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Andy Hunter

Andy Hunter

Andy was elected Chair of the SEAX Trust Board in October of 2018, having previously served as Vice-Chair. Andy has a long connection with Thriftwood School and is the father of an adult daughter with learning difficulties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Leeds University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.

Andy is an experienced leader with a strong track record in managing multi-million pound businesses at MD level and currently runs his own management consultancy practice. Past roles include Head of Marketing in NatWest’s corporate bank, Head of Online Strategy for Royal Bank of Scotland, and Transaction Banking MD at VocaLink with responsibility for the Bacs and Faster Payments services. He was formerly a director of Bacs Ltd and a member of many banking industry committees.

Andy is also Vice Chair of governors at Mayflower School in Billericay. He is Chair of Basildon Borough Citizens Advice Bureau, a director of Essex Citizens Advice and Chair of Rotary's International Committee at County level

Sally Lockyer

Sally Lockyer

Sally is a former fast-track teacher and has worked in a number of secondary schools in the area. She has designed and implemented curriculum plans in her subject area from Key Stage 3 to A level and IB, as well as running extra-curricular activities in music. More recently she has gained deep and direct experience of implementing programmes of speech and language therapy, sensory integration therapy and physiotherapy. Sally has served as Chair of a local school’s Parent and Friends’ Association, leading a large committee of volunteers in significant fund-raising activities. Sally’s in-depth knowledge of the complex educational requirements of the SLCN child and the local availability of appropriate aspirational educational opportunities, led her to initiate and steer the Grove House School project. She now brings this wealth of experience and commitment to the school’s Local Academy Committee and the SEAX Board of Trustees.

Sally was elected Vice-Chair of the Trust Board in October 2018.

Tony Cox

Tony Cox

Tony’s professional background is in housing, health and social care.  He’s a Chartered Secretary with a background in organisational governance, a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Tony has worked across central and local government in a variety of policy and strategic roles, he has commissioned services for Councils and Health Trusts,  been a Non Executive Director at a care and support provider and a NHS Primary Care Trust.   He is currently a Lay Member and Deputy Chair of an NHS  Clinical Commissioning Group and previously ran his own consultancy business.  

Tony really likes the way that the SEAX Trust is able to use the knowledge and expertise of the Local Academies to develop innovative new projects whilst delivering excellent services that enhance and develop young people. He is particularly interested in how young people are supported as they move towards an independent life. 

In his spare time Tony loves cycling and motorbiking.

Sally Coode-Bate

Sally Coode-Bate

Sally has been a governor at Kingswode Hoe School since 2009 and was elected as Chair of the Local Academy Committee in July 2017. Recently retired, Sally enjoyed a long and varied career involving a range of different industries, including broadcasting and publishing, oil exploration, farming and in the latter stages, the London insurance market.  Over the course of her career Sally gained experience in PR and marketing, media relations and journalism; editing a weekly newsletter on the London insurance market for a number of years. Finally, her involvement with schools began in 2008 when she assumed responsibility for the community relations programme of a major London insurance market. This involved setting up and running the firm's charitable foundation and developing a staff volunteering programme which included providing business mentors and reading and numbers partners for secondary and primary schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, as well as staff volunteers to work with pupils at a local special school. Sally's role also included recruiting school governors from among the firm's staff to work with schools UK-wide.

Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Steve has over 25 years’ senior international Human Resources management experience in the manufacturing, logistics, FMCG, entertainment, technology, and healthcare sectors, within PLC, private limited company, public sector, joint-venture, private equity backed, and not-for-profit organisations.  He now operates his own HR interim, project, and consultancy services company.

Steve is a director of a company that is establishing a global network of research, development, and training facilities that will service the offshore energy, subsea technology, and human space flight sectors.

He is also a Trustee of Ormiston Families, a charity that provides a range of support services for disadvantaged families and children across the East of England, and a Non-executive Director of Oaklea Montessori, a Community Interest Company that operates a number of pre-schools in north Essex.

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Ruth Sturdy

Ruth Sturdy

Ms Sturdy is the Trust CEO, appointed by Members to the Trust Board.

Fraser Fisher

Fraser Fisher

Bio and picture coming soon

Cathryn Adams

Cathryn Adams

Cathryn was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 2019. More details to follow.

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