Our Board of Trustees
Patricia (Tricia) Pritchard
Chair of the Board of Trustees
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.
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 and a long lasting interest in triathlon and endurance sports. Laura is a member of the Trust's Finance and General Purposes Committee.
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.
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. Richard is a member of the Trust's Education Committee.
Geoff was appointed the first chair of Kings Priory School Academy Council when the school was launched in 2013. Prior to that, he had been the Chair of Priory Primary School since 2006, joining the school’s governing body in 2001. He is a career civil servant having joined the civil service in 1984 and now holds the role of Chief Executive for Food Standards Scotland. Geoff has large scale operational experience as well as working in programme management, financial management and policy development. He has three sons who have all attended Kings Priory School. As well as experience of a being a public sector accountable officer, Geoff brings 15 years of governor experience and a commitment to ensuring delivery of the best outcomes for children attending Woodard Schools. Geoff is the Chair of the Trust's Finance and General Purposes Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Sally’s background is as a solicitor. Having read Law at Oxford University she worked in private practice for over 16 years (Travers Smith Braithwaite, Stephens Innocent and Eversheds LLP) as well as in-house for the auctioneers Christie’s. She has a broad range of experience in commercial matters, governance, art, charity and education law. She was Chair of Governors at Polam Hall School from 2010 -2017, a period which saw the school change from being an independent school for girls to a coeducational free school which joined the Woodard Academies Trust in April 2017. Sally works with a number of charitable organisations based in the North East. She is an independent Governor and Deputy Chair at Northumbria University. She is also Chair of Trustees at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, and a Trustee at Kiplin Hall, a Jacobean Manor House in North Yorkshire. Sally is a member of the Trust's Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Jason Feeney CBE
Jason joined the UK Civil Service in 1981 and spent his early years working in welfare and the National Health Service. In 2002 he joined to the Senior Civil Service and spent 9 years in a range of posts connected to pensions and disability including: Head of Future Pensions, Strategy Director, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service introducing major policy and service transformations affecting 12m customers. In 2012 he was appointed DWP Benefits Director with responsibility for 22,000 staff delivering all UK working age benefits worth c.£30b a year to over 10m customers. Jason joined the Food Standards Agency in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed CEO and Accounting Officer for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2017 and is focussed on EU Exit preparations and transforming the delivery of food regulation. He was made a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List. He was appointed as a Trustee of the Trust in April 2019 and is a member of the Trust's Audit Committee.
Margaret joined the Trust in October 2017. From 2001 to 2018, she was Headteacher of Bishop Stopford (11-18) School in Kettering and, during this time, saw the school through 2 “outstanding” Ofsted inspections. She also led the school through its conversion to academy status in 2011. Margaret was one of the first National Leaders of Education (NLEs) to be designated in October 2006, retaining this status until her retirement in April 2018. Margaret is a member of the Woodard Corporation Board and chairs the Board of Directors of another Multi-Academy Trust.
Margaret is the Chair of the Trust's Education Committee.
The Woodard Corporation http://www.woodard.co.uk
The Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/education
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall
Mr Miles S Hedges
Mr Brian M Newman
Further information on our Governance can be viewed within our Key Documents pages: