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Godmanchester Community Education Trust

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The Godmanchester Community Education Trust is formed of people who have a commitment to learning and improving the education provision for the children of Godmanchester.

Trust Members:

Steven Penman - Trust Member

 Appointed as a Trust Member in June 17, previously acted for many years as a local governor.

Paul Askew - Trust Member

Paul has been a local school governor since 2002, and a Trust member since 2015.  During that time Paul’s been part of the team leading the school’s transition to an Academy and then the Multi-Academy Trust.

An experienced national public sector manager and government regulator, Paul’s specialisms are in performance, strategy and governance.  That experience is across a range of sectors including policing, housing and education.   "

Rob Bridge - Trust Member

CEO of Welwyn & Hatfield Council, Rob was initially a Board member and was subsequently appointed as a Trust Member in June 2017.

John Hladkiwskyj - Trust Member

A parent & local governor for Godmanchester Community Academy for many years, John was appointed as a Trust Member in June 2017.  John is Managing Director of a clinical research organisation and is also involved with other community ventures including local sea scouts.

Board of Directors:

Phil Mackay - Chairperson of the Board of Directors 

Phil is Chair of the Board of Governors and was a Local Governing Body member from 2007 to 2015. He has a keen interest in the provision of exceptional and exciting primary and secondary education.

Phil is the Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union, with responsibility for organisational strategy, company and charity administration and governance. 

Eleanor Deem - Vice Chairperson Board of Directors 

Eleanor was a Community Governor from April 2013 until stepping down as a Local Governing Body member in 2015 to focus on her role on the Board of Directors. She currently chairs the People & Policies Committee.

Eleanor is an experienced HR consultant, owner of two businesses and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has extensive experience advising business owners on employment law, contracts and policies and people management issues.


Teresa Hicks - Board of Directors

Teresa is Head of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships, Volunteer Fundraising for Cancer Research UK. She has over 14 years commercial marketing & sales experience both in the private and charity sector. She has extensive experience of operating at a senior level in large and complex organisations.

 Justin Morris - Board of Directors

Director of Marketing and Digital Engagement for Wood Green Animals Charity, Justin has thirteen years’ experience of managing digital marketing and communications for a diverse range of organisations.

Ariel Tang - Board of Directors 

Ariel is Financial Controller, Europe & UK for Travelex.

A diligent, conscientious and self-motivated Finance Controller with 10 years post qualification experience, she has a proven track record of managing teams, and facilitating changes and continuous process improvements within a diverse range of companies. Extensive international exposure.

Norman Robinson - Board of Directors

Norman is currently Area Director Lincolnshire & Northamptonshire for the Environment Agency.

He is a leader with a commercial background and ten years’ experience working within a public sector environment. Skilled in all facets of organisational management including major change programmes, programme and project delivery, employee relations, financial oversight, business planning, strategic leadership and major stakeholder engagement. His current role is wide reaching and central to the delivery of significant outcomes for communities. Duties range from internal employee relations and Union liaison through to the financial and project oversight of the £120m Boston Tidal Barrage.

Gagan Gulati- Board of Directors

Gagan joined BoD in June 2016, also Head of Financial Planning & Analysis for Anglian Water.

Charlotte Oldwood- Board of Directors

Charlotte Oldwood graduated from Essex University in 1991, and moved to Godmanchester in 1995. Charlotte has 4 children, all of whom have attended/are attending Godmanchester Community Academy.

Along with the children, working as a Freelance Event Producer keeps her busy, but in her spare time she likes to sing in a local choir, run with the Godmanchester running club and read.

Rod Warsap - Executive Headteacher 

Previously the Headteacher of Caldecote Primary School, Rod has led Godmanchester Community Academy since 2012. His philosophy is that a Primary School should develop: ‘Happy, Healthy & High Achieving’ children.

Rod has been a Local Leader in Education since 2008, and is a committed advocate of System Leadership with a strong belief that the future of high quality education is dependent on closer working between schools and the sharing of expertise and specialisms.  

Roger Coxhead - Chair of Local Governing Body Godmanchester Community Academy 

Roger became a Community Governor in April 2013. Since November 2014  he has been Chair of the Local Governing Body of Godmanchester Community Academy. He had a career in the railway industry spanning 31 years, which was mainly in East Anglia. His managerial roles were in Commercial, Operations and Maintenance and Development.

For several years Roger was  a Godmanchester Town Councillor. He has lived in Godmanchester for 30 years and his children were educated in the Community Academy.

 Paul Thornton - Chair of Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy

Paul became the Chair of Governors for the Bridge Academy in 2016 and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Trust. 


Paul is a parent Governor with a daughter attending the Bridge Academy. Paul is a HR professional working for Anglian Water as a Resourcing Manager. As a graduate of Staffordshire University, Paul's career has spanned different industries.