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 – Acting 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 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 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.
Chris Wigglesworth - Member
Renu Elston - Trustee
Justine Ives - Trustee
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.