Peter Nicholson retiredï after thirty years as Headmaster of Loyola Preparatory School in Essex in August 2018. ï For the previous 27 years, he was a Governor and Chair of Governors of St John's CE Primary School in Buckhurst Hill as well as being Chair of Governors of an independent prep school in Ilford.ï He is currently Chair of Governors at both a Suffolk Primary academy and an independent convent school as well as a Governor of a local secondary academy. He has served as a team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and has contributed to the sacramental preparation programme of his local Roman Catholic Parish. Peter is married with three daughters and two grandchildren.
Since 2018, David has been Chief Executive Officer of The Hoddesdon School Trust.ï He has numerous interests in education including a non-executive directorship of Herts Catering Limited and he is a Governor of the London Institute of Finance, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee.ï David has had a long-term interest in finance education for young people and has also been heavily involved in the promotion of the teaching of Modern Languages having made regular speeches in support of that at numerous conferences.ï He has appeared at the All Party Parliamentary Group both for finance and for Modern Languages.ï He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and he has also worked extensively with the Princes Teaching Institute and served as Governor to other secondary schools.
Revd. Lee BatsonMember
Revd. Lee Batson
Lee has been an ordained priest in the Church of England since 2004, and has served in parishes in Saffron Walden and Chelmsford before moving to lead a group of churches in Epping in 2017. He has previously served as Chair of Governors for a Community Primary School, and currently sits on the governing bodies of two Church of England schools (secondary and primary - both outside the MAT) so he has extensive experience of school governance. He has also set up, and then chaired, a community trust that brought together statutory, community and faith based groups. Lee has been involved in bringing together groups of churches in such a way that celebrates their individual charism and autonomy, whilst allowing the benefits of partnership to be appreciated. He is a member of the Diocese of Chelmsford's Board of Education.
Brenda trained as a Social Worker and for over 15 years held Senior Management positions in Social Care with both a County Council and London Borough. In these roles, she provided strategic leadership, direction and vision to teams of staff, managed performance, staff development and dealt with a range of HR issues. Brenda also has experience of managing budgets, grants, commissioning services and extensive experience of investigating safeguarding concerns.
In her retirement, Brenda has been a Governor at Hereward Primary School and was, until March 2022, one of our founding Trustees. She feels passionate about the rights of all children to have access to high-quality education and has herself recently completed a BA Honours degree with the Open University.