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.
Sui-Te Wu, Co Vice Chair of the Trust Board & interim Chair of Finance and Audit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Revd. Canon Jeremy Blunden
Revd. Canon Jeremy Blunden is the Rector of the parish of St George and St Barnabas Beckenham. He is also Area Dean for Beckenham and the Bishop of Rochester’s Adviser for BAME Affairs. He has worked closely with Faith and non-Faith primary and secondary schools in all of the parishes where he has served in the Dioceses of Rochester and Southwark.