Members of our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees comprises members that have been chosen for their extensive skills and experience in areas such as education, finance and asset management, some of whom may also be a governor of one of our family of schools.


Susan Douglas

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Douglas is CEO of the Eden Academy and was instrumental in its founding and development.

She has spent nearly 25 years working in the educational arena including 15 years as a teacher and headteacher in West London. In 2006, she left headship and has since held key roles with a wide variety of national and international organisations including the British Council, Teaching Leaders, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (the NCTL, an executive body that is part of the Department of Education), and the Eden Academy Trust.  (Read more)

Barry Nolan

Chair of Board

Barry Nolan has specific responsibility for finance within the academy and also represents Alexandra School at board level.

He has 30 years’ experience in Retail and Corporate Banking, currently holding a senior leadership position in Barclays as Head of SME Real Estate London. (Read more)

Karen Deacon

Deputy Chair of Board

Karen Deacon is the Chief Executive of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) and as such provides strategic and operational leadership to the organisation which includes two registered Rehabilitation and Care Services, Mobility Services, the Retail Trading division and QEF's Family of Charities.  (Read more)

John Ayres OBE

Principal of the Eden Academy

John Ayres is the Principal of the Eden Academy Trust and has a successful track record of school leadership stretching over 20 years.  He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in this year's New Year's Honours.  John was selected to be in the first ever tranche of National Leaders of Education and has maintained this status through a succession of Ofsted inspections where leadership and management were all found to be outstanding.  (Read more)

Hardip Begol CBE

Board Member

Hardip Begol has been a Director in the Department for Education since January 2012.  Previously, he was the Bill Manager for the Education Act 2011 and, from 2007-2010, Deputy Director for Special Educational Needs and Disability. (Read more)

Pamela Stentiford

Board Member

Pamela Stentiford is the Head of Finance for Local Growth Programmes in the Department for Communities and Local Government, which includes supporting delivery of the Regional Growth Fund, European Programmes, and Growth Deals.  She has been working in the Finance Division for the last three years where she has worked across a wide range of Departmental policy areas, including Fire and Resilience, Regeneration and Housing. (Read more)

Victoria Collis

Board Member

Victoria is the Managing Director of River Path Associates, a strategic consulting firm that works across the spectrum of international relations.

She specialises in working with governments in developing countries to transform their ability to deliver a range of public services more effectively, particularly in the education sector. Read more

Judith Hemery OBE

Board Member

Judith Hemery is an Education Consultant and also Senior Adviser on Schools and Sport to the British Council.

She worked for many years for the British Council, ultimately having overall responsibility for its work with schools, teachers and education authorities in the UK and in countries across the world.  (Read more)

Angela St.John

Board Member

Angela St John one of the Governors for Pentland Field School.

She is a former Assistant Director of Children’s Services in a London Borough from where she moved into the private sector providing education services to a range of authorities for Babcock International. (Read more)

Collette Stone

Board Member

Collette works as a senior civil servant in The Home Office where she is the lead manager for Leadership Development and is a strategic consultant on Organisation Development. (Read more)

Ian Jentle

Board Member

Ian has spent most of his working life as an actor on stage, film and T.V. Eventually diagnosed in 1986 with Staagarts, he retired from show biz and trained as a volunteer advocate for disabled people.

He was appointed to the board of Sadler’s Wells with responsibility for ensuring the accessible operation of the company. (Read more)