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Board of Directors

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Nigel Daniel

Chair

Nigel recently retired from National Westminster Bank where he was a Relationship Director for large clients and has experience of setting up Multi Academy trusts. Nigel spent 15 years with the NATO ACE Mobile Force & was an Executive Member for RAHS. Nigel has acted as a non executive Director and treasurer for other management companies.

Committees
Finance & Audit

HR & Remuneration

North HUB Link Director

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Roger Eggleton

Board Member

Roger is a semi-retired CIPFA qualified accountant with 37 years of Local Government experience of which the last 20 years were spent on Education/Children’s Services funding.and Head of Children’s Services Finance for North Somerset Council. Since retiring he has been working as a consultant on a number of projects and producing a number of briefing papers on the reform of Education Funding.

Committees
Finance and Audit (Chair)

HR & Remuneration

Taunton HUB Link Director

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Rosemary Bailey

Board Member

After becoming a National Leader of Education, Rosemary became part of a project to publish ideas and experiences in a book called ‘The Adventurous School’.

Committees
Learning and Achievement

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John Jeffery

Vice Chair

Now a School Improvement Consultant across Somerset, it has been my privilege to work in schools for 35 years, including serving four communities as a Head teacher. The key role schools play in developing and nurturing the potential of the young people, is a huge responsibility and source of delight. I am a devoted husband, father and grandfather. As a Quaker, I believe there is something sacred in all people. My interests include reading, gardening and supporting Chelsea Football Club (but no one is perfect!).

Committees
Learning & Achievement

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Gill Stobart

Board Member

Gill is currently the manager of the Citizens Advice Bureau CAB in Wells. Until very recently Gill was a governor at Chew Valley School (and vice-chair for several years), chairing the Personnel and Pay committees. She has served as a trustee on the board of Quartet, the Community Foundation for the area previously know as Avon, and has been the voluntary company secretary of a Housing Association.

Committees
HR & Remuneration 

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Oliver Cofler

Board Member

Oliver is an engineer by training, and has worked in industry during all of his career. He has extensive experience of governance and performance, and is keen to use his experience to support education.

Committees
Finance and Audit

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Ruth Newton

Board Member

Ruth retired after 16 happy years of headship in two North Somerset Church Schools. During her time in education she was a SIAMS Inspector for many years and has also been a member of The Diocesan Heads Advisory Group and represented the diocese on both North Somerset SSF and SACRE. Most recently she has served as a governor of a local church school including a period as Chair. Currently she is one of 2 Link Directors for the BWMAT schools in the North Somerset area.

Committees
HR & Remuneration

North HUB Link Director

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Wendy Simmons

Board Member

Wendy is a retired Head teacher of two Church of England Junior Schools, Widcombe, Bath and St Benedict’s, Glastonbury. Wendy has a National Professional qualification for Head teachers, Tutor and Assessor, an OFSTED inspector and is currently a SIAMS inspector and School Appeals Panel chair person.

Committees
Learning and Achievement

Admissions

South HUB Link Director

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Duncan MacRae

Board Member

Duncan MacRae is Headteacher of Enmore Primary School, just west of Bridgwater. Enmore was one of the first primary schools to become an academy, opening in September 2011. Enmore made the move without a sponsor whilst retaining their Church of England status.

Committees
Learning & Achievement

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David Heath

Board Member

David Heath was for eighteen years the Member of Parliament for the Somerton & Frome constituency, and served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Minister of Agriculture. Born in Westbury sub Mendip, near Wells, he qualified as an optician before becoming Leader of the County Council, Chair of the Education Committee, and Chair of the Avon & Somerset Police Authority. He retired from the House of Commons in 2015, and is currently a non-executive director of a number of national and local bodies.

Committees
HR & Remuneration (Chair)

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James McGillivray

Board Member

James is an architect with 25 years’ experience in a variety of sectors and is a director of a thirty strong architectural practice with a specialism in the design of education buildings. He has also acted as a visiting examiner for the University of Bath and the University of Westminster.

Committees
Learning & Achievement

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Dr Alexander Priest

Board Member

Having started as a Cancer Research Chemist at Oxford University and Chief Executive of an educational charity in the City of London, Alexander recently left a career in law to become Chief Executive of Mind (the mental health charity) in South Somerset. He serves as Chairman of Wessex Scouts and is an adoptive parent at a Bath and Wells Academy school.

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Tony Blackshaw

Board Member

Following two primary headships in Essex, Tony became a Schools Adviser with Chelmsford Diocese. He moved to be Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Winchester and was tasked with planning and merging the Education Team and DBE with those of the Diocese of Portsmouth. As a DDE Tony had oversight and leadership of the Academy Programme, establishing the Diocesan MAT whilst at the same time building VA schools.

Committees
Learning & Achievement (Church School Distinctiveness & Safeguarding)

Safeguarding Lead for the Board

Taunton HUB Link Director

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Philip Bowditch

CEO

Philip Bowditch has been Chief Executive Officer of the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust since June 2016.

Committees
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