Trustees

Clive Bath - Chair of Trustees

Clive Bath has been a community Governor and vice chairman of the Sir John Colfox school/academy since 2010. He previously attended the Alfred Colfox School in Bridport

Prior to retirement, Clive was the Chief Executive of the King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, Director of UK consultancy for International Hospitals Group and previously ran two central London NHS teaching hospitals.

Clive was elected chairman of the Minerva Learning Trust on its establishment in 2016.

Sandra Brown - Diocesan appointment

Andrew Evans - Diocesan appointment

Canon Andrew Evans is Team Rector of the Bridport Team ministry with six Church of England churches which serve the community and town of Bridport. Andrew serves on the governing bodies of both Bridport Primary School and the Sir John Colfox Academy as well as the new Trust Board for the Minerva Learning Trust. Before entering the church he taught in the secondary sector for 17 years and has served as a school governor for over 30 years in schools across the age range from 'infant' to secondary including periods as Chair. Andrew was vice chair of the Diocesan Board of Education for Bristol Diocese and served on the shadow and later full Education Committee for Swindon Borough Council. Andrew's interests include current affairs and contemporary history.

Andrew chairs the HR Committee of the Minerva Learning Trust.

 

David Jenkins

David Jenkins began his career as a teacher, before turning to law. He held a number of legal and managerial posts in local government and was Chief Executive of Dorset County Council for nearly fourteen years. He is currently Deputy Chair of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. He is involved with the running of a number of charities, mainly concerned with musical performance and education. He is President of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.

Anna Ledgard

Anna Ledgard MA, PGCE is a governor at The Sir John Colfox Academy and a Trustee of the Minerva Learning Trust. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher and has been a school governor in London and Bridport for 20 years. Her children attended Bridport Primary and The Sir John Colfox School.

Today Anna is an award-winning producer developing public engagement projects with artists and bio-medical scientists in UK hospitals. Her pioneering work is internationally respected and Anna is the recipient of multiple Arts Awards from the Wellcome Trust. She brings skills of strategic planning for inter-disciplinary partnership, financial management, administration, human resources and public engagement. Anna is committed to education in this community and sees informed governance in genuine collaboration with staff as key to promoting breadth and equity of educational opportunity for all children in the MLT.

Alan Moss

Alan Moss is a Governor of St Mary's Primary Academy and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He has experience as a teacher, local authority officer, DfE official and education consultant in the private sector. His particular interest is promoting the achievement and attainment of pupils with Special Education Needs and disadvantaged pupils. As Chair of Trustees of a charity providing a range of services for pre-school children with special needs and their families, he led the restructuring of the organisation to place it on a business like footing and secure its future. He believes the Minerva Academy Trust has an extremely positive starting point. Examples of good and excellent practice are to be found across the Trust. By sharing these strengths and promoting the culture of high expectations for all pupils it will thrive.

Keith Peraux

Keith Peraux is a resident of Loders where he runs a holiday lettings business.
Keith’s background has been predominantly in the Insurance Broking and Property sector. From 1976 until 2001 he served as Managing Director of The Hanover Park Group PLC helping to take a small high street broking group to become a substantial Commercial Broker. The company was purchased by Erinaceous Group where he joined their Board and helped them achieve a main market listing. He left Erinacous in 2007 to run a small property portfolio and is an Executive Director and founder of Rent4sure who are a major provider of insurance and financial information to the Lettings Industry. During his career Keith has served as President of the Insurance Institute of Croydon and as a Regional Chairman of British Insurance Brokers Association.

Julian Piper - Diocesan appointment

Julian Piper has worked in schools and youth work for over 40 years qualifying initially as a chemistry teacher. After a spell as a youth work manager he became a Vice Principal (Community) of one of Leicestershire's 11-18 Community Colleges. Then, for 7 years prior to retirement in 2008, he worked for an educational charity on a contract to the government Department for Children Schools and Families (now DfE) supporting local authorities and schools across the country in implementing the Extended Schools policy and was awarded the OBE in 2009. Having previously been a governor of three schools in Leicester at various times, he moved to Burton Bradstock in 2011 and became Chair of Burton Bradstock School in 2013. He completed the NCTL training for chairs in 2014-5. He is currently the link governor for Maths and ICT provision and also the link governor for Class 3, regularly working with groups on maths problem solving at Burton Bradstock School.

Julian Chairs the Performance and Standards Committee in the Minerva Learning Trust.

David Powell

David Powell lives in Burton Bradstock. He has two daughters, Elisabeth and Josie who live and work in Bristol and Bournemouth. David has been the Headteacher of three schools, the first in High Wycombe and the others in Dorset. In the last five years in education he was Dorset’s Senior and then Principal Primary Advisor, responsible for developing creative approaches to leadership, teaching and learning. David was an accredited School Improvement Partner supporting schools in England, Spain and Mumbai. David has helped develop and has promoted the Rights-Respecting School award. He is qualified to train and accredit schools at both levels of this nationally recognised award. David also writes and performs songs in his spare time, and has just discovered the joys of becoming a grandparent. He is Chair of Bridport Primary School.

Adrian Ragbourne

Having fallen for the dramatic Jurassic coastline Adrian and his family moved to Dorset in 2012. He has a background in programme management for global IT Services, but since moving to the area he has taken on a local role in Community Planning. In addition he is a volunteer Launch authority for Lyme Regis lifeboat service and Chair of Governors at Charmouth Primary School. He and his wife have 2 daughters at university and 1 daughter in primary school. With over 20 years’ experience as a school governor Adrian is passionate about creating the best learning opportunities for our children, and supporting local organisations and voluntary groups to provide the extended support families so often require.

Brian Shelley

Brian Shelley is an Honours graduate in Psychology with a Masters Degree in Special Education. Brian and his wife moved to Bridport in 2006 when he retired after a 30 year career in education, the last 20 years as Headteacher of a Special School for children with combined learning, social and emotional needs. He has 2 sons who work in education and 4 grandchildren 2 of whom attend Bridport Primary School. At present he is the Chair of Governors of Bridport St Marys CE Primary School.

Brian’s other interests centre on running and fitness; he is the Chair of Bridport Runners and a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and is about to study for his full coaching qualification. Brian has helped organise and run adult beginners groups and also leads after school running groups both at St Marys and Bridport Primary, he also organises the yearly Bridport Jurassic Coast 5 and 10K runs.

Brian has responsibility for Safeguarding in the Minerva Learning Trust.

 

Martin Stones

Martin Stones is the Managing Director and founder of Minster Joinery Ltd. Minster is a highly successful and respected company operating at the highest level within its market. With a turnover exceeding £2.25 million. Martin has considerable experience in negotiating high value contracts, managing client’s expectations and delivering successful outcomes. Martin has been a governor of the Sir John Colfox Academy for 17 years and has chaired the Trust Board for the last six years. Martin also chairs the Attendance and Behavior committee and has an interest in the whole school community.

Martin will remain as the Chair of the Local Governing Body of The Sir John Colfox

Academy and Chair the Finance Committee of the Minerva Learning Trust.

 

Kay Taylor

Kay Taylor is the Executive Principal of The Minerva Learning Trust and the Accounting Officer for the Trust. She was previously Headteacher of the Sir John Colfox Academy having joined the school in 1994 as Deputy Head. She is an experienced senior leader who has worked as a School Improvement Partner with other Dorset schools and is a trained Ofsted Inspector. She is experienced in working collaboratively. As Headteacher of the Sir John Colfox Academy she worked in partnership with Beaminster School to deliver post 16 education and with Woodroffe School to provide vocational courses pre 16. She has developed a partnership with Yeovil College to broaden the curriculum offer at post 16 for students in the local area.

Kay brings to the role successful leadership experience and a passionate belief that education can change lives.