About Us

As directors of a charitable trust, our Board of Trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law. The Board is also accountable in Law and to Ofsted for the Trust’s performance.

The Board has two core functions: to set the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure financial probity. The Board is supported by two sub-committees Audit & Risk and Remuneration.

As a multi academy trust, the Board is responsible for all academies in the Trust. We exercise this responsibility by delegating functions to the local governing body of each academy through schemes of delegation

Board of Directors

David Lane - Chair

David is currently the Independent Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee for the West Midlands Combined Authority as well as a Chair of a local Primary School and local Parish Councillor in Warwickshire.

David is now retired, but his career was largely leading change and improvement within both Public and Private sectors, with some long standing third sector supportive roles. He has also worked with many government departments and agencies to advise them on change.

Bren Taylor - Vice Chair

Bren leads Link2ICT’s Professional Services providing support for more than 1400 schools nationally, mainly in Birmingham, Staffordshire and West Sussex.

Bren is currently the chair of West Midlands Regional Broadband Consortium (WMnet),  a board member of the National Education Network (NEN) and a director of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation (BeLF). He is also a program committee member for the annual International mLearn conference.

A teacher by trade, Bren taught in Sandwell and Birmingham.  During his time at Birmingham LA and with Link2ICT, he also led the Birmingham CLC Service and was a senior advisor to the Birmingham BSF programme. For the last six years he has  been a facilitator for the National College for Teaching and Learning’s (NCTL) leadership programmes, working for two different licensees, and during which time he was certificated in the first ever  cohort of NCTL’s Advanced Facilitator programme.

As a volunteer, Bren has worked in soup kitchens, been a school governor and has contributed as one of a couple of UK representatives to the UNESCO OER programme.  His spare time now is often taken up with keeping his classic sports car on the road and taking part in events and rallies across the UK and Europe. Bren is married with two grown up children and his wife is also a teacher in a special education setting.

Catherine Canty LLB (Hons)

Kate is currently the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands which involves working with the business and voluntary sectors across the region, participating in civic activities, acting as liaison with the armed forces and supporting Royal visits to the County.

A qualified solicitor with over 20 years in commercial property law, subsequently becoming a business and property consultant, Kate has a strong background in constitutional law and governance.

Kate has had various voluntary positions in the employment and skills sector in Birmingham and is currently a director of Millennium Point which promotes education in the field of innovation and technology.

Jared Whitaker BSc (Hons)

Jared is experienced in strategic development and change management and has overseen critical areas of businesses including, but not limited to, M&A, real estate, commercials, vendor management, sales and merger.

Jared had led large project teams, exceeding 100 project resources, within high-budget projects. Jared is experienced in identifying strategic roadmaps and guiding board-level decision making.

Jared runs a successful consultancy business that supports businesses through complex mergers and acquisitions within high-pressure environments.

Patrick Ricketts FCMI, PG Dip

Patrick is accomplished at delivering strategy for sustainable business growth and people/team development. Has a demonstrable proven track record of customer service performance improvement in executive roles, including FTSE quoted PLC’s.

Patrick has extensive commercial experience leading account strategy for multi-million-pound contracts and delivering customer service excellence.

Patrick has strong strategic planning, operations, and commercial skills within UK markets in B2C & B2B markets including the public sector and has significant experience in transformation and change management.

Helen Redican

Helen has worked both within schools and as a school improvement advisor for many year supporting schools that need rapid improvement.  She has considerable expertise in the evaluation of educational standards across a range of settings, leadership and governance of schools of all phases and types, early years provision and partnership working with local authorities and officers of the DFE.

Maria Earl BSc (Jt Hons), FCIPD

Maria has worked within HR within the rail industry consultancy since 2006 currently holding the role of HR and Business Improvement Director for Arriva Traincare. Prior to the rail industry Maria held senior posts in B2B consultancy and the food industry . Marie currently represent Arriva UKT on industry forums at division and group level and is a member of the pensions reform working party.

Jane Edgerton CEO/EHT

Jane has over twenty years’ experience in education and fourteen years in headship and executive headship before becoming the Chief Executive of Forward Education Trust. Jane is an accredited National Leader of Education and a serving Ofsted inspector. She holds the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors. Jane also acts as a school improvement advisor procured to do work on behalf of schools, trusts and local authorities. This includes appointments of head teachers, carrying out pupil premium and governance reviews and work to address the underperformance of schools, governing bodies and leadership teams.

Directors Minutes


Directors Minutes 24.03.21 900.15 KB 32 downloads


Directors Minutes 03.02.21 1.01 MB 8 downloads


Directors Minutes 02.12.20 1.10 MB 31 downloads


Directors Minutes 15.07.20 1.03 MB 42 downloads


Directors Minutes 20.05.20 1,019.96 KB 14 downloads


Directors Minutes 25.03.20 947.25 KB 6 downloads


Directors Minutes 04.12.19 1.01 MB 6 downloads


Directors Minutes 26.09.19 2.27 MB 78 downloads


Directors Minutes 08.07.19 496.51 KB 65 downloads


Directors Minutes 15.05.19 1.95 MB 48 downloads


Register of Business and Pecuniary Interest

Please see below our Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests for all our members of the Forward Education Trust (FET).


Register of Business Interests and Third party transactions 2020-21
Name Term of office (start/end dates) Business Interests

(Include relevant business and pecuniary interests – if ‘none’ this should be clearly stated.  Include any other school governor posts held and any connections between governors and school staff)

Close relationship with employee or provider of services to the Trust Third party declaration Transactions with Academy Trust Names of close family with related party interests
David Lane

BSc (Hons)

6 March 2019 –

5 March 2023

·  Chair of Governors, Ferncumbe Primary School, Hatton, Warwickshire.  No pecuniary interest.  Chair since September 2019, Governor since September 2018.

·  Chair of Audit, Risk and Assurance for West Midlands Combined Authority.  No pecuniary interest.  Since November 2016.

·  Parish Councillor for Rowington, Warwickshire.  No pecuniary interest.  Since April 2017.

·  Wife is a Trustee/Director of Warwick University Students Union.  No pecuniary interest.

·  Wife is Chair of Imperial College Students Union.  No pecuniary interest

·  Wife is a Trustee of Right to Succeed charity.  No pecuniary interest

Travel Expenses for meeting attendance. None
Brensley Taylor

BEd (Hons)

5 April 2017 –

4 April 2021

·   Capita employee (Entrust/lLINK2ICT)

·   Director of Birmingham E learning Foundation.

·   National Education Network board member.

None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance None
 Catherine Canty


5 April 2017 –

4 April 2021

·   Elms Farm School, Governor, Chair of Finance Committee.

·   Clerk West Midlands Lieutenancy

None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance. None
Helen Redican

NNEB Bed (Hons) MEd

5 April 2017 -

April 2021

·  Warwickshire Education Authority

·  Skilts School

Trust Finance Director None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance None
Jared Whitaker BSc (Hons) September 2020 -

September 2024

·  Managing Director of Ideologic Consulting Ltd. None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance. None
Jane Edgerton  - CEO


5 April 2017 –

4 April 2021

·      Ofsted Inspector

·      Northern House Academy Trust – Director

·      Associate Member Skilts Governing Board.

·      Hunters Hill College – supporting as NLE

None None Payroll


Travel Expenses for meeting attendance.

Maria Earl BSc

(Jt Hons) FCIPD

6 March 2019 –

5 March 2023

·      HR Director for Chiltern Railway (CRCL) None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance. None
Patrick Ricketts FCMI, PG Dip September 2020 -

September 2024

·      Non-Executive Director UBICO Ltd None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance None
Ayaz Hussain BSc (Hons) October 2020 - 31.03.21
(Date of Resignation)
·      None None None Travel Expenses for meeting attendance None


Attendance Record 2019 - 2020

Please see below our attendance record for the period between 2019-2020