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 Neil Alderton

Area of focus: Vulnerable students and PPG Curriculum/ Teaching and Learning

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

Chair of Academic Committee
Area of focus: Curriculum/ Teaching and Learning

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Graeme Bruce taught languages in both the maintained and independent sectors throughout his career after graduating with an MA 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 also an experienced team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Beyond the classroom Graeme was officer-in-command of Woodbridge School’s Combined Cadet Force Army Section for 20 years, was an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and is Treasurer of the Association for Language Learning regional committee; he also sings tenor when required and has recently achieved an A* in GCSE Spanish and then a pass with merit in Grade 7 cello.

Mr Jude Chin

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Resources Committee
Area of focus: Finance

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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.

Mr Will Fletcher

Chair of Pastoral Committee
Area of focus: Behaviour and Attitudes

Will Fletcher graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff with a BA in Journalism.  He started his career as a change management consultant working globally with a number of market leading clients from the high technology sector.  This gave him a breadth of transferable skills to take into his teaching career (subject specialism English) which he embarked on when he moved to Suffolk in 2009. He has over 10 years of secondary teaching, senior leadership and school improvement experience from a range of education settings and has been integral to the successful transformation of a number of challenging schools. Will is passionate about the holistic development of young people and is CEO of Lapwing Education, a specialist alternative education provider, working with disadvantaged young people across East Anglia.

Mrs Jan Garfield

Area of focus: SMSC

Jan Garfield was born in London, educated in Birmingham and now lives in Felixstowe with her husband Jon.  She retired to Felixstowe in 2002 having lived in the Midlands and other parts of the world. She has two sons and six grandchildren.  Having retired from her profession as an Operating Theatre Sister, she and her husband owned a business near Bournville, Birmingham. On retirement, Jan became a District and Town Councillor becoming Mayor of Felixstowe twice and Mayoress to her husband once. She is Chair of the Felixstowe Society, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Felixstowe, a trustee of Felixstowe Old People’s Welfare Association, Treasurer of Felixstowe Carnival Association, a Trustee of the Disability Advice Service and was a Governor of Causton and Maidstone Schools for 12 years and Chair of Governors for three years. Jan is also on the committee of the Parochial Church Council and the local PPG.

Ms Jill Gibbs

Area of focus: Staff Wellbeing

Jill holds a degree in Geography from University College London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

She has over 40 years of experience of the not for profit sector particularly in social housing, including housing care and support, in the East Midlands, London and East Anglia and the charitable sector. She has served as chair and board member of Orwell Housing Association and has been a chair and trustee of World Habitat (formerly BSHF), a charity that transfers knowledge of solutions to global housing problems. She has written for the Chartered Institute of Housing and has served as a Governor of a local Primary school. Jill is also a Governor of the Seckford Foundation.

Mr Richard Lane

Named Safeguarding Trustee
Area of focus: Safeguarding

Richard graduated from Canterbury Christ Church College and subsequently joined Suffolk Constabulary. Throughout his career with Suffolk Police, he has been involved in a variety of roles across Suffolk, including the project management of new policing training and the introduction of replacement IT systems within the Force.

Richard has extensive experience in community engagement, particularly within education, over a number of years working in the Ipswich area where he completed his service in the Force as the local Policing Commander for West Ipswich.

Since his retirement following his long service in Suffolk Constabulary, Richard has been involved in various voluntary roles in youth projects and as a School Governor.

Mr Bill Mayne

Area of focus: SEN

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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

Area of focus: Careers

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 SET Ixworth 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 SET Ixworth School.

Mrs Vanessa Nicholson

Area of focus: Vulnerable Students including PPG

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 James Wellesley-Wesley

Chairman of Seckford Education Trust
Area of focus: General (Leadership and Management)

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James graduated from Cambridge University (MA Economics). He started his career at Morgan Guaranty (now JP Morgan) and then moved to Granville, a private UK Investment bank, where he specialised in corporate finance. In 2003, he became head of US investment bank Robert W. Baird’s equities and investment banking operations in the UK.

Since 2007 James has set up or acquired a number of companies including Edenhouse Solutions, a leading UK based SAP consultancy, and Harris Hill, the UK’s leading recruitment consultancy specialising in the charity sector.


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
  • Inga Grimsey
    Served on the board October 2012 to August 2020
  • Jeston Na 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.