Our Board Members

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CEO of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.

Mike Parish is the Group CEO of Care UK and chairs its Health Care and Residential Care Services. Care UK is a provider of a range of clinical services for NHS patients, including much of the national 111 and primary care non-emergency service, primary care and mental health care in over 40 prisons as well as acute elective surgery and diagnostics in nine hospitals. Care UK also operates more than 120 care homes for older people, many as part of long term arrangements with local authorities.

Mike joined Care UK in 2001 following a long career with the National Freight Corporation, latterly know as Exel Logistics and now DHL. Mike was also a director and trustee of the NHS Confederation.

Mike has three adult children and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent. He enjoys the outdoors, sport and photography.

Gordon Jones is a qualified Chartered Accountant, he worked as a Finance Director in the City of London. On taking semi-retirement he became a governor at Thomas Gainsborough School, and has now been chair for three years. He has also been chair of the Suffolk Governors Forum and a member of the School’s Forum. In his business life he controlled and managed service companies as both client and provider.

In 2013 Gordon was elected to Suffolk County Council as the member for the Stamford division and was immediately appointed Deputy Portfolio Holder for CYP services. In the recent SCC reshuffle he was promoted to cabinet as the Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services. He also sits on the Suffolk Health and Well being Board, Suffolk Safeguarding Board, Layham Quarry Liaison Group and Tattingstone Quarry Liaison Group.

Paul works for The John Lewis Partnership as a Branch Manager for Waitrose, and as an internal Business, Leadership and Development, Mentor and Life coach, a role he also fulfils externally. He is currently working with British Airways, BBC, Deloitte, GSK, MasterCard and The Civil Service, collaborating on a cross business coaching and development offer.

Paul is also Vice Chair of HBAC, Huntingdon Business Against Crime, and works with offenders at Peterborough and Bronzefield prisons, delivering employability skills to groups close to release.

Paul has two children and became a governor and subsequently Chair of Governors at Newmarket Academy following the most recent Ofsted visit, restructuring the body to ensure the correct amount of both challenge and support are delivered consistently. Paul also sits as a Director on the SWMAT board., and is a member of the Personnel Committee.

A civil servant for over 20 years, Ian has worked on policy development and delivery across a number of departmental agendas, including Home Office, Communities and Local Government and Education. He has held roles within the Department for Education include Free Schools policy and implementation, Education Funding Agency oversight of the academies programme, and more recently, supporting the Regional Schools Commissioner for the East of England and North East London. This work has enabled him to develop skills and experience in financial management, legal frameworks and governance. Outside of work he has a keen interest in music and sport.