Our Members & Trustees
|Name||Appointed||Term of Office|
|Chloe Smith||14/03/16||update in progress|
|Maria Piper||14/03/16||update in progress|
|Tom Bailey||14/03/16||update in progress|
|John Smith||22/06/18||update in progress|
Members Register of Business Interest (2020-21)
|Name||Nil Return (if app)||Organisation||Nature of Interest||Interest from||Interest ceased||Signed||Notes|
|Chloe Smith||Member of Parliament||Sept 2020|
|Maria Piper||Yes||Sept 2020|
|Tom Bailey||Notre Dame Prep School||Governor||2012||Sept 2020||updated return awaited|
|John Smith||The Wensum Trust||Chair of Trust Board||12/04/16||Sept 2020|
All Wensum Trust Trustees are appointed by our members.
|Name||Role||Appointed||Term of Office|
|Mr John Smith||Chair of Trustees||12/04/16||12/04/20 - 11/04/24|
|Mrs Mary Richards||Vice Chair of Trustees||01/04/12||12/04/20 - 11/04/24|
|Mr Patrick Gorman||Trustee||12/04/16||12/04/20 - 11/04/24|
|Mr Daniel Thrower||CEO/Trustee||14/03/16||01/09/19 - 31/08/23|
|Mr Edwin Pearson||Trustee||06/06/16||06/06/20 - 05/06/24|
|Mr Jason Tipple||Trustee||08/05/18||08/05/18 - 07/05/22|
|Rev Louise Alder||Trustee||08/05/18||08/05/18 - 07/05/22|
|Ms Zaliha Williamson||Trustee||01/08/19||01/08/19 - 31/07/23|
Trustee Pen Portraits
Mr John Smith
Trustee - Chair
John is a former senior manager in Aviva’s Legal function. He has extensive experience in areas including strategic planning, leading and developing teams of professionals, change management, business improvement and procurement.
He was an early member of the Law Society’s Law Management section and actively engaged in developing the Law Society’s Lexcel quality standard for in-house legal teams. John also has many years of governance and school improvement experience.
Mrs Mary Richards
Trustee – Vice Chair
Chair of Governors at Hellesdon High School
Mary Richards is Senior Development officer of Governors Services and has previously worked for NCC Planning and Transportation Department. She has experience in managing large teams, budgets, premises and contracts. Mary has an in depth knowledge of school/academy governance as well as providing advice, support and training to governors and school based staff.
Mr Patrick Gorman
Patrick is a mining engineer with forty years of managerial, technical and project experience in a wide range of business, cultural and climatic environments and commodities. Patrick has worked on over 100 projects in 60 countries and has managed development programmes, pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies, conceptual evaluations, scoping and acquisition studies and provided post privatisation support and technical audits for project financing. Patrick has hands-on experience in the formation, management and legal representation of a range of exploration, mining, consulting and construction companies and has served as either a non-executive director or executive director of public and private companies in the UK, Canada and Australia.
Patrick served his community as a Magistrate in Norwich for 10 years and was a volunteer Generalist Advisor for 3 years at Citizens Advice Great Yarmouth. Patrick is currently a volunteer First Aider with St John’s Ambulance.
Mr Daniel Thrower
Daniel Thrower has been Headteacher at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School for many years. Daniel guided the school to Academy status [the school converted to a ‘stand-alone’ academy on 1 June 2013], one of the first infant schools in the region to do so and he is a founding member of the Norfolk Schools and Theatre Royal Trust. In March 2015, the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ grades in all five areas.
Daniel has extensive experience of managing, resourcing and overseeing a successful school and Academy ensuring sustainability and long term investment.
Mr Edwin Pearson
Governor at Acle Academy
Edwin Pearson is now retired from his role as a Director at Bernard Matthews responsible for Planning, Supply Chain and IT.
Edwin is Chair of Governors at Firside Junior School. Edwin was a Governor at Hellesdon High School serving on the Sixth Form Review Committee and was governor link for Pupil Premium.
Edwin is also Chair of Governors of Lyng Church of England Primary school in his home village.
Mr Jason Tipple
Following a short career in the food industry, Jason entered financial services in 1992 and had a variety of roles including mortgage and business finance underwriting, ending up in the online business of Moneyfacts, the financial research company. After a big lifestyle change in 2003, he started a microbrewery which continues to trade successfully, recently adding a micro distillery to the business and also running 2 pubs.
Jason became a community governor at Garrick Green Infant School in Spring 2012 joining, and ultimately chairing, the Finance and Premises Committee, ensuring the school maintained a surplus budget. He was elected Chair of Governors in September 2015 and during his time as Chair, has seen the school receive a very positive Ofsted inspection and helped guide and support the school through the decision to apply for academy status and ultimately, joining The Wensum Trust.
Both of Jason's children attended Garrick Green, and are now in Years 8 and 9 at high school.
"Garrick Green is an awesome school and I enjoy being part of it. I think I am a dedicated and enthusiastic governor and am happy to give the time it takes to do it justice. I’m able to provide both challenge and support to the school leadership team and I approach my trustee role with the Wensum Trust with equal enthusiasm."
Rev Louise Alder
Reverend Louise Alder – Vicar of Hellesdon (St Mary’s, St Michael’s and St Paul’s). I am married to Andrew and have 2 children, we are all involved with education in a variety of ways. I have been a Priest since 2002, beginning my ministry on the Isle of Wight where we were already living before moving as a family to Norfolk in 2007. I began my ministry in Norfolk as a vicar of a number of rural parishes before moving to take up my current post in Hellesdon in March 2014. I have always been involved with ministry to children, young people and families seeking to ensure that there are opportunities for all round development through learning and new experiences which enable them to discover who they are created to be and better enabling them to take their place as responsible citizens.
Ms Zaliha Williamson
Zaliha joined the board of Trustees on the 1st August 2019, and is currently the Head of Finance for the Walking With The Wounded Charity. She is a qualified accountant with extensive financial and senior management experience within the Manufacturing Sector.
Zaliha has held a number of Finance Director roles that encompassed the management of other functions such as Planning, Logistics, IT, Risk and Crisis Management.
Trustee Register of Business Interest (2020-21)
|Name||Nil return (if app)||Organisation||Nature of Interest||Interest from||Interest ceased||Signed|
|John Smith||Yes||25/09/18||Sept 2020|
|Mary Richards||Robert Kett Primary School||Governor||09/2018||Sept 2020|
|Norwich County Council||Senior Child Employment and Entertainment Officer||not known|
|Patrick Gorman||Puma Resources Ltd||Shareholder and MD||07/1991||Sept 2020|
|Citizens Advice Diss & Thetford District||Charity Trustee||not known|
|Daniel Thrower||The Wensum Trust||CEO||01/09/19||Sept 2020|
|Garrick Green Infant School||Sister-in-law employed as a TA by GGIS||04/03/19|
|Edwin Pearson||Lyng Church of England Primary School||Governor||07/10/15||Sept 2020|
|Firside Junior & Kinsale Junior LAB||Governor||01/09/16|
|Jason Tipple||Tipple's Brewery Ltd||Director||03/09/19||Oct 2020|
|Garrick Green Infant||Chair of Governors||01/09/19|
|Louise Alder||Yes||Oct 2020|
|Zaliha Williamson||Walking with the Wounded||Head of Financy / Company Secretary||11/09/19||Oct 2020|
Trustees Attendance Register, Sep 2019 - Aug 2020
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