John Cove is an accomplished, well-organised and innovative professional that has acquired valuable, transferable skills within the public, private and voluntary sectors, notably around education, community and sports developments. John is a Director at MK Dons and Chair of MKDSET. John maintains personal networks and profitable relationships to provide advantage and has developed successful partnerships at all levels. A proven leader who has developed, established and reinvigorated many services and facilities and who uses strong interpersonal skills to liaise with people at all levels up to and including Board and Government.
Joining the Trust in 2018, an experienced programme and business transformation professional. With a degree in Commerce, a Masters in Business, and a qualified certified accountant, she has worked for many years for global organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Lloyds, and Barclays Banks. Maureen has over 25 years’ experience in managing business change and transformation, mergers and acquisitions, and enterprise systems implementations programmes.
Maureen has a demonstrated track record of successfully delivering mission-critical, global initiatives from inception to closure. She has an exemplary record of achievement with the ability to set objectives, define deliverables, prepare plans and budgets, manage teams, and consistently deliver complex global programmes on schedule and budget, sometimes with limited resources and aggressive timelines.
Prior to becoming Headteacher in September 2014 Andy was Senior Deputy Headteacher at Denbigh for 11 years. In addition to this role, Andy led the bid for Denbigh to successfully become one of the first accredited Teaching Schools in the country. Andy was also influential, leading on teaching and learning through the period which saw the school move from ‘satisfactory’ to outstanding in 2009. More recently his educational philosophy around excellence had been heavily influenced by a fellowship exchange to Singapore.
After being educated in a Yorkshire comprehensive school, Andy progressed to University at Newcastle reading Microbiology BSc. A common theme throughout Andy’s career has been a strong commitment to comprehensive education delivered through local communities. Andy is a scientist at heart, having taught Biology for the duration of his teaching career and maintains a passion for the sciences and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Andy has recently been appointed as National Leader in Education.
William Butler is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a trustee of Denbigh for many years.
He has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2003 and is a former director of the largest UK mental health charity. He was Chief Executive of a disability charity, and Chief Operating Officer & Chief Executive of a major voluntary sector provider of substance misuse treatment services. He is currently a senior interim charity manager and consultant. He has been pivotal in re-designing the structure of the Denbigh Trust to ensure it is fit for purpose and the future. He is an experienced trustee with skills in senior leadership, corporate governance, procurement and financial and risk management.
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 5 year career break and then went to work for the DWP where she continues to work today. Sharon became a parent trustee at her child’s first school in Watford and became a parent trustee at Denbigh in 2004. Sharon’s skills are in financial management, corporate governance, human resources and procurement.
John joined the Trust in February 2021 with a strong background in Financial Services and Information Technology, having initially trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant following a degree course in Finance with Accounting. He spent over 25 years as a Senior Executive in Technology working for the HSBC Group both in the UK and abroad in a variety of roles from CIO in Argentina to the Global Head of Data Architecture and Information Services. Now semi-retired he continues to provide an executive advisory role to a Dublin based software company. John offers the Trust expertise in building shared services, performance evaluation, IT Strategy and data analysis. Living locally and having experience of local schools both for his own children and now grandchildren, John has a keen interest in education provision in Milton Keynes.
New to the Trust in February 2021, Warren recently completed the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma strengthening his experience at Board level. With a degree in Engineering and Management, Warren offers the Trust strong management skills having worked in globally diverse teams and has a history of delivering large-scale projects. Working across Asia, the Americas and Europe in the finance industry, Warren has experience of operational risk, business strategy, and regulatory adherence. He led the team that defined the post-Brexit Business strategy and Operating models for Investment Banking, Asset Management and other divisions within Nomura group. He now works for HSBC within their Programme Management, Strategy and Change team. Warren enjoys cycling and is Captain of a large local cycling club.
Jonathan is a successful school leader with experience of school improvement in different settings. Well known to the Trust and committed to the ethos and vision, Jonathan was Head of the Humanities Faculty at Denbigh School during the 1990’s. Jonathan progressed his career as a teacher and Faculty Head to become a Deputy Headteacher and then Head Teacher, so the Trust is benefitting from Jonathan’s strong knowledge and experience of the sector.
Currently a Regional Field Officer for The Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL) and a facilitator for The Best Practice network, Jonathan is still very much involved in education with a particular interest in inspiring, supporting and mentoring other leaders.
Jonathan has a genuine passion for travel, nearly fulfilling a childhood dream to visit all 6 continents.
Margaret is one of three Trustees who joined the Trust in Summer 2021, providing the Board with additional competency in strategic planning and project management. Working as the Director of Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd, Margaret has a deep knowledge of restructuring and developing strategic direction whilst ensuring cost-effectiveness and regulatory obligations. Excitingly, this role enables Margaret to encourage new talent into cybersecurity opportunities through lessons, careers fairs, and online games design for students. Margaret studied law at Oxford University and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, working for many years in Australia, including as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney. Margaret is a keen orienteer and member of the British Orienteering Foundation
Currently a Commercial Chief HR Officer and Executive Coach within her own consultancy business, Julie also joined the Trust in Summer 2021, bringing a wealth of experience in both driving and supporting transformation and organisational change. With a keen eye for business and previous Board experience, Julie offers the Trust a unique ability to support the Board in nurturing a culture and environment built for learning and growth. Julie demonstrates a pragmatic and passionate operating style, able to develop strong collaborative working relationships. Julie’s appointment to the Board provides a deeper knowledge of HR matters with a focus on culture, values and behaviours.
Anthony joins the Trust this summer with a wealth of governance experience having been a governor of various primary schools and founding governor of a secondary school in Milton Keynes, seeing it through the build phase. Anthony brings his extensive knowledge of educational institutions to the Board as he initially trained as he was Registrar at the Royal Society of Chemistry responsible for developing corporate governance, leading in compliance and policy, and supporting chemistry teachers and curricula in schools and higher education. This followed an initial teaching career in a large Cambridgeshire Secondary school.
Anthony has also lectured for the Open University and enjoys voluntary work for the Milton Keynes Citizens Advice.