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Rainham Mark Education Trust


Rev Nathan Ward

Nathan Ward is the Vicar of St Margaret’s Church, Rainham (Kent), taking up post in 2018 and has worked with Rainham Mark Grammar School for several years, providing workshops to both students and parents. 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.   Nathan is also the Chair of the Trust Board.


Dave Brockman

Dave Brockman is the Vice-Chair of the Trust Board and has been involved in the Trust for several years, previously as Chair of Riverside's LGB.  Dave has experience in commercial and retail management.


Nigel Goodall

Nigel Goodall B.Sc. a retired mechanical engineer who has worked and lived in the area for more than 30 years. He is married and has 2 children who both successfully studied at RMGS. 


Rita Lawrence

Rita Lawrence is the Deputy Director of People and OD in Kent and Medway’s CCG.  She is an experienced HR and Organisational Development professional with extensive experience in private, public and charity sector settings. She is committed to people development and ensuring that leaders are able to engage effectively with their teams and are supported and developed to do so. Rita is a Medway resident, living here for 22 years.


Lee Phipps-Bartley

Lee Phipps-Bartley FCCA is a Chartered Accountant working for a financial services company based in London. Born and raised in Medway, Lee returned from Sheffield University and made Rainham home with his wife and 2 young children. Having benefited from a Medway education, Lee intends to use his experience for the benefit of the younger generation.


David Valentine

David Valentine is a very experienced Trustee within the education sector. He has been a chair of a Trust for 5 years and is passionately focused on delivering outstanding governance structures within the multi academy sector. He has worked alongside Academy Ambassadors supporting Trusts and is an advisory ambassador available to support other trustees across the country. David who was born in Dublin worked for over 20 years in banking primarily in capital markets. He believes that all young people can be given an equal start in life through strong educators providing them a good or outstanding education.