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Rainham Mark Education Trust

Board of Trustees

Simon Decker -  CEO (stood down as a trustee on 2.11.21) 

Simon Decker had been Headteacher at Rainham Mark Grammar School in Gillingham, Kent since January 2000 to August 2018 and as CEO of the Trust from February 2016.  Since September 2018 Simon stood down as Headteacher to focus solely on his role as CEO to continue developing the Trust.   

Nigel Goodall 

Nigel is a retired engineer who has lived and worked in the Medway towns for more than 30 years.  He is married and has two children, who both attended Rainham Mark Grammar School and post university are pursing successful careers. 

Alison Bovis (resigned 20.10.21) 

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 and whilst also chairing the RMET Audit Committee.

Dave Brockman  (Vice Chair) 

Dave is the former Chair of Riverside Primary, a former governance consultant, and brings experience from retail management and motorsport journalism. He has also sat on the advisory board of a SureStart Centre, and in 2017 was voted Medway Governor of the Year. He is currently the Trust lead on Pupil Premium funding.

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, led Organisational Development at Westminster City Council and  King's College Hospital, London.  She is currently the Deputy Director of People and Organisational Development for the Kent and Medway NHS Trust.

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.   

Nathan Ward (Chair of the Trust)

Born in 1980 in Chatham (Kent), Nathan was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, where he studied GCSE's and A-Levels. From here he went to Durham University where he studied for his first degree in Community and Youth Work Studies. For 13 years he worked in custodial settings for a multi national security company, becoming head of an immigration removal centre. He focused mainly on working in settings where there were young people and in 2007 was given a National Youth Justice Award by the Attorney General. During this period he became a lay youth minister also undertaking some work in a local parish church. At this time he completed a Masters Degree in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester. 

In 2010, following the birth of his first child Nathan founded The 139 Club. This was in response to the growing need for accessible information and courses to help prepare people for child birth. It gained charity status in 2015.

In 2011 Nathan started training for ordination at the South East Institute for Theological Education, now St Augustine's College of Theology. He took a Foundation Degree in Theology for Christian Ministry at Canterbury Christ Church University and later undertook a BA in Theology for Christian Ministry at Durham University.

He worked as Head of Care and Justice for an International Charity running a fostering and adoption agency, children’s homes as well as supporting the charities work in juvenile justice. He was ordained Deacon in 2014 in the Diocese of Rochester, serving his curacy as a self-supporting minister in the Parish of Holy Trinity South Chatham. In 2018, he became the full time Vicar at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham.

Outside of the church, Nathan has an academic expertise in physical restraint, deaths in custody and cultures of abuse in residential settings. His interests include illusions (he was a member of the Magic Circle), model railways and playing the piano.

He is married to Kayleigh and have one son and daughter.