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 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.
I am the current leader of Castle Point Borough Council and Deputy Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning at Essex County Council. I have previously served as mayor of Castle Point and the Deputy Cabinet Member for Children's Services. I have a background in town centre rejuvenation and have previously worked in Westminster for a number of MPs.
I have experience of being a school governor and am passionate about education in South Essex. I enjoy using my experience to assist the Trust in providing a quality education and experience for all.
Stewart TaylorMember/Chair of Trustees
I have lived in the local area for 40 years and have been a school governor for 14 years at both primary and secondary levels, being Chair of Governors before becoming Chair of Trustees. My children have gone through the Trust Schools and are now in Further Education.
I own and run a local business, and in my spare time I'm involved in a Local Coastal rowing club.