The responsibilities of the Members are:
- To exercise their responsibility to appoint Trustees to the Trust Board ensuring that they hold the necessary skills and competence to manage the schools effectively and efficiently.
- To remove any Trustee or Member, who is not considered to be acting in the best interests of the Trust.
- From time to time to review the Articles of Association and to make changes when deemed necessary, after taking advice from the Trust Board.
- To appoint or remove other Members as necessary in line with the provisions of the Articles of Association.
- To receive the externally audited annual report and accounts from the Trust Board.
Mr Thornton Naylor
Born and educated in Liverpool, Thornton began work at Denbigh School immediately after qualifying as a teacher and after almost 40 years at the school, retired in 2013. Thornton was responsible for a range of senior leadership roles, including Head of Year/House and Assistant Headteacher. In 1989, he achieved an MA degree in Educational Management and Administration from Leicester University. He became responsible for Initial Teacher Training at Denbigh and was subsequently seconded part-time to De Montfort University and Oxford Brookes University to tutor on their ITT Professional Studies Courses. Throughout his career, Thornton was a passionate advocate of placing science at the forefront of the curriculum and assisting his students to achieve the highest standards of academic attainment and personal development. Thornton became a founding Member of the Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust at its inception in 2017.
Mr David Lock CBE MRTPI
David Lock founded David Lock Associates (planners and urban designers) in MK in 1988, and is now Strategic Planning Advisor to the company, which has become an Employee Benefit Trust. He remains the founder Chair of DLA Architects Practice which is now an independent business. David was the Government’s Chief Planning Adviser for some years and was, until 2019, a Board Member of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation in North Kent. He was made CBE for services to town and country planning in 2007, and in 2018 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from MK Business and the University of Cranfield. He is President of the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey. David and his wife Jeanette lived in Loughton for 27 years before moving to restore Calverton Manor near Stony Stratford. Two of their daughters were students at Denbigh School where Jeanette was also a Governor.
Ms Sharon McGuire
After studying for a degree in Economics at Newcastle University and a Masters in Social and Economic Aspects of Science and Technology at Imperial College Sharon worked as a researcher at the Engineering Industry Training Board. Sharon has written several papers on the sectors of the Engineering Industry and was involved in a survey of Women in Engineering. After her second child was born, she took a career break and then went on to work for the DWP. Sharon was involved with the Denbigh Association whilst both her children attended Denbigh and went on to become a parent Governor in 2004. She became a Trustee and founding Member when the school converted to an Academy. When Denbigh became a Multi- Academy Trust she remained as a Governor of Denbigh until July 2019 when she resigned in order to reduce the crossover between Governors and Trustees. Sharon’s skills are in financial management, corporate governance, human resources and procurement.
Mrs Grainne Ferrari
Grainne brings a proven track record of facilitating positive change and a wealth of knowledge regarding union and HR matters. Grainne was a governor at Oxley Park Academy when her children attended primary school, so has valuable experience of Governance at school level. Having gained a 1st class Honours degree in Midwifery from Northampton University, Grainne currently works as a Senior Midwife Sister at The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and has worked in all areas of the maternity environment. Grainne’s previous career was as an IT consultant within the Legal Industry.