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.
CURRENT POST: TBC
SKILL SET: TBC
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.
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.
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.
CURRENT POST: Enterprise Release Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
SKILL SET: Leading geographically dispersed teams of 200+ to manage and deliver multi tier Digital Banking application stack. Creating and delivering strategic software architectures. Experience of leading transformational change.
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.
CURRENT POST: Relationship Manager, Health Education England
SKILL SET: Extensive knowledge of Apprenticeships and career development. Sat on the National Apprenticeship Standards Group. Passionate about social mobility.
CURRENT POST: Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police
National lead on Prevent. Vice President of Leicestershire Scouts and Guides. Vice President of Police Mutual. Visiting Fellow of Leicester University Criminology Department.
SKILL SET: High level strategy development and complex organisation leadership. Responsible for £175M budget. Board member of DMU and previously a Junior School Governor.
CURRENT POST: Vice Principal, Countesthorpe Leysland Community
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.