Ann Smart OBE

Ann is Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) who worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for 40 years.  For 20 of these, she was a Director of Finance or held equivalent posts at board level.  Ann has experience of working in provider services (NHS trusts), commissioner services and strategic management, most recently having been appointed as a Director of Finance for the North East London Strategic Health Authority.  She is familiar with structural change, having supported 10 re-organisations during her career.  Ann’s responsibilities have extended beyond financial management to include information and communications technology, estates, capital projects (including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI)), contracting (as a provider), commissioning, performance management and family practitioner services.  Ann has also participated in risk management committees and audit committees, and spent three years acting as professional adviser to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) remuneration committee.  She was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and community in north east London.

Ann sat on the Governing Body at Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls in Havering until 2017 and has over 20 years’ experience as a school governor, including acting as Responsible Officer (Finance) and Vice-Chair of Governors at FBA.  She was part of a small governor group at the school that worked on a school PFI project to consolidate the premises onto a single site, and she was on a steering group overseeing conversion to academy status.  She has experience of dealing with school human resource (HR) issues, including appointments and staff grievances.


Tony Morgan

Tony worked for a major UK clearing bank for 31 years, obtaining a Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) Diploma and rose to the position of Senior Business Manager.  He has experience in analysing business plans and lending propositions, and in arranging finance for business customers.  Tony spent two 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 three- year secondment to the Inter Bank Research Organisation, which was a consulting ’think tank’ funded by all of the UK clearing banks.  He 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 United Kingdom.

Tony is a manager of the Witness Service at Romford Magistrates' Court, where he leads a team responsible for supporting witnesses through the criminal justice system process, with particular emphasis on the giving of evidence at a criminal trial. 

Tony joined the Governing Body of Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls in Havering 20 years ago, initially as a parent governor, then a community governor and subsequently as a partnership governor.  He has been a member of several working parties, including a small group looking at a PFI project to merge the two previous school sites onto the one site that the academy now occupies.

Tony sits on a number of the academy's sub-committees, including Finance and Facilities, that he chaired for a number of years.


Toni Burrowes Cromwell

Toni is a management consultant and a Doctoral Researcher and Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK) at Manchester Metropolitan University.  As the former International Director of one of the UK’s largest non-government organisations (NGOs), she has specialist experience in social development policy reviews, national programme management, including child-care and safeguarding protocols, and young people’s participation.  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 (Canadian International Development Agency, 2005).  As a former Consultant Coordinator to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (Eastern Caribbean), Toni has worked extensively with international donors, including the Department for International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Organisation of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank.  Her most recent work on youth enterprise and non-formal learning in the UK was included in a European Union-funded (Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities) publication (2014).  Toni is accustomed to cross-cultural settings and maintains an active research interest in relational

business models and youth enterprise.


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, specialising in education for most of that time.  He was inspired to establish Bright Field Consulting having secured a reputation for originality and innovation across a range of client projects.  These included the Innovation Unit at the then Department for Education and Skills, Odyssey Charter School, the Learning Schools Trust and Woodard Corporation.

Ian 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.  He has a BA(Econ) from Nottingham University, an MBA from Henley Management College and he is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005.


Fred Steel

Fred is a chartered surveyor who has reached the highest level in his profession, being elected a Fellow of both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of The Chartered Institute of Building.  He is also a 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 works as a building consultant and, before this, he was employed as Head of Building Services at a London Borough where he worked for over thirty years.  During this time, one of his major roles was dealing with schools’ new-build and major maintenance.

Fred has extensive experience as a school governor in Havering and has served for twenty-nine years at Benhurst Primary School in Havering.  He also served for over twenty-five years at Parklands Junior School, and for four years at Hall Mead Secondary School, both in Havering.  Fred has been the Chair of Governors at Benhurst for 25 years.