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
Sandra Brown moved to Bridport from Taunton at age 12. She was educated at Bridport Grammar School and later worked at Lloyds Bank PLC in Bridport for 39 Years.
Sandra is a Town and District Councillor. She was also a member of the County Council’s Education Committee for eight years.
Sandra has been Mayor of Bridport four times and is very involved in many cultural activities, mainly as a treasurer.
Sandra has also been a member of the Local Governing Body of Mountjoy School and also previously Chair of Governors of St Catherine’s School, Bridport.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Rev Pete Stone
Rev. Pete Stone, is a Foundation Governor for St Mary’s CE Primary School and a Member for the Minerva Learning Trust. Pete has worked with Children & Young People for over 20 years as a youth worker and school development worker in Reading & Wokingham. His children attend the Sir John Colfox Academy & Kingston Maurward College.
Pete is the Team Vicar for the Bridport Team Ministry. He was brought up in Bath, and left school at 16 and went to work for the Civil Service. After 3 years he started his career in youth work. After 13 years as a Children & Youth Worker he became a development worker and then project manager for a school’s work charity, supporting teachers to teach inclusive, informative and fun RE in multi-cultural settings. He then trained as an Anglican Vicar near Oxford and spent 4 years in Charminster near Dorchester as a trainee vicar. He and his family moved to Bridport in July 2014. Having struggled at school and work Pete was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia at 38 and this experience and that of supporting a child with Dyspraxia made him realise the need to give every child the opportunity to access education in a way that engages them and helps them to develop confidence and abilities that will be life enhancing, so that every child may be all that they can be
Mike moved to Dorset in 1987 to take up post as adviser to the secondary schools in the west and north. Previously he had worked for 15 years in schools, starting as an English teacher and leaving as a deputy head teacher. Mike became chief schools’ adviser and then deputy director of Education for Dorset, before leaving in 2003 to be director in Bath and NE Somerset. During the 10 years from 1992 he was also an Ofsted registered inspector, leading teams in the inspection of middle and secondary schools, including some work in British schools abroad.
Mike left Bath with the change to Children’s Services and ran his own consultancy business, working mainly for Devon. At the same time he became chairman of a charitable trust based in Bath, 5x5x5=creativity. The charity 5x5x5 is dedicated to working with schools to improve the quality of primary teaching and learning through creativity and critical thinking; mainly in the arts but also other areas, like mathematics. Mike lives near Bridport in the Bride Valley with his wife Liz. He is a voluntary driver for the local community car service, taking mainly older residents to their NHS appointments.
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.