The current Board of Trustees are:
Stephen Norton (Chair of the Trust)
Stephen’s career has been built on creating and maintaining strong relationships in investment banking, corporate trust and corporate services. He has been a successful client relationship director and board member within a professional services firm, leading growth through robust relationships with, and professional service delivery, to clients across multiple jurisdictions, and has been a director of over 50 client companies.
His early career was spent in banking with a specific focus on property and asset management, and he has an in depth knowledge of debt capital markets having acted as trustee and director in multiple successful debt restructuring, within the UK, and in the USA and South East Asia. Throughout his career he has mentored junior colleagues and team members, supporting them in their career choices and learning development.
He has built his career expertise through a practical application of relationship building, knowledge gathering and leadership. He is a former President of The Association of Corporate Trustees, and has a longstanding interest in promoting and developing best possible corporate governance which he is now applying to the education sector as a trustee and non executive director for charities including Villiers Park Educational Trust (which focusses on the importance of social mobility, a longstanding passion) and Goldsmiths Students’ Union. He is a Consultant for Independent Directors and Trustees Ltd, which offers expert directorship services to the corporate sector.
A keen if untalented cricketer, he has latterly turned his attention to cricket spectating (for which he has more of a talent), and to the more leisurely (if nonetheless challenging) sport of bowls, and to running a dining club.
As a parent and a grandparent he is keen to apply the enthusiasm and commitment which feature prominently in his personal and business life to optimally contribute to the work of EEEA, and to support all of these connected to it.
Nathan has spent the last 25 years working as a Venture Capital investor and entrepreneur. He has set up, invested in, sat on the boards of and worked with a wide range of high growth companies from start-ups to large international businesses. Some of these did fairly well and have become successful household names, and whilst he wouldn't claim any credit for their success, he observed and learned a lot from his mistakes and other people's achievements about the challenges of developing organisations and teams as they grew.
Since 2010 Nathan has been exclusively working with businesses that are specifically seeking to make a positive impact on society. He is Managing Partner of Nesta Impact Investments, one of the leading social enterprise investors in the UK supporting start-up businesses active in the fields of education, health and sustainability. Nathan has a particular interest in innovation in Education; Nesta is currently Europe's most active start up education technology investor and Nathan is additionally on the Board of Emerge Education, Europe's leading ed-tech accelerator program, and the Advisory Board of UCL Knowledge Lab’s Educate programme developing an evidence base for effective use of technology in education.
He has learned about some of the practical aspects of education through seeing his two daughters' experience of school. They were lucky to have some amazing teachers and support during their time in education and he is proud to admit that as a result both are smarter than he is. One is currently studying education and psychology and the other is in sixth form working out how she is going to change the world.
In the very distant past Nathan was an engineer and played with model aeroplanes in wind tunnels before he became a chartered accountant and got boring. When he is not working Nathan spends too much of his time playing (and sometimes building) stringed instruments, particularly banjos, of which his wife claims he has too many, sometimes riding his bikes (ditto) and when it rains, trying to remain upright in his kayak, (not all at the same time).
David is a very experienced senior executive and his career covers a range of multinational businesses across industrial sectors. This includes over 25 years' experience at Board level. He has a track record of delivering sustainable performance improvement.
He is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has been Finance Director of organisations with revenue in excess of £750m.
David is an expert in change management and has led broad programmes to implement corporate wide organisational change, often in the context of post-merger integration. He holds an MBA from the University of Surrey and his studies focussed on strategic change management.
David has held the position of Group Director of Strategy at FTSE 250 level and has for many years led mergers and acquisitions activity (M&A) with an extensive list of completed transactions around the world.
David also has a deep knowledge of Procurement, HR, IT and Risk Management having been responsible for these functions and teams.
He is now focusing on Non-Executive and advisory work and is a member of the Board and Audit Committee of the Single Source Regulations Office which regulates Ministry of Defence procurement.
David's motivation for being involved in EEEA is to bring the benefit of his skills and experience to an ambitious organisation committed to improving educational outcomes. He supports the ‘Inspiring the Future’ programme.
Justine is an HR Director for an IT Services Company and comes with over 10 years’ experience working both at grass roots level and at strategic level. Justine has mentored and trained senior managers to ensure that they are delivering people success throughout their divisions and provides guidance and strategy on HR issues and topics.
Although Justine is an HR Generalist, she comes with a solid background in Employment Law and TUPE. Justine has helped guide businesses through legislation and then interpretation, looking at both strategic and individual risk for HR issues.
Justine previously worked in both recruitment and account management, and was responsible for relationships and service delivery for key clients.
She is delighted to be part of this multi primary school trust and is passionate about ensuring excellent educational opportunities are available for all children.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996, Lauren Heywood has been working as a finance manager for most of the last 20 years. She has gained extensive experience of financial planning, controlling and reporting during that time, as well as team management and development.
Lauren has lived and worked in the local area for over 10 years. She is married with two daughters who attend Ravenscote Junior School, where she served as Governor from 2016 to 2017.
Lauren has a strong belief in the value of life-long learning. She is delighted to be a part of a growing primary Multi-School Trust, improving opportunities for all children in the Trust.
John is Director, Governance Services at Independent Trustee Services Limited which provide professional trustee and governance services to UK pension schemes. Prior to this John has held senior pensions management roles including with National Grid and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. He holds a degree in law, is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Through the management of multi-billion pound pension arrangements John brings a wealth of financial, operational and risk management skills and knowledge of working with Trustee boards.
John has lived in Camberley for forty years and both he and his two daughters attended the local schools, including Ravenscote Junior School, and so he is excited to be able to contribute to the work of EEEA for the benefit of the children.
Vince is Deputy Principal for Curriculum and Innovation at The Sixth Form College Farnborough one of the largest and most successful colleges in the country with over 3700 full time 16-19 students and designated by Ofsted as outstanding.
His main roles are to oversee the curriculum and all aspects associated with its delivery and quality including financial oversight of the circa £11m staffing budget. In 2017 the college value added score was 1 (top 1% of institutions in the UK) for AS and 2 (top 10%) for A level and vocational courses – particularly impressive in the context of a college with the highest 16-18 A level entry of any institution in the country.
He also appoints and is responsible for the professional development of the 186 teachers at the College who produce these fantastic results. For many years, Vince has encouraged research engagement as the primary strategy for developing and maintaining a restless and informed exploration of teaching and learning. In recognition of this, the College was the first to be awarded the ‘Research-engaged status’ accolade by the National Foundation for Educational Research.
Vince is a biologist by training and applies this to his interest in improving learning and especially in how emotions can be managed to this end. To ‘walk the walk’ he has undertaken his own Action Research project to put into practice the ideas that have influenced the development of pedagogy at the College – something which he has talked about at several national conferences with offshoots attracting press coverage in the Times Educational Supplement and Guardian newspapers.
Previously Vince has worked for the Nuffield Foundation as author and Consultant Editor for science teaching materials and in his non-professional time enjoys gardening, wildlife watching and walking his dog!
Christina retired from full-time role as a public finance professional and civil servant in Westminster in 2019, after 18 years local government experience including Chief Finance Officer and 19 years central government experience in Benefits Agency, DWP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOD, and Dept for Education within an NDPB.
She then set up her own company, Ethikos Consulting Ltd, and her main activity is as a learning coach for Apprenticeships for two accounting bodies, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, at L7, and the Association of Accounting Technicians at L3 and L4.
She moved for work to Fleet in Hampshire in 2004 as a single parent when my son Robert was 7. He went to Church Crookham Juniors and then Court Moor School in Fleet. Unfortunately, her son has recently passed away aged 23.
She stood down as a non-executive/Trustee for CIPFA after 9 years in 2019 and served on the Members & Students Board, Audit Board, and Standards Board. She is currently a non-executive/Trustee for the AAT, commencing in 2012, and has served as Vice Chair Resources Board, Vice Chair Audit Board, Chair, Learning and Development Board and currently Chair for another year of the Audit Board since 2019.
She remains active as a volunteer with CIPFA and is about to start her 4th year as President of CIPFA South West Region and remains a member of several Technical Panels.
She enjoys being a member of the David Lloyd club in Farnham, and really enjoys swimming and Pilates classes.
She also sponsors a young man at University in Malawi, following an expedition adventure she undertook celebrating her 60th birthday, and being introduced to a secondary school in a poor area in Malawi, called the Rainbow Hope School.
She is so looking forward to being a Trustee for EEEA and seeing how her experience can contribute to supporting the Chief Executive, his team and Chair of the Trustees continue to achieve great things with the Academy Trust for our young people and their families.
Allan is a driven, innovative and pragmatic HR leader with over 20 years’ experience developing and leading high achieving multijurisdictional HR and Operations teams across both the Public and Private sectors. Specialising in the delivery of business transformation and cultural improvement programmes, leading organisations through periods of growth, mergers and modernisation.
A former British Army Officer, Allan relocated to Jersey in 2013 to undertake a key role delivering the largest ever citizen centric transformation of the public sector undertaken in the Channel Islands. In 2015 Allan was appointed as Executive Director of Highlands College and the University Centre Jersey to design, lead and deliver a sustainable commercial, cultural and digital business transformation. An institution consisting of 390 staff supporting 4800 students and an annual operating budget of £12.5million Allan and his team reversed a trend of year on year overspends, static results and poor customer satisfaction to achieve a financial saving of circa15%, a 21 place improvement against the benchmarked (Ofsted) achievement table, and played a key role in the scope and design of a £65million new build College and University Centre.
In 2017 Allan moved to the private sector to assume the role of Head of Operations and People for an UHNW private client. In this role Allan led the delivery of a private project portfolio and the recruitment, development and growth of an internal high impact business reducing external consultancy/agent fees by 25% across the group.
Allan relocated back to mainland UK in the interim role of Head of People and Culture with a major government contractor, providing innovative solutions to complex workforce management and planning issues. In September 2020 Allan returned home to Surrey, he is delighted to join the team at Engage, Enrich, Excel Academies Trust offering his expertise and advice across all aspects of People and Culture.
Elliot is CEO of Salt Recruitment Group, a global recruitment business specialising in digital with 14 offices across the world. Having joined the business as a start-up, Elliot has created and optimised the Group Operating Model from the ground up, encompassing core values and a system of working that drives performance excellence.
Elliot has become an expert on globalisation having opened his first international office in Sydney in 2014, followed by further organic builds in New York and Dubai a year later. In 2016 Elliot entered the world of M&A, part-acquiring a business in Auckland (New Zealand), along with their sister company in Asia, adding on offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Further acquisitions in 2019 and 2020 brought more locations into the Group (Melbourne & Cape Town), followed by more organic builds in Austin (Texas), Johannesburg, Amsterdam, and Brussels.
Elliot’s development in the world of recruitment and business encompasses expertise in sales, marketing, HR (including learning & development) and of course hiring great talent. He has nurtured multiple leaders across the globe from junior and mid-level positions to those commanding countries and entire regions. Elliot’s leadership style is influenced by a sporting background having been a semi-professional footballer and captain of Surrey FC, further evolving through Life Coaching and Mindfulness trainings.
Influenced by his yoga teacher wife, Elliot has brought mindfulness, wellbeing, and mental health awareness into the businesses he runs, becoming a speaker on mindful living and self-care which he encourages openly on social media.
Elliot is passionately driven by “creating futures” (Salt’s mission statement), thus his appointment onto the EEEA is a natural step having recently become a coach to Camberley Town Under 7s, and his daughter attending one of the Academy schools. Supporting the futures, both educational and wellbeing, of young children is extremely close to Elliot’s heart and he is delighted to be part of the next stage of the EEEA growth and development.
David Harris (Chief Executive Officer)
David is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and has extensive experience in education. David has over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership in different settings. David has completed the NPQH and the Professional Qualification for Schools Inspectors.
David has been a Headteacher in two different settings. David has taken a school from special measures to good with outstanding features. David works with school leaders to empower them to drive and embed positive change. As an NLE and National Support School David and his team have worked with over ten schools, locally and nationally, to improve outcomes and build leadership capacity. David’s current school is graded outstanding and his leadership was recently described as ‘innovative, passionate and inspirational’.
David has a passion for running and has completed a couple of marathons, including the London Marathon. When David is not running he enjoys watching and coaching rugby.
David is the CEO of Engage Enrich Excel Academies and is working with the board to build a primary trust built on trust, support and corporate responsibility. David is passionate about education and is passionate about improving the hopes and dreams of every child, employee and family connected with EEEA.
EEEA Board Committees
The following committees enable us to operate our governance functions:
- Audit and Risk
- Education & Well Being
- HR/ Personnel
The EEEA Strategic Team will consist of all the Headteachers of the Trust and will be the driving force to ensure the Directors aims and objectives are achieved. All Headteachers have a place on the Excellence Board.