Our Trustee Board
Catherine has worked in business for 25 years, over 20 of which were with BP, and is currently the Deputy Chairman at Lakeland. She is also a faculty advisor and student mentor at Hull University where she studied Chemistry. This was followed by an MBA from the Ecole Européene des Affairs (ESCP) in Paris, Oxford and Berlin, and then an international career focused primarily on retail. She is passionate about people, whether customers, colleagues, family or friends and aims to made a positive difference with every interaction she has every day. She lives in Bedfordshire and has 2 teenage children.
Catherine was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2019.
Dean is the co-owner and Group Financial Director of a national construction group. He has 25 years of financial accounts experience as well as Honorary Treasurer for a number of voluntary organisations. He is an active business mentor for upcoming businesses.
Dean was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2020.
John started his career as a plastics engineer, before moving into education as a teacher at Leeds Inner City Comprehensive School. John is now Director of Sixth Form at a local independent school, as well as working extensively with the OCR/CIE (International) Examination Boards as a Principal and as a Schools Inspector with the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate).
John was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2020.
Clare started her career in the health and social care sector where she helped to support young people who were facing homelessness. Clare also has extensive experience of working with adults with behavioural and learning difficulties. Clare is a Governor of a local primary school and lives in the Bedfordshire area with her husband and three young children.
Clare was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2019.
Ginny has taught across the primary school sector, specialising in the younger age groups of Reception and Early Years. She was a Leading Maths Teacher in Cambridgeshire before taking on headship of a small rural lower school. Before retiring she became Head Teacher of an Outstanding Church School which had a focus on pupil well-being and Values Education. As a Local Leader of Education Ginny helped to support local schools and school leaders. Ginny lives in the Bedfordshire area and has 2 grown up children.
Ginny’s involvement with Making Me reflects her on-going belief in the importance of developing self-awareness and emotional resilience in young people. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2019.
Joanna began her professional career working as a Chartered Surveyor in the Bedfordshire area. For the past 20 years she has been Director of ‘Bostock’, a successful, Bedford based company offering First Aid training and medical supplies. Joanna has two teenage children and lives in the Bedford area. Joanna was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2018.
Simon is a Marketing, Operations and Strategy executive with extensive experience in the healthcare, financial services and telecoms sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Portsmouth and a former Governor of a local lower school. He lives in the Bedfordshire area with his two teenage children.
Simon was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2020.
Paul is a recently retired Management Consultant specialising in business strategy, supply and operations. Paul has extensive sector experience ranging from high end furniture and lighting to health. Paul has a PhD in forecasting and economics from the University of Nottingham and lives in North Bedfordshire close to his grown-up family.
Alexia is a nurse with over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS. Having trained and worked in London, she then went on to work in a number of acute hospitals in the South of England, before obtaining a senior post working in the Welsh Burns and Plastics Unit. Since then, she has worked in acute hospital management and commissioning, and is currently Deputy Director and Head of Primary Care at Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group. Alexia lives in the Bedford area and is the mother of one teenage son. Alexia was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2018.