Nikki King (CBE) - Chair of the Trust Board

Previous Experience

Nikki is Interim Chair of the Board of Falcon Education Academies Trust, having previously worked in the motor industry where she received numerous awards, including an OBE for services to the road transport industry.

In 1996 Nikki set up Isuzu Truck UK and grew it into a multimillion pound business and after facilitating a buyout in 2013, Nikki stepped down as MD and became its Honorary Chairman.

Nikki turned her focus to education after retiring from ITUK and she became Chair of the Skills for Life Trust (formerly Greenacre Academy Trust) in 2014 and was also the only business leader in the UK to be appointed to one of the eight Head Teacher Boards, a Dept of Education Initiative.

Nikki is also a Member of the STEP Academy Trust.

Sarah Brown - Vice Chair

Stephen Gough

Tom Maddison

Previous Experience

Tom is currently deputy chair of the Skills for Life Academy Trust.

He is a creative international business advisor with a track record of delivering organisation wide improvements in Human resources, organisation development, Strategy, Marketing, Services operations and building successful organisations.

Prior to becoming an advisor, he held the “Head of Portfolio Talent” position at Hg Capital from 2015 to 2017, providing support to the Partnership’s Investment professionals within HgCapital portfolio companies and potential acquisition targets.

From 2012 to 2015 he was the CHRO for Xerox Corporation, based in Connecticut, having responsibility for global human resource planning, sourcing, talent management, leadership development, pay and rewards, diversity, work environment and industrial relations.  Prior to this Tom held a variety of positions in finance, operations, business services, marketing, and HR management.

In 1991 Tom earned his master’s degree in industrial design engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College and a Bachelor of Science degree in materials engineering from Loughborough University of Technology in 1986.  

Rupert Gather

Geoffrey Davies

Geoffrey has been a corporate lawyer for over 40 years and has during that time provided corporate finance and M&A advice to a wide variety of clients, from multi-nationals to entrepreneur-owned private companies, across a variety of sectors. His work has included advice on bank and other funding’s, share buybacks and commercial contracting.

In addition to his main practice, Geoffrey has been deeply involved in acting for charities which operate academies, establishing the first Multi Academy Trusts, United Learning Trust, Harris Federation, ARK Schools, Oasis and Future. He spent eight years as a trustee of United Learning Trust, which was then the largest operator of academies in England. He is also a trustee of New Schools Network, a charity which supports the establishment of new state funded-schools in England.

Geoffrey is the author of a series of online courses published by specialist educational publishers, Anspear, which are the only available comprehensive guides to governance of academy trusts.

Geoffrey was a director of Bonhams for many years and chairman of its holding company, Bonhams Brooks PS&N Limited.