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The Board

We are proud to work with 'Inspiring Governance' and 'Academy Ambassadors' to recruit out Board members. 

We are currently seeking a HR and Marketing professional to further strengthen the team.

Our current team are:-

Davina Mackay  - Solicitor

Davina studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University and then trained as a solicitor at Speechly Bircham Solicitors in London. She has been working in the charity legal sector for the past 18 years. She is currently The Legacy Manager at the National Trust and has previously worked at The British Red Cross Society, RSPCA and Save the Children. Davina lives in Wantage and is married with two daughters. Her younger daughter has congenital heart disease and global development delay and attends Fitzwaryn School. Her daughter has thrived at the school. Davina aims to contribute her expertise to the Trust Board so that the Academy Trust can move forward and continue to help all the children that attend the schools achieve their full potential.

Tim Hodgson - IT Specialist

Tim is an IT Professional with over 20 years experience, encompassing Product Development & Lifecycle (Hardware and Software), Project Management, Service Operations and Manager roles. For the last 15 years he has worked for a global company, planning, commissioning and supporting international locations from Spain to Russia and from Norway to Cape Town.

Gay Campbell - Risk Manager 

Gay has worked in the banking sector for 30 years, developing relationships with corporate clients in the UK and overseas and, for the past decade, leading a regulatory and operational risk management team. She has two grown up children and lives in rural Oxfordshire

Dylan Thomas – Programme Director

Dylan specialises in project management and has directed business and technology operations in the financial services industry for over 15 years.  He likes collaborating with stakeholders to enable strategic change or improve performance.  After spending his early career in Paris, he settled back in his home county of Buckinghamshire and enjoys vacations among the islands of his Caribbean heritage.

Bekkie Scales - HR Director

With 20 years experience in people leadership and development, across public sector, as well as global engineering businesses, Bekkie is passionate about creating high performance aspirational culture through engaged, agile and responsive teams. With 3 grown up children, and 2 young grandchildren, Bekkie recognises the huge importance of high quality education and learning opportunities for future generations.

John Chadwick - Retired

John relocated from the North West for Oxford as a student and his career at the Harwell Laboratory, he spent 30 years in the water industry, retiring in 2018 after nearly 10 years as a Finance and Regulation Director. He has acted as a trustee and treasurer of local and national charities and chairs the audit committee of a national organisation. He is married with two grown up children and has lived near Wantage for over 30 years.

Sarah Mitchell - Managing Director

Sarah has been in the Recruitment Industry for over 20 years, most recently as the MD of a Supply Teaching agency in London. She is passionate about developing a culture of high performance through the development of people to enable them to reach their full potential. She has worked with businesses to enable them to create and deliver a strategy, scale up, improve performance and develop a strong and successful leadership team.

David Kadarauch - Non-executive Director

David has over 30 years of experience in the financial investments business, mostly in Asia and Europe, first training as an equities
analyst in London with Jardine Fleming Securities, before being country head
of research for the firm in, successively, India, South Korea, and Thailand. He was then CEO of Thailand’s largest stockbroker, and after that chief investment officer of a Zurich-based fund management business. He is currently a non-executive director of an Asian smaller companies investment fund and of a global bond fund. David holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University.