Meet the Central Team

Mr Mark Barrow
Chief Executive Officer

On joining Seckford Education Trust (SET) in 2017 as Headteacher of SET Ixworth School, Mark brought a wealth of leadership experience to the Trust. Our school in Ixworth went from from strength to strength during his headship, seeing the School awarded a GOOD Ofsted report in September 2019 and then subsequently becoming over-subscribed.

In 2020 Mark was appointed to the role of Executive Headteacher across all of the SET Schools and subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Seckford Education Trust.

A politics graduate from the University of Bristol, Mark began his career teaching politics, critical thinking, French and German. His previous school leadership roles include Acting Head of Haileybury Turnford School in Hertfordshire and Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. He has also been a governor of an 11-18 secondary school. Having recently completed his Masters in Education, Mark became a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers and is interested in educational research.

Will Bowman
Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Will is responsible for the leadership, development and effectiveness of the Operational Estates & Services, IT and Compliance across The Foundation.

Will is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. He holds an MBA from Warwick University, an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the NEBOSH National General Certificate. He is currently finishing studying for the Professional Certificate in Data Science with Harvard University.

Victoria Finch
Director of Human Resources

Victoria leads the Human Resources (HR) team which supports all of the Foundation’s people related activities.  She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and qualified in 2004.  Victoria has worked in Human Resources Management for many years both in the private and public sectors, spending nearly eleven years working for Ipswich Borough Council.  Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Victoria spent six months at Willis Towers Watson managing the HR Operations team followed by just over two years at Hutchinson Ports (UK) managing the Employee Relations team.

Victoria is Vice Chair of Governors for Bucklesham Primary School and more recently has been welcomed as a Trustee for Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG).

Helen Rayner
Trust Operations Manager

As the Trust Operations Manager, Helen assists the Trust Leadership Team in the day-to-day business functions of Seckford Education Trust, including the oversight and management of the school front office teams, cleaning, grounds, maintenance of the school sites, transport, contract management, compliance and risk management.

Verity Sharratt
Executive Assistant

Verity has worked for the Foundation for over ten years and has much experience in the areas of governance and in supporting the Executive team.  Previously she managed CandoCo Dance Company in London, until her relocation to Suffolk.

Simon Stafford
Chief Financial Officer

Simon is the Director of Finance of the Seckford Foundation and the Chief Financial Officer of the Trust.  He leads the finance team which supports SET, covering all financial areas such as budgeting, financial reporting and payroll.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 with KPMG.   After qualification he spent fourteen years working in private practice specialising in Transaction Services and Corporate Finance and then was Group Finance Director of a commercial property investment and development business before joining the Foundation in 2012.