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.
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)
Deputy Chair of Board of Trustees
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)
Hardip Begol CBE
Chair of the Board of Members & a Trustee
Hardip is the Director for Integration and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is the chair of Board of Members for the Eden Academy Trust. (Read more)
Trustee and CEO of the Eden Academy Trust
Susan Douglas is CEO of the Eden Academy and was instrumental in its founding and development.
Susan has spent over 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 and the National College of Teaching and Leadership. (Read more)
Vicky 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, Vicky is currently supporting the free school projects in the southern hub. Read more
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 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 will link with our Director for Schools, Michael Thompson, and will be 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.
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)
Antony is Head of Education at law firm Michelmores and leads the Education team. Antony links with our Director for Schools, Jarlath O’Brien, and is responsible for overseeing standards across the Academy schools in the Southern Hub. (Read more)
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. She is also a long-standing senior volunteer for Girlguiding and is currently National Deputy Lead Volunteer for Trainers and Training for the organisation.
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.