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Our Trustees

Chair of Trustees, Rebecca Clarke has held substantive roles in schools and local authorities over three decades and spent the past eight years working as an independent consultant with a variety of local authorities, schools and private organisations. She has a proven track record in education and school improvement, leading change, engaging staff and ensuring that organisations and services reach their potential.

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. 

Tony Breslin is a public policy analyst and writer, specialising in education, participation and the third sector. He has held various governance roles across a range of education-focused organisations and has served as a Chief Examiner at GCSE and a Chair of Examiners at A level. The former Chief Executive at leading education and participation charity the Citizenship Foundation (now Young Citizens), Tony has published and spoken widely in the UK and overseas on education, participation, poverty and inclusion, and is credited, in particular, with the development of the concept of the citizenship-rich school.

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.

Mark Jarvis brings not only extensive experience in banking and finance, but also leadership of major technology change projects to Anthem’s board, having recently retired from a 20-year career in senior finance roles at EY (formerly Ernst & Young). In addition to his role at Anthem, Mark has recently been appointed a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Trustee of Breast Cancer UK.

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.  

Dr Angela McFarlane is a qualified teacher of secondary science, and has held senior leadership posts at a number of august institutions, including the College of Teachers and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She maintains an active interest in research into learning, is a committed conservationist, and a governor of the University of Middlesex. 

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.