Members and Board of Trustees

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.


Penelope Dent - Trustee and Chair

I have been a school governor for nearly 20 years in a range of schools and am pleased to be the newly appointed Chair of Trustees as well as Chair for Heronsgate Junior School. I love supporting my local community and using my business skills to act as a critical friend to the school. For 20 years I set up and ran a business, producing documents on children with SEND, working for Local Authorities. I sold this company to my management team and having worked as a Business Advisor for a few years, I am now retired.


Kevin Gowans – Trustee and Vice Chair

Kevin Gowans holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geography and was employed at The Open University.  In the near 30 years working at the University, Kevin undertook a diverse range of roles including academic, management and production activities.  He was also 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.


Anne Watson - Trustee

Anne is a highly experienced and qualified HR professional (MCIPD) with a strong focus on the development of strategic relationships and the management of resources including Health and Safety.   Working at a senior level within a number of market sectors to include Formula 1 Motorsport , World Rally Championship Motorsport, prestige Automotive, Telecommunication and Healthcare industries Anne brings an entrepreneurial mindset in relation to commercial opportunities having had her own businesses both in the UK and the EU, including living in Spain for 10 years.

For the last 8 years Anne has implemented and managed multi-million pound contracts within the Clinical Services industry for the NHS and has also held Executive and Non-Executive positions.

 


Jane Edwards - Trustee

Jane Edwards has worked in education for over 20 years, 14 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.


Ayser Asif - Trustee

Ayser has worked in central government since 2001 in a number of operational, technology, management and leadership roles both in the UK and overseas serving as a Crown Servant.

He is a member and volunteer at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a certified risk practitioner. He has experience with service and contract management, project and programme, risk management, strategy and engineering disciplines. Ayser is currently Chair of Walton High Local Governing Body.


Justine Ives - Trustee

Justine is Chair of Kents Hill school and a Leader of Projects and Place at Bedford Borough Council.


Raymond Moodley - Trustee and Chair of QPO Committee

Raymond’s personal philosophy of lifelong learning has seen him gain expertise, and work in a variety of fields both locally and internationally, including in engineering, business strategy, technology, and more recently in artificial intelligence. He has over 20 years of business and technology consulting experience, and over the years has helped some of the world’s largest companies achieve their strategic objectives. Outside of work, Raymond is very active in societal enhancement. Together with his colleagues, Raymond founded the Research in Societal Enhancement (RiSE) group at De Montfort university that focusses on using artificial intelligence to uplift society. In this regard, he has conducted research and implemented solutions to address key societal issues including in Education, Child Poverty, Crime Prevention, Healthcare, and Environmental Sustainability. Raymond is also currently the chair of governors at Willen Primary School, and has been a governor at the school for over 9 years. At home, Raymond and his wife live in Kents Hill, and have two adult daughters (both of whom attended MKET schools); and in his spare time he enjoys golf, cycling, and travelling the world.


Wayne Preston - Trustee and Chair of PFF Committee

Wayne graduated with BA (Hons) Public Administration and entered the NHS Finance Graduate Training Scheme in the early 1990’s. He has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, and has held numerous senior roles including Transformation Director, Finance Director, Deputy Finance Director, Corporate Charitable Trustee and currently is a Commercial Director. He is a Qualified Accountant and well experienced as a member of Boards, Audit, Finance and Charitable Funds Committees as well as wider corporate governance structures. He has experience as both an Executive and a Non-executive Director. Out of work he enjoys running, and in his 50Th Year on the planet ran the equivalent of the length of the Red Sea for a local charity (1398 miles).


Jim Hudson OBE  – Member

Jim's career has included being Head of Two Mile Ash school (where he received his OBE for services to Education) and Director of Education at both the Cognita and Minerva Independent School Groups.

He has also been an Advisor to OFSTED, the National College for School Leadership, and the Teacher Training Agency.  He founded NASBTT (The National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers) and was Chairman of OSCITT (the Outstanding Schools School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Consortium)


Chris Wigglesworth - Member


Richard Smith – Member

Richard Smith is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience of guiding businesses through challenging environments. His responsibilities have included finance and accounting, human resources, IT, facilities management and pensions. He is currently Chief Financial Officer, European Operations at Thrive, an international IT Services company specialising in managing and securing critical IT infrastructure for the Defence, Public and Financial Services Sectors. Richard graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences.