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Our Trustees

National governance of our trust lies with the Trust Board, a group of professional volunteers who provide support and challenge to Anthem’s Executive Team.

Our Trustees are responsible to the government for the performance of all our schools. They ensure our clarity of vision and strategic direction; hold each school to account for its educational performance; and make sure our money is well spent.

Anthem's Board of Trustees

Chair of Trustees Jay Bhutani has a background in institutional fund management for over 15 years, most recently as Managing Director of the Wellington Management Company. Now retired, Jay has a strong interest in education and brings considerable analytical skills and experience in working with private sector boards, auditors and regulators around the globe to our Board.

Dr Martin Coles is an experienced Board Trustee with a successful career history of working in education leadership, including roles at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) and The British School in the Netherlands. A skilled business development professional with a doctorate from The University of Nottingham, Martin has also published 19 books and over 50 articles on literacy, school leadership and school improvement, most recently How to Have Happy Children (2019), RedDoor Publishing.

The new Chair of Anthem's Finance Committee Troels Henriksen has a strong background as a Chief Financial Officer in private equity-backed and corporate entities and Chartered Accountancy. He is highly dedicated to his charity work, which includes volunteering with The Newman Holiday Trust - a charity that each year provides holidays for over 120 children and young people with complex behaviours and special needs.

Mark Kamlow is a lead social care solicitor at Leicester City Council, working with an expert team providing legal advice to social workers on adult and child social care, mental capacity and mental health matters. He brings a wealth of experience in the areas of safeguarding and child protection to our Board.

Alison Macleod is an experienced non-executive director with roles in the commercial and voluntary sectors, who applies her extensive business and HR expertise to enhance Board performance. Alison is also a governor at St Paul’s School in Barnes, London, with responsibilities in the areas of safeguarding, renumeration and pensions, and was previously a Trustee of Anthem’s Principal Sponsor, Education Development Trust. 

David Moran is an accomplished education leader with extensive experience in driving strategic initiatives and transforming educational outcomes. As the Interim CEO of Venturers Trust, he provides strategic leadership during a transitional period. As the former CEO of E-ACT, David radically transformed the educational and financial performance of 29 academies. He has held leadership roles in the US and UK, driving data-driven decision-making and supporting high-priority schools. David is a published author and sought-after speaker.

Sal Wilson is a qualified counsellor with over 30 years’ experience in a range of roles for organisations such as Partnership for Schools and East Sussex County Council. She has worked extensively in the charitable sector through volunteering with various disadvantaged groups, and has over 16 years of board-level experience in the public, private and charitable sectors.