About the Board
BISHOP PAUL MASON - CHAIR OF THE BOARD (FOUNDATION DIRECTOR)
Bishop Paul Mason studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome and was ordained priest in 1998. Since ordination he has worked as a curate in Purley, Surrey, was senior chaplain at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, has taught medical ethics at St Mary's, Strawberry Hill and more latterly has worked as a formation advisor at Allen Hall Seminary. He is currently Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests in Southwark.
CLIVE WEBSTER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE (PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR)
Clive is a former teacher, Principal Educational Psychologist and local authority Director of Children's Services of seven years. Having attended Catholic primary and secondary schools where he grew up in Harlesden, North West London, he studied Philosophy and Psychology at University College, Cardiff, graduating in 1985 with a BA Joint Honours before gaining a distinction in his PGCE with La Sainte Union, Southampton. Following teaching posts in Hampshire and abroad, and completing his MSc. Educational Psychology, Clive began his career as an Educational Psychologist with Essex County Council before becoming the country’s youngest Principal Educational Psychologist with the London Borough of Hillingdon in 1996. He completed his MBA with the University of Kingston in 1999. His career to date includes leading strategic educational developments in two large County Councils (Essex and Surrey), system re-design of psychology services in inner- and outer-London Boroughs (Wandsworth and Hillingdon), and transformation of social care and educational outcomes across a south coast unitary authority (Southampton). Clive accepted the post of Chief Executive of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership because he believes in the powerful and positive results that are possible when schools work together and pool resources in a climate of increased autonomy. Clive is married to Lesley with three children, Amy, 16, Annabel, 14 and Charlie, 11. He enjoys football, all things Spanish, poetry and playing squash.
MARIETA BRENNAN - FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
A parishioner of The Parish of the Holy Family Thanet, Parish Council member and one of Children’s Liturgy leaders, I have been a Foundation Governor at the Ursuline College Westgate-on-Sea since my appointment by the Rt. Rev. John Jukes OFM Conv. in January 1998. I am married to a dentist with two children, both former pupils of the Ursuline College.
I believe that the Catholic ethos is as important as the education itself, if not more so. My commitment to the faith extends beyond supporting Catholic schools through my children. Having owned and managed two large dental practices I am now in a position to utilise my skills and expertise to ensure that others have the same opportunity to grow in faith. I see the importance of the link between home, school and parish. Where Catholic schools work best is when this works well.
FR. P. GILBERT - VICE CHAIR OF BOARD (FOUNDATION DIRECTOR)
Fr. Gilbert has more than 40 years experience in the administration of Catholic Schools: as a Clerk to the Governors, a Governor, and as a Chair of Governors of a Comprehensive School.
He has held a number of administrative posts in the Diocese, including Associate Judicial Vicar for Kent. He is currently Parish Priest at Meopham.
MIKE POWIS - FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
Mike lives in Maidstone and is Chair of Governors at St Simon Stock Secondary which both his children attended, with his wife Judith. He now has 4 wonderful grandchildren.
Mike worked with KCC for 35 years in a variety of roles but including clerking the education committee for several years and working particularly on admission appeals and school organisation. In the latter part of his career he moved into Criminal Justice working for the corporate governance side of the Police and Probation. This sparked an interest in youth crime and ant-social behaviour and he now works with the youth offending service as well as Maidstone Mediation. He also sits on school admission and exclusion review panels for KCC, Medway and the Diocese.
Mike has been an active proponent of a more coordinated approach to Catholic education in Kent and served on the working party of the KCSP before being appointed as Foundation board member. While not supporting the central Government drive since Blair's election for Academies and cutting down local authorities, he sees this as now unstoppable. To ensure their long-term contribution to Kent schooling, he feels Catholic schools need to embrace the inevitable, convert to Academy status, get what financial advantages there are while they are still going, but, more importantly, begin to develop a clear combined view of the future and single voice to negotiate with Government and KCC. He sees the school control of the Partnership as distinctive and essential and hopes all schools will find a way to contribute to Partnership decisions.
PETER VENTRESS - FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
Peter Ventress lives in Kent (Canterbury) and has recently retired as CEO of Berendsen Plc in Central London. Growing up in London, Peter enjoyed a Catholic education and over the past twenty five years Peter has been a school Governor at various times.
Peter has spent thirty years in industry with spells in the paper, office supplies and textile rental industries. He has lived in France, Canada and the Netherlands as well as the UK and held a number of senior management roles. He was CEO of Corporate Express a quoted Dutch company before becoming President of Staples International business covering Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. For the last five years he has been CEO of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE 200 company with a turnover of £1bn and employing 15,000 people. Berendsen services the European outsourced textile rental market providing services to hospitals, hotels and industry. Peter is now a director of the following public companies: Premier Farnell, Softcat (Chair of Remuneration committee), Galliford Try (Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director) and will take up non-executive role at BBA Aviation in January 2016. Peter is also on the Audit Committee of the Council of the University of Kent.
Peter gained a MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University before later going on to get a MBA from the Open University. He is married with three grown up children.
GERMAINE CAMPBELL - FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
I was born in Fife, Scotland but relocated to London after graduating from The Scottish Hotel School, Strathclyde University with a BA in Hotel and Catering Management. I worked in this industry for 15 years before moving into project management within the Facilities management area. Since having my daughter in 2000, I have worked as a freelance consultant in the facilities and hospitality arena carrying out competitive tenders, feasibility studies and account management for city firms.
I come from a family of educators with my mother, sister and aunts all teaching in the primary sector. I became involved with school life in 2005 when my daughter started primary and discovered my latent passion for education when I joined the governing body at St Thomas’ Catholic primary school in Sevenoaks in 2006. I became Chair of Governors in 2010 overseeing the restructuring of the governing body and the introduction of portfolio governance. I look forward to working with KCSP in promoting excellence in Catholic schools in Kent.
ANNEMARIE WHITTLE - PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR
I am married with 3 children and enjoy bringing my love of reading, music, travel and walking into school. I began my career in publishing following my History degree at London University. Later I took a PGCE at the Institute of Education and became a Primary teacher in London then later moved with my family to Kent. I have enjoyed being a Headteacher for the past 13 years and during this time I have been fortunate to carry out a number of temporary and ongoing roles including an acting Local Education Officer, Executive and Associate Headteacher supporting Catholic schools in Kent, a Headteacher coach and mentor, and External Headteacher examiner for Christchurch PGCE all of which broadens my own experience and I believe supports the children and staff of my own school and those of the wider community.
STEPHEN ADAMSON - PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR
I have been Head Teacher at St. Gregory’s Catholic School since September 2009, it is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school in Tunbridge Wells. The school was rated “Outstanding” in its last Ofsted inspection in 2013. I have taught in Catholic schools for over 30 years and have been on leadership teams since 2001. I have held leadership positions in the Brentwood and Westminster dioceses in the past. I studied History at university and have taught it throughout my career along with other subjects like RE and English.
I have a keen interest in all sports especially football and tennis. I am married with 4 children and currently live in Essex although I originally come from Chiswick in West London. The importance of educating our young people for the 21st century and allowing them to explore their faith is paramount to me. I firmly believe there is no ceiling on achievement and I am keen to help the trust put in place the structures to ensure all of our students reach their full potential.
STEVE SEATH - ACADEMY DIRECTOR
37 years experience within the Lloyds Banking group specifically managing retail branches and commercial portfolios in London and Kent. Expertise in relationship management and highly skilled in financial analysis supporting clients in the SME market. For the last eight years specialising in the Education sector in the South East region with particular experience in schools converting to academies and Multi Academy Trusts.
Chair of Governors of a large primary school in North Kent that converted to an academy in 2015 and is part of a large Multi Academy Trust. Married for 25 years with two sons aged 24 and 20, the eldest is a Geography teacher and the youngest is a History student at University.
PROFESSOR ANNE BAMFORD - ADVISER TO THE BOARD
Professor Anne Bamford is Director of the Education Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Southwark. Anne has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research in arts education, emerging literacies and visual communication. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and through her research, she has pursued issues of innovation, social impact and equity and diversity. A World Scholar for UNESCO, Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong, and Norway. Amongst her numerous articles and book chapters, Anne is author of the “Wow Factor: Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education” which has been published in five languages and distributed in more than 40 countries. Anne is the winner of the Australian Institute for Educational Research, Outstanding Educational Research Award for 2002, Best Single Book Title 2004 and short listed for the British Female Innovator of the Year in 2006. Anne was elected as Freeman in the Guild of Educators in London in 2010 in recognition of her work in education