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Rainham Mark Education Trust

Board of Trustees

Terry Whittaker - Chair of Trust Board 

Terry  has 32 years in the Insurance Industry, incorporating senior roles in operations and management and has a certificate and diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.  Terry has also spent three years working in the charity sector.  He currently leads an Anglican Church and is studying for an MA in applied theology.  Terry has been a parent Governor at RMGS for over six years

Elaine Jackson – Vice Chair 

Elaine worked in the finance industry for 40 years- managing a variety of different areas from debt management to complaints. Elaine is experienced in working in a regulated environment, firstly under FCA rules and currently under HMRC regulatory control.

Simon Decker -  CEO  

Simon Decker had been Headteacher at Rainham Mark Grammar School in Gillingham, Kent since January 2000. Simon also works closely with neighbouring schools in his additional role as a Medway Local Leader of Education, currently mentoring two Primary Headteachers on behalf of the LA.

Nigel Goodall B.Sc. (Hons), Dip. Des .In, LCGI, A.M. I.Mech.E - 

Nigel is Chairman of the  RMGS Business Management committee and  has a Trust wide overview of health & safety. Nigel works at a local automotive component manufacture in their technical centre as a Development Engineer. Previously Nigel has held positions including cost estimating, product planning, manufacturing engineering and production management.

Alison Bovis - Chair of RMGS Finance 

Alison Bovis is a busy working mum and wife, with three children. Two of them are still studying at RMGS .   She is a fully qualified accountant with extensive experience in both the public and private sector, covering financial accounting, management accounting, internal audit and external audit.   It is these skills and experience gained over 20 years that she is pleased to share with the MAT board.

Cheryl Lane  

Cheryl Lane has 2 children, one of which is at RMGS and another who has recently left to continue their education. With 30 years of finance experience gained within many industries, she has spent the last 12 years in asset, facilities and construction project management. Now working in finance systems improvement and governance for a global development company, she welcomes the opportunity to bring her experience to further enhance the vast breadth of knowledge within the RMET.

Rita Lawrence  

Rita is an expert in the field of Organisational Development and Human Resources with over 20 years across the private and public sectors. In recent years Rita has run her own business, lead Organisational Development at Westminster City Council and is currently Associate Director of Learning and Organisational Development for Kings College Hospital, London. 

Sue Mason  

Sue Mason is Headteacher at Brompton-Westbrook Primary School in Gillingham, where she has worked for 25 years. Sue also works closely with local schools as a Medway Local Leader of Education. As an accredited member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Sue is a national coach for Ambition School Leadership, supporting middle leaders across the country. Sue is a National Executive Committee member for Service Children in State Schools and works for the Department of Education on their Recruitment and Retention Strategy. She also sits on the Local Authority SEND and Top Up funding panel.  

Paul Horsman  

Paul has 40 years’ experience in education in mainstream and, more recently, in a Special School setting. He has worked with pupils aged 3-19 years and a significant part of his career has been at management level including a very successful headship and deputy headship, supporting schools through Ofsted inspections. His most recent school achieved outstanding in all areas in its last two inspections. Since retiring in 2013 he worked as a Personal Academic tutor and a Link Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University, supporting prospective teachers in a coaching and mentoring role whilst they have been on school placement in Primary and Special schools across Medway. He was also a Link Tutor on the School's Direct programme. Paul has experience of being both a school governor and trustee.  

Christine Easton  

Christine is currently the Headteacher at St Mary’s Island C of E Primary School which she took over when in Special Measures and returned it Good within sixteen months. She has worked in Medway schools since 2001 in a variety of leadership roles including SENCO, Acting Head and Head. Christine has supported many schools in her role as a Local Leader of Education and is also one of the founding members of Medway Educational Leaders Association.