Meet the Trustees

David Gilmour McLaren – Chair of the Trustees and Member

Committee Membership: Ex officio for Resources and Standards
Current Job: Retired

Now retired, David Gilmour, was Director of financial services adviser and an Insurance Broker.

John Dadge – Trustee

Committee Membership: Resources
Current Job: Chartered Town Planner

John Dadge is a chartered town planner specialising in commercial development. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a  former founding partner of East Anglian chartered surveyors practice at Barker Storey Matthews.  John currently acts as a planning and development consultant to the firm. He is chairman of Northborough Parish Council and his two children are former students of AMVC where he was a Governor for over 15 years. His particular areas of expertise in relation to his role as Trustee relates to all aspects of planning and development and facilities management.

Gary Dawkins – Trustee and Member

Committee Membership: Chair of Resources
Current Job: Retired after 38 years with BT
Gary was a primary school governor for a few years and then he became a secondary school governor since 1991. He retired as a Lead Consultant with BT, working in design of its networks. Gary holds a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering & Technology. 

Andrew Finding - Trustee

Committee Membership: Standards and Remuneration Committees
Current Job: Financial Control and Shared Services Director - Elliott Group Ltd
Andrew’s current role is heading up the accounting and property functions for Elliott Group Limited. He has held similar positions at a variety of businesses across several sectors and has extensive experience of financial, change and corporate governance management. For over five years Andrew was a Governor at a local Primary School where he chaired the Resources Committee. Andrew holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Paulina Ford - Trustee

Committee Membership: The Standards Committee
Current Job: Senior Democratic Services Officer, Peterborough City Council

Paulina has worked at Peterborough City Council since 2004 facilitating strong and effective democratic and governance functions within the Council to achieve statutory and constitutional compliance which includes supporting councillors to scrutinise the services of the council.  Prior to joining the council, she worked in the private sector in Financial Services in various roles including project management, recruitment and training and development. Paulina has over 20 years’ experience as a governor at secondary school level where she has chaired the Curriculum and Standards committee.

Sarah Humble - Trustee

Committee Membership: Standards
Current Job: Solicitor, Professional Support Lawyers at Hewitsons Solicitors LLP

Sarah has advised as a commercial property solicitor on a broad range of non-contentious real estate matters for the full range of clients from institutional investors to private individuals.  She has worked in both private practice and the public sector. Sarah has over 7 years  experience as a governor at secondary school level where she has chaired the Students and Safeguarding committe

Jonathan Theobalds - Trustee

Committee Membership: Vice Chair of Standards Committee
Current Job: Managing Director of Peterborough based Rivercircle

Jonathan holds previous experience of Chair of Governors at both primary and secondary level and in the past, has also been a Trustee of another Multi-Academy Trust.

David Whiles – Vice Chair of Trustees

Committee Membership: Standards 
Current Job: Retired
David is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager. He has extensive international experience in construction, the development of public health infrastructure and organisational change.