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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.

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 – Trustee

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. 

Dr Anthony (Tony) Ashmore - Trustee

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 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.  

Ms Madeleine Vigar – Trustee
Chair of Quality of Provision and Outcomes Committee

Madeleine Vigar has over 30 years’ experience in education, including 13 as a headteacher.  She has also been the Chief Executive of an all through academy trust and is an Ofsted inspector.  Madeleine has extensive experience of supporting and developing leaders in education and business as a National Leader of Education, Ambition School Leadership mentor and trainer for the Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership course.  Madeleine has experience of successfully brokering school-2-school support and directly supports school improvement as an Associate of the PIXL Club Ltd.  Madeleine has worked in business as an Education Design Manager for a construction company and is currently retained as a consultant for Cornerstone Assets advising on school building projects.

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

 

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.