Our Board Members

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Chair of Governors Samuel Ward Academy.

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.

Tim has been a school governor in schools for around 10 years; first at St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudury, and then Thomas Gainsborough School for the past three years. He joined the board of the SWMAT at the end of 2014.

Tim is a partner in a local law firm, Birkett Long, where he specialises in employment law. He qualified in 1996, joined the firm two years later, and subsequently became a partner in 2000. Tim believes that his background in law is an ‘invaluable tool’ in grappling with the role of school governer.

As a local, born just the other side of Cambridge, Tim currently lives in Sudbury with his wife Jose and their four children (one who has now left the TGS, one who is still there, one who is joining this year, and another yet to come!). In addition, the family keep 12 chickens, 2 gerbils and a dog; although, Tim states “None of them are likely to test the TGS admission policy!”.

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.

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.