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CfBT Schools Trust has a board of seven Trustees appointed by our principal sponsor. Our board includes three Education Development Trust Trustees, but acts independently of the Education Development Trust board.

Our Trustees are responsible to the government for the performance of all our schools. They ensure our clarity of vision and strategic direction; hold each school to account for its educational performance; and make sure our money is well spent.

Our board members

Chair of Trustees, Heather Dawson, has over 35 years of business experience in North America and the UK. She was a founding partner and head of board governance practice for Praesta Partners LLP, and was recently Deputy Chair of housing for the elderly charity Abbeyfield.

David Hawker has held senior positions in both local and central government after having started his career as a modern languages teacher. David is also a Trustee for Education Development Trust.

Duncan Parkes has extensive experience working with UK and Global businesses in a range of roles, including directorships, corporate banking, private equity, and leveraged finance. He now runs a successful advisory business and is a Director of the Institute for Turnaround.

Philip Wood has had a career in business and finance spanning more than 30 years. He is a qualified chartered accountant and spent 14 years in Price Waterhouse where he was a partner specialising in audit and advisory work. Philip also sits on the Education Development Trust board.

Tim Irish has a background in life sciences and healthcare, and is currently a non-executive director at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Tim also sits on the Board at Bournemouth University, and various health technology companies.

Dr Angela McFarlane is a qualified teacher of secondary science, and has held senior leadership posts at a number of august institutions, including the College of Teachers and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She maintains an active interest in research into learning, is a committed conservationist, and a governor of the University of Middlesex. 

CfBT Schools Trust is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England & Wales. Company No. 7468210.