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Members & Trustees

C.I.T - Community Inclusive Trust. Where learning comes first

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Meet our Members

Sandy Paley


Experienced in teaching, leadership, governance, MAT budget management and HR, Sandy is currently the Head of School for a large Outstanding Secondary School in Nottinghamshire. Sandy is passionate about improving the education and welfare of young people and supports the vision of C.I.T. Sandy contributes to the development of our strategy, whilst supporting the monitoring of the delivery of our vision.

Jonathan Jackson


Jonathan is educated in business to Master’s level and has worked in both multinational companies and start up businesses as Managing Director. His experience of working with schools is through actively supporting two Primary School Breakfast Clubs and also volunteered for LEBC’s School Event’s Programme. Jonathan is keen to volunteer his skills in an effective way to support education in the community and to support C.I.T and the Trustees to achieve their objectives and build on the success to date.

Paul Boucher


Paul was Chair of the Trust Board from its fruition in 2014, through to 2019. Having a strong commitment to furthering the education and welfare of children and young people in Lincolnshire, Paul has huge experience in maintaining Outstanding Schools. Paul works for Lincolnshire County Council producing directories of provision for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their parents.

Isabel Burford


Isabel lives and works at Hungerton, managing a small country estate bought by her grandparents almost a hundred years ago. It is here that GANF Schools have their Forest School and it gives Isabel huge pleasure to hear the benefits this provides to the pupils who visit. She especially loves lambing time when the pupils can see the new born lambs and enjoy being so close to them. A keen photographer, Isabel says she is hugely blessed with what she has and loves being able to share it with others.

Meet our Trustees

Stephen Hopkins

Chair of the Trust Board – Trustee

Stephen is an Educational professional with 40 years’ experience as a teacher, Headteacher, LA adviser, Ofsted Inspector, DfE Civil Servant, and Educational Consultant. He is also a Governance professional with experience as a Governor, Academy Chair, MAT Chair, Chair of IEB, and Governance Consultant working for the National Governance Association.
As a Trustee, Stephen is charged with the responsibility of seeking – on behalf of parents and stakeholders – assurance linked to the quality of provision provided by the schools within the Trust and the use of public funds to the best effect.

Kathryn Goodman


Having spent a lot of her career in the delivery of Welfare Services, Kathryn saw first-hand what can happen when young people fail to get the support and education they need at an early age. Kathryn joined the Trust Board to help ensure that our young people are given the best possible start in life, are encouraged to do well and realise their potential. Kathryn also supports the Trust with her experience in business and commerce, and HR.

Dr Rachael Sharpe


Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Lincoln, working on teacher training and education programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. With extensive experience on funded educational research projects at national and international level, Rachael is committed to developing quality education to ensure every child within the Trust reaches their full potential. 

Bryan Steele


 An internationally experienced Executive Board Advisor, Trustee and Non-Executive, Bryan has expertise in applying Information Technology in forward-thinking organisations and in GDPR compliance; both complemented by a strong commercial awareness.
Having worked in several industry sectors as well as voluntary and charity, Bryan feels he has the necessary skills to provide strategic input and sound operational oversight.

Jo Slesser


Jo is a qualified teacher with a dedication to ensuring all Children and Young People with additional needs or disabilities have the same opportunities as their peers. She has over 10 years of experience of school and academy governance, as both Chair of a primary federation and as the Chair of Governors for a local grammar school. She also sits on the Lincolnshire School Forum as a Secondary Academy Representative. 

Kim-Adele Platts


Kim-Adele is the founder of a Leadership Development/Coaching and Interim Management Consultancy practice, specialising in empowering Board level leaders to CONNECT to their purpose, INTEGRATE with their values, and EVOLVE to their potential.
Having worked at Board level for more than 2 decades, Kim-Adele specialises in cultural/organisational transformation for major global organisations. She has designed leadership development programmes for senior executives to achieve superior results.

Helen Drew-Bradley


Helen is a business professional with over 25 years experience in senior financial positions in public, private and third sector organisations. She has over 15 years of extensive board experience driving strategy and business development. She has previously chaired the Trustee Board of a wildlife charity in the South West and currently sits on the East Midlands Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee and is a member of the Policy & Governance Subcommittee. Helen strongly believes that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and that first-class education and care are key to making that happen.

Julia Lindley-Baker


Dr Julia Lindley-Baker coordinates and teaches on undergraduate programmes in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) at Bishop Grosseteste University.
Having originally trained as a special needs teacher with a primary age focus, she has taught and held senior leadership positions in a range of different settings, always with a special education focus.
Julia joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010, following ten years as Vice Principal of a special educational needs college. She also has extensive experience of delivering (locally, nationally and internationally) inset and CPD for teachers and teaching assistants.

Keith Stanton


Keith is the Managing Director of Votive Leadership Development Consultancy Ltd, an organisation he founded in 2006. Over the years he has had the privilege to work with a wide spectrum of blue-chip organisations in both the private and public sector, throughout the world, helping teams and individuals to release greater levels of their potential through a clear focus on the human element of leadership. His work has also led him to work with a number of elite sports teams and individuals. Keith hopes that the experience he has gained over his many years operating in this field will be of value to the Trust. 

Matthew Fanthorpe


Matthew has worked in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. He has been fortunate in his career to have stints overseas working in France, Australia, Denmark and the USA. With a passion for food development he works for Various Eateries as Culinary Director, (which completed an IPO in 2020), with a growing portfolio of restaurants in the UK. Experienced in operations, team building and development, budgets, logistics, new site openings and Health and Safety, Matthew is excited to be a Trustee with C.I.T and use his skills and experiences to support  the Trust.

Ana Hendrickson

Company Secretary & Clerk to the Trust Board

Ana has worked in education for many years within administration and clerking in both Primary and Special schools, with 12 years spent in England and prior to that, working in a Service School in Germany. Ana also has experience working within industries such as textiles, building, entertainment and leisure.
To contact the Trust Board, please email Ana in the first instance: ana.hendrickson@citacademies.co.uk

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