The Futures Trust Board of Trustees
Ms Christine Assheton, Chair of Trustees
Christine Assheton has been involved with education and training for all of her working life. She worked as a lecturer in Further Education Colleges teaching History and Politics on Access to HE courses and the A Level provision for 15 years and as an Open University Tutor Counsellor for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed being able to help such a wide range of people advance their degree ambitions. Christine graduated with an MA in Comparative Labour History from the University of Warwick. She has worked in an Open College Network for 20 years, initially as a Development Officer with Open College Network Central England. She was appointed CEO of Open College Network West Midlands in June 2005.
Mr Tony Fitzpatrick
Formerly a Distinguished Engineer, a global technical executive position at IBM United Kingdom Limited. Tony worked for IBM Global Services in the UK for 33 years, and was Chief Technology Officer and Information Technology Architect for IBM’s public sector clients. A graduate of the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of British Computer Society, and a Chartered IT Professional. Tony is also Chair of Barr's Hill School Local Governing Body.
Mr Peter Thomas, CEO
Peter has extensive experience as an NLE, Ofsted Additional Inspector and Pupil Premium Reviewer. Peter started his career as a History and Politics Teacher and was Head teacher for seven years at President Kennedy School. Within three years, the school improved from RTI to Outstanding in all categories. The school was regularly in the top 1-3% of all schools for progress between 2012-2017, and twice in the top 100 state secondary schools. Peter has worked with the National Schools Commissioner on a project focused on identifying the key school improvement factors that tackle traditional underperformance and lead to sustained improvement. Peter is also Chair of a West Midlands MAT with 25 years' governance experience.
Mr Paul Crisp
Managing Director of CUREE, a leading educational research organisation. A Teaching and Leadership Adviser and a National Leader of Governance for the National College of Teaching and Leadership. A Fellow of the RSA, and a member of the All Souls Group, the Association for Learning Technology and the British Educational Research Association. Formerly a vice-principal of a general FE college, a lecturer and consultant in education leadership and management and a local authority policy officer.
Mr Mike Moseley
Registration Executive at the Land Registry for over 30 years, responsible for registering title to land in England and Wales. Associate Member of the RICS since August 2011. DSDM trained and an NVQ assessor. Mike has served as a Parent Governor at President Kennedy School since 2010.
Ms Kim Morris
Kim works for Lloyds Banking Group and her career spans over 25 years of banking experience. This includes branch banking, operations, transformation, conduct issues and operating model / strategy. Kim is also proactively involved in Lloyds Helping Britain Prosper plan, leading regional colleague activity for the 8,000 colleagues in the Midlands Region. Outside of work Kim is a keen runner and combines this with her passion for travelling. Kim is Chair of the Finance, Resources, Audit & Risk Committee.
Mrs Perminder Heer
Perminder is currently Head of HR at Xoserve Limited (the Central Data Service Provider for Britain’s gas market). She is a commercially focused HR professional with a proven track record of providing strategic input and executing high-quality HR services in fast-paced, demanding and cross-cultural environments. Perminder has extensive international HR experience gained from working in both multi-national corporations and SMEs. She has led HR work streams on business transformation and has significant experience in HR Mergers & Acquisitions. Perminder’s focus is working with businesses on transformation plans and providing support through change management. She also has an MBA in International Business.
Mr David Loudon
Formerly the Chief Executive of Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, David is a Chartered Fellow of The Institute for Securities and Investment and a business manager with over 40 years experience in the financial services sector. He is a Governor of The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa and a director of a local Housing Association and a Residential Care Home. David is also a member of the Investment Committee for The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Mrs Carol Blair, Co-opted Trustee for Safeguarding
Until retirement, Carol was a Director of a SME building contracting company. Carol has over 18 years’ experience of school governance and has been Chair of Parkgate Primary School’s Local Governing Body for 10 years. She is also a governor on Keresley Newland Primary Academy’s Local Governing Body.
Ms Elisabeth Tomlinson
Elisabeth is a Solicitor working for the public sector and has extensive experience and knowledge of commercial property law and governance issues. She has worked for Coventry City Council, Warwick District Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority. She is currently undertaking an interim role with North West Leicestershire District Council and is their Legal Services Manager and Deputy Monitoring Officer.
Mrs Helen Quinn
Helen took up post as the Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CEO) for The Romero Catholic Academy in September 2018. The company consists of one Secondary and seven Primary schools.
Helen was appointed National Leader of Education in 2014, gaining a wealth of experience (as well as many great ideas) she has worked with many schools in different contexts across Coventry and Warwickshire. Helen established Blue Sky TSA in 2014 which has been instrumental as an engine of school improvement within Romero as well as providing school to school support in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.
Working for Ofsted has enabled Helen to have a sharpness in school evaluation and a depth in understanding effective strategies to drive school improvement. Alongside this, she is a member of the Department for Education Headteacher Reference Group that advises on the potential impact of policies on primary and secondary education, including any barriers to implementation.