Board of Trustees and Academy Council Members

Patricia (Tricia) Pritchard, Chairman

Tricia has extensive experience of education across all sectors, including twelve years of headship in three primary schools in Oxfordshire, ten years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors which culminated in her appointment as Policy Lead and Principal Officer for the inspection of initial teacher training and specialist commissioned inspections, and nearly three years as Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely and Chief Executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. She has sat on the Board of the Teacher Training Agency, represented Ofsted on the Board of the Training and Development Agency, worked with the DfE on several projects and worked with the National College as an operational associate on their licensed leadership development provision.

William Harvey

Bill is an educationalist with a wealth of experience in both the maintained and independent sectors.  He joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 having previously held senior positions in schools across the Country culminating in the Headship of The Bethany School in Kent.  Bill was appointed General Secretary for the Woodard Corporation in the late 90’s and was a driving force in the restructuring of the Group until his retirement in 2003. 

Laura Trimble

Laura joined the Trust in 2015. She studied at Oxford, where she graduated with a Masters in Maths. Laura has worked for HSBC for a number of years, initially in their graduate training scheme and now in a variety of different roles in the capital market area. She brings a broad range of experience to the Board, and hopes that her knowledge of the financial industry and business skills will directly benefit the children under the care of the Woodard Academies Trust. Laura has two children under the age of three and a long lasting interest in triathlon and endurance sports.

Anthony Prince

Anthony was educated at Denstone.  After a short service commission in the Royal Navy he read mathematics at Oxford, and completed an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.  He is a Chartered Engineer in Information Systems and a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.  His work has spanned a number of industries including international finance, public sector, construction, and small businesses.  In the education sector he has been a bursar and finance director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and at a number of private schools and academies.  Anthony is also a member of the Trust’s Audit Committee.

Jacqueline (Anne) Davey

A Theology graduate from Murray-Edwards College, Cambridge, her first career was in retail management, before training as a teacher at Moray House in Edinburgh.  A teaching post in a Junior High School in Kirkcaldy followed and she was then Head of PSHE at Fettes College. Later she was Head of RE in the Mandeville School in Aylesbury, and after four years as a boarding Housemaster as Stowe School, she moved to be Academic Deputy Head at the School of St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon. She was Head of Bristol Cathedral School from 2004 to 2007, then School Development Adviser and later Deputy Director of Education in Salisbury Diocese, moving to her current role in 2011.  She is an Honorary Norham Fellow of Education at the University of Oxford, a Director of the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Chief Executive of the Oxford Diocesan School Trust.

William Pecover

William was educated at a Woodard school, Lancing College, where he won a scholarship to read Literae Humaniores at Worcester College, Oxford. He started work in capital markets at JP Morgan, before a career switch to media at Haymarket where he became Managing Director of the business magazine group, before moving to the USA in 2001 to become Chairman and CEO of Haymarket Media Inc for ten years. In 2011 he became Operating Partner at Isis, a private equity firm specializing in media investments, before moving back to the UK in 2014. He has extensive experience across a broad range of industries and professional education services. He is now non-executive chairman of Real Response Media, based in London.

Richard Peers

Father Richard Peers has worked for over 30 years in all phases of schooling, he has taught every age of pupils beginning his career as a Reception teacher. Richard has worked as chaplain in two inner city secondary schools; as a Primary and Secondary Deputy Head and inspected church schools. He is currently Director of Education in the Diocese of Liverpool where he is leading the formation of a Diocesan led Multi-Academy Trust. Richard’s previous post was as Head of a south London school. Richard led the school through a total re-build, opening a Primary school; re-branding and achieved the school’s highest ever academic results. All leading to the school being significantly over-subscribed.

Richard was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1994 he has served as a school Governor, Chair of Governors and chair of the management committee of a Pupil Referral Unit.  Richard was borough Chair of Secondary Heads, served on the national Council of the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) and sits on the national committee of the Association of Anglican Academy and Secondary Heads. 


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Academy Council Information

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