John Simpson

After a career as a teacher, inspector and CEO in two local authorities John was a founding director (in 2000) of Tribal Group plc. From 2007 to 2012 he served the Government as a school adjudicator. Since 2007, John has run his own company (Public Service at Heart Ltd) which undertakes a range of education-related consultancy services.

John is the non-executive chair of ASDAN, the Skills and Education Group, the lottery funded Bristol based Golden Key Project and the North Somerset Strategic Schools Forum. John was appointed by the Secretary of State as the founding chair of the West of England Learning and Skills Council.

Tony Simpson

Set up a manufacturing company in Hull, in a similar business to one he was general manager of (conveyor belts) This business was successful, eventually retired.

Interests include volunteer work as an assessment officer and business mentor for the Prince’s Trust.

Another interest is the managing of the Withernsea Lighthouse, which operates as a tourist attraction and museum. The Lighthouse is owned by a charitable trust, and Tony is a part time paid employee of the Trust.

Dr Brian Wells

With a BSC(Hons) Pharmacy degree from Manchester University and following initial pharmacy management jobs, Brian established his own community pharmacy in , East Yorkshire supplying pharmaceuticals to local offshore installations. This work led him to undertake a research project through Bradford University into all pharmaceutical aspects of offshore health care (including a detailed study of relevant legislation) which resulted in a PhD.

He has also served on pharmaceutical bodies, including being Chair of the Yorkshire Regional Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical.

In 2013, he was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for distinction in the profession of Pharmacy.

Richard Marsden

Richard was a career Civil Servant in the Department of Work and Pensions, entering the service as a clerk at age 17, and working his way up to a Senior Executive Officer (Operations Manager) on retirement in 2010.

Richard is a trustee of a Family Trust managing properties in the private rental sector. He is also a trustee of Kirk Ella Parish Relief in Need Charity and treasurer of Kirk Ella Parish’s Mill Lane Cemetery. He has served as a School Governor for the last 7 years.

Richard is also a trustee of Horizon Academy Trust and will provide the link between the members of the trust and the trustees.