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Michael Andrews - Appointed 23.09.2016

Michael is a qualified economist & corporate treasurer, his youngest daughter attended Market Field School where Michael has been a governor for many years. He has extensive experience in financial governance having chaired the audit committees of Colchester PCT & Colne housing society. He is currently a Mental Health Act Manager for HPFT NHS Trust.

Alison Bridge - Appointed 23.09.2016           Resigned 15.06.2021

Over a career of 35 years Alison has had experience teaching in Infant, Junior and a Special School for children with severe leaning difficulties at differing levels of management responsibility. She gained a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs from Cambridge while working for the Specialist Teacher Team as a Specialist Teacher for Physically and Neurologically Impaired children and gained further management experience as an Area Co-ordinator for Pre-school children with severe disabilities and an Area Team Manager for the Specialist Teacher Team. Both the Co-ordinator and Area Team Manager roles encompassed management responsibilities of a team. Three members of staff as a co-ordinator and 25 as the Area Team Manager. The latter included 3 administrators, 20 teachers and 2 Autism support workers. At the time Alison also attended and provided training sessions for Specialist Teachers, SENCOs, Teachers, Parents and Governors. She gained knowledge from staff across a number of disabilities including Autism through individual mentoring, meetings, observation and attending courses. It was while on a panel supporting the placement and funding of children with SEND, that it became evident there was a gap in provision, in Essex, for children with severe autism. She met with others looking for a similar outcome and went through the process with them of starting up a Free School with the DfE before joining forces with Market Field School. This has resulted in the setting up of Chatten Free-school and the formation of the Hope Learning Community.

Roger Morris - Appointed 23.09.2016

Roger Morris, (born 1968), studied Chemistry at Imperial College, London, and then Theology at Trinity College Cambridge. He has been in ordained ministry since 1993 and Bishop of Colchester in the Diocese of Chelmsford since 2014. Roger is married to Sally, a Headteacher in a Secondary School and a Minister in Secular Employment (MSE). They have two daughters.

Roger is Chair of Trustees of Innervation Trust (who run a schools collective worship project called iSingPop) and is also a Member of the All Saints Academy Trust (Halstead) and a Trustee of the Keys Co-operative Academy Trust.

He is Patron of the Abberton Rural Training Partnership, Colchester Foodbank, Beacon House, Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service, Korban (a housing project for vulnerable young people) and CYO (Colchester) (who provide chaplaincy and prayer space activities in schools). He is also President of St Helena Hospice.

Recently, Roger has been involved as a member of the Essex Resilience Forum (as part of the Greater Essex response to COVID-19) and has chaired the Faith and Community Tactical Coordinating Group. He is also serving on the Essex Climate Commission and the steering group for Essex 2020.

Roger stage-manages the Canopy Stage (previously ‘The Performance Café’) at the annual Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival and is a keen supporter of Bristol Rovers Football Club.

Caroline Haynes - Appointed 11.02.2018

Dr Caroline Haynes is now retired having spent 37 years in schools, 20 years as a Headteacher of two large comprehensive schools in Essex and finally as Executive Headteacher of two AET academies.

In 2007 Caroline was Head Teacher of the year in the Eastern Region and in 2008 she won the Education category in the Daily Telegraph “Great Britons” Award.

Caroline is a National Leader of Education and was an elected member of the first Eastern Region and North East London Regional Schools Commissioner’s Academy Headteacher Board.

Prior to her retirement, Caroline, in collaboration with Essex LEA and Market Field School, was proud to set up the Autistic Support Centres at Thorpe Campus and Frinton Campus of Tendring Technology College.

She is now a Vice Chair of the Vine Schools Trust and Chair of the Standards and Performance committee

Jeff Brindle - Appointed 17.12.2020

Jeff has recently retired from being the CEO of the Sigma Trust, the largest Multi Academy Trust working solely in Essex with over 11,000 pupils and 1600 staff working within its academies. Prior to this role, Jeff was Principal of Clacton County High School for 9 years and, in his last year in charge, saw the school achieve the highest Progress 8 outcomes in Essex. Jeff taught Maths for 36 years in a range of schools across London, Surrey and Essex. He is passionate about collaborative working between schools and played a key role in the establishment of North East Essex Education Partnership (NEEEP), the predecessor of Sigma. He has a keen interest in curriculum innovation and believes this is a key ingredient in maximising the outcomes for all pupils, particularly those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Jeff has also been Chair of the Management Board of North East Essex Additional Provision School (NEEAPS) since 2013.

Trustees - Term of office 4 years.

Michael Andrews CHAIR - Reappointed by Members 6.12.2020  (The chair can be contacted via

Michael is a qualified economist & corporate treasurer; his youngest daughter has moderate LD & attended Market Field School where Michael has been a governor for many years. He has extensive experience in financial governance having chaired the audit committees of Colchester PCT & Colne housing society. He is currently a Mental Health Act Manager for HPFT NHS Trust.

Rachel Barratt - Co-opted by Trustees 17.09.2020       Resigned 23.03.2021

Rachel is passionate and fascinated about the employment relationship from employers engaging their staff and teams to maximise their performance and development through to the employees working to their optimum ensuring that both the company and themselves benefit from this.

With 25 years working in HR, 15 of those in the NHS and now 10 years running her successful HR Consultancy - HR Elite, Rachel’s enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and expertise with others to effectively lead, manage, grow and develop their staff never wanes. Maximising individual and team performance for greater business success is what drives Rachel and we are excited to have her joining our Board of Trustees.

David Beardwell  - Co-opted by Trustees 09.06.2021 Resigned 19.11.2021

To follow.

Susanna Frost - Co-opted by Trustees 02.02.2021

Susanna Frost is the HR Director to Fred Olsen Ltd. In addition to her HR expertise, Susanna achieved a post-graduate diploma in Employment Law to enhance her knowledge of UK employment law as her previous experience had included employment law for Europe and other parts of the world. Susanna is keen to give back to the world of education and give children today the best experience possible.

Alan Goggin - Reappointed by Members 06.12.2020

Alan is the ECC elected County Councillor for the Division including St. Osyth, Thorrington, Alresford, Great Bentley, Point Clear, and Brightlingsea. He has a background in Financial Management and was a governor at Market Field School before becoming a trustee.

Jon Kinnell - Appointed by Members 17.12.2020

A philanthropy, impact strategy and multi-generational specialist, Jon has enjoyed the privilege of working with some of the most entrepreneurial and passionate individuals, their families, and advisors to design philanthropic strategies which incorporate impact investing within their portfolios.

With a focus on international development, education and engaging marginalised communities. Jon has over 15 years’ experience in impact strategies. Holding senior posts within diverse global organisations including the SESA Community Ltd, The Philanthropy Club, INGO - WaterAid, along with the Charities Aid Foundation. Jon brings to the team experience advising on high value philanthropy, fundraising, social enterprise, alternative and social financing. A unique perspective bridging both sides of the funding journey. And the skill set to identify and build alliances that achieve long term systemic, social, economic, and environmental impact.

Michael Lucking - Appointed by Members 23.11.2020

Michael recently retired from his role as a Business and Finance Director for Tesco. He has extensive experience working on large change programmes and using his skills to contribute to the exciting opportunities afforded by the move to a trust status.

He took an entry-level position at Tesco directly after leaving school and held many positions throughout his 37 year career.

He is using retirement to catch up on his love for golf and returning to being a school governor, things that sadly suffered due to his hectic work schedule.

He enjoys spending time with his family, young grandchildren and eating out 

Brian Shaw - Appointed by Trustees 31.01.2019 Resigned 11.01.2022

Brian gained a BSC in Sports Science and a teaching certificate from Loughborough University with a spell at Dalhousie University in Halifax Canada, before entering teaching. 

In the following thirty years he taught at several schools across Essex and in Canada gaining experience as Head of physical Education and progressing to Assistant Head. 

In 2009 he became Lead Advisor for Physical Education for Essex County Council a role which also came to encompass the Lead role for Children and Young People programmes with Active Essex the County Sports Partnership. Latterly he also oversaw the School Meals Service across the county

Within these roles he led teacher training across the county, oversaw standards within schools, sat on Health Boards in District Authorities across the county and had responsibility for Health and Safety within Physical Education.

in addition, he undertook various roles including membership of the Association for Physical Education East Committee, the Sport England National Children and Young Peoples panel and the Management Committee of Essex County Cricket Club. Roles which all led to presenting at national events.

Since retirement he has taken on a role as Trustee with the Hope Learning Community. He still keeps his hand in with Physical Education as a moderator for the national Quality Mark Scheme with AfPE. At a local level his interests have led to work on the committees of the local Golf Club and Allotment Society! 

Darin Shaikly - Co-opted by trustees 31.03.22

Gary Smith - CEO

Gary graduated with a degree in linguistics in 1979 and went on to complete his PGCE (Physical Education) in 1980.  He taught in mainstream schools in Oxfordshire and London gaining early promotions.

In 1984 Gary moved into working in a residential unit for pupils with mild learning difficulties.  From their he moved on to working in an Emotional and Behavioural Disorders support unit.  It was at this point that Gary moved to Market Field School where he has been ever since. 

Gary was Head of School at Market Field School 20 years until 2016 when the school formed a multi-academy trust and Gary became the executive head and CEO of the Hope Learning Community.

In addition, Gary led the Essex Special Schools Education Trust (ESSET) for 10 years.

In 2018 Gary was awarded an OBE for services to education.

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