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Trust Members & Directors

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Staploe Education Trust - Members and Directors Register of Interests 2016-2017
Staploe Education Trust - Director Terms of Office & Committee Membership 2016-2017
Staploe Education Trust - Directors & Members Attendance 2015-2016
Staploe Education Trust - Infrastructure Committee Attendance 2015-2016
Staploe Education Trust - Risk & Audit Committee Attendance 2015-2016

  Ms Nicola Close
Chair of the Trust 
Chief Executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health (UK) which is a Charity and registered CompanyNicola’s education was in Mathematics, Philosophy and Public Health and she has worked as a teacher and in IT. She has worked as a Public Health Manager for more than 20 years firstly in the NHS and since 2007 as Chief Executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health (UK) which is a charity and registered company. Nicola has an instinctive grasp of good governance as one who has worked both as a chair of a governing body and Trust for many years, but also as a senior executive who works as CEO with her own Trust Board. Nicola is highly strategic and uncompromising in her high expectation for governance and for schools.  She has a special interest in SEND.  She will tackle challenges and hold governors, as well as headteachers, to account. 
  Mr David Snashall
Vice Chair of the Trust
David joined the Trust in 2015 having recently moved to the area. Now semi-retired, he worked as a Headteacher for 13 years moving two failing schools to the Ofsted rating of ‘good’. Since leaving full-time teaching, he has worked for the Association of School and College Leaders, leading the team who provide front-line telephone support to its members, supporting school leaders who have employment issues. David leads courses and provides consultancy on employment and education law.
  Mrs Jules Hillier
Chair of Soham Village College School Advisory Body
Interim Campaigns and Communications Director at the National Union of Students; Chief Executive of Pause (from January 2017)Jules has a joint BA honours degree in English and Sociology from Oxford Brooks University and an MA in Marketing Communications from Westminster University. She has spent her whole working life in the voluntary sector and uses her skills as a problem solver by working on fixed term projects. This has seen her work as Chief Executive as both a youth charity, Ambition, and young people’s health and wellbeing charity, Brook. Jules also acts as a Facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Programme. Jules has a particular interest in all aspects of management and leadership.

Dr Jamie Humphrey

Jamie has been a Trust Director since 2013. His education is in chemistry, and he has worked for over 20 years with a not-for-profit organisation, the Royal Society of Chemistry, based in Cambridge. His career has focussed on the communication of science, and he currently, as Publisher and member of a senior management team, leads the Royal Society of Chemistry’s programme of academic journals. Between 2009 and 2015 he was a tutor for people entering the publishing profession (with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, ALPSP) and since 2011 he has been a Subject Director on the ALPSP Training Review Group, which oversees the programme of training courses for the profession. Jamie is also a governor at St. Andrew’s CofE Primary School in Soham (since 2009).


Ms Christine Littlewood

Christine joined the Foreign Office after University and has worked in Germany, Italy, Hungary, France and Japan. Whilst in Japan she taught English to Japanese children and this is what prompted her to change careers and to train as a teacher. Christine trained at Trent Park and then worked in a variety of schools in London, Hertford, Ely, Cambridge and Bassingbourn. She has held a variety of posts culminating in a Headship. She visits schools as a Key Stage One moderator and marks examination papers for trainee teachers.

Mrs Ruth Mc Naughton

Ruth has been a Trust Director since 2014. Ruth runs an executive coaching company, having had a career in training and development. She has worked for organisations such as NFER Nelson, The Open College, Henley Distance Learning, Financial Times Management, Pearson and Penna HR Consultancy. She has had a variety of roles in sales management and also as Head of Coaching Capability and Commercial Operations Director. Ruth is a trained coach an NLP practitioner and currently training as a counsellor.

Mr Dan Waller

Head of UK Facilities Operations for Amgen Ltd
Dan joined the Soham Village College’s School Advisory Body in 2011 and has continued as Director of the Trust. His working career is within the pharmaceutical industry where he has enjoyed a variety of occupations including the management of clinical trial programmes and various project management roles supporting the development of medicinal products. He has a human resources qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and his current position is Head of UK Facilities Operations for Amgen Ltd, a biotechnology company with UK offices in Cambridge and London.   
  Mr Simon Wright
Head of Third Parties & Accreditation, Association of Train Operation Companies
Simon joined the Trust as a School Advisory body member for The Shade Primary School and became a Director in December 2015. Simon has spent his working career in the rail industry, undertaking both customer facing and back office settlement management roles. Simon is currently Head of Third Parties & Accreditation at the Association of Train Operating Companies. Latterly he has been responsible for managing IT supplier and customer relationships, running a team of IT analysts and administering governance and licencing within the trade association that represents the UK’s train operating companies. Simon is also the treasurer of the local parish church St Andrews.