East Anglian Trust

Member & Trustee Biography


Tim Fosker - Chair of Members

Tim Fosker

Tim retired from BT in 2016 after 37 years. He was employed as Programme Director at BT with responsibility for people management, financial management and delivering complex technical programmes of work both nationally and internationally.Tim has wide experience in education governance: 29 years’ experience as a governor across both Primary and Secondary phases; 15 years Melton Primary (Chair for 12 years) and 14 years Farlingaye (Chair for 10 years).

Tim is an experienced leader with extensive understanding of education from a governor’s perspective:  of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum delivery and performance, Financial planning and management, HR and Employment Law, HT Performance Management, Risk Assessment and Management, Safeguarding, SEND, Community Liaison with parents and between secondary – primary schools, Resources and Premises Management.

Jon Neal

Jon is an experienced leader with a proven track record of growing business, building teams and delivering outputs. He has strengths in relationship building and communication skills gained through a 20 year career in corporate PR, marketing, public affairs and organisational leadership.Jon is the Chief Executive of mental health charity Suffolk Mind. He is experienced in governance and is currently serving as a governor at Heath Primary School. He is a former LEA governor of a primary school in East Yorkshire and a former elected councillor on the local Unitary Authority.

Mental Health is a real passion for Jon and he is very much interested in enabling schools to become excellent environments in which pupils can get their emotional needs met in order to stay well.

Anne Rickwood

Anne Rickwood

Anne Rickwood
Anne trained as a science teacher and worked in Suffolk schools for the whole of her career, initially in Bury St Edmunds, then Lowestoft, Beccles and finally Ipswich where she was Deputy and then Head of Chantry High School and Sixth form Centre. Normal experiences included Chairing Head teacher groups and being involved in numerous working groups for Suffolk LA. Prior to Headship she was also County Secretary for one of the main teacher associations for three years. Anne was the first Head to negotiate with Suffolk College to develop     vocational courses for year 10 and 11 students to run alongside their school based curriculum.   

On her retirement, Anne joined the Governing Body of Bungay High School serving as Vice Chair and sitting on the whole range of committees. 

Zoe Sprake

Zoe Sprake

Zoe has thirty years’ experience as a school governor in the Primary and Secondary sectors and became Chairman of Governors at both schools.  After retiring from the governing body of Bungay High School in 2016, she remained a member of the Academy Trust. 

Zoe takes part in voluntary work and has served on the committees of a number of charitable organisations.


Louise Franks - Chair of Trust Board

Louise Franks

In addition to a PhD in Molecular Biology, Louise gained a Diploma in Performance Coaching and has used these learned skills to subsequently mentor both students and adults.Louise has been Involved with all phases of school governance in Suffolk since 2005 having clerked Governor Meetings (10yrs), served as a Governor (8+yrs) and as Chair of the Governing Board (3+yrs) and written, developed and delivered Governor training (12+yrs).  Since 2012, Louise has been appointed to serve on 16 Interim Executive Boards (IEB’s), a mix of different types and phases of school, of which two IEB’s are currently ongoing and has an excellent working knowledge of the current thinking and legislation affecting education and Governance in schools

Simon Linger - Vice Chair of Trust Board

Simon Linger

Simon ran a team in multiple locations involving the usual range of HR issues including performance management, recruitment and resource deployment, right-sizing and disciplinary procedures; together with associated budget planning and monitoring.Before retiring, he spent 39 years in Financial Services mostly in Information Technology, running the IT Governance corporate control function for the last 5 years. Simon has broad experience in education governance gained over 22 years as a governor across both primary and secondary phases; 7 years at Bungay Primary (Chair for 3 years) and 15 years at Bungay High School (Chair for more than 3 years). He successfully completed the National College for Teaching & Leadership “Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme” in September 2017.

Stella Mackenzie - Chair of  Education and Standards Committee

Stella MacKenzie

Recently retired (2018) Assistant Headteacher at Bungay High School and joined the Governing Body. Prior to retirement Stella was responsible for progress monitoring, assessment, whole school data tracking, disadvantaged students, attendance monitoring as well as all the other responsibilities of a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Prior experience at BHS included being Head of Mathematics, introducing and setting up a new pastoral structure (vertical tutoring) to the school as part of the school organisational review and closure of Middle Schools. In the past Stella was a Governor and then Chair of Governors over a period of about 12 years at her local Primary School.

Geoff Swan - Chair of Strategies Operations Committee

Geoff Swann

Geoff is a professionally qualified Architectural Technologist/Project Designer and a Member of the Chartered institute of Architectural Technologists until retirement. He has been a regional council member for the above for 5 years and regional secretary for 3 years. Over 45 years of experience in design and project management mainly in the Education Sector, from primary schools through to FE Colleges. Geoff had full responsibility for all aspects of the projects from inception to completion and full responsibility for project finances up to the value of approximately £5,000,000 per annum.

Personnel experience includes disciplinary hearings and complaints panels as chair and he has undertaken school finance and safer recruitment training, Health and Safety courses in education and construction. Geoff has been a school governor since 2000 and chair at Heath Primary for the last two years.

Stephen Curzon

Stephen Curzon

Stephen’s business activities mean he has experience and knowledge of many aspects of marketing and communications that may be of use to the MAT including for example social media, website, branding and media relations.The owner of a Woodbridge-based marketing consultancy first established in 2008 that now employs 6 people. Stephen works with many local employers and over the last 10 years has developed an extensive network of commercial relationships with many of the region’s leading businesses. Prior to this he held senior and board-level positions with Adnams PLC, The Lawn Tennis Association, Nestle UK and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM).

Neville Howe

Neville Howe

Neville was a governor at Farlingaye for six years and served as Deputy Chair during that time. He is a Lawyer (qualified solicitor and barrister) and has worked for the last twenty years in the financial services industry in the UK and overseas. He began his career in the Army and was a captain in the Royal Engineers. Neville’s core skills are legal and financial and he has strong experience of corporate governance both as a lawyer and board member.

Stephen Shaw

Stephen Shaw

He was a Governor at Kesgrave High School from 2010 - 2019, joining as a local authority governor and part of the school conversion to a single academy trust, becoming a community governor. Stephen is a qualified accountant with over 17 years’ experience of financial management, treasury management, management accounting and budgeting.  This experience has been gained in sectors as diverse as social housing, travel, manufacturing and the gas and electricity markets.   He currently work for Schools’ Choice as a Finance & Business Services Manager, heading up a team who provide finance support to maintained schools and academy trusts.

Since then he has been Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Finance Committee. Stephens’ skills and experience gained as a governor at Kesgrave and through his employment, will be invaluable to the new MAT.