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Trustees
Jon Cox
Jon Cox
Dr Jon Cox has been Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School (RGS) since 2007.   Prior to his appointment he held various leadership roles including Second Master, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Housemaster at Whitgift School.  He was educated at the University of Southampton (PhD Biochemistry, BSc Physiology & Pharmacology) and the Royal College of Music (Certificate of Advanced Performance).  During Dr Cox's leadership of the RGS, he has developed and strengthened partnerships with GEP Academies, working closely with George Abbot School and Kings College, Guildford.  
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Chris Holyoak
Chris Holyoak
Chris is a Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience in senior financial and operational management positions in major banks and financial service operations, including leadership roles within an International Financial Organisation (IFI).  He was closely involved in the creation, development and management of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a strategically important IFI, which combines a private sector business approach with multi-national public sector ownership.  His roles and responsibilities at EBRD  included those of Controller, Head of Operations & IT, Acting Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Budget and Financial Policies and Managing Director of IT & Administrative Services.   Since leaving EBRD, Chris has formed his own consultancy firm, Britoak Services Ltd, providing services and support to independent clients as well as to Second Sight Support Services, an organisation specialising in Investigations, Fraud & Loss Management and Organisational Change.   He has worked closely with top level senior management as well as the Audit and Budget Committees of Boards of Directors with in-depth management experience, focussed on a range of critical and sensitive issues including, in particular, areas relating to organisational change and relevant areas of corporate governance, risk management, business continuity, as well as having strong project management oversight expertise.
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Stephanie Millin
Stephanie Millin
Stephanie studied at the University of East Anglia, graduating with a BA (Hons) in European History with Norwegian. Since then she has worked in Law Enforcement. Stephanie has been involved with local schools for over 10 years and was formerly the Chair of Boxgrove Primary School's LGB. Both her children have attended Boxgrove and George Abbot schools and have benefitted from the excellent opportunities on offer. Stephanie shares GEP's vision for all children and young people to be able to achieve their potential. When not working she can usually be found with a camera in her hand.
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Peter Gale (CEO)
Peter Gale
CEO
Peter Gale is the Chief Executive Officer. Until August 2013 he was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) of Education (Children's Services & Skills). As HMI he inspected both primary and secondary schools and also providers in Initial Teacher Education. He has significant experience of school improvement work with Ofsted, for example, he provided challenge and support to a number of schools to help them exit special measures. In the last year of his time with Ofsted, he provided well received support and challenge to twelve primary and secondary schools that were judged to 'require improvement'. This took the form of on-site monitoring visits, facilitation of school-to-school support and telephone support relating to data analysis, inspection frameworks and school systems development.
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Jane Powell
Jane Powell
Professor Jane Powell is Vice-Provost for Education & Students at the University of Surrey and assumes responsibility for academic affairs and student support services.  As a member of the University’s Senior Executive Board, Jane oversees all aspects of university strategy and development, as well as strategic leadership in relation to learning, teaching and student experience.  Prior to her arrival at Surrey in January 2017, Jane held the position of Deputy Warden at Goldsmiths, University of London, with strategic leadership of Academic Development and Internationalisation. She has held a wide range of previous academic roles at Goldsmiths, including appointments as Head of Psychology, Head of the School of Culture & Society, and Pro-Warden for Research & Enterprise. In these positions she developed organisational structures, led the development and implementation of academic, international and research strategies, and orchestrated the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions. Before joining Goldsmiths, Jane trained and worked within the NHS as a clinical psychologist, specialising in addiction and brain injury rehabilitation services.  She is a full member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Neuropsychology and an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist. Jane has conducted extensive research in her dual specialisms of addictions and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
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Fergal Roche (Chair of Board of Trustees)
Fergal Roche
Chair of Board of Trustees
Fergal Roche is the Chief Executive of The Key. Fergal started his career as an English teacher before becoming Headteacher of three schools and moving to various business development roles within education. He has led The Key from its pilot beginnings through to the thriving and independent organisation that supports over 100,000 school leaders and governors today. For six years he chaired the Board at Saint Gabriel's College in Lambeth.
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Geoff Wyss (Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees)
Geoff Wyss
Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees
Dr Geoff Wyss has been a school governor for 20 years, starting when his children were at Holy Trinity Junior school and then for the last 14 years with George Abbot School. He has been heavily involved with taking George Abbot through the process of becoming an academy and subsequently with the formation of GEP Academies. He has recently completed the National College of Teaching and Learning Leadership Development programme for Chairs of Governor's and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor. In this role he provides support for other schools in the Guildford area. By training and profession Geoff is an engineer in high technology systems and was for many years a Director of a local systems engineering company before becoming an independent consultant. He has recently retired.
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Steve Offord
Steve Offord
Steve has a wealth of business experience covering Business Transformation, Change and HR as well as general management. He has worked in a variety of settings including Oil, FMCG - Food, Lighting and Clothing, Financial Services, IT, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and latterly Health & Social Care and Charities.  He has just completed 2.5 years at Barchester Healthcare leading their Transformation Programme and has now commenced an assignment with Lifeways Group as Head of Change and OD. Lifeways are one of the UK's leading providers of support services for people with diverse and often complex needs in community settings. He has also just spent a year as a Trustee of Young Devon who support disadvantaged young people aged 11 to 25.
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