Our Trustees
& Governance 

Sound Governance of the Youth Trust is an essential dimension of ensuring operational and financial integrity. In order to support the Youth Trust through a period of considerable change initiated by the national expansion project, we recently conducted a skills audit to ensure that the composition of the trustee Board is commensurate with our ambitious aims, vision and strategy.

The Rt Revd Robert Springett
Acting Chair of Trustees
Robert is Bishop of Tewkesbury, in the Diocese of Gloucester where he has a substantial engagement with the ministry of the church among young people and in schools something that has been a passion of his throughout over 30 years of ordained ministry.
Lara Fawcett
Trustee
Lara is the Chief Executive Officer of PR First London which is an agency for the home and lifestyle industries. Customers include John Lewis, Crucial Trading and Sofa.com. Lara is also Non-Executive Director of Thomas Fawcett and Sons and the former CEO of Grylls and Reade Ltd, a Public Relations and Communications company.
Justin Wilson
Safeguarding Trustee
Justin has worked in education for most of his career. He is presently director of a HR company and also provides some specialist consultancy on governance for new school developments.
Imogen Sinclair
Trustee
Since graduating from Newcastle University, Imogen spent three years working for a Member of Parliament and now manages political affairs for the Centre for Social Justice, aiding MPs in relevant work. Her passion for social justice stems from her experience growing up with several of her cousins in the kinship care of her parents.
Andrew Read
Trustee
Andrew is Group CEO of the Diocese of Ely Education Trust, Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely, an author, lecturer and current and previous trustee/governor of numerous national and local education charities & institutions, including three other academy trusts and various new schools. 12 years as a Lead Ofsted Inspector.
Andrew Parker
Trustee
Andrew is a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of aspiring and in situ high-level leaders. He is also an established academic and holds professorial positions at Ridley Hall Cambridge and St Padarn’s Institute Cardiff.
Lucy Gordon
Trustee
Lucy was a governor at Aysgarth School for 10 years and prior to this was a solicitor practising commercial property law. She lives in North Yorkshire and is married with 4 children and 3 stepchildren.
Andy Wolfe
Trustee
Andy is Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development) for the Church of England, providing strategic national oversight of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. He leads the Foundation’s national team of staff leading the Foundation’s programmes, networks, research, events and publications.
Laura Catherine Abbotts
Trustee
Laura is an experienced financial services industry COO who over the past 18 years has delivered projects and ongoing performance improvements in the finance sector. With her combination of finance, operations, trading and legal awareness, Laura is confident leading and influencing others in a changing environment.
OUR TRUSTEES

Robert is Bishop of Tewkesbury, in the Diocese of Gloucester where he has a substantial engagement with the ministry of the church among young people and in schools something that has been a passion of his throughout over 30 years of ordained ministry.

The Rt Revd Robert Springett
Acting Chair of Trustees

Justin has worked in education for most of his career. He is presently director of a HR company and also provides some specialist consultancy on governance for new school developments.

Justin Wilson
Safeguarding Trustee

Lara is the Chief Executive Officer of PR First London which is an agency for the home and lifestyle industries. Customers include John Lewis, Crucial Trading and Sofa.com. Lara is also Non-Executive Director of Thomas Fawcett and Sons and the former CEO of Grylls and Reade Ltd, a Public Relations and Communications company.

Lara Fawcett
Trustee

Since graduating from Newcastle University, Imogen spent three years working for a Member of Parliament and now manages political affairs for the Centre for Social Justice, aiding MPs in relevant work. Her passion for social justice stems from her experience growing up with several of her cousins in the kinship care of her parents.

Imogen Sinclair
Trustee

Andrew is Group CEO of the Diocese of Ely Education Trust, Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely, an author, lecturer and current and previous trustee/governor of numerous national and local education charities & institutions, including three other academy trusts and various new schools. 12 years as a Lead Ofsted Inspector.

Andrew Read
Trustee

Andrew is a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of aspiring and in situ high-level leaders. He is also an established academic and holds professorial positions at Ridley Hall Cambridge and St Padarn’s Institute Cardiff.

Andrew Parker
Trustee

Lucy was a governor at Aysgarth School for 10 years and prior to this was a solicitor practising commercial property law. She lives in North Yorkshire and is married with 4 children and 3 stepchildren.

Lucy Gordon
Trustee

Andy is Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development) for the Church of England, providing strategic national oversight of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. He leads the Foundation’s national team of staff leading the Foundation’s programmes, networks, research, events and publications.

Andy Wolfe
Trustee

Laura is an experienced financial services industry COO who over the past 18 years has delivered projects and ongoing performance improvements in the finance sector. With her combination of finance, operations, trading and legal awareness, Laura is confident leading and influencing others in a changing environment.

Laura Catherine Abbotts
Trustee

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