Members ensure the Trust Board has the capacity and skills to carry out its duties and make any changes which are fundamental to the Trust. They act as the custodians for the organisation.
I have over 30 years experience in banking and financial markets, and I am currently a managing director in a global financial services consultancy firm, specialising in internal audit, governance, risk management, and controls. I am a qualified ACA and have held many senior roles across a number of global firms. This has provided me with great insight into effective governance, strategy, and oversight. I am also a Trustee for a Montessori charity which gives me a strong understanding of the importance of education from an early age, and I am passionate about the need for all children to have the opportunity of a sound education.
I have over 20 years of experience in the food industry, much of which has been in senior management roles responsible for quality management and regulatory compliance.
Although I am not from an educational background, I understand the importance of education and how it is the key to future success.
I believe that my professional and personal background provide transferable skills and values, which will help Zenith Trust ensure that the education of every child continues to be a gateway to developing potential.
I retired following a 20 year career in Financial Management in London, 10 years as Director of an Education Business Partnership, and nearly 10 years as Director of Volunteering in the Charity sector. I was first elected a Parent Governor at my son's primary school in the 1990s, and was elected Parent Governor at The King John School shortly afterwards serving as both Vice Chair and Chair. I am a Director and Trustee of Benfleet Methodist Church, and Safeguarding Officer for 17 Methodist churches in the local area. I am also Secretary of The London Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Treasurer for Allegro, who regularly perform concerts to raise funds for charities and community groups.
I held a senior commercial role for a multi-national food company and on retirement I wanted to give something back to the community.
I was a Governor at The James Hornsby School for 10 years and 6 of those as Chair.
When I stepped down from the local Governing Body, I welcomed the opportunity to become a 'member' of the Zenith Multi Academy Trust and be part of its progress ensuring every child in every school has an equal opportunity.
Andrew SmithI have been a headteacher who is known within the education sector for my expertise in turning schools around, making a particularly significant contribution to the children from Essex.I am also the CEO of The Learning Pathways Trust which provides an effective partnership between Lyons Hall Primary in Braintree, White Hall Academy in Clacton, and Braiswick Primary in Colchester. The Trust aims to provide excellence in standards for all members of the academy community, pursued with relentless commitment. It fosters an outward-looking culture, always seeking better answers, and innovating with courage.