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.

Jon is a very experienced business and management consultant from a strong project management background. His recent work has involved acting both as a Senior Project Manager for a new Free Schools in Suffolk, Wigan, Swanage, Bexley and Oxford. In addition, Jon has recently worked for PKF as a senior project manager working on a number of sponsored academy projects (primary and secondary). Jon has previously worked for Cambridge Education and as a Project Director for Oasis Community Learning (a leading multi-academy sponsor). These roles have demanded the overseeing of a number of complex education projects and Jon has led initiatives for efficiency improvement and sustainable operations in these roles. His previous school project experience has involved merger scenarios, PFI schemes, complex land transfer arrangements and accelerated projects. His work on Free Schools, UTCs sponsored academies, along with the feasibility, implementation and development of refurbishment and new build projects through BSF and National Framework contracts ensures Jon has a wide range of experiences applicable to projects and in the context of the role to work with a growing MAT.

Since becoming a consultant in 2007, Jon continues his real passion for Enterprise and takes an active involvement in working with Start-Up businesses, Social Enterprise and Community Interest Companies. Jon has trained over 4000 delegates in business planning, marketing, sales and business development since 2007. Prior to working on Academy projects in 2006, Jon had a successful career with the London Development Agency and is well versed in regeneration as well as having an Aerospace and Automotive manufacturing background.

Chair of Governors Samuel Ward Academy.

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.