Governance at TDA
As an Academy Trust, we are governed by a Board of Directors. This group of people is made up of a non-executive Chairman, a range of local business people, councillors, community representatives, sponsor representatives and parent representatives.
There are two committees: The Education Committee and the Business Resources Committee and both committees report into the full Board of Directors. Meetings for committees and the full Board are held half termly and minutes of the meetings are available.
The core functions of the Board of Directors are:
Holding the Principal and other senior leadership to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students;
Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Overseeing financial performance of the Academy by making sure its money is well spent.
Jane Wilson: Chairman
Jane is the Payroll, Pensions & Savings Manager for Caterpillar (UK) Ltd., who employ around 9,000 employees in the UK manufacturing sector. Her route into Compensations & Benefits has not been a traditional one. A linguist by inclination, she studied Hebrew and Arabic at Oxford University before becoming an IT graduate trainee with Royal Sun Alliance as the computer boom took hold in the early 1980s, progressing from programmer to Project Manager before joining Caterpillar in 1998.
Her path then took her into implementation and support of payroll and HR systems and functional support of Caterpillar’s Global HR system across Western Europe.
The opportunity to move into the Pensions arena arose in 2009, and she took over responsibility for policy and strategy for the Company’s pension plans and manages pension strategy across a very broad spectrum of members with very different levels of engagement, expectation and understanding. She is also Secretary to both the DB and DC Trust Boards, managing funds well in excess of £1.5bn, and also has responsibility for the in-house Pensions Administration Team as well as managing relationships with the various providers and advisers used by the Plans. She also manages the in-house payroll team who pay all 9000 UK-based employees across 12 payrolls, and is responsible for implementation of Caterpillar’s Share Plans around the world across more than 20 countries.
Outside of work, she is married with 2 grown-up children, is Chairman of the largest hockey club in Eastern England, a qualified and practising hockey umpire, and has been a Sponsor Director of Thomas Deacon Academy since 2011. Walking the dog after work provides both exercise and useful time out of the day for quiet reflection, which is a luxury!
Richard Wade: Vice Chair
Richard has lived in Peterborough for the last twenty years and his daughters, Amelie and Lara, have both been students at TDA. He was elected Parent Director two years ago.
Richard is a semi-retired teacher of Modern Languages. He began teaching in 1976 and has worked in Basildon, Burnley, Paderborn and Weeze before settling in Peterborough. He have worked at the Robert Manning School (now Bourne Academy) ever since.
In his spare time Richard reads a great deal, plays guitar and cycles. He also takes great enjoyment from working in wood, welding and mechanical work.
Donna Augustine: Parent Director
Donna was born and raised in Dogsthorpe Peterborough and attended John Mansfield Secondary School then Peterborough Regional College.
During her working life Donna has worked for various Government departments, most recently as an Employer Adviser, supporting both employers to recruit and Peterborough people to find work.
Donna has three children whose educational journey has passed through Thomas Deacon Academy, with her youngest daughter currently in year 12.
Before becoming a Director of Thomas Deacon Academy, Donna was a Governor of a local Primary school for several years.
Chris Woolhouse: Sponsor Director, Chair of Deacon’s School Trust
Chris was born in Norfolk and currently lives in Market Deeping with his wife, Sara. They had two children, one boy and one girl. His interests include restoring vintage cars and Norfolk cottages and barns. Previous hobbies also include scouting, painting, singing, designing and building opera sets. Chris was a student at the original Deacon’s School, and then went on to Loughborough University where he gained an Honours Degree in Automotive Engineering. Chris has 39 years of professional experience in engine design and development, project control, quality and management. He held several positions at Perkins Engines, finally retiring in 1998 as Senior Engineering Project Manager. He has travelled the world extensively on business.
Ian Clarkson: Co-opted Director
Ian Clarkson founded Celerant Consulting in 1987 and sold it in 2012 to Hitachi of Japan. When Celerant was sold it was one of the 10 largest operational consultancies in the world with a global footprint, 600 full-time employees and more than $140m of revenue.
He is currently working on the education agenda in the UK combining strategy and practicality through the Chairmanship of Bright Field Consulting and participation as a Director of 2 large Academies.
Councillor John Peach: Local Authority Director
John has been a Councillor in Park Ward for over 25 years. He lives very near TDA and is involved in and helps out at many local groups and organisations in the area.
John was born in Peterborough and went to Jack Hunt Secondary School and Peterborough Regional College. He has served as a Councillor since 1998 and prior to that, a Cambridgeshire County Councillor from 1988 to 1997. John was Leader of Peterborough City Council from 2006 to 2009 and Deputy Leader from 2003 to 2006.
Whilst being Leader, John oversaw the revamp of Cathedral Square and St. John’s square in the city centre as well as other large re-developments.
Abdul Razaq: Co-opted Director
Abdul has been a teacher for almost 34 years, spending 17 years of this time with Peterborough College before becoming principal of an independent school in Peterborough. Abdul spent 7 years leading the Iqra Academy before taking retirement. Throughout his career Abdul has gained extensive experience of all aspects of teaching and management and whilst being principal has helped Abdul to broaden and further his career his passion remains with teaching and the development of teachers. This love of teaching has seen Abdul recently return to teaching as a part time lecturer at New Stamford College.
As the founding member of PMET (Peterborough Muslim Education Trust), executive member of the local mosque committee and committee member of MCP (Muslim Council of Peterborough), Abdul is experienced in working with diverse student populations and believes that every student should be given the opportunity to achieve excellence.