Board of Directors
David has worked for over 35 years in the transport and logistics industry and has held senior leadership roles, Managing Director and CEO, within PLC, private equity backed and not for profit organisations. He has led several business turnarounds, managed large scale M&A integrations and has successfully developed businesses year on year. David is now focused on applying his experience in a more support and advisory capacity and brings with him extensive experience in strategic planning, commercial and change management. David has a Combined Honours degree from the University of Aston in Transport Planning & Operation and Political Studies and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Cabinet Lead for Education – City of Coventry May 2012 onwards. Director at Epworth Educational Trust Director at MAST Director of Coventry Church Municipal Charities Director at Martha Blackham Charity CEO and Director of Central Academies Trust Chair of Trust Board at Epworth MAT Trustee at YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire Chair of Governors at Meadow Park Secondary School Governor at Hollyfast Primary School, Coventry 2011 onwards
Inspire Director – Sybil Hanson (DDE)
Joined the Education Department of Warwickshire County Council as Head of Education Planning. In 2006 he was appointed to lead on Schools and Education within the new Directorate of Children and Young People, a post he held until his retirement from the County Council in December 2012. Was for a short time Interim Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire. Was for a number of years a Governor and Chair of Governors of a non-maintained special school for the deaf, and is currently a Trustee of a Youth and Community Centre in Rugby
Rachel Mason is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with over 17 years post qualification experience. Rachel currently works at National Grid, serving in various roles over the last 10 years, with her current role being Senior Finance Business Partner. Rachel has successful experience in risk and project management along with the business acumen you would expect from a Finance professional. In her current role she is responsible for helping to set the strategic direction, providing commercial insight, improving performance and driving the business forward. Skills which she brings to her role as Trust Director. Rachel is a mother of two children and also supports a small charity as Treasurer, helping those living in poverty in Ecuador. Rachel is passionate about giving the best educational foundation to all children.
Dual qualified legal professional and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales as well as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I am also an experienced corporate governance professional. Key skills in: ▪ Strategic and operational governance advice, relationship management and influencing. ▪ Compliance with relevant legal, regulatory requirements and group standards. ▪ Assessing and advising on the impact of legal and regulatory changes on business activities and/or the legal implications of proposed business activities and transactions. ▪ Implementing, monitoring and driving change through learning interventions relating to compliance and governance. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Chartered Institute of Housing ▪ Group Company Secretary and Head of Compliance: Governance, Legal, Risk, Internal Audit and HR Board Director, CIH Canada. ▪ Data Protection Officer. ▪ Responsible for Governance, In-House Legal, Risk, Internal Audit, Regulation and Compliance. Key achievements in: Governance Strategy, Corporate Governance Framework, Subsidiary Governance, creation of a corporate contract register, procurement and tenders register, Information Security Framework and Data Protection. ACADEMIC PROFILE 2014 Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales – Admission to the Roll of Solicitors. 2008 – 2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Paralegal Practice – National Association of Licensed Paralegals Level 7 Diplomas – Distinction. 2007 – 2009 Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law – University College London (LLM). 2006 Legal Secretaries & PA’s Diploma – Institute of Legal Secretaries and PA’s. 2001 – 2002 Barrister at Law (BL) – Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria. 1994 – 2000 Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS 2017 GDPR | Cyber Security Risk Management Governance in Charities. 2016 Various Enterprise Risk Management |Organizational Risk Culture| Risk Reporting. 2015 Central Law Training (Self -Funded) Board and Committee Servicing for Corporate Secretaries – In House Training| Charities in Financial Difficulties |Strategic Reporting |Contract Law Updates 2015 Annual General Meeting and Other Shareholder Meetings |Whistleblowing. 2015 The Pension Regulator Toolkit for Trustees 2014 (Central Law Training (Self -Funded)) Certificate in Commercial Contract Drafting Commercial Contracts Certificate in Company Law. Practice Certificate in Corporate Governance of Charities Annual General Meeting Update.
Chris is a qualified accountant. He worked for Ford Motor Company, Cable & Wireless and National Grid. His career included periods working overseas in South Africa, the Yemen Arab Republic and Australia. His final role was Managing Director of National Grid Australia where he oversaw the construction of a sub-sea electrical inter connector from Tasmania to Victoria. At the time, the worlds longest inter connector. After retirement Chris undertook a number of roles, including an elected member of Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, a mentor for the Princes Trust, a volunteer for Guide Dogs and Chair of George Eliot NHS Trust hospital. In addition to Inspire Education Trust, Chris is currently a Trustee of St Mary’s Hall Trust (a charity linked to St Mary’s Collegiate Church) and is a Director of Manx Cable Company, which owns and operates an electrical inter connector from the Isle of Man to England.
Lisa Hayes is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. As a HR professional, Lisa has a wealth of experience working in both the private and public sector and has held senior positions for Randstad, a global leader in HR services and recruitment. Lisa currently works in a HR position for a Russell Group University covering all aspects of operational HR and is a qualified Mediator. Lisa was a school governor for six years, prior to becoming a Director of Inspire Education Trust and is a mother to three children. She is passionate about helping to create a learning environment in which our children thrive and are able to reach their full potential.