Victoria Del Giudice, Trust Board Chair+
Victoria brings to the board a variety of experience from industry, including Finance, recruitment and business management. After taking a break from employment to raise her own two children Victoria felt she needed to put her skills to good use and made enquiries about joining the original Management Committee of the Pupil Referral Service (PRS). After a year as Parent Governor, supporting the PRS to move from maintained schools to academy status, she was elected Chair of the new Trust board.
Victoria’s passion and commitment to Ethos Academy Trust is driven by a desire to connect with people who want to share their expertise and passion with causes throughout Kirklees that need help to support the most vulnerable in our community. She actively seeks out opportunities to network and introduce charities, schools and the corporate world so that they work together for the benefit of all. Being part of shaping the future of education for those with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties is an honour and a privilege that Victoria doesn’t take lightly. She will strive to ensure that Ethos Academy Trust only enhances the opportunities open to those young people in Kirklees.
Brigid has been working in education for the past 37 years in a wide range of diverse educational establishments: independent and state funded, day and boarding, secondary and all through (3-18) schools. She is passionate about providing children and young people with the best possible educational opportunities and this has been reflected in her educational journey during the last 10 years.
Brigid was appointed as the first female Deputy Head at Batley Grammar School in 2006, prior to being appointed the first female Head in 2008. This appointment involved all strategic and operational aspects of the 3-18 school: strategic planning, educational, finance, staffing, secondary students and primary pupils, community links, administration, marketing and school developments. She was then appointed as Executive Principal at the school to work with the governors on the next phase of the school development and oversee MAT development and transition as the school became part of Batley Multi Academy Trust. She is now a member of the Batley Multi Academy Trust.
Prior to senior leadership, Brigid was Head of Science in a 3-18 school overseeing a £250K laboratory refurbishment and worked closely with the junior section of the school to develop a cross phase curriculum to ensure progression between years 6 and 7 and cross phase extra-curricular activities for all.
She has prior experience as a school inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, a team leader for AQA GCSE Science examining and was a strategic partner in the Huddersfield Horizon SCITT and a member of HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference). She had worked with the New School’ Network advising schools on becoming free schools.
Having now retired from education Brigid works part-time for the Diocese of Leeds supporting and coordinating their schools through their academy conversions.
Education and qualification: M.A. Educational Management, B.Sc. (Hons) Botany, Zoology and Psychology, Diploma in Physics Teaching, P.G.C.E.
Gillian has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream secondary schools in various leadership roles. As Deputy Head, she currently leads on SEND, inclusion and wellbeing at a local high school. Gillian is also chair of the North Kirklees Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative. Gillian has a great deal of experience around safeguarding and SEMH needs and has a particular interest in issues around attachment and Adverse Childhood Experiences. She has had a long connection with Ethos Academy Trust and knows the difference the organisation makes to the lives of our most vulnerable young people. As a school leader, Gillian is aware of the challenges faced by education currently and has experience of curriculum, HR and wider educational issues.
Alastair has spent his career working with children and young people in numerous roles, starting in residential care and for most of his life in the Education Welfare Service. He is a Social Worker by training and has broad experience and knowledge of the multiple factors that impact on the educational and life chances of children and young people. He has worked in the local community all his life and has extensive knowledge of the range of agencies that support families and young people.
In addition to his work role, he has been involved in various guises in a range of local organisations. He was vice-chair on the Trust Boards of both a local hospital and Primary Care Trust. Such roles provided broad experience of financial management, human resource issues, strategic management, governance and an opportunity to gain in-depth experience and training around mental health issues. He has also been a governor for a range of primary, special and high schools throughout his adult life and presently serves as vice-chair on the Governing Body of a local mainstream high school.
Having retired recently Alastair spends his time pursuing his passion for cycling, volunteering with a local charitable organisation, continuing his own education, being an active school governor, travelling and enjoying family and social life.
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