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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:-

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.

Debbie Buckley-Golder - Head of Innovation Talent and Skills

With a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Durham and a DPhil in materials science from the University of Oxford, Debbie sent some 30 years at Harwell, in Oxfordshire, with UKAEA and subsequently AEA Technology plc, advising UK and European governments on energy technology and environmental policy development, analysis and implementation; leading to her becoming a member of the company’s senior leadership team. Building on her experience in working with academia, business and the public sector, she further developed her career in research commercialisation and knowledge exchange; developing and leading a number of key national programmes on behalf of government (including the internationally-renowned Knowledge Transfer Partnerships).  Debbie joined Innovate UK (now part of UK Research and Innovation, UKRI) in 2010 as Head of Knowledge Exchange.  She subsequently led the Research Portfolio before becoming Innovate UK’s first Head of Innovation Talent and Skills, and developing a strategy aimed at enabling UK businesses to understand, access, develop and retain the necessary talent and skills to initiate and deliver innovation and growth. Debbie will retire from Innovate UK at the end of 2021.
From 2006-2010 Debbie was a visiting Industrial Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). For ten years Debbie was on the Board and Deputy Chair of Governors of Fitzwaryn School, Wantage.

Jane Edwards - Retired Deputy Head

I have recently retired following some forty years in education; in both mainstream secondary schools and most recently in a special school. I was fortunate to be able to maintain some classroom experience whilst also going into middle and then senior management.
I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed working in all the schools that I have been in, my last years in a special school have been the most rewarding and enjoyable.
I am now able to spend more time cooking, reading, walking and going to the gym, and have plans to travel further afield including visiting my son in China. Meanwhile, I have my daughter's wedding to help plan!