Members are similar to a company’s shareholders – they sit above the Board of Directors and have a largely hands-off role.

Their key responsibilities include appointing the Directors and holding them to account for the successful governance of the Trust.

PDET Members

PDCST currently represented by the Archdeacon of Northampton Richard Ormston

The Venerable Richard Ormston has been in ordained ministry since 1987.  He is currently Archdeacon of Northampton with additional responsibilities for mission, growth and new communities across the diocese.  During his time in parish ministry he has been a governor of four schools, actively involved with a range of other schools and has served on the Diocesan Board of Education.  Richard was, until recently, Chaplain to Northampton Saints RFC.

The DBE represented by its Chair, Bishop John Holbrook

The Rt Revd John Holbrook has been Bishop of Brixworth since 2011 and is currently Chair of the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education and a Trustee of the David Ross Education Trust.  He has served as a Governor (sometimes Chair) of 5 schools ranging from small rural primary to large urban secondary, most recently leading the Governors in founding Hayfield Cross School in Kettering and Monksmoor Park School in Daventry.

Chair of the Board of Directors of PDET, currently Margaret Holman

Margaret was Headteacher of Bishop Stopford School, a Church of England converter academy for 16 years.  During this time, she was a National Leader of Education (and Bishop Stopford was designated a National Support School). She was a member of the first Fellowship Commission of NLEs reporting to the Secretary of State, and she sat on the Secondary Heads Reference Group at the DfE for over 10 years. Margaret is currently a director of the Woodard Corporation and sits on its Education committee. She is also a director of the Woodard Academies Trust, chairing the WAT’s Education committee.

Bishop Stopford School, currently represented by Dr. Ron Whittaker

Dr Ron Whittaker is Deputy Chairman of SATRA Technology Centre and a Director and former Chairman of Bishop Stopford School Academy Trust. He is also a member of the Northants Schools Forum and the Peterborough DBE Executive Committee.

Dr. John Herrick

John was Deputy Head of a large comprehensive school and Principal of an Adult Residential College before becoming Head of Residential Education in Northamptonshire where he was responsible for five colleges.  He is involved in the local community and until recently served for six years as Chairman of Governors at his local VA Primary School.  He is a Trustee of the Life Path Trust, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities.

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