Trustees

ASDAN is privileged to be governed by a board of trustees who have a range of skills and experience across education and other professional backgrounds.

Rik Boxer, Chair

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Rik has held a number of senior leadership positions in local authority children's  services and has a specialist background in SEN and inclusion. He has a track record of improving outcomes for underachieving and vulnerable groups.

Brian Doidge, Vice-Chair

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Brian is Chair of the South West Regional Board and subject examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing, as well as a lecturer at Yeovil College and Chair of the Board of Governors at Barwick and Stoford Community Primary School. Brian is Vice-Chair of the trustees, and Chair of ASDAN's Performance, Audit, Risk and Compliance committee.

Peter Scholey, Vice-Chair

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Peter has wide experience as a leadership consultant for schools. His key area of expertise is the secondary education sector, having gained experience as headteacher of Wyvern Community Sports College, leading the Bristol Excellence in Cities partnership and educational strategy leadership in Bristol City Council. Peter provides valuable insight into the challenges of educational transformation and how to raise standards in schools. Peter was elected vice-chair of the board in 2018.

Asher’s particular focus is education, training and skills, specialising in post-16 education. Her varied background includes community development, diversity and socio-economic development of young people and black and minority ethnic communities. Asher has led several successful organisations and partnerships including roles on the Avon and Somerset Police’s Recruitment Advisory Board, Bristol Regeneration Partnership and she was also co-founder and chair of the Black Development Agency. She is currently Deputy Mayor of Bristol with responsibility for communities.

Marian is Vice Principal of St Brendan's Sixth Form College, Bristol, and a Director of the North Bristol Post-16 Centre. As well as bringing brings considerable invaluable experience of the post-16 sector to the board, Marian is also safeguarding lead.

Stephen is Content Strategy Director at Oxford University Press. Stephen provides considerable strength to the board's digital capabilities, supported by wider knowledge of the education sector.

For more than 20 years Victoria has been seeking to make a contribution to the lives and futures of children and young people in her community, South Gloucestershire and Bristol, the wider South. This has been in both an executive capacity in finance director roles in higher education, careers advisory services and independent schools, but also in a non-executive capacity in governance roles in schools and academies. 

Jemma is Head of HR Projects at Great Western Railway. She brings expertise at a senior level in relation to personnel, HR and employment law. In addition to her trustee role, Jemma also mentors ASDAN's Chair of Staff Forum.

Naeem is a Medical Lab Assistant at North Bristol NHS Trust and participant on Bristol City Council’s Stepping Up leadership development programme.

Paul has extensive experience as both Director and Assistant Director of Education and Skills in local government in the south west. He has served as a team inspector for Ofsted amd worked in secondary schools as a science teacher, middle and senior leader for over 20 years. Paul is a school improvement specialist, skilled convenor of partnerships and a leadership coach and mentor. He now works as an education consultant supporting individuals, schools, multi academy trusts and local government.

Linda's background is in secondary education. She has held several school leadership posts including headship and has also worked as a local authority adviser, School Improvement Partner, National Challenge Adviser and Ofsted Inspector. She currently works independently both inspecting and offering tailored support and advice to UK schools. She is a Curriculum Foundation associate working on assignments in the UK and overseas. Linda is committed to working with leaders to promote equality and equity and achieve the best outcomes for all learners.

Jack is the Managing Director at Computershare Communications Services, UK. His commercial expertise will support the board in strategic decision making, particularly in relation to sales and return on investment. Jack is the vice-chair of ASDAN's Performance, Audit, Risk and Compliance committee.

Chris' background is in senior roles within the food industry, he is a regional council member of the CBI and Chair of the Gloucester branch of the Institute of Directors. Chris has been involved in school and academy governance for over 20 years and is a council member of the Digitech Studio School.

Pauline is a former assistant Headteacher and SENCO, and is currently an education consultant with a strong track record of innovative and inclusive leadership and strategic development in schools across North Somerset, including implementing and embedding the SEN Code of Practice.