Our Board of Directors
Trustees Term of Office
Ian Franklin (Chair) 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021
Andrew Brodie (Vice Chair/Chair of Resources Committee) 13/07/2018 – 12/07/2022
Phil Webster (CEO) 01/09/2017
Richard Amery 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021
Roger Owen (Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee) 08/05/2018 - 07/05/2022
Sue Forman 06/01/2020 - 05/01/2024
John Buck 14/07/2020 - 13/07/2024
Lee Parker 02/02/2021 - 01/02/2025
Clerk to the Trust Board Penny Parkin
Ian Franklin (Chair of Trust)
Before Ian retired his career was in IT Support. In the late 1980s he and two colleagues performed a Management Buyout of the company they worked for. In 1999 he left that company and set up his own IT Support company within which he led worked for 20 years. Alongside his work he became a school governor in New Bradwell School and was elected Chair of Governors in 1993, a post he held until 2017 when he stood down to become Chair of the Grand Union Partnership Trust board. During his time as New Bradwell School Chair of Governors he helped the school achieve Foundation Status and went through three Ofsted Inspections. He also led the recruitment process culminating in the appointment of current Headteacher at New Bradwell and CEO of the Trust, Phil Webster.
Andrew Brodie (Vice Chair)
HR professional with over 25 years experience including a decade at Board level as a Director. Andrew is currently a Board Director for Avara Foods, a leading UK food business with turnover of £1bn and over 7000 people. His qualifications include First degree in History, diploma in HR Management and MSc in Strategy and Organisational Performance from Cranfield. He has significant experience of leading the people agenda, driving transformational change, coordinating external communications and media contact, leading large multi-location teams, setting strategic direction and managing integration and acquisition - which he has been involved in on several occasions. He has welcomed the opportunity to contribute as Vice Chair of the Trust having joined the Board last year when he managed a process where the school he was Chair of Governors joined the trust. He is looking forward to supporting the trust with his expertise and advice as it grows and flourishes in the next few years.
Phil Webster (CEO)
Phil has been the Headteacher at New Bradwell School for 13 years, leading the school from satisfactory to outstanding during his first 4 years at the school. Under his leadership New Bradwell has both grown (expanding from a two form to three form entry) and continued to evolve and enrich the broad curriculum it offers and the way that it meets the diverse needs of children (with significant growth in the department that it runs for children with autism). He was instrumental in the formation of the Grand Union Partnership and working with the initial members and trustees to establish the Trust.
As a National Leader of Education (NLE) he has supported six schools in the local area (MK and South Northants), working with them to secure school improvement. Phil’s work has encouraged the school teams he has worked with to reflect on their practice and improve the outcomes that children in these schools achieve and the richness of the curriculum experiences that they access.
Richard Amery (Trustee and Chair of New Bradwell Local Governing Board)
Richard is chair of governors at New Bradwell school (NBS). He has been a governor there since the eighties, serving on various committees and as vice chair for several years. When NBS converted to an academy and formed a MAT in September 2017, He became a trustee of the MAT, and was elected as chair of the Local Governing body at NBS.
His two children attended New Bradwell school in the eighties. One with a statement for specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) who went on to achieve a BA at university. Richard’s wife worked at the school in various roles for many years including as a TA. He is a retired building services electrical design engineer, having been responsible for teams of M&E engineers designing and supervising large systems for public buildings. Since becoming chair, he successfully undertook the NGA nine-month leading governance for schools’ course. He has also taken up many training opportunities with MKPDC, the NSPCC and in-house courses organised by the school and the trust.
New Bradwell school converted from a maintained to a foundation school when the opportunity arose in the nineties, the governing body then being responsible for its own finance, the site and buildings. Over the years the governing body have extended the school buildings several times using their own and LA funding.
Governance for schools has changed significantly in the last ten years or so. Governors and Trustees are doing their part in leading the schools that they are all very proud of, and to support the dedicated staff. The GUP trust was formed to be able to link with like-minded, child centred schools, to share and develop quality education, to expand opportunities for the staff and to obtain economies of scale. There have been successes already.
Roger is a retired secondary school teacher. He began teaching science at Castle Vale Comprehensive School in Birmingham in 1970 and then moved to Milton Keynes in 1979. His first contract in Bucks was as the science teacher for a ‘School/Industry Liaison Initiative’ in which teachers across the county (including MK) were released for two-or-three week periods to an area of industry of their choice. At various stages during his career he was Head of Department for Chemistry and then Science, and his main teaching role eventually concentrated around GCSE and A-level Physics and Chemistry at which time he was also the school’s Examination Officer and responsible for the administration of all internal and external examinations. On leaving teaching in 2005 he worked part-time on the checkouts at Morrison’s in Westcroft.
His initial experience of governance was as a Teacher Governor at Denbigh School in Bletchley. Since then he has been a Governor at the Bridge Partnership of Holmwood and Ashbrook schools, and currently he is a Trustee at the GUP. The experience of being involved in primary governorship has highlighted the differences between teaching primary children compared with secondary pupils. He sees the wide range of perpetually evolving expectations placed on teachers at the primary level and has huge respect for the degree of professionalism, experience and expertise required to provide children with the care and opportunities that enable them to access learning experiences that lay a strong foundation for their wellbeing, progress and future success.
Milton Keynes and the surrounding area has been Sue’s home for most of her adult life. Sue strongly believes that every child should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability and in the role and responsibility of a School/Trust in equipping them with skills for life in a rich, inclusive and safe learning environment whilst preparing them for the next stage of their journey in life.
Now retired from full time employment, Sue brings a range of knowledge and experience to her Trustee role through working for over 25 years in the education world: Teaching (mainly Adult Education, Further Education, some Middle School experience) but she also worked in the Primary and Secondary educational publishing sector where her roles included those of Sales Manager, Project manager (CRM system), Event Manager.
Throughout her adult life Sue has been involved in various voluntary roles including the role of Governor in a Primary School for 11 years with responsibility for the following at various times: Committees - Chair of Curriculum/Performance and Personnel, Lead Governor for Safeguarding, English, Assessment and SEND, Vice Chair and subsequently Chair of Governors.
As a Trustee and part of the GUP team since April 2020, Sue is a proactive member of the Trust Board and seeks to be involved in the Trust in the current format and in the strategic planning for the future offering support and challenge in this rapidly changing educational environment.
John became a trustee in 2020 and is currently link trustee for SEN and Pupil Premium. After graduating in Economics, he worked for thirty-four years in financial services, carrying out a range of roles in bond trading, and risk and valuation control for leading global banks. Through his company's Corporate Social Responsibility programme, he supported the work of two charities in the education sector, providing mentoring to members of the management team of three London state secondary schools and mentoring for Into University, which aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
After retiring in 2016, John served as a co-opted governor at the Stockwood Park academy for three and a half years, holding various positions including pupil premium governor, safeguarding governor and was latterly Chair.
He has four adult children, who were educated within the state sector in Harpenden and St Albans, and then went on to complete degrees successfully at Russell Group universities and so John appreciates the role of education in broadening opportunity and perspective.
He sees the trustee role as an ideal opportunity to apply my skills and experience to the benefit of the primary schools within the trust, and the communities they serve.
Lee has worked in education marketing roles for over 15 years, mostly within the further education sector but also for a qualification and membership organisation.
Over this time he has gained experience of various aspects of marketing and communications, from campaigns to events, digital marketing to website creation. His current role as Director of Marketing & Communications for MK College sees him lead on strategy, customer experience and reputation, PR and comms.
Lee has only recently joined the Grand Union Partnership as a Trustee but is looking forward to helping to drive the Trust towards its ambitious aims.