Board of Directors 2019-20


Julian studied Law at Exeter University and qualified as a barrister in 1996. After a year working as a Crown Prosecutor he completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University and began teaching. He has taught in 5 state schools in 3 local authorities. At Chelmsford County High he was Deputy Headteacher when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained the highest GCSE results in England in the January league tables. He is in his 7th year as Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy, a Good school with Outstanding features. Julian holds a 1st Class honours degree in English, a Masters in Educational Leadership and the NPQH. He is a Committee Member of the Association of State Girls Schools, has chaired the cross phase Havering Education Strategic Partnership and writes for the National Education Trust.


Louise is a consultant and trainer working in a variety of settings across the world, many of which are schools. Her current activities include leading HR consultancy for a federation of schools in an inner London borough, training and development activities, safeguarding audits, policy development, support and advice. Louise has strong relationships with many schools across the country and regularly supports them with employment issues and safeguarding activities. She also works with solicitors, doctors, social workers and other professionals in safeguarding.

She has worked at senior levels for over 20 years and was for a number of years a trustee of YMCA training. Louise has successfully developed child protection strategies for many third sector organisations and gained much of her experience in this area, whilst a director of a high profile youth development charity. She also supports voluntary organisations with training, audit and consultancy activity and currently works with a large London based young learners’ training provider. Louise is a director of GraffhamConsulting Ltd a leading consultancy focused on safeguarding and learning and development.

Louise holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management Practice and is particularly interested in learning and management. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and often combines her child protection expertise with specific HR activities, particular in support schools with allegations made against staff, senior team recruitment processes and in formulating staff documentation.

Her interim and management consultancy work has included major change management projects for national and international organisations focusing on people and organisational culture. Louise is also the independent reviewer for the Bishop of Chelmsford, scrutinising personnel and clergy files in line with current statutory requirements and is the safeguarding adviser to the national Cathedral and Choir Schools Safeguarding Group.

TONY MORGAN (Vice Chair)

Tony worked for a major UK clearing bank for 31 years where he gained his ACIB banking Diploma and rose to the position of Senior Business Manager. Tony has experience in analysing business plans and lending propositions and arranging finance for the Bank’s business customers. Tony spent 2 years working in the Bank’s Major Corporates Team where he was involved in putting in place multi million pound financial packages for major international corporates. During this time Tony also enjoyed a 3 year secondment to the Inter Bank Research Organisation which was a consulting “think tank” funded by all of the UK clearing banks and worked on major projects of interest to the financial industry as a whole covering such areas as the setting up of a debit card payment system and cash availability systems in the UK.

Tony is currently a manager of the Witness Service at Romford Magistrates’ Court where he leads a team responsible for supporting witnesses through the Criminal Justice System with particular emphasis on the process of giving evidence at a criminal trial

Tony joined the Governing Body of FBA 20 years ago, initially as a parent governor and then a community governor and subsequently a partnership governor. He has been a member of several working parties including a small group tasked with looking at a PFI project to merge the 2 previous school sites onto the one site that the Academy currently occupies.


Michael holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from London Guildhall University and Practitioner accreditation in Managing Successful Programmes. Michael was a manager in the Met Police for 31 years until retirement in 2011. The post included managing teams in specialist areas such as analysing accident claims and injury liabilities to assess accuracy of data on criminal records and arrest and conviction reports. Michael was a Business Manager for the police in the Borough of Tower Hamlets involving, among other things, budget control, recruitment, promotion, discipline and oversight of the local estate and Michael has experience of chairing various HR related boards.

At a more senior level, he was a Programme Manager on corporate change programmes such as Met Police Modernisation, balancing the demands of local community expectations for safer neighbourhood teams against the more specialist requirements such as anti-terrorism, sexual offences and fraud. Michael became Director of Business Strategy setting out annual and longer term strategic business plans in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team at the Met, the Metropolitan Police Authority and latterly the Mayor’s Office.

Since he retired from the Met in 2011, Michael has joined the Parent Staff Association at Frances Bardsley and chaired this group until he became a Parent Governor in 2014. As a Governor he has recently been elected Chair of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee and is also the link Governor for attendance.


After reading law at University and winning a scholarship to the Bar, Sophia was called to the Bar in 2001. Sophia has developed a successful career as a commercial lawyer, both in-house and in private practice working with US multinational utility companies and also acted for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Ltd on the procurement of telecommunications and technology infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics.

Sophia is qualified as a solicitor and also holds an International Practice Diploma in Intellectual Property Law. Sophia is Vice President and Head of Legal at Colt, a multinational technology company headquartered in London.


Toni is a management consultant and currently a Doctoral Researcher and Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK) at Manchester Metropolitan University. As former International Director of one of the UK’s largest NGOs, she has specialist experience in social development policy reviews, national programme management (including child care/ safeguarding protocols and young people’s participation). Much of this work entailed working linkages across the private, public and third sectors. Having worked as an Independent Consultant, her background spans: high level missions with ministries, corporate through to small enterprises, local government and town partnerships. These initiatives often helped to support local governance and business enterprise for social transformation.

Toni is a recipient of a Government of Canada Presidential Star Award (CIDA, 2005). As a former Consultant Coordinator to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (Eastern Caribbean), Toni has worked extensively with international Donors (including: DfID, UNDP, UNICEF, the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank). Her most recent work on youth enterprise and non-formal learning in the UK was included in an EU funded (SALTO) publication (2014). Toni is very accustomed to cross-cultural settings and maintains an active research interest in relational business models and youth enterprise.


Mary joined Norwich School in 2013 and is the Bursar and Clerk to Governors, overseeing all support functions including finance, facilities, human resources, compliance, procurement, administration, information technology and catering. Her career in education started with a brief assignment as Finance Officer at Broomfield Primary School. This was followed by five years as the Business Manager at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, where she played a key role in the school’s early conversion to academy status and a successful bid for funding and building a new multi-million-pound languages centre.

She graduated from Loughborough University with a first-class honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. She was sponsored by Ford Motor Company as an undergraduate and continued working for them for another 14 years after graduation in a number of commercial roles. Her last role was Financial Controller of the Material Planning and Logistics Operations in Europe. She qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2014 and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Mary was the Responsible Officer for Frances Bardsley Academy for three years and for Benhurst Primary School for one year.


Rob joined the LIFE Education Board in September 2019 having been a Governor at FBA since 2013 and also sits on the Trust Standards Committee.

Formerly a Deputy head then Vice-principal, he is currently serving as a Development Lead at TeachFirst in East London schools responsible for trainee teachers entering the profession. He also lectures on the Teach First Education Masters programme at UCL. Rob has also worked in a County Education Department developing 14-19 curriculum and as a School’s Commissioner.

Building on his first career in Industrial Computing, he trained as a Technology Teacher and has taught ICT, Engineering, EPQ, PE and PSHE. His teaching qualifications include a BSc, PGCE and NPQH and has taught in 3 schools.

As a member of a Christian Outward Bound Centre in North Wales, he is committed to extending young people’s experience of the outdoor world with all its challenges and opportunities for character building and leadership training. He has arranged and led sailing trips, outward bound activity weeks, mountain biking and a wide range of sports activities during his teaching career. Leading the ‘First Give’ charity programme in his school with Sixth Form students is also a keen interest, as it enables young people to engage in local groups that serve the needy in society. He is qualified as a sailing instructor through the RYA.



David is an experienced Executive Headteacher with a track record in a wide variety of contexts in the UK and overseas; Director of an Examination Board; Director of an Education NGO; consultant, trainer and School Improvement Partner; academic researcher and writer. He has successfully led four schools, a grammar, a comprehensive, an international school in China and a celebrated bilingual Chinese International school. He has sat on national steering groups, been a Professional Association rep and gain, an understanding of education in its widest sense. He enjoys helping others in shaping schools to face the future whilst providing children with the highest quality education and most vibrant learning experiences. He has developed an interest in supporting school developers and investors in the business of education.


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Ian Wigston is a co-founder of Bright Field Consulting. Originally a banker, Ian developed and built one of the first Innovation Units in Europe for Barclays. He has been working as an independent consultant for more than 20 years.

He has specialised in education for most of that time, and was inspired to establish Bright Field having established a reputation for originality and innovation across a range of client projects. These have included the DfES Innovation Unit, Odyssey Charter School, the Learning Schools Trust and Woodard Corporation.

He is a Trustee of Potential Plus (UK), and is a member of Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Ian has a BA (Econ) from Nottingham University, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005.


Tim is a Member of the Trust, on behalf of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford.

A priest of the Church of England, he has been Diocesan Director of Education at the diocese since 2013. The diocese is England’s second largest in terms of population and spans all of historic Essex and five East London boroughs. We currently support 139 Anglican schools with about 29,000 pupils, co-sponsor a UTC and operate a small nursery chain, Sparrows Childcare.

Before coming to Chelmsford Tim fulfilled a similar role for 15 years in Ely Diocese (Cambridgeshire, S. Peterborough and West

Norfolk). Previous roles have included university chaplaincy at the University of York; clergy and adult education in North Yorkshire; parish ministry in Tottenham and West Yorkshire. He trained as an English teacher before ordination over 30 years ago and taught for a short time in Trinidad. Tim grew up in a district of Salford and undertook his degree, PGCE and ordination training at Selwyn College and Westcott House in Cambridge. He has supported Liverpool Football Club and Lancashire County Cricket club for about 40 years and since moving to Essex has re-discovered the joys of playing acoustic blues guitar: sometimes helpful in grandparental duties.

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