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    Trustee Profiles

    Olan Adebayo

    Olan is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with over 15 years of health, safety and environmental management experience in national and global organisations.  His specialities are Policy and Strategy, Management Systems, Safety Culture, Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, Loss Prevention, Accident Investigation, Sustainable Development and Auditing.  Before joining Veritas Educational Trust, he was also a governor at Dr. Triplett's Primary School in Hayes and currently a Trustee at Red Balloon Learner Centre (North London).  He also works as a freelance NEBOSH Examiner.

    Nadine Averkiou

    Nadine is a Parent Trustee. She is a business and management consultant with extensive experience in integrations, business reporting and benefits realisation.  She is a Chartered Accountant and a tutor for Kaplan Financial training courses. Nadine has been a governor of Coteford Junior School since 2011 where she leads their Finance Committee, and is a member of Veritas’s Finance, Resources and Audit Committee.


    Carey-Anne Betson

    Carey-Anne is a Parent Trustee. She is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Warrender Primary School where she has worked for over 10 years. Carey-Anne has also previously been Chair of Governors at both Whiteheath Infant & Whiteheath Junior Schools. Carey-Anne is one of two Trustee’s with lead responsibility for safeguarding and she also chairs the Trust’s School and Community Committee.

    Pauline Byles

    Pauline has over forty-five years teaching experience, mainly at primary level.  She is currently the Associate Headteacher at Dr Triplett’s Church of England Primary in Hayes.  She has expertise in supporting children with Special Educational Needs as an experienced SENCO and particular expertise in both safeguarding and developing the Christian ethos of faith schools.  Pauline chairs the Trust’s Admissions Committee.

    Fr Matthew Cashmore

    Fr Matthew is the Parish Priest of St. Anselm in Hayes.  Before ordination he was on the board of Blackwell's as Digital Director.  He has held senior operations and research and development roles within the BBC, Lonely Planet and Hachette.  He is a Trustee of SPCK and continues to offer digital and r&d consultancy to small businesses and charities

    Anne Chappell

    Dr Anne Chappell is Head of the Department of Education at Brunel University London.  Anne worked in five secondary schools in London and the South East prior to joining the Initial Teacher Education at Brunel over 17 years ago.  She has recent experience of school governance.  Anne is committed to quality educational experiences for children and young people, and support for those that work with them.

    Jonathan Chu

    Jonathan is a management consultant at Bain & Company, with experience in business strategy, transformation and due diligence. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Lazard specialised in mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Veritas Educational Trust, he was also a governor at a primary school in Southwark. Jonathan is a member of the Trust’s Finance, Resources and Audit Committee. 

    Helen Dimmock

    Helen is a civil servant with over thirty years leadership experience in a range of disciplines including operational delivery, project management, policy and strategy development. She is currently the Crown Ecclesiastical Secretary and Head of Lord Lieutenancy Policy in the Cabinet Office. She is Chair of Governors at Dr Triplett’s Church of England Primary School in Hayes where she has been a governor since 2000. She was awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Helen is Chair of Trustees and a member of all the Trust’s committees.

    Ian Edwards

    Ian was elected as a London Borough of Hillingdon Councillor for Eastcote and East Ruislip ward in 2018, having previously been a Councillor in Yiewsley. He is currently Chair of the Social Care, Housing and Public Health Scrutiny Committee.  Ian represents the Council on the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens Management Advisory Group, the Ruislip Woods Management Advisory Group and the South West  Middlesex Crematorium Board. He is also trustee of Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent and Chairman of H4All. Ian was a member of the Metropolitan Police for thirty-one years, retiring as Borough Commander of Richmond in 2007. Ian is a member of Veritas’ School and Community Committee

    Rebecca Garton

    Rebecca is an experienced primary teacher and is currently employed at St Helen’s school in Northwood.  She was previously the Vice Chair of Governors at Frithwood Primary School.  Rebecca utilises her extensive practical knowledge and experience to chair the Trust’s Learning, Teaching and Achievement Committee and is Vice Chair of the Trust.

    Cathy Gower

    Dr Cathy Gower is the Head of the Department of Education in the College of Business Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS) at Brunel University. Her work on postgraduate and undergraduate teacher education programmes was informed by her career up to that point as a teacher of Physical Education in two local London boroughs. In 2015, as Director of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) at Brunel she led the Primary and Secondary teams to an 'outstanding' judgement for both phases of provision by Ofsted. Cathy is a grassroots boys football coach.

    Chad Jeeawock

    Chad is Admissions Manager at Brunel University London where his role includes operations management of the international department, policy monitoring and leading on systems and procedural developments.  Prior to that, Chad has worked broadly in admissions, student services and programme administration in the higher education and schools sector.  He holds BA Music with First Class from the University of Bristol, and MA Education, Policy and Society with Distinction from Kings College London.

    Bola Ogbe

    Bola is a Member of the Chartered institute of Management Accountants and has worked in several Housing associations for 11 years leading on business planning ensuring there are enough funds available to meet development needs.  He previously worked in the commercial sector for 20 years in various financial roles leading on business transformation and cost reduction. Bola is a member of the Trust’s Finance, Resources and Audit Committee.

    Elizabeth Richardson

    Liz has been a teacher in both the state and independent sectors for the past thirty-six years and is currently a Headteacher in the Berkhamsted Schools Group. She uses her experience and expertise as a Trustee to advise on educational matters, regulatory requirements and safeguarding

    Alison Straszewski

    Alison has been the Treasurer at the TSB Bank PLC since December 2012.  She was previously a Chief Operating Officer for the Lloyds Banking Group and is a Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.  Alison chairs the Trust’s Finance, Resources and Audit Committee.

    Susan Vale

    Sue has a wealth of education experience. She has been in education for over 30 years, which has included headship and school inspection work. She currently works as an education consultant specialising in safeguarding. Sue is one of two trustees with lead responsibility for safeguarding. 

    Andrew Wilcock

    Andrew is the CEO and Chief Accounting Officer for Veritas.  He was previously the Headteacher at Bishop Ramsey where he led the school to achieving its Outstanding Ofsted judgements and successful bids to become a Teaching School, a World Class School and a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Centre. Andrew is a National Leader of Education and is also a governor of Berkhamsted School and vice-chair of governors of St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Uxbridge.