FET Directors

As Directors of a charitable Trust, our Board of Trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law. The Board is also accountable in Law and to Ofsted for the Trust’s performance.

The Board of Trustees is strategic in function, providing overall leadership for the Trust and therefore for the schools without being involved in or responsible for the day-to-day management. As set out in the Academy Trust Handbook, the purpose of the Trust Board is to provide:

  • Strategic leadership of the Academy Trust: the Board defines the Trust vision for high quality and inclusive education in line with its charitable objects. It establishes and fosters the Trust’s culture and sets and champions the Trust strategy including determining which governance functions are delegated to the local tier.
  • Accountability and assurance: the Board has robust effective oversight of the operations and performance of the Academy Trust, including the provision of education, pupil welfare, overseeing and ensuring appropriate use of funding and effective financial performance and keeping their estate safe and well maintained.
  • Engagement: the Board has strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders. The Board involves parents, schools and communities so that decision-making is supported by meaningful engagement.

The Board is supported by three sub-committees in addition to the Local Academy Councils: Education, Audit: Risk & Finance and HR & Pay.

As a Multi Academy Trust, the Board is responsible for all Academies in the Trust. We exercise this responsibility by delegating functions to the Local Academy Councils, Executive Team and Headteachers through the Scheme of Delegation.

Board of Directors

Catherine Canty LLB (Hons) – Chair

Kate is currently the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands which involves working with the business and voluntary sectors across the region, participating in civic activities, acting as liaison with the armed forces and supporting Royal visits to the County.

A qualified solicitor with over 20 years in commercial property law, subsequently becoming a business and property consultant, Kate has a strong background in constitutional law and governance.

Kate has had various voluntary positions in the employment and skills sector in Birmingham and is currently a director of Millennium Point which promotes education in the field of innovation and technology.

Helen Redican

Helen has worked both within schools and as a school improvement advisor for many years, supporting schools that need rapid improvement.  She has considerable expertise in the evaluation of educational standards across a range of settings, leadership and governance of schools of all phases and types, early years provision and partnership working with local authorities and officers of the DFE.

Helen is currently the Chair of the Education Committee.

Maria Earl BSc (Jt Hons), FCIPD – Vice Chair

Throughout her career, Maria has held senior HR positions across the transport and food industry as well as B2B consultancy, with her last role as an HR Director within Arriva. She has been a non-executive Director / Trustee at FET since March 2019 and chairs the HR and Renumeration Committee as well as sitting on the Education Committee. Additionally, Maria holds a non-executive Director position for Stockport Homes Group.

Maria is currently the Chair of the Audit, Risk & Finance Committee and of the HR and Pay Committee.

Paul Roberts BA, PGCE, M Ed.

Paul was a teacher and head teacher for many years in special schools. Having been a National Leader of Education, he has carried out school improvement consultancy in several special schools and several SEND reviews in mainstream schools on behalf of Brays Teaching School Alliance and the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). He served on the BEP School Improvement Advisory Committee for six years. He joined the Hallmoor IEB in 2015 and has chaired the Hallmoor Local Academy Council since 2017. He has also served as a governor in two other special schools.

Paul believes in the values of the Forward Education Trust and want to help it to raise the aspirations of our pupils and their families and to support them in achieving them. He also wants to contribute to empowering staff and governors in our schools.

Mark Morgan MA (Cantab) MRICS

Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with forty years’ experience in the UK and mainland European property industry as both an advisor and principal.

As a board member and senior executive, Mark has been heavily involved in formulating the strategic direction of organisations at both corporate and asset level, implementing business plans, setting key performance indicators, risk control and management as well as managing the process of delivery.

Mark believes strongly in the values and aspirations of the Trust welcomes the opportunity to assist in delivering its vision.

Ian Tuddenham BSC (HONS), MRICS

Ian is an experienced Chartered property professional working in most property sectors over the last 29 years. Ian started his career as a Professional Practice Quantity Surveyor, with experience across the full range of procurement routes including acting as QS advisor on several large NHS schemes. The latter 15 years have been within Project Management and Property Development Management roles.  Ian has a strong understanding of construction and property contract and legal matters.

As Development Director/Managing Director of GBP Develop Ltd, the property development division of GB Partnerships Group (GBP),  Ian sits on the Executive Team for the Group. GBP work largely within the public/private sector partnerships arena, providing consultancy, health planning, estates management and property development services.  GBP specialise in NHS Primary and Community Care sectors.

Ian has a strong can do attitude and believes that with sufficient teamwork and collaboration most things are achievable.

Ian is married with two older teenage boys, his wife being a teacher on the Senior Leadership Team and the SENDCO at a large Birmingham Secondary School.  He is therefore cognisant of the current challenges of parents, school children and teachers alike.

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interest

Please see below our Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests for all members of the Board of Trustees of Forward Education Trust (FET), and for the CEO/Accounting Officer.

Business & Pecuniary Interest Matrix

Attendance Record 2022-2023