Trust Leaders

As directors of a charitable trust, our Board members and trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law.

The Board of the Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust has two core functions: to set the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure financial probity. The Board is supported by the Executive Group (comprising the CEO, senior school staff and the Director of Finance and Operations).

As a multi-academy trust, the Board is responsible for all of the academies in the Trust. We exercise this responsibility by delegating functions to the Local Governing Body of each academy through schemes of delegation.

Role Name
Chair of the Board of Trustees Frank Kitson
Chief Executive Officer Maggie Bailey
Chief Financial Officer Neil Knox-Hall
Chair of Leadership, Management and Resources Committee Bob Alexander
Chair of Performance and Standards Committee Bill Watkin
Clerk to the Board Jackie Dutton

Board membership

Bob Alexander, Trustee, Chair of Leadership, Management and Resources Committee ▪ Currently Executive Director of Resources & Deputy CEO for NHS Improvement
▪ 20 years of experience as a Finance Director for various public sector organisations
▪ MBA qualified and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy
▪ Extensive knowledge and experience of local government, central government, and NHS governance of financial management
▪ Former Governor of the University of Roehampton
Maggie Bailey, Chief Executive Officer ▪ A National Leader of Education (NLE) with more than 34 years experience as a teacher.
▪ Experience ranges from some of the most challenging schools in London to some of the most outstanding ones. Deputy headteacher for 16 years in three different schools prior to taking up Headship at Grey Court School when it was Ofsted graded ‘special measures’ in 2007. Led the school to ‘good’ in 2010 and ‘outstanding’ in March 2013.
▪ Chair of the Richmond Park Quindrat of local primary and secondary heads.
▪ Driven the development of the Grey Court campus: Sixth Form opened in September 2014 and the rehousing of the Strathmore Special School in January 2016.
David Bealing, Trustee ▪ Commercial Director of IT company that works with 3000+ schools and provides education-focused IT services enabling teaching and learning as well as safeguarding children
▪ A proven successful marketing, sales and commercial director
▪ Experience in blue chip, fast moving competitive, branded industries for Coca Cola, Gallo Wines, Paramount Pictures, Fremantle Media (X Factor) and Rank Group
▪ Successfully completed marketing and strategy best practice at Cranfield University. Marketing trained at the CIM
▪ Accomplished FMCG, retail and online skills. Experienced in working within complex, high velocity, growth cultures with stretching targets. Proven in influencing and effecting positive change
John Botterill, Member ▪ Consultant Civil and Structural Engineer
▪ Experience of staffing and contract administration. Particular interest in training and mentoring of young engineers.
Elaine England, Trustee ▪ 40 years of primary teaching experience in inner city and Richmond schools
▪ Headship of four primary schools
▪ Five years leading local authority school improvement, including supporting governors and leadership teams
▪ Ofsted trained
▪ Experience of leading school improvement in overseas schools
▪ Over 20 years service as a school governor as a teacher and headteacher and currently as a co-opted governor at a Richmond school
Donald Farquharson, Trustee ▪ Capital Programme Director and Board Level Facilities Director who has delivered more than £3 billion of infrastructure projects.
▪ Previously Head of Property at Chelmsford City Council and lead for Building Schools for the Future at Kingston Council.
Frank Kitson, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Member ▪ Civil Servant with 25 years’ experience of teacher training, education policy, project management and communications
▪ Currently leading Agile teams of automations developers at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Diana Muallem, Member ▪ Vice Chair of Grey Court Local Governing Body
▪ Independent Education Consultant. Has extensive experience of providing consultancy services to awarding bodies and regulatory and government bodies. Areas of expertise include assessment of apprenticeships, qualification and assessment design and delivery, post 16 and adult education policy and implementation.
▪ Since 2011 Education Advisor to the DfE on vocational and technical qualifications.
Sheila Oviatt Ham, Member ▪ Former secondary headteacher with 14 years’ successful headship experience in two comprehensive schools. Described by Ofsted as showing outstanding leadership and management
▪ Experienced school improvement professional, as a London LA inspector, school improvement partner and accredited national challenge adviser. Substantial experience of providing effective support and challenge to secondary and primary schools
▪ Lead secondary inspector for Merton LA for 5 years, after which Merton secondary outcomes were in the top five most improved LAs nationally
▪ Currently an education consultant working as school improvement partner to three London comprehensive schools and supporting a primary/secondary transition project for a group of six primary and two secondary schools
▪ Particular strengths and proven record in raising standards through supporting leadership and management, teaching and learning, analysis and use of data.
Penny St Martin, Trustee ▪ HR professional with 15 years' experience in large London-based organizations
▪ Extensive experience in change management and change leadership
▪ Chartered Fellow of the CIPD
▪ Mentor for The Girls Network charity
Bill Watkin, Trustee ▪ 24 years teaching and leading in secondary schools
▪ A director at SSAT, a schools membership network, for ten years, leading on the academies programme and government policy initiatives and developments
▪ Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association, which sets out to represent, promote and support all dedicated 16-19 providers, since April 2016
▪ School and academy governor for 16 years; trustee of two other multi-academy trusts
▪ Author of a French text book and a number of titles about big issues in education
▪ Media appearances in local and national TV and radio; published articles in local and national newspapers
▪ Ongoing engagement with education ministers and associated organisations and agencies