Trustees of Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust
Our board of trustees has a wide range of experience in the voluntary, public and private sectors in fields including education, commerce, leadership, and governance.
Mr Graeme Bruce
Graeme Bruce taught languages in both the maintained and independent sectors throughout his career after graduating from the University of St Andrews. Until 2015 he held a variety of management and leadership roles at Woodbridge School, latterly as Director of Studies. He was an experienced team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and acted as a consultant for the Department for Education. Beyond the classroom Graeme was officer-in-command of Woodbridge School’s Combined Cadet Force Army Section, is an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Treasurer for the Association for Language Learning regional committee and he also sings tenor and attempts to play the cello.
Mrs Sam Chenery-Morris
Sam Chenery-Morris is an Associate Professor at University Campus Suffolk. She is a qualified nurse, children’s nurse and midwife and has a BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice and MA Interprofessional Healthcare Education. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sam is on track to complete her PhD at UEA this year, having focused on grading of student midwives’ practice.
She has been teaching student nurses and midwives in Higher Education for the last decade, having previously practised nursing and midwifery in Norfolk and Suffolk since 1992 and trained in Liverpool before this.
Mr Jude Chin
Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Jude Chin has a degree in Biochemistry from Bristol University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has extensive commercial and international experience gained from a 30-year career with KPMG. His experience includes auditing and advising on mergers, acquisitions and stock exchange listings, for public and private companies. He is a governor of the City Academy, Hackney, and the City of London Academy, Southwark. Mr Chin is Chair of SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd, an education services provider and a non-executive director of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust where he chairs the audit and risk committee.
Ms Inga Grimsey
Inga Grimsey was educated at Gravesend Grammar School and Regent Street Polytechnic (BA Hons Business Studies).
Inga spent fifteen years in commerce with Levi Strauss, Sainsbury and Storehouse, undertaking roles in marketing, brand management and general management. She then moved to the not-for-profit sector where she ran Ski Club of Great Britain before joining the National Trust, first being responsible for the Trust’s commercial operations and later for the management of one third of the Trust’s properties including those in the east of England. Most recently, until her retirement in 2010, she was Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society and has just completed a term as Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England.
Inga is currently Chair of the Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust in East of England and in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was awarded an OBE for her services to heritage and the community.
Mr Bill Mayne
Bill Mayne was educated at Merchant Taylors School and he went on to gain a BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Wye College London University. After graduating Bill joined Pauls PLC working in malting, pet food manufacture and agricultural operations. He subsequently led the management buyout of BOCM Pauls, the UK’s leading animal feeds business. He retired from the company as chief executive in 2012.
Mrs Kate Measures
Kate Measures has an honours degree in Politics with European Study from the University of Exeter, spending a year at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. After graduating she built a career in business to business and corporate public relations, working on pan-European campaigns at a leading international agency based in London.
Kate and her husband relocated to Suffolk following the birth of their first child, and established their own PR Consultancy in 2010. They have three sons, the eldest of whom is at Ixworth Free School.
Since moving to Suffolk, Kate has been actively involved in the local community from running the toddler group when her children were small, through being a governor at Blackbourne Middle School, to chairing the 1st Ixworth Scout Group Executive. She is currently Vice Chair of the Friends of Ixworth Free School.
Mrs Vanessa Nicholson
Vanessa obtained a degree in Italian, before qualifying as a Solicitor. After practising for several years in London and in Lowestoft, she taught Italian at GCSE and A level, and worked as a tutor for Lowestoft College and Norfolk Adult Education Service.
She was a Trustee and Company Secretary of The Old School Henstead, a co-educational primary school near Beccles in Suffolk for eight years and was also a Trustee and Company Secretary of The National Schools Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years.
Vanessa is a mother and grandmother and in her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking, and sailing.
Mr Graham Watson
Graham Watson is the Director of The Seckford Foundation and Bursar of Woodbridge School. Graham has been leading The Seckford Foundation since 2003, which as well as the Almshouses, includes Woodbridge School and the Springboard programme. Graham also leads The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust which was established by the Foundation in 2012. Before joining The Seckford Foundation, Graham was Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA, a non-departmental public body set up by the Lottery Act 1998. NESTA funds programmes for creativity, invention and innovation and education. Prior to working for NESTA, he was Director of Finance and Support Services for The Prince’s Trust and Royal Jubilee Trusts. Graham is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has extensive knowledge of charity law, tax regulation and governance issues. Graham is a board member of a number of other charities including Community Action Suffolk.
Mr James Wellesley-Wesley
Chair of Trust Board and Chair of the Audit Committee
James Wellesley Wesley graduated from Cambridge University (MA Economics) and his first career was in financial services working for Morgan Guaranty, Granville and then latterly running the UK equities and investment banking operations of US investment bank Robert W Baird.
Over the last 10 years James has established a number of private companies involved in IT services and recruitment.
James is married with 5 adult daughters and has lived in Suffolk for over 25 years.
The Trust is very grateful to the following people who have served as Trustees on the Board in the past:
Dr Robert Cawley
Served on the Board and was Principal of the Trust: June 2012 to August 2016
Served on the Board May 2012 to January 2017
Jeston Na Nakhorn
Served on the Board: May 2016 to April 2017
Served on the Board: October 2012 to October 2016
Air Vice-Marshal Peter John Goddard (known as Sam)
Served on the Board: September 2012 to July 2014
Served on the Board: October 2012 to November 2015
Served on the Board: October 2017 – May 2018
Served on the Board: August 2016 to August 2017
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