Our Board of Directors
The Trust has a strong team of Directors with a diverse skills base who support the Trust in its mission to deliver outstanding Catholic education for children and young people across Kent.
The Board of Directors are required to follow the principles of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee and are required to oversee the management and administration of the Trust and academies within the Trust.
You can find out more about our Board of Directors below; and can download our Governance Structure, Directors' Declarations of Interest 2019-20, Board Meeting Attendance for 2019-20 and list of Previous Directors.
Marieta Brennan(Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Achievement|
Marieta joined the Board in January 2013 and is a parishioner of The Parish of the Holy Family Thanet, Parish Council member and one of Children’s Liturgy leaders. Her children were both former pupils of the Ursuline College.
Marieta’s commitment to the Catholic faith extends beyond supporting Catholic schools through her children, she enjoys utilising her skills and expertise to ensure that others have the same opportunity to grow in faith.
Julian GizziVice Chair of the Trust Board (Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Finance and Resources, Audit|
|External appointments:||Jesuits in Britain - Risk Management Committee. Safeguarding Officer: Parish of St Teresa of Avila, Ashford|
Julian joined the Board in December 2018 and is a parishioner at St Teresa of Avila Church in Ashford. He retired from practice as a solicitor at the beginning of May 2018 after 39 years at DAC Beachcroft LLP, London.
Julian’s practice was in public and administrative law where he worked predominantly in the education and health sectors. Julian acted for three decades for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and in early 2018 advised on the establishment of a replacement body (Office for Students) and its regulatory framework. In 2015 Julian conducted an investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three academies in Norfolk on behalf of Sir Michael Wilshaw, the then Chief Inspector of Schools at Ofsted.
Dr. Annabel Goodyer(Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Audit|
|External appointments:||Trustee/Director – Young Lives Foundation|
Dr. Annabel Goodyer is a social work academic and qualified social worker. She has extensive practical experience in children and families social work, both as a local authority social worker and a children's guardian and independent chair of the Kent Guardian's Panel.
Her research interests include children's views studies of safeguarding and fostering, social work skills and working with mixed-race children and young people. Geographically Annabel has practiced in Greater London and Kent. She joined the Child and Family Training Group in 2001 and has delivered training in a range of evidence-based assessments. Annabel has managed qualifying social work programmes at Brunel University and London South Bank University. She has published widely in the social work academic press and is the author of 'Child-Centered Foster Care'.
David Lain (Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Achievement|
Following the completion of a PGCE at Oxford University David worked as a secondary maths teacher, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has worked in a range of senior roles across business, finance, strategy, operations and education.
David is currently part of the leadership team for the BBC's Digital Products and Services and serves as Foundation Governor and Chair of the Academy Committee at St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells.
Monsignor Canon John O’Toole
Monsignor Canon John O’Toole was born in Dublin before his family moved to Chatham in Kent when he was aged 8. He attended St John Fisher Secondary School, Chatham and Rochester Mathematical School. He then studied History at King’s College, London before going on to St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He was ordained a priest in 1978 (the Year of the 3 Popes) and has exercised his priestly ministry at parish, diocesan and national levels.
He was Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark from 2011 to 2014. Following his work as the National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales between 2015 and 2020 he was appointed by Archbishop John Wilson as the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, in succession to Mgr Matthew Dickens, and took up this post in February 2020.
Dr. Jane Overbury O.B.E (Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Achievement (Chair), Pay & Performance|
Jane joined the Board in October 2018. She qualified as a teacher of English and Drama and held a number of leadership roles in schools and colleges before becoming Principal and then Executive Principal of Christ the King Sixth College. She retired in August 2017.
Jane holds a Doctorate from the Institute for Education. She was awarded an O.B.E. for services to education.
Mike Powis Chair of the Trust Board (Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board (Vice Chair), Audit, Finance & Resources, Pay & Performance|
Mike joined the Board in January 2013 and was Chair of Governors at St Simon Stock Secondary which both his children attended. Mike worked with Kent County Council (KCC) for 35 years in a variety of roles including clerking for the Education Committee and working on admission appeals and school organisation. In the latter part of his career, Mike 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. Mike also sits on school admission and exclusion review panels for KCC, Medway Council and the Southwark 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 Trust before being appointed as Foundation Director.
Geoffrey Randells(Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Finance and Resources Committee (Vice Chair)|
Geoffrey joined the Board in March 2017. He qualified as an actuary and followed a career in the asset management industry. Geoffrey has worked for various companies in London, Singapore, Canada and the Republic of Ireland and is currently employed by BP pensions.
Geoffrey graduated from Imperial College with a first class degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Statistics. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Oxford University.
Peter Ventress(Foundation Director)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Audit (Chair), Pay & Performance|
Peter joined the Board in March 2014 and retired as CEO of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE 200 company with a turnover of £1bn and employing 15,000 people in 2015. Peter enjoyed a Catholic education and throughout the past 25 years has been a school Governor.
Peter spent 30 years in the paper, office supplies and textile rental industries. He held a number of senior management roles including CEO of Corporate Express, a quoted Dutch company, before becoming President of Staples International covering Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. 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 achieving an MBA from the Open University.
Mike Walters(Principal Director – Secondary)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Finance and Resources|
Mike joined the Board in October 2018. Following 8 years of Headship at St Anselm's Catholic School (Canterbury) Mike was appointed as the Executive Principal of an academy cluster comprising of St Anselm's (Canterbury), St Edmund's Catholic School (Dover) and Ursuline College (Westgate-on-Sea) as of September 2018.
As well as his experience as a Headteacher, Mike has also been a member of an Interim Education Board at a Pupil Referral Unit and served as an Ofsted Inspector from September 2014 to August 2018. In addition to his place on the KCSP Board Mike is currently the Chair of the Kent Association of Headteacher’s East Board, which covers Canterbury, Swale and Thanet.
Annemarie Whittle(Principal Director – Primary)
|Committee Membership:||Board, Achievement|
Annemarie joined the Board in February 2015 and began her career in publishing following a History degree at London University. Annemarie took a PGCE at the Institute of Education and became a Primary teacher in London and then Kent. Annemarie has been a Headteacher for the past 13 years and has 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.