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Membership and Trustees

Our trustees and members are an essential force in providing strategic leadership, effective management and accountability across the Trust and bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise which help to raise standards of education.

Trustee and Members Induction 


Mhorag Duff



Professor Maurice Galton

CURRENT POST: Retired Professor and Dean of Education, University of Leicester. Emeritus Professor and Associate Director of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

SKILL SET: Expert in and consultant to a number of LAs on transition between primary and secondary school, creativity and well-being.  Research e.g. for the government funded Creative Partnerships (2002-8) which became Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE).

Dr Khalid Abdul Karim

CURRENT POST: Consultant Child Psychologist, University of Leicester

SKILL SET: Significant experience working with schools and special needs.  Lead on ASD.  Delivered training to the National Autistic Society.  Published author on autism and mental health.

Peter Reeve

CURRENT POST: Head of HR, MND Association

SKILL SET: Significant HR experience. 

Sajeeda Rose 

CURRENT POST: Chief Executive, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

SKILL SET: Creating strategic economic plans to deliver growth.  Management of large public sector funding programmes, corporate governance and partnership collaboration.


Ross Ian Grant  (Chair)

CURRENT POST: Self employed

SKILL SET: Community engagement.  Children, young people and schools scrutiny commission member.  Experience of secondary capital expenditure programme, public finance and budgeting.  Primary school Governor experience.

Kam Karaji (Vice Chair)

CURRENT POST: Vice President, Global Security Operations, Barclays 

SKILL SET: Physical and cyber security expert for global security operations at Barclays.  Extensive experience of operational management, risk assessment profiling and mitigation and compliance management.  Former Police Officer.  High level of understanding of safeguarding. Project Griffin trainer for the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)/ Home Office.

Pardip Singh Shoker

CURRENT POST: Principal Estates and Rates Manager, CEMEX UK Operations Ltd.

SKILLS SET: Extensive experience in the property industry including the Civil Service (Valuation Office – schools’ evaluations) and private consultancy.  Managing teams and projects within Real Estate.   Previous governance roles include Trust Director, Chair, Vice Chair and Governor in various schools.   FA qualified grass roots football coach – currently working with under 7s and under 14s football teams.

Damian Thurston

CURRENT POST: Vice Principal, Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

SKILL SET: Lead practitioner for Character and Culture, inclusion and vulnerable pupils at CLCC.  Founding strategic lead for Thomas Estley Learning Alliance, focusing on initial teacher training, CPD and school to school improvement.

Kirstie Johnson 

CURRENT POST: Principal at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

SKILL SET: Knowledge of the education sector; Strategic Planning; Financial management; Communication; Data analysis; Performance Management; Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); Safeguarding; Curriculum; Compliance; Further or higher education

John Watson

CURRENT POST: Headmaster and Principal at Leicester Grammar School

SKILL SET: Private Education; educational leadership in an all-through setting; Strategic Planning; Vision setting; Curriculum and Assessment; Performance Management; Safeguarding. 

Accounting Officer - Andrew Wilson  

The Accounting Officer for the Trust is the Chief Executive Officer. This role includes specific responsibilities for financial matters, a personal responsibility to parliament, EFA and the financial resources under the Trust control.

Statutory Documents 

Register of Interests 2020-21

Register of Interests 2021-22

Register of Interests 2022-23

Attendance Records 2019-20

Attendance Records 2020-21

Attendance Records 2021-22