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

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust (PDCST) currently represented by Mr Peter Cantley

Peter is Director of Education for The Diocese of Peterborough.  He is the principal adviser to the Diocesan Board of Education.  He holds a number of board member positions across the Diocese.

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 a trustee of the Woodard Corporation and currently chairs its Education committee.  She is also a director of the Woodard Academies Trust, chairing the WAT’s Education committee.

The Venerable Richard Ormston, Appointee of PDCST 

The Venerable Richard Ormston has been in ordained ministry since 1987.  He is currently Archdeacon of Northampton.  He is the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.  During his time in parish ministry, he has been a governor of four schools, actively involved with a range of other schools. Richard was previously, Chaplain to Northampton Saints RFC.

Reverend Doug Spenceley, Appointee of PDCST

Reverend Doug Spenceley has been ordained since 2009.  He was Bishop’s Vicar for Church Schools in Peterborough Diocese until August 2021.  He served in a range of roles in schools during his employment, and was for 10 years Assistant Education Officer for Special Educational Needs with Northamptonshire LEA.  Doug was a SIAMS inspector until 2018.  He has been involved in governance in various schools and MATS, including 10 years as Chair of a CofE Primary School.  He is currently a Director of iMAT and governor at Flore CE Primary School.

Dr. Ron Whittaker

Dr Ron Whittaker is a Director of two not for profit companies specialising in technology and providing facilities for small businesses.  He is a member of the DBE and sits on its Executive Committee.  Ron was a former Chair and sat on the Board of Bishop Stopford School for 25 years.  He is currently a Director of the Nene Education Trust based in East Northants.

 Name Role  Date appointed   Relevant business and pecuniary interests Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions / charities Personal relationships with trust employees or other Members / Trustees / Local Governors Date interest declared / confirmed 
Peter Cantley Corporate Representative of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust  September 2020 (Formerly Director PDET) Diocesan Director of Education, Diocese of Peterborough Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust
Chatsworth Square Gardens Management Company
St Pauls Square (Carlisle) Limited
Member: Evolve Church Academies
Trust Member: Guilsborough Academies Trust
Corporate Member Nene Education Trust
Member Pathfinder Schools
Member Innovate MAT
Member Learning for Life Trust
Member: Nene Education Trust
Member: Rutland Learning Trust
Member: Hartwell Primary Academy
Member: St Mary’s Academy (Kettering)
Member William Law Primary Academy (until 31 May 2021)
Member & Director, David Ross Education Trust
 None Confirmed 25/02/21
Margaret Holman Ex - officio Member, PDET as Director and Chair of PDET Board
Chair of People & Pay Committee, PDET
Member of Education Committee, PDET
 July 2018  None

Trustee and Director of

  • The Woodard Corporation
  • The Woodard Academies Trust (WAT)
  • Link Trustee St Augustine Academy Maidstone (a WAT Academy)
 None  Confirmed 12/10/21 
The Venerable Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton Member
Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust Appointee

Archdeacon of Northampton

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust

Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

Peterborough Diocese Church House Trust

Holy Sepulchre Trust

St Faith’s Endowment Trust

The Moulton & Overstone Education Trust  None Confirmed 25/02/2021
Reverend Doug Spenceley

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust Appointee

 16/05/21  None

Director/trustee Innovate Academy Trust

Foundation Governor Flore C of E Primary School

Spouse of Hilary Spenceley – member of PDET Trust Governance Committee and formerly member of Ethos, Effectiveness & Standards Committee  24/06/21
 Dr Ron E Whittaker  Member April 2014 as Appointee of Bishop Stopford School and re-appointed 19/01/2021 Director, SATRA Technology Centre
Director, Kettering Community Business Development Trust
Member of Court of University of Northampton
Member of Northamptonshire Schools Forum
Director Nene Education Trust
Member, Brambleside Primary Academy Trust
 None  25/02/2021
Dr John Herrick Member
Resigned 01/03/2021
April 2014 Life Path Trust None None 25/02/2021
The Right Reverend John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth Member Corporate Appointee of CST Resigned 16/05/2021  April 2014

Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education
Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
Peterborough Diocesan Church Schools Trust
University of Northampton Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust
Wellingborough Rotary Club
Bishop's Council
Manna House Trust, Northampton

 None  None  2018