The Morris Education Trust became formally constituted as a Multi-Academy Trust on 31 October 2016. The Trust has been built on the principles and ethos of Impington Village College, and is looking for partners who wish to be part of an ethical Trust built on the values of a Village College.
Henry Morris was the Chief Education Officer for Cambridgeshire from the 1920s up to the 1950s. It was his memorandum written in 1925 that laid the foundation for the village colleges. In this piece, Morris writes that ‘The village college could lie athwart the daily lives of the community it served; and in it the conditions would be realised under which education would not be an escape from reality, but an enrichment and transformation of it. For education is committed to the view that the ideal order and the actual order can ultimately be made one’. We believe the Trust seeks to do the same – enrich and transform the lives of students and pupils who come to the schools.
In April 2017 Witchford Village College joined the Trust family and in November 2017, the Morris Teaching School Alliance (MTSA) was established. We have been granted permission by the DfE to build a Special Free School for children with autism, The Cavendish School, which is due to open in September 2021.
The Trust has been approved as a sponsor which means it can incorporate schools or academies into the Trust that have been identified by the Department for Education as needing support.
The Morris Education Trust was legally formed by five founding Members who represent the existing school communities. They meet as a minimum once a year to appoint Trustees and to ensure the Trust is still fulfilling its Articles. The current Members are:
- Dr Huw Jones
- Julian Mellor
- Hildegard O’Kane
- Martin Rigby
The Board of Trustees are appointed by the Members to oversee the development and operation of the Trust. The Trustees meet monthly to set the direction for the Trust, hold the CEO to account and to ensure financial probity. The current Trustees are:
- Robert Campbell (CEO) – Robert Campbell is CEO of the Morris Education Trust. Originally an English teacher, he was Vice-Principal at Witchford Village College before moving to the headship of a large secondary school in the North East. In 2007, he became Principal of Impington Village College (IVC) and its Executive Principal in January 2016, before being appointed as CEO of MET that October. He is a National Leader of Education, in recognition of his impact at IVC and in work supporting other schools. He has recently served as Interim Head of Burwell Village College Primary School. He is also a National Executive member of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and chairs its Secondary Council and is one of the founding members of the Headteachers’ Roundtable (the ‘Twitter’-based think-tank).
- Joanne Garner – Joanne Garner has over 20 years of experience as a senior finance professional, developing strategic business planning, streamlining operations and delivering strict financial oversight. She is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Leadership and Management and Institute of Directors. As part of her wider commitment to the community, she has previously served as a local Parish Councillor as well as providing financial and strategic management skills to the board of the Morris Education Trust.
- David Jenkins – David Jenkins joined the governing body of Impington Village College in 2006 before becoming a Trustee of the Morris Education Trust in 2016 where he is the link trustee for The Cavendish School. He is a member of Histon & Impington Parish council, which he chaired between 2013 and 2017, and has been a county councillor since 2006. David is now semi-retired after a career in industry where he had executive and non-executive director positions in both public and private sector organisations. He is now a business coach helping the owners and directors of small and medium sized enterprises to run their businesses well.
- Martin Rigby (chairman) – Martin Rigby is chairman of the Morris Education Trust and was previously a governor of Impington Village College. He is a director of a venture fund management business investing in high growth technology businesses and serves as non-executive director of a number of public and private companies. He was previously a regular army officer.
- Professor Alan Rodger – Alan Rodger has a long association with the Morris Education Trust, previously as a parent governor for Impington Village College and now as a MET Trustee and member of the Audit Committee as well as the link trustee with Witchford Village College. He is vice chairman of the Cambridgeshire Schools Forum, which provides advice to the Local Authority on the distribution of DfE funding to schools in the county, and a member of the Cambridgeshire Governor Advisory Panel. Alan, who retired in 2013, had a long career with British Antarctic Survey (BAS); roles included electronics technician, research scientist, chief scientist and Director. He now runs a small environment consultancy.
- Keith Thomson – Keith Thomson is an experienced business leader and professional engineer and for the last 13 years has been responsible for HR in a FTSE250 company and a member of the Group’s Executive Team with oversight of recruitment, training and development, succession planning and resourcing and retention. Keith developed his interest in education through leading his company’s schools outreach programme and involvement with STEM programmes. He has been a member of the Employment Policy & Skills Committee of the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and the Business & Industry Panel of EngineeringUK. Along with his general management experience he adds value to MET through his skills and insights in human resources strategy and practice.
- Victoria Stubbs – Victoria Stubbs is an experienced compliance and risk professional, working mainly in the finance sector. She is currently a director of a high profile local financial services organisation with responsibility for designing and implementing a risk management framework, strategy development, and managing the provision of legal services and internal audit. Victoria also speaks at conferences on risk management. Her skills acquired from a highly regulated industry help ensure MET is meeting its obligations and furthering its vision in the most effective way.
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