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Board of Trustees

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Board Meetings

This section contains documentation from the Board of Trustees meetings. 

Please click here to view the Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 2015/16

Please click here to view the Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 2014/15

Please click here to view the Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 2013/14

Karen Redmond — Clerk of the Board

Jude Chin - Chair of Board



Jude is a chartered accountant with extensive commercial and international experience gained from a 30-year career with KPMG, 16 years of which as a partner in the London office. His experience includes auditing and advising on mergers, acquisitions and stock exchange listings, for public and private companies. Following his retirement from KPMG, he took the decision to focus his work in the Public Sector and in particular, Education and Health with a combination of voluntary and non executive work.
Until recently, Jude was a governor of the City Academy, Hackney, and the City of London Academy, Southwark and has served as a member of the Corporation of London Education Committee. He is currently chair of governors of Ixworth Free School (Suffolk) and a governor of the Seckford Foundation. Jude is chair of SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd, an education services provider and a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust where he also chairs the audit and risk committee. Jude has a degree in biochemistry, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Freeman of the City of London

Father Adam Gaunt - Vice Chair of Board

Father Adam has been the the Rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland and Carlin How with Skinningrove in the Diocese of York since from March 2009 and has also served as a governor of Unity City Academy since October 2007; holding the position of chair since May 2010. 

Father Adam is also a Governor at Whitecliffe Primary School in Carlin How, a Trustee of the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in the village of Skinningrove and an active supporter of a number of community groups within Loftus.

Ian Comfort - CEO

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Ian joined the Trust in 2012 as Group Secretary and General Counsel and became Group Chief Executive in October 2013. He started his career as a mathematics teacher and also taught in a school for children with special educational needs. He progressed to hold posts as a local authority director of education. As Chief Education Officer for the City of London, he was adviser to the Lord Mayor of London and City livery companies and led on setting up the City of London Academies in Southwark, Islington and Hackney. His involvement in the academy programme has included a role as chief operating officer for ARK and adviser to a number of other trusts. He has worked internationally as an adviser to the Saudi Arabian Government Investment Agency on the development of education infrastructure for new economic cities and Khazanah Nasional Berhad as programme director and adviser and on the development of trust schools in Malaysia. Ian is a barrister member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Personnel and Development.

Ian Foster - Trustee

Ian worked for 37 years in the motor industry holding senior leadership positions in Europe and the United States. 

Some of his key achievements include: 

Leadership of the implementation in Manufacturing, in seven European countries, of an all new global engineering system. On time and budget. 

Leadership in setting up, in Portugal, a joint venture with another manufacturer and managing the complexities of compliance with the European Union competition law in joint ventures. 

Based in the US, leading the planning of logistics processes for the launch of the manufacture of new products in South America. For a new joint venture operation in Russia leading the development, from funding through to implementation, of plant logistics processes via global supply chains. In doing so managing the issues related to dealing with customs authorities in Russia. Leadership of the plant logistics organisation in five European countries supporting production of some ten thousand vehicles per day. 

In a parallel "volunteer career" Ian has worked in education and local community for over thirty years. As Chair of Governors at Greensward College he was instrumental in moving the College to being rated 'Outstanding' in their performance by Ofsted and, significantly, in establishing support for a number of failing schools and academies around the country. When the Government established a pathfinder programme allowing a small number of high performing schools to become academy sponsors he stepped down from Greensward and became a founding Member and Chair of the Academies Enterprise Trust and has, with a short break, overseen its growth from, initially, three academies to where it stands today with 77 academies, as an employer of over 6,000 staff and an education provider for over 45,000 students.

Trevor Fulcher - Trustee


Trevor Fulcher became closely involved with Greensward College in 2004 within the Parents Association firstly then as Chair and shortly after as an elected school governor. He was elected and served as Chair of Governors from 2007 to 2013. Trevor is a prominent fundraiser and speaker in Essex as an appointed Charity Ambassador, at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH). His daughter suffered serious injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle and he is indebted to Great Ormond Street for saving her life following a spell in a coma. He is an elected NHS Foundation Trust, Members Councillor, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, serving the Public Constituency of North London and surrounding counties. Trevor is a former trustee of the Massive Project, a local charity supporting young people in Hockley, through a youth centre.

Jerry Glazier - Trustee

Jerry Glazier has been an Essex teacher and trade unionist for almost 40 years. Jerry is Chair of The Steve Sinnott Foundation, a registered charity supporting the global campaign for primary education for all. Jerry is also  a member of the Teachers Pension Scheme Pensions Board and Governor at Seabrook College, a special education provision, in Southend.

Stuart Green - Trustee

Stuart Green is Chair of Governors at Everest Community Academy where he has served on the board since 1999 as well as serving on the board of Costello Community College between 2002 and 2009. He was awarded the Don Allen award for services to education in 2007 by Hampshire County Council.

Stuart has worked in the IT industry since 1972 and has a Certified Diploma in Accountancy and Finance. He is an executive director of companies with interests in the IT and Catering Industries and is a trustee of a local charity as well as acting as Treasurer to two local community organisations.

Keith Lomax - Trustee

Keith is the Chair of Governors of Columbus School and College, a special needs academy in Chelmsford, Essex catering for children and young people aged 3 to 19 with a range of learning and physical disabilities. He has been a governor of Columbus and its predecessor schools for over twelve years.

Keith is an Internal Auditor, currently working for a company that leases cars, adapted vehicles, mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs to disabled people. He also has experience in Telecommunications and the Motor Industry (where he worked in IT before becoming an auditor). He is also a volunteer director and Honorary Treasurer of a national sports governing body.

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