Toni is a management consultant and currently a Doctoral Candidate and Associate Lecturer (PT) 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. 


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.

Tony currently sits on a number of the Academy's sub-committees including Finance and Facilities which he chaired for a number of years before taking on the role of chair of the Pay & Personnel Committee.


Ann is a Qualified accountant (FCCA retired) and worked in the NHS for 40 years, 20 years in Director of Finance or equivalent posts at board level. Ann has experience of provider services (NHS trusts), commissioner services and strategic management (most recent appointment was a Director of Finance for NE London Strategic Health Authority). Familiar with structural change (10 different structural reorganisations during career) - ranging from consensus management, general management to purchaser/provider splits, directly managed units and NHS Trusts.

Ann’s responsibilities have extended beyond financial management to include (in different jobs) IT, Estates, Capital projects (including PFI), Contracting (as a provider), Commissioning, Performance management (A&E waiting times and Elective Waiting times), and Family Practitioner services and Ann also participated in risk management committees and audit committees.  Ann spent three years acting as professional adviser to RCN remuneration committee and was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and community in NE London.

Ann was also on the Governing Body at FBA with over 20 years’ experience as a school governor, including acting as Responsible Officer (Finance) and Vice Chair of governors. Part of a small governor group that worked on a school PFI project (resulting in consolidating the school onto a single site) and on a steering group overseeing conversion to academy status. Experience of dealing with school HR issues, including appointments, grievances and complaints.  Ann is retired but undertakes part time voluntary work in another local secondary school (mainly linked to SEND students). Ann is qualified as a level 2 LSA post retirement.


Fred is a Chartered Surveyor and has reached the highest level in his profession, being a Fellow of both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Chartered Institute of Building. He is also registered as an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineers Registration Board, an Associate Member of The Institute of Civil Engineers and a Member of The Chartered Management Institute. He has over forty years of experience as a construction professional and manager.

Fred is Head of Building Services at the London Borough of Redbridge where he has worked for over thirty years. His main role is overseeing schools’ major maintenance and new build. Recently, Fred has led the successful completion of two major secondary school expansions costing £36 million and the building of a new primary school costing £9 million.

 Fred has extensive experience as a school governor in Havering with over 25 years at Benhurst Primary School and Parklands Junior School and four years at Hall Mead Secondary School. Fred has also been the Chair of Governors at Benhurst for 23 years.

Other positions include being Honorary Construction Officer of The Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford and Vice-President of Upminster Cricket Club.


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.