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Governing body

David Carter

Sir David was the product of a comprehensive school in South Wales and was the first member of his family to go to university where he studied for a Music degree at Royal Holloway College, London. Making a difference to the lives of children has been a huge motivation to him throughout his career. He began his career as a music teacher in 1983 and went on to become a Local Authority music advisor, a headteacher, an executive head and the CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi academy trust in Bristol. 

In 2014 Sir David was appointed to be the first Regional Schools Commissioner in the South West and took up the position of National Schools Commissioner (NSC) in December 2015. As NSC, his focus was firmly on building capacity so that the trusts that run our most challenging schools can sustain improvement over time. From 2018 to 2021 Sir David was the Director of System Leadership at the Ambition Institute and now works with a number of schools and trusts advising them on their strategy. In August 2020, Sir David published his book “Leading Academy Trusts-why some fail but most don’t” with the book having hit the target of 4000 sales in the summer of 2021.

Sir David is a trustee at several charities including Centrepoint, the charity that is aiming to eradicate youth homelessness, a trustee of the charity that oversees the annual Teaching Awards as well as being on the board of the Talent Foundry Trust, a charity creating new opportunities through wider enrichment and support for dis-advantaged children. Sir David also chairs the Tim Henman Tennis Foundation. 

Sir David continues to place family, music, golf and Cardiff City FC at the heart of his relaxation time and continues to be very proud of being awarded a knighthood for his services to education in the summer of 2013.

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Consultant for the Ambition Institute and the National College of Education
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Trustees of The Henman Foundation. Trustee of The Talent Foundry, Laidlaw Foundation, National Teaching Awards and the Academies Enterprise Trust. Board member of the Wolfson Foundation Education Awards
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A

Caroline Nash

Lady Nash has a BA in History from Bristol University. A stockbroker by training, she had a successful career in the international division of a French merchant bank. She is a former counsellor for the Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Caroline is the leading force in curriculum development across the Trust. Caroline has overseen the development of the new KS3 curriculum at Pimlico Academy and the KS2 curriculum at the primaries, and she led a national pilot with the Education Endowment Foundation.

Caroline is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Date of re-appointment: 20 May 2018
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Future, Governor and Co-Chair of Pimlico Academy, Governor of Phoenix Academy, Governor of Laureate Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Wife of John Nash
  • Attendance record at Directors' meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

John Nash Chair of Governors

Lord Nash had a successful career in venture capital and is a former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools and joined the House of Lords in 2013.

After reading law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, John briefly practised as a barrister but moved on to the City and then into venture capital. He is a Foundation Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Vice Chairman of its Development Committee and a member of its Investment Committee.

John supports several charities for young people. He has been the Chairman of Future since 2006. John is deeply passionate about transforming the life chances of young people. He is the driving force behind the Trust's Education Enrichment programme.

John is a member of Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Date of re-appointment: 20 May 2018
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Future, Governor and Co-Chair of Pimlico Academy, Governor and Chair of Laureate Academy, Governor and Chair of Phoenix Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Husband of Caroline Nash
  • Attendance record at Directors' meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Lara Newman

Lara Newman is Chief Executive at LocatED, the government-owned property company, responsible for buying and developing sites for new free schools in England. Lara has over twenty years' property experience and has operated at the heart of the free schools policy since its inception prior to the 2010 election. Previously a Board Director at Cleanslate Ltd, a development and property consulting company, Lara worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers; prior to that, as Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, Lara specialised in property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes.

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Director (exec) of LocatEd, property company
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Michael Parish

Mike Parish is chair of Achieve together, AJM Healthcare, Care UK, Carnall Farrar and Practice Plus Group. Mike also advises the board of Fresh Tandartsen, is a director of Future Academies and advises government on health and social care. Mike was previously Group CEO of Care UK from 2001 to 2019 and prior to that was a main board director of global logistics provider Exel plc, now Deutche Post DHL Group, having joined them as a graduate trainee in 1981. Mike grew up on various south London council estates, and went to Battersea Grammar School and Leicester University.

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A

Paul Smith

Paul is Chief Executive of Future Academies. Paul is Accounting Officer for the Trust. Paul's background is as a National Leader of Education, principal of a teaching school, school inspector and, most recently, as a RSC.

  • Appointed by: Ex-Officio
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor of Pimlico Academy, Phoenix Academy, Laureate Academy, and Future Academies Watford. Governor and Chair of Barclay Academy, The Grange Academy, Millbank Academy, Churchill Gardens Primary Academy, and Pimlico Primary
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

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