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.
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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.