Our Trustees / Directors

The Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust is governed by a board of trustees made up of business people and educational specialists.

The board of trustees is responsible for monitoring and ensuring standards and achievement across the Trust’s schools; efficiency and effectiveness of executive leadership and services across the schools; and the strategic direction of the Trust as it responds to local and national demands and policy.

Academy Councils (formerly known as Local Governing Body) Pecuniary Interests are kept on individual Academy websites under Membership, Attendance and Interests.

Clerk to the trustees is Katie Good.  Governance and Compliance Manager for the trust is Suzanne Cooper MBA, FISBL.

Trustee Scheduled Meeting Dates for 2018/2019

Monday 10 September 2018         Monday 3 December 2018

Monday 21 January 2019 AWAY DAY      Venue: Nene Park Academy (also: Members meeting)

Monday 4 March 2019                  Monday 13 May 2019

Monday 15 July 2019 AWAY DAY  (also: Members meeting)

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Membership, Pecuniary Interests & Attendance Trustee Link Allocations

Shirley Jamieson

Chair, Trust Board of Directors

Shirley was appointed Head of International Relations and Outreach Programmes in January 2018. Prior to this, she was Head of Marketing and Communications for over ten years. In 1999 Shirley co-authored the successful bid on behalf of the University of Cambridge to create the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. Shirley was Head of External Relations at the...

David Ruddy

Vice Chair, Trust Board of Directors

David worked in the motor industry for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice mechanical engineer and then holding various other roles with both private and blue chip companies – culminating in a number of senior executive positions within the Jardine motor group. Seeking new challenges and passionate about education he has worked in the...

Alan Hardy

Trustee & Chair of Trust Finance Committee

Alan has a degree in Business Studies and was, until retirement, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has worked within finance in the industrial sector for over 40 years and has had experience in multi-national organisations as well as small privately-owned businesses. In the last 6 years of his full-time career...

John Hall MBE


After an early career as a teacher at Wetherby High School he left teaching to work in Antarctica for a few years. With the exception of two years as a warden/ranger in the Northumberland National Park he has remained with the British Antarctic Survey in a variety of roles since the 1970’s. John is an...

Roger Moore

Trustee & Chair of Stamford Welland Academy Academy Council

I am married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. I have a keen interest in sport, playing cricket, football and badminton and now a keen spectator of any sport. I enjoy gardening and DIY in my spare time Apart from training and qualifying as a mining engineer I have spent the last 45...

Lesley Birch

Trustee and Chair of the HR/Personnel Policy and Scrutiny Committee. The Executive Principal of Cambridge Primary Education Trust

Lesley began teaching as a PE/Science specialist in a secondary school in London. She then moved on to a middle school in Hertfordshire. 4 years later she was promoted to be KS2 Leader in a Cambridgeshire primary School.  Having gained a Masters Degree at Cambridge University, Lesley became Deputy Head in a large primary school....

Mark Squires


Mark started his career with Philips working in electronic engineering and, after moving into sales, enjoyed success in a variety of senior managerial positions. He joined the Hutchison Corporation to brand and launch the Orange mobile network before consulting for several blue chip companies such as Fujitsu. He moved to Nokia UK where, after building...

Jim Kennedy


Jim has worked as an executive manager and HR Director for over 20 years in international companies. The organisations for which he led their HR functions have gone through extensive change which resulted in lasting, positive outcomes for customers, employees and shareholders. He has worked overseas extensively and was also resident in the US for...

Paul Phillipson

Trustee & Chair of Nene Park Academy Academy Council

Paul Phillipson was born in Peterborough and has worked and lived all over Cambridgeshire. He served with Cambridgeshire Constabulary for 30 years working in all departments and finishing his career as the Chief Superintendent in charge of Peterborough Police. He then started a career in Local Government as the Executive Director of Operations for Peterborough...

Mark Woods

Trustee & Chief Executive Officer

Mark began his teaching career as an English teacher at the Deacon’s School in Peterborough. He then moved to become the Second in English at the Jack Hunt School, Peterborough. Mark was then promoted to Head of English at Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire.  In January 2003, he was appointed as the Vice Principal of...