Simon Parker, Chair of the Trust Board
Simon is Chair of the Board of Directors of Aquinas. He has many years’ experience of school governance at primary and secondary schools in Bromley, where continuous school improvement has been the central focus. Simon has a background in Banking, Finance and Leasing where he has undertaken roles in Operational Strategy, Business Transformation and Sales. He has developed a number of small businesses and is currently Managing Director of a small management consultancy specialising in Programme Management and Business Transformation within the Emergency Services.
Vicky Cliff, Vice Chair of the Trust Board
Vicky is an independent consultant with experience in coaching, career management and transition, organisational development and training gained within a wide range of corporate sectors, including financial services, energy, pharmaceutical and telecoms, as well as in local government and education. Her previous career encompassed 16 years as a senior manager in the telecoms industry, where she led a large training department, delivering management, engineering and IT training. She has extensive experience of working with executives on personal and leadership development and the delivery of organisational transformation. She has been involved in school governance for over 10 years and was previously Chair of Governors of Chislehurst C.E Primary School.
David Bridger, Chair of Finance and Audit
Director of Aquinas: Chair of Finance & member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education: member of the Executive Committee. Vice Chair of the London Borough of Bromley Schools’ Forum. Formerly a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers for 22 years, a school governor for over 20 years covering both primary and secondary schools and a Church of England Parish Treasurer for over 30 years.
Sue Mordecai, Chair of Education Scrutiny Committee
Sue started her career as a history teacher. She was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. Sue is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) and in this capacity she continues to deliver keynote speeches and training nationally and internationally. Through NACE Sue has been involved in the research writing and production of national materials commissioned by both Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. She was an Associate Tutor with Oxford Brookes University and an adviser to the International Charles Darwin Trust. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and was an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the academic journal Gifted Education International. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Fr. Richard Norman
Fr Richard Norman is the Vicar of St George's Church in Bickley, and a member of the Aquinas Advisory Council to St George's CE Primary School. Growing up in Croydon, he studied at Oxford and Leeds before being ordained to a curacy in the Diocese of Southwark, at St Mary with All Saints, Rotherhithe, where he served for three and a half years. On his twenty-seventh birthday, in January 2015, he moved to Bickley, as the youngest beneficed incumbent in the Church of England. He is also Chaplain to 228 (Bromley) Sqn ATC.
Kathy Griffiths, CEO
Kathy is the CEO of the Aquinas Trust and was previously the founding Headteacher at Bishop Justus Church of England School. Before founding the school in 2004 Kathy spent sixteen years as a teacher and senior leader in a range of London schools. During this time, Kathy developed a passion for educational change and development and is totally committed to the education of all children and young people, irrespective of their start point.
Kathy has also worked as an Advisory Teacher, Educational Consultant and Headteacher Professional Partner; she has served on numerous trust boards and advisory groups both locally and nationally as a Headteacher, Governor, Director and more recently CEO.
Kathy’s qualifications include a first class BEd (hons) degree in education, an MSc in Sociology of Education and NPQH.
Anna is a senior marketing, business development and client relationship management professional with significant experience working in global organisations. She has a proven track record in establishing and leading high performing marketing and business development functions and regularly advises boards and senior executives on client strategy and driving revenue, margin growth and strategic change.
Sui-Te, a Non-Executive Director and a Trustee of the Aquinas Trust Board, is a professional leader in architecture, with reputable track records in world class design with long-term bespoke benefits for the built environment. Through influencing, she consistently engages, integrates and works collaboratively to guide the organisations and stakeholders she engages with in complex circumstances.
She is a strategic thinker, steers each challenge with an inquisitive mind, emphasises on human interaction and active listening, while focusing on the “big picture” in the context of organisational progresses. Consequently, she broadens organisations’ visions, maximises values, with emphasis on sustainability, creativity and integrity.
Sui-Te ‘s previous experiences include the major project for the Jubilee Extension project, the advisory role as a CABE Enabler, the strategic Client Advisor on a number of major BSF programmes, as well as strategic advisor for Academy Trust and Local Authorities in the UK.
Andrew Ferguson, CFO
Andrew Ferguson is the CFO of the Aquinas Trust and qualified as an accountant and company secretary during a twenty-five-year career in industry. He moved into the education sector with one of the country’s top academy chains twelve year ago, seeing it grow from two to thirty-three schools. Andrew has extensive experience of developing financially sustainable schools through effective integrated curriculum financial planning. He developed his interest in education as a Governor of a Kent Grammar school and as Chairman of Governors, for fifteen years, of a village primary school. In challenging financial times for schools, Andrew sees his role as ensuring that students’ needs are kept at the forefront of all our business planning.
Terry is a member of the Trust Board and Finance & Audit Committee. Having worked in several financial institutions, Terry’s background is in banking in both the UK and Europe. His roles within Leveraged Finance, Corporate Finance and Investment Management include working closely with Management teams and Company Board members on financial and investment decisions. Terry has a vested interest in Aquinas as he has two children at Bishop Justus where he has been a member of their Aquinas Advisory Council since 2016.