
Mr Allan Conway – Trustee
Chair of Strategic Development Committee
Allan Conway has a BA in Economics, is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He has over 35 years’ experience in Investment Management, where he has managed large teams of investment professionals. His experience includes managing pension, institutional and retail funds totalling over $25bn. He has particular experience of successfully growing and developing businesses. Allan has recently retired.
Mrs Sarah Conway – Member and Trustee
Chair of Quality of Provision and Outcomes Committee
Sarah Conway is a qualified teacher with an MA in education from the London Institute of Education. She has over 30 years’ experience in education. Her teaching experience was gained in London and included being part of a leadership team that successfully set up a new secondary school. Sarah trained as an Ofsted inspector and has held a number of senior school improvement roles in three Local Authorities, one of which was Milton Keynes. The school improvement functions of all three Local Authorities were judged to have improved under her leadership. In addition, she has successfully provided direct support to a number of schools, both primary and secondary.
Mr Kevin Gowans – Trustee
Kevin Gowans holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geography and currently works at The Open University. In the near 30 years working at the University, Kevin has undertaken a diverse range of roles including academic, management and production activities. Currently he is module chair for a post-graduate course on Technology Strategy and project manager for a major development, amongst other responsibilities, within the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology.
Ms Lisa Alexander – Trustee
Lisa Alexander currently works at the Open University as Resources, Planning and Performance Manager with a professional background and qualifications in HR. Her responsibilities have included: Leading change management projects, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Finance and Facilities management. During her working career she has worked in private, public and not for profit sectors, both in New Zealand and the UK.
Mr Reynold Lee – Trustee
Reynold Lee has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development, and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. His 30-year career has been spent working for multi-national “blue-chip” companies, living in the UK and abroad. He has worked in senior level manufacturing management and human resources roles and has extensive experience of leading people, dealing with complex people issues, and managing change. His current role is Director of Global Compensation and Pensions for SABIC.
Mr Bob Rymarz – Trustee
After graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Kent, Bob Rymarz trained to teach Maths completing his PGCE at King’s College, London. He joined the Royal Air Force as an Education Officer, subsequently becoming Administrative Officer, and spent 25 years in a variety of training and administrative roles culminating in his appointment as Station Commander at RAF High Wycombe. Bob completed his MA in Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University and MSc in Corporate Management at Cranfield University during his RAF career.
Bob left the RAF in 1996 and became Director of Finance and Administration at a large secondary school in Basildon which became an Academy in 2009. He was responsible for all aspects of support covering HR, buildings and finance. Bob retired in 2013.
Mr Simon Haddy - Trustee
Simon Haddy has a degree in Quantity Surveying and is a fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. Simon had a 20 year career spanning commercial, operational, procurement and leadership roles, predominantly in construction, and has worked both in the UK and Europe. Having gained senior leadership experience with a large UK Plc contractor, Simon expanded his knowledge to other leadership disciplines outside of construction, including roles as a Sales Director and European Procurement Lead for an international manufacturer. His current role is Managing Director of a construction firm local to Milton Keynes.
Mrs Jane Edwards - Trustee
Jane Edwards has worked in education for over 20 years, 13 years of these years at senior leadership level in primary, infant and junior schools. She is a Local Leader of Education and has successfully supported schools in challenging circumstances to improve outcomes for pupils. Jane Edwards has worked with the Restorative Foundation to support the implementation of restorative principles in schools and has been a member of the management committee for the Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Jane Edwards has worked closely with two Milton Keynes Children’s Centres and chaired the management Committee of Conniburrow Children’s Centre in Milton Keynes which was fundamental in developing and implementing early intervention strategies for local families in a very deprived area.
Ms Michelle Currie - Chief Executive
Michelle Currie has over 30 years’ experience of working in education, including 18 years at senior management level. As a National Leader of Education she is well versed in school improvement and has chaired the IEB of a school in Special Measures. Michelle Currie is a former Ofsted inspector, having inspected schools across England under both the Section 10 and Section 5 frameworks. She has held leadership positions in schools around the country including Walsall, Kent and Hastings and has led the setting up of new schools overseeing a number of multi-million pound building projects. Michelle Currie has extensive experience of school governance, having served on four governing bodies in both the primary and secondary sectors.