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Peter Maxwell - Chair

Peter Maxwell is a former banker and corporate finance executive, who now runs a business that provides marketing and strategic advice to small and medium size enterprises. He is a member of the Diocese of Ely Board of Education, and chairs the Academies Scrutiny Review Group for the Diocese.  He has also previously owned a Nursery School.

Andrew Read - CEO

B’Ed (Hons with QTS) and M’Ed, University of Cambridge

Andrew has Cambridge degrees in education and education management, and has taught, led, and managed in all phases, and has 12 years’ experience leading Ofsted inspections. A staunch believer in formulating practice from evidenced based research, he has had extensive involvement in higher education, and is an established author. In the last decade he has acted as an advisor to government, provided management support to 80+ local authorities/academy groups, worked directly with more than 5000 schools, spent a decade serving as a director within the commercial sector, is a past and current trustee for numerous charitable trusts, and has been a governor in a number of schools of different phases. Andrew lives near Cambridge with his teaching wife and a young son. Andrew is designated as Accounting Officer of DEMAT in his role as Chief Executive Officer, as well as undertaking the role of Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely. Above all else Andrew is a passionate campaigner for the rights of all children to a good education, regardless of location, circumstance or religion.

Revd Michael G Banyard - Board Member

M.A., B.Phil, Adv Dip Ed., Cert Ed., CTM

Taught as a secondary teacher of  Religious Education and Head of Humanities Faculty at the City of Ely College, (1969 – 1984) then was Deputy Headteacher of MOD secondary schools in Cyprus, (1985 – 1991) and Hong Kong (1991 – 1996), before a final year in Germany and then early retirement in 1997. He spent four years as Lay Pastoral Assistant at St John’s Anglican/Episcopal Cathedral in Hong Kong, before two years at Westcott House, Cambridge (2001 – 2003). Ordination in 2003/2004 led to a curacy in south east Cambs, and then Incumbency as Rector of the Three Rivers Group of parishes (Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett & Snailwell) since 2007. He has served as a Parish Councillor, was an OFSTED Inspector, and is currently Governor of two church primary schools; he serves as Vice Chair of the Ely Diocesan Board of Education, and maintains his interest in education and schools and the interaction of the mission of the church and its schools in his rural circumstance.

Keith Carne - Board Member

Keith is a mathematician in the University of Cambridge.  In 2010 he was appointed as First Bursar at King’s College, where he is involved in the management of the College, the Chapel, and the Choir School.  In the past he was a governor of St Paul’s Primary School in Cambridge and then became a trustee for the Church Schools of Cambridge, which owns and supports four primary schools in the city.  He is on the electoral roll of St. Bene’t’s Church.  Keith brings particular expertise in finance and trusts to DEMAT.

Sir David Harrison - Board Member


Sir David Harrison is a chemist and academic.  He taught at Cambridge University until 1979, becoming a Fellow of Selwyn College and its Senior Tutor.   He then became Vice Chancellor of the University of Keele (1979–1984), Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter (1984–1994), Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge (1994–2000), and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1997).  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1987 and knighted in 1997.

Sir David was also Chairman of the Government’s Advisory Committee on the safety of nuclear installations.

Ven Dr Alex Hughes - Board Member

Alex was born in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, though he grew up on the south coast of England, in Southampton and Seaford. He came from a Christian family, but it was not until he was at Oxford studying theology that he sensed a call to ordination.

After graduating Alex worked as a factory labourer at Parker Pen. In 1998 he married Sarah, and they spent their honeymoon back-packing round East Africa, Australia and Fiji. On return they moved to Westcott House in Cambridge where Alex completed his ordination training and undertook post-graduate study.

Alex was ordained in Oxford in 2000. He served his curacy at Headington Quarry, before moving to Portsmouth diocese as Bishop’s Chaplain. From 2008 he was been a parish priest in inner-city Portsmouth. Among his duties in Portsmouth Alex was Chair of Governors at a secondary Academy.

The Bishop of Ely collated the Revd Dr Alex Hughes as Archdeacon of Cambridge on Sunday 14 September 2014 at Great St Mary’s church in Cambridge.

David Lee - Board Member

David taught in secondary schools, leading to substantive and interim headships. He held senior advisory posts with Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Local Authorities, before becoming an education consultant, supporting schools to improve. He has also been an Ofsted Inspector. As a National Leader of Governance, he is currently an advisory governor and is involved with governor training. He has 12 years experience as chair of governors, including chair of the Temporary Governing Body of the new school at Northstowe.

Carole Reich - Board Member

Carole is an Executive Head Teacher within DEMAT.  She has held various roles within Education, as a lecturer in Adult Education, teacher and artist in California, a teacher and head teacher in the UK. Her commitment is to ensure that a high quality education is available to all at no cost, and believes children need to be encouraged to develop a growth mindset so that they can learn how to learn and engage in education as a lifelong process.

Robert L Skelton - Board Member

MA CEng, FIChemE, FINucI, MIMechE

Robert (Bob) graduated in chemical engineering from Durham University (King’s College Newcastle). He has over 30 years’ experience in the process plant contracting industry. During that period he was manager of Process and Safety for Davy McKee Nuclear and was responsible for a number of major nuclear projects.  He left Davy to become the Nuclear Energy Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Magdalene College.

Though now retired Bob is still a Director of Studies and supervises undergraduates in a variety of general and chemical engineering disciplines including safety and continues to lecture in nuclear engineering.

He is the author of an undergraduate textbook on process safety analysis and an editor of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Process Safety and Environmental Protection journal. He co-chairs the IChemE Safety Forum and assists the IChemE on the running of safety courses.  He also runs safety courses both within and outside the University, advises the Dept. of Chemical Engineering on safety matters and has assisted Addenbrooke’s Hospital on some aspects of radiation safety.

He is a member of the Ely Diocesan Synod and a member of the Council of Ely Cathedral.

Serena Standing - Board Member

Serena is currently Chairman of Trustees for The Philological Foundation, where she is University of London Nominated Trustee. As well as being a Board Member of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, she is a member of the Temporary Governing Body  of Ermine Street Church Primary Academy which will open in September 2016. Serena has been a Director of Hanover Partnership since 1997 and wasChief Executive of Hanover Foundations 1997-2013.

Serena began her career at the BBC, working in Personnel for Radio 1, 2 and Light Entertainment.  She later graduated from University College London where she read Ancient History and Egyptology.  Academic work in the Middle East followed, including lecturing at British Museum and on tour and her first start-up was a successful bespoke tourism company based in Turkey.

On return to the UK, Serena started an art consultancy advising top FTSE companies on building their public and private art collections. Serena has been approved by DfE as a sponsor of secondary academies.

Hilary Wright - Board Member

Ms. Hilary Wright serves as an Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Business Services at Aveva Group plc and served as its Head of Group HR/Group HR Manager. Ms. Wright has almost always been in the Human Resources arena, with additional operational management responsibilities. A large part of her career has been in the retail sector in both multi-site and Head Office positions. Ms. Wright spent five years working with a Cambridge-based software electronics company which provided interest and challenge in a dynamic, growing business. She undertook both an HR and an operational position, including overseas involvement, business systems and strategy. Ms. Wright joined AVEVA in 2006, where her role is to ensure that the Human Resources function can effectively support business goals and acquisitions worldwide. Ms. Wright qualified as a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mike Younger - Board Member

Mike is former Dean of Education and Head of the Education Faculty at Cambridge University. He was also Director of the Centre for Commonwealth Studies for eight years and has many years’ experience as a chair and vice chair of governing bodies. He has extensive experience in financial and strategic management and is currently working as an educational consultant.