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.

Barry Nolan

Chair of Board of Trustees & a Member

Barry has over 30 years’ experience in Retail and Corporate Banking and has been involved in mainstream and special school governance for the past 10 years. (Read more)

Jamie Clarke

Deputy Chair of Board of Trustees

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

Susan Douglas

Trustee and CEO of the Eden Academy Trust

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

Susan has spent nearly 30 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)

Helen Milner MBE


Helen has been acting for disabled people for over 30 years, having founded and run two charities supporting parent carers and serving as a governor of Hexham Priory School since 2001.
Helen is responsible for overseeing standards across the Trust's schools in the North. 

Helen received an MBE in the 2019 New Year's Honours list in recognition of her services to education and to the community in North East England.

Karen Deacon


Karen is the Chief Executive of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People and as such provides strategic and operational leadership to the organisation. She is safeguarding lead for the Trust.  (Read more)

Collette Stone


Collette works as a leading Organisation Development Consultant for the UK Civil Service, and as a member of Faculty for Henley Business School supporting their MA in Leadership programme. She is a long-standing senior volunteer for the charity of Girlguiding, as a trainer and currently the London & SE England Region Lead for adventurous programme including international expeditions and events to upskill volunteers taking young people away. In 2016 she became a member of the City of London's modern livery company, the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, where she is a pro bono mentor to Chief Executives of charitable organisations.

Victoria Collis


Victoria is Managing Director of River Path Associates, a strategic consulting firm that works across the spectrum of international relations. Victoria supports governments in developing countries to transform their ability to deliver a range of public services in education and health more effectively. Read more

Angela St.John


Angela is a former Assistant Director of Children’s Services in a London Borough. She also sits on the Local Advisory Board at Pentland Field School. Angela is on the Trust’s IT strategy group and the asset management group. (Read more)

Brian Eaton


Brian Eaton is Associate lecturer in cultural tourism and events at Edinburgh Napier University and at Hong Kong University. His stepson was a pupil at James Rennie Special School, Carlisle and Brian was previously Chair of Governors there. He has also been a member of Children's Services Scrutiny Board of Cumbria County Council for the past four year where he has contributed to policy formulation and has been an expert witness relating to special needs on more than one occasion. 

Mari Ladu


Mari currently works as Director of Operations within the Healthcare industry and has over 20 years of experience in senior roles in both the private and public sector and across highly diverse industries.

Mari specialises in transformation, streamlining corporate services and leading cross-functional teams and she is also a Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Mari is responsible for overseeing safeguarding across the Trust's schools.

Mary Canavan


Mary is an experienced Executive Director, and award winning HR Director, with a career firmly rooted in the public and not for profit sectors, building organisational capability to deliver high performing services.
Mary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an Employer Member of the Central Arbitration Committee, an independent body with statutory powers to resolve collective disputes in the workplace.

Mirvette Russo


Mirvette Russo has held Strategy and Operational roles for over 25 years in the textiles industry, delivering organisational transformation, improving ethical sourcing models and building agile supply chains. 
Mirvette is concerned with optimising talent and nurturing supportive diverse cultures. She seeks to encourage sustainability through a zero-waste, circular approach. 
Mirvette is a Community Ambassador for Mary’s Meals charity and Secretary to 3rd Pinner Scouts.