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
MRS TONI BURROWES-CROMWELL
Please see biography under Board of Directors
REV TIM ELBOURNE
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.
MR IAN WIGSTON
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 200