Trustees

Gordon Redley Gordon Redley BEd (Cantab.) LPSH, Chair of Trustees, qualified as a teacher and was awarded his degree from Hughes Hall, Cambridge in 1975. He taught in Bedfordshire and Dorset for 34 years, twenty as head teacher of three middle schools. During this time he visited schools in Denmark with the British Council focusing on the pastoral curriculum, standards and inspection. Gordon was accredited as a School Improvement Partner (SIP) in 2007 and became an independent consultant in 2009. He now supports school improvement work and governor training in Dorset as well as school admissions for eight local authorities.
Christina Benjamin BSc (Hons) PGCE studied German and Law at Surrey University. She went on to qualify as a solicitor and worked in local government and industry for 15 years. Following a spell living in Germany, Christina returned  to the UK in 1996 and obtained a PGCE from Cambridge University. She then worked in a large comprehensive in the Fens, in both teaching and pastoral roles, until finishing her teaching career with 5 terms at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. After retiring, Christina spent some 2 years as a volunteer with the Dorset Youth Offending Team sitting on referral panels for young  offenders.

Patricia Garven Cert Ed. was formally a Deputy Head of St Mark’s Secondary School in Bath, having taught home Economics, Child Care, Careers and PSHE. Pat is now retired but is a Governor at a Bath Secondary School and periodically teaches food to primary age children. Pat has 42 years of Education experience.

Kate Larard MSc, HV, RM, SRN first qualified as a nurse, midwife and health visitor and enjoyed many years as a clinician.  In the 1990’s she went on to study Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Bath. Following this she focused on safeguarding, holding a variety of operational and strategic roles.  She finished her full-time career in the NHS as Head of Safeguarding in Birmingham, gaining invaluable and diverse experience.  Kate now works part-time as a specialist safeguarding trainer.

Victoria McDonaugh MA (Hons), PGCE was Head of History and Head of Year with a responsibility for PSHE in a large comprehensive in Cricklewood, London. She is currently a Governor of Bryanston School and was High Sheriff of Dorset in 2009/10.
Keith Newton ACA was born in Broken Hill, Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He retired in 2009 from Accenture as Managing Partner, Asia Pacific. In his 33 years career at Accenture he worked as a global management consultant specialising in strategic and technology consulting for large scale private and public sector organisations. During his time at Accenture it grew from the less then 2,000 person consulting division of Arthur Andersen, Accountants to the world’s leading management consulting company.

He is currently a member of a school Finance and General Purpose committee, is advisor to the board and serves as a charity trustee with a speciality in finance. Having lived in Sydney Australia, the USA, Seoul Korea and Hong Kong, he and his wife and 6 children now split their time between Dorset and Hong Kong.

Alison Winsborough BMus, PGCE has strong experience of delivering PSE, previously as Head of PSE and Citizenship  at the Sir John Colfox School and currently as Head of Citizenship and  Head of Sixth Form at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy.

Alison has worked with an abundance of outside agencies such as AA, SSCT, Safer partnerships, healthcare professionals, Ansbury and other local stakeholders. She is currently Designated  Safeguarding Lead for the 6th form and part of the Academy’s Safeguarding Team. She has 3 young children.