Trustees of Seckford Education 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 James Wellesley-Wesley

Chairman of Seckford Education Trust

“I’m proud of the contribution that the Seckford Education Trust has made to state school education in Suffolk and its particularly positive impact on Disadvantaged students”.

I’ve lived in Suffolk for over 30 years with my wife and daughters, and since 2011 I’ve been Chair of SET.  For 30 years my career was in financial services and I then moved in more entrepreneurial directions including setting up a UK wide SAP consultancy and a number of recruitment companies. I’m proud that SET schools are embedded in their local communities and that we cater for students with the full spectrum of abilities. Our schools are relatively small and so we really can deliver on our promise to focus on ‘each and every child’.  For able students we get great academic results but we also deliver real progress for those students who are less able, including a number who have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

Mr Neil Alderton

Pupil Premium Trustee

“The contribution of SET to enabling and broadening the opportunity of each and every young person is an inspiration to me”.

I have a first-hand appreciation for the significant difference that the Seckford Foundation makes to young people, as it was their financial support that made my attendance at Woodbridge School possible. I went on to study Engineering at Cambridge, before joining a specialist governance advisory firm based in London, called Lintstock. I hope to bring the voice of the younger generation into the boardroom, in addition to the governance and analytical expertise that I have gained through my day job.

Mr Graeme Bruce

Teaching & Learning Trustee

After a career in education, teaching Years 6 to 13, I am proud to be helping the Seckford Education Trust improve opportunities and aspirations for young people in Suffolk in both primary and secondary sectors. Having studied modern languages, I am particularly interested in communication and literacy. My final post as Director of Studies with responsibility for the curriculum, staffing and examination options at Woodbridge School, has helped me in leading the monitoring of those areas for SET. Beyond teaching, I continue to enjoy choral singing and I have returned to learning the cello, passing Grade 7 last year. It is a delight to see what our SET schools are offering by way of enrichment to their pupils; these opportunities are essential for educating the whole person, allowing pupils to develop a range of skills and experiences to enhance their lives.

Mr Jude Chin

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Resources Committee

As a beneficiary of a state education I have personal experience of how a good education can influence life chances. All children deserve a first class education and I am delighted that I have the opportunity to assist in the work that the Seckford Foundation does in this area. By background I am a scientist, with a degree in Biochemistry, followed by a 30 year career as a Chartered Accountant working mainly on large corporate transactions. My interest in education has involved voluntary roles in head teacher mentoring, governorships of academies and currently as a Trustee of the Academies Enterprise Trust. Through my role as chair of the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT) I am a keen follower of developments in teaching best practice. I am keen to use my experience to help the Seckford Education Trust deliver outstanding outcomes for all of its beneficiaries.

Mr Will Fletcher

Behaviour Trustee

“I am passionate about the holistic development of children and young people and wholeheartedly endorse SET’s ambition to deliver the very best education to each and every pupil”.

As CEO of Lapwing Education, a specialist alternative education provider working with disadvantaged young people across East Anglia, I encourage the importance of personalising learning and harnessing young people’s strengths and interests while adapting provision to meet their individual needs and aspirations. 

I have over 10 years of secondary teaching, senior leadership and school improvement experience from a range of education settings and have been integral to the successful transformation of a number of challenging schools.  Prior to this I was a change management consultant working globally with a number of market leading clients from the high technology sector.  This gave me a breadth of transferable skills to take into my teaching (subject specialism English) and leadership roles which I embarked on when moving to Suffolk in 2009. 

Mrs Janet Garfield

SMSC Trustee

I was born in Middlesex during an air raid, migrated to Birmingham where I was educated at King Edward High School for Girls, Edgbaston and trained as a nurse at the United Birmingham Hospitals.  I became an Operating Theatre Sister and worked in several hospitals in the region. I always enjoyed singing and it was in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Operatic Society that I met my husband Jon. We married in 1968 and had two sons. In 1976 we all went to Tanzania, for my husband’s work, then to Bahrain and then Dubai, returning in 1986. I went into business with my husband and retired to Felixstowe in 2002. There, I joined many organisations and also the District and Town Councils as a Councillor. I served two terms as Mayor of Felixstowe and one as Mayoress to my husband’s Mayor.  I retired from the Council in 2019. 

I served as a Governor of Maidstone and Causton Schools for 12 years eventually becoming Chair. I also Chair the Felixstowe Society and am a Trustee of the Felixstowe Old People’s Welfare Association.  

Mr Richard Lane

Safeguarding Trustee

I joined the the Seckford Education Trust in 2019 having been a school Governor at Maidstone and Causton School in Felixstowe for a number of years. When the Felixstowe schools became part of the Trust, I wanted to continue to work with them supporting children in education, particularly in relation to safeguarding.

I have lived and worked in Suffolk for over 30 years, during which time as a police officer I gained considerable experience in dealing with young people and related safeguarding issues in the county including in Ipswich, Lowestoft, and Felixstowe.  After retiring from the police after over 30 years service , I am pleased to be able to continue using this experience with the Trust.  I also assist with a local youth project, sports welfare and at senior schools in the Ipswich area.

As Safeguarding Trustee I help to ensure that we maintain the high standards of the SET regarding the safety and wellbeing of the students.  My role involves regular visits to the SET schools  and I see in practice how seriously the welfare of students, staff and parents is taken.

Mr Bill Mayne

SEND Trustee

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

PHSE and Careers Trustee

As a parent trustee my aim is to represent the viewpoint of all parents to the Trust Board.  My eldest child started at SET Ixworth on its opening day as the youngest child in the school.  It was a leap of faith for us to send him to a school which didn’t even exist when we first considered it; a leap of faith which has been repaid many times over.   My younger two children are now students there. 

Having built a career in international public relations before relocating to Suffolk, I also bring a focus to the communications of the Trust, to ensure that we take into account the views and needs of all our stakeholders. 

I take a special interest in the careers offering of our schools, to ensure that each and every student has the built the knowledge and skills that they need by the time they leave us to make their way in the world, whichever path they choose to take.

Mrs Vanessa Nicholson

Pupil Premium Trustee

I graduated from Reading University with a degree in Italian and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor. I practised for several years, and after having my second child I taught GCSE and A level Italian, and I also worked as a tutor for Lowestoft College and for Norfolk Adult Education service.

I have been a Trustee and Company Secretary of The Old School Henstead, a local primary school, and I was a Trustee and Company Secretary of The National Schools Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years.

I have been a Trustee of SET since 2013 with responsibility for monitoring the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.

I am a grandmother to four lovely grandchildren. I enjoy gardening, walking my very energetic black cocker spaniel, and sailing.


Previous Trustees

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
  • Sam Chenery-Morris
    Served on the board May 2016 to May 2020
  • Stephen Cole
    Served on the Board May 2012 to January 2017
  • Jill Gibbs
  • Served on the Board May 2019 to February 2021
  • Inga Grimsey
    Served on the board October 2012 to August 2020
  • Jeston Nakhorn
    Served on the Board: May 2016 to April 2017
  • Aidan McHugh
    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
  • Sarah Pastor
    Served on the Board: October 2012 to November 2015
  • Johnathan Taylor
    Served on the Board: October 2017 – May 2018
  • Graham Watson
    Served on the Board: May 2012 to September 2020
  • Simon Wood
    Served on the Board: August 2016 to August 2017

We are required to make clear the pecuniary and business interests of all members, trustees and local governors. Click here for the Business and Pecuniary Interests of Members and Trustees document as a PDF.

We are also required to disclose information about members, trustees and local governors who have served in the last twelve months, including chairs of committees, date of appointment, term of office, who appointed them and attendance at Board and Committee meetings over the last academic year. This information can be found here.