Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees comprises people 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 member of a Local Advisory Board of one of our family of schools.

Susan Douglas

Chief Executive Officer, Trustee

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 of Trustees & a Member

Barry Nolan has over 30 years’ experience in Retail and Corporate Banking, currently holding a senior leadership position in Barclays as Head of SME Real Estate, London.

Barry has been involved in mainstream and special school governance for the past 10 years first as a Governor / Advisor at Alexandra School, and latterly as a Trustee and Member of the Eden Group. (Read more)

Karen Deacon

Deputy Chair of Board, Trustee

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)

Hardip Begol CBE

Chair of the Board of Members & a Trustee

Hardip Begol is the Director for Integration and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government​.

Prior to this, he was a Director at the Department for Education (DfE) with responsibility for independent education and counter-extremism (2015-2017) and curriculum, qualifications and school accountability (2012-2014). (Read more)

Victoria Collis


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

Angela St.John


Angela St John sits on the Local Advisory Board at 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


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


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)

Jamie Clarke


Jamie is a Chartered Director and Chartered Management Accountant; his career of senior finance positions spanned various industry sectors, both here and overseas.  Jamie has specific responsibility for Finance within the Academy.  (Read more)

Antony Power


We are pleased to welcome our most recently appointed Trustee Antony Power.  Antony will link with our Director for Schools Jarlath O’Brien and will be responsible for overseeing standards across the Academy.  Antony is Head of Education at Michelmores and leads the Education team. (Read more)