Members


    Bishop Trevor Wilmott

Bishop Trevor was 'given the gift of faith' as a teenager by an inspiring Christian family, and studied for ordained ministry at Cambridge after a first degree at St Peter's College, Oxford. Following his curacy in St Alban's Diocese, Bishop Trevor's ministry took him to Oslo and Naples and he later became Officiating Chaplain to H.M. and American Forces in Southern Europe. After returning to the UK, Bishop Trevor worked as the Diocesan Director of Post Ordination Training and later became Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral. In 2002 Bishop Trevor was consecrated as the suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke. During his seven years in post, Bishop Trevor took the lead in the areas of social reform, criminal justice and rural affairs. He was also a founding Trustee of the two social welfare charities. Bishop Trevor has many national church responsibilities and was elected to the Upper House of the Convocation in the Province of Canterbury in 2005 and is a member of the Business Committee of the Church of England's General Synod. As the current Bishop of Dover, Trevor has oversight for Canterbury Diocese which stretches from Maidstone southwards and includes the Weald, Romney Marsh, Ashford, Dover, Thanet, Faversham, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey and includes 288 parish churches. Bishop Trevor is married to Margaret, who works as a school finance consultant. They have one grown up daughter, Elizabeth, a hydrographer. Bishop Trevor describes himself as 'a real foodie who enjoys cooking'. His other interests include gardening, rugby and cricket.

 
    Rev. John Richardson

John is currently Vicar of Holy Trinity Margate. He has been a priest in the Church of England since 1975 and during that time has served for over forty years as a school governor in primary, junior, secondary, grammar and independent schools across the dioceses of Southwell, Salisbury, Bath and Wells, Bradford and Canterbury separately as a foundation and local authority governor. He made his maiden speech in the General Synod of the Church of England in 2000 in response to the changing culture of Faith Schools particularly in inner city inter faith communities. He chaired one of the first Academies in the UK in Bradford in the late 1990s and consequently was the keynote speaker at the national Head Teachers Conference in Torquay in 2000.As a member of the Archbishop's Council in Canterbury Diocese John joined the Diocesan Board of Education in 2013, and from 2014 was appointed as a Trustee and a Member as the first Chair of Aquila. He also is the Vice Chair of DCACL, the Diocese of Canterbury's Academy Sponsoring Body. He is married to Sue who has just retired after 43 years as a teacher of special needs pupils.

 
    Dr John Moss


Trustees


    Rev. John Richardson

John is currently Vicar of Holy Trinity Margate. He has been a priest in the Church of England since 1975 and during that time has served for over forty years as a school governor in primary, junior, secondary, grammar and independent schools across the dioceses of Southwell, Salisbury, Bath and Wells, Bradford and Canterbury separately as a foundation and local authority governor. He made his maiden speech in the General Synod of the Church of England in 2000 in response to the changing culture of Faith Schools particularly in inner city inter faith communities. He chaired one of the first Academies in the UK in Bradford in the late 1990s and consequently was the keynote speaker at the national Head Teachers Conference in Torquay in 2000.As a member of the Archbishop's Council in Canterbury Diocese John joined the Diocesan Board of Education in 2013, and from 2014 was appointed as a Trustee and a Member as the first Chair of Aquila. He also is the Vice Chair of DCACL, the Diocese of Canterbury's Academy Sponsoring Body. He is married to Sue who has just retired after 43 years as a teacher of special needs pupils.

 
    Mr Quentin Roper

Quentin is Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury. He leads a team of officers, staff and consultants that keeps ministry with children and young people at its heart, relating to them through parishes, families and the 103 church schools within the diocese. He studied Education at Durham University, graduating with a BA(Ed) Hons. degree in 1991, and has since completed an MA in Leadership and Management for Learning at Christ Church, becoming an Erasmus Scholar following participation in the Erasmus International Programme ‘Inclusive Education in Europe’ at the University of Oslo. Quentin was brought up in Norfolk, where his early career as a teacher encompassed both independent and maintained schools. On moving to Kent with his family, he undertook senior leadership roles in primary schools in Tonbridge, including an instructive period as an Acting Headteacher. He was Headteacher at Herne CE (Aided) Junior School for almost eight years until 2012, qualified as a church schools’ inspector and enjoys being a member of two local school governing bodies. He is eager to ensure that colleagues and Church of England schools are at the forefront of educational research and enquiry, an objective enhanced and inspired through a close partnership with the University’s Faculty of Education and NICER.

 
    Mr John McParland, BD PGCE MA NPHQ

John McParland was appointed a Trustee of Aquila at its incorporation in 2014. John studied Philosophy and Theology at the National University of Ireland, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He completed his PGCE at the University of London, Goldsmiths College and undertook a Masters Degree in Educational Management at The Open University. In his teaching career he taught in schools in Essex, Hampshire, Surrey and London. John was Head of the Philosophy and Theology Department at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow before taking up the Deputy Headship of All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham, Surrey. In 2001 John was appointed Headteacher of St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone, Kent and in 2010 he was appointed Principal of The John Wallis Church of England Academy in Ashford, Kent.

 
    Mrs Jo Hygate

Jo is the Executive Headteacher of Kingsdown, Ringwould Church of England School and Temple Ewell Church of England Primary Academy. She has been a Trustee of the MAT since the very beginning, due to her leadership of Temple Ewell. Jo is also a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and a Pupil Premium Reviewer, both roles are commissioned by the Local Authority to support local schools. She brings to the Board over 20 years of experience in Primary Education.

 
    Mr Graham Birrell

Graham has been a Trustee of Aquila since September 2014. Graham has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University for over twelve years as a Senior Lecturer in Education, specialising in initial teacher education and in the development of partnerships. Prior to this he was a primary school teacher in East Kent. Graham is particularly interested in values based approaches to education and in how these can be observed and enacted for the benefit of the whole school community. He is currently working on a doctorate on education, specialising in education policy, so also brings knowledge and expertise in current government policies and their effects on the school system.

 
    Mrs Hayley Porter-Alset

Hayley is a qualified accountant originally trained in Industry. She joined the Local Authority in 2007 as a Business and Finance Manager for an Education Trading Arm (formerly Advisory Services Kent) and developed an interest in Education. Hayley joined The John Wallis Academy in 2011 as the Director of Finance & Operations and has been involved with Aquila since its incorporation in 2014. She is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee in addition to the Audit and Risk Committee and provides support in terms of Finance, HR and Procurement.

 
    Mrs Lorna Priddle

Lorna joined the Board as a Trustee in December 2015. As a recently retired Executive Headteacher in Kent, Lorna also has her own company which supports school improvement and raising standards of achievement to academies within our Trust. Lorna has the ability to transform failing schools into higher performers and in January 2014 her Infant school gained its third outstanding OFSTED in seven years. As a National Leader of Education (NLE) for 7 years, she has collaborated with schools across Kent, Sussex and Surrey to improve standards of achievement and attainment. Lorna has a high level of competence in interpreting data, the ability to hold challenging conversations with leaders in vulnerable schools, to conduct work scrutiny and lesson observations and be able to change a culture in a school to one of positivity and success. She has met with the DfE and the previous Secretary of State, Michael Gove, with respect to raising standards nationally and educational policy. In 2012 Lorna completed the Pacific Institute facilitator training programme, an initiative by Kent to deliver a world class programme for coaching and mentoring leaders in education.

 
 
    Ms Samantha Page

Samantha joined Aquila as a Non-Executive Trustee in early 2015. She brings experience to the board of Risk Management and Mitigation from many years working in Financial Services in global Investment Banks. Currently, Samantha is running a team at the Financial Conduct Authority in the Wholesale Bank Supervision Division. Her professional qualifications are as an Equity Fund Manager and she has spoken at a number of international conferences on the regulatory themes and impacts post the credit crisis, particularly focusing on the impact for clients. In addition, she has been a regular participant at round tables in Brussels for MEPs and in Westminster for HMRT.

 
    Mr David Race

David Race joined the Board in January 2016 as a Non-Executive Trustee. David is a retired solicitor who specialised in major construction and engineering projects work in the UK and overseas. In the past he has served on the boards of a number of charities including The Samaritans and Mildmay Mission Hospital. He is currently a Director and Trustee of The Norton Knatchbull grammar school in Ashford.

 
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