The Attwood Academies Board is made up of a number of leading figures from business, the charity sector and education. Further details on the Attwood Academies Trust are available at: http://www.attwoodacademies.org/
Sara was a head hunter for twenty years, specialising in consumer PR. She worked for Whitehead Mann and The Miles Partnership in London.
Sara is now a JP in Kent working with Magistrates in the Community.
As well as being a director of the Attwood Educational Foundation, she is also a mentor for children in London.
The Attwood Education Foundation, Attwood Partners Ltd, Kassiopi Holidays Ltd
Ralph is a qualified Solicitor. His legal career has spanned 35 years working as a commercial lawyer in two of the City of London’s leading law firms including postings to Hong Kong and Brussels. He has represented international clients in some of the largest commercial and trade disputes involving the European Commission and domestic competition authorities.
He served as Managing Partner at his last law firm for nine years gaining considerable management experience. During that time he lead the firm through a period of significant growth and expansion across Europe.
Ralph is also a qualified Mediator in dispute resolution and an accredited Executive Coach.
He is married with three sons.
Frank has a considerable reputation as one of the country’s leading educational thinkers and innovators.
His career in education has so far spanned 44 years. Most recently he was National Schools Commissioner, 2013-2016, with oversight of all Academies and FreeSchools. He established the Regional School Commissioners structure as part of the mechanism to co-ordinate and oversee the development of the academies programme. Prior to that he had been Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust from 2008, one of the first MATs, having created it from the original Leigh City Technology College, of which he was Principal from 1997.
From 1992 to 1997 he was the first Head of The Lincoln School of Science and Technology, which was the very first specialist school and the model for that programme.
In 2013 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his services to education.
He is currently Chairman of Shoreline Enterprises , Vice Chairman of Leigh Academies Trust, Chairman of George Salter Academy and a Director of Challenger Trust.
Steve leads the schools and academies team at KPMG, is a qualified accountant and his personal area of expertise is finance and financial management. He has worked with a wide range of Academy Trusts to support them across a range of areas of their development,including strategy development, financial management, due diligence, turnaround support and re-structuring among others. He is also the Chairman of the Challenger Trust, which is a member of the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust and is passionate about improving social mobility through learning outside the classroom.
Karen is the owner of a business specialising financial control for SMEs established in 2001. Prior to this she was involved in finance with several London hotels.
Karen has been a governor for 14 years in both primary and secondary settings. Karen has been Chair of Governors for Robertsbridge Community College since 2015. Karen also chairs the East Sussex Governor’s Forum and leads on networking. Karen is a National Leader of Governance and works with chairs of governors and governing boards to develop their governance practice.
Karen is an NGA consultant, and undertakes external reviews of governance for NGA Consultancy, delivers sessions for NGA Training, and facilitates on the NGA Leading Governance development programmes for chairs.