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Board of Trustees

Our Trustees come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Below you will find a short biography of each. Please click on the following link for details of appointments and attendance:
Board of Trustees' details and attendance records 2016-17

Trustee appointed by PFAT Members
Howard Gee (Chair)
Background:  Recently retired from full-time employment to set up a software consultancy business. Before that, 37 years’ employment at a major engineering company in Lincoln. Last assignment involved a worldwide project to harmonise Business Systems at 16 sites across seven countries.

Sponsor Trustee
Simon Richardson (Vice-Chair)
Background: Simon was born in Lincoln and attended the City School between 1985 and 1992. He went through the sixth form, studied A-Levels and graduated from the Institute of Design with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree. He also holds an MBA in Strategic Marketing and is a registered Chartered Marketer. After a short spell working as a Business Development Manager, Operations Director and then as Managing Consultant, he started his own business. The company, which is part of QSP, has developed into a range of companies involved in aviation, healthcare, construction, leisure and asset management. The business operates internationally and has a base in Africa employing more than 400 staff.

Sponsor Trustee
Frank Knowles
Background: Currently a self-employed Education Consultant and Inspector, undertaking Section 5 (Ofsted) and other inspections, quality assurance reading of inspection reports and supporting schools becoming academies. Previously one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI); Local Authority Senior Adviser; Deputy Head of a large inner city comprehensive school; Head of Department and Teacher of Mathematics.

Sponsor Trustee
Jane Powell
Background: Group Secretary of Lincolnshire Co-operative. A solicitor responsible for all legal and corporate governance aspects of the business; also looking after, at a high level, the Co-operative’s strategies for internal audit, whistle-blowing and fraud prevention. Company Secretary of Lincolnshire Co-operative development agency, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes and supports the creation of new co-operative ventures.

Sponsor Trustee
Richard Partington (Churchill College, Cambridge)
Background: Senior Tutor, Senior Admissions Tutor and Director of Studies in History (Part II) at Churchill College, Cambridge. As Senior Tutor, he is responsible for the admission, education and welfare of students. Mr Partington is one of the University's most experienced Admissions Tutors, and chairs its policy committees on student selection and outreach. He passionately believes in facilitating social mobility through access to university.

Sponsor Trustee
Peter Houten
Background: Before retirement, Peter had a varied career in skills and education policy and delivery at local, regional and national level within the Department for Education (DfE) and its predecessor Departments.  This included periods in the North-West, Sheffield and London.  For five years before retiring, Peter was responsible for the expansion of the Academies programme at national level within DfE, overseeing the rapid growth in Academies from 2007 onward.

Sponsor Trustee
Laura Gillanders
Background: Laura is a Chartered Accountant and holder of the ICAEW Audit Qualification. She has a background in accountancy practice and business advisory services, predominantly working with owner-managed businesses.  She is a former employee of East Midlands accountancy firm Duncan and Toplis, and currently works for Staffline in Nottingham. Until August 2017, Laura was a governor at Ling Moor Primary Academy in North Hykeham, where she was Chair of its Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Ex-Officio Trustee
Ian Jones (Chief Executive Officer of the Priory Federation of Academies)
Background: Priory Federation CEO since March 2012; Priory Academy LSST Headmaster 2008-2016; City of Lincoln Community College Headmaster 2003-2008.