Mr Cove Chair

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.

Mrs O’Brien Vice Chair

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.

Mr I Joyce Ex-officio Trustee

Ian Joyce joined the trust as Finance Director in August 2021 and is now serving as Interim CEO. He has worked within the education sector for 26 years, predominantly in the areas of Finance and Operations. A qualified accountant, with previous experience working in audit and the NHS.

Mr Butler Trustee and Local Governor

William Butler was Chair of Denbigh Governors from 2003 until the establishment of the MAT in 2017. He is trustee of a number of charities and Chair of trustees of the Directory of Social Change, – a national charity which supports an independent voluntary sector through campaigning, training, funding information and publications. He is a former director of the largest UK mental health charity, 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 has been pivotal in re-designing the structure of the Denbigh Trust to ensure it is fit for purpose and the future and is an experienced trustee with skills in senior leadership, corporate governance, procurement and financial and risk management.

Mr Hand Trustee

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.

Mr Preen Trustee

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.


Mr Giles Trustee

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.

Mrs Jones Trustee

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