Gaynor BullTrustee and Chair
Originally qualifying as an engineer in 1983, I changed to the finance industry working in a large retail bank in many different roles including business and personal banking, research, development and electronic payment systems.
My interest in the educational sector flourished as my three children began and progressed through the school system. I worked as a Pre-School Bursar for 10 years and became a school governor in 2000.
I have 19 years experience of primary governance, 8 years experience of secondary governance and have been the Chair of Insignis Academy Trust since July 2016.
We are a recently formed Multi Academy Trust with high aspirations for all our schools and students. My ambition for IAT is to be known as the trust that has made a difference to local education in the Aylesbury area.
I passionately believe that education should provide opportunities for all wherever they may be and my career in higher education at the Open University enabled me help provide those opportunities for a diverse body of students. I chaired the production of an innovative introductory level science module (Questions in science), studied online by over 2000 students a year, wrote for human biology, paramedic and plant biology courses and jointly edited ‘Why people need plants’ published by Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, 2010. I managed a team of around 40 Associate Lecturers and led faculties through two large change management projects before retiring in 2018.
Mark HardyTrustee and Vice Chair
After graduating from Kings College London I qualified as a Solicitor and worked in private practice in Jersey and London before moving into the pharmaceutical industry in 1992. I worked in a number of roles in this industry and travelled extensively throughout the USA and Canada as well as in Europe. I was involved in mergers and acquisitions, litigation of all types, especially product liability and intellectual property, pensions and corporate governance.
I now work as a part time consultant managing various pension schemes as well as being a non-executive director of a number of start-up companies. The rest of my time I devote to work for charities, educational and sporting organisations. I am Vice Chairman of the British Safety Council and chair the Audit and Investment Committees; President and a director of Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club; and a Past Master and trustee of the Worshipful Company of World Traders Charitable Trust. I am also a Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.
I was previously a Governor of Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and chaired the Audit and Curriculum Committees.
My career has been spent in Human Resources and I have operated in a range of environments from large scale FMCG, food and technology businesses to software consultancy/professional services and smaller organisations in manufacturing. My last role was as HR Director in FMCG.
Both my two children have been through secondary education in Buckinghamshire and I am very aware of the need to provide all children, of whatever ability and background, with exposure to the full range of opportunities secondary education can and should deliver.
Ensuring we enable our students to find their place in society as well rounded, confident individuals who are equipped to reach their potential, is one of my key drivers in joining the Insignis Academy Trust.
I manage an investment business which has acquired companies across a variety of sectors from cinemas to car parts to camera hire. I am Deputy Chair of the National Film and Television School and Chair of Youth Concern in Aylesbury and hold governance roles at a number of local community organisations. I have helped to establish and sit on the board of several social enterprises in Rwanda. I enjoy family, sport, travel and learning.
Twenty five years of secondary headship (and forty years in teaching) have NOT dimmed my belief in young people: their collective potential to shape a better world is at the heart of my interest in contributing to the work of IAT.
Previously a member of the National Executive of NAHT (2009-11) , including Chairing their Secondary Committee, and Chair of the Bedfordshire Upper School Heads (2002-08), I believe that sharing best practice, knowledge and values are pivotal to enhancing the opportunities of every student. I relish the prospect of IAT contributing to the evolution of all schools in the Trust in the years ahead.
I have spent almost all my career working in Buckinghamshire schools. Throughout the years I have chosen to move between selective and non-selective schools. I have maintained connections outside schools as well. For instance I was Buckinghamshire’s representative on the national panel that set up GCSE mathematics, I established a national association for secondary modern school headteachers and I have been a county union representative. In my current role I am leading a small Multi Academy Trust that aims to operate in such a way that each school leader cares about the successes of others in the MAT almost as much as they care about the success of their own school – with the practices in each school being shared and adopted willingly.
John HuskinsonCompany Secretary
I am a CPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years experience in public sector. Before joining IAT in early 2018 I was the Finance Director Education at Buckinghamshire County Council and a relative expert on the school funding formula.
I joined IAT as I share the values that the IAT Board and CEO, Stephen Box have, in wanting to make a difference to the education and outcomes of pupils in Buckinghamshire.
Now that the IAT journey has properly started and one school has become two (hopefully soon three and more) being part of IAT is even more exciting and the opportunities to support more pupils even greater.