Members & Trustees

The Members:

Brian Vallely 

Brian Vallely worked in several different areas over his career, within different departments and undertaking a wide range of tasks providing him with diverse skills.

Architecture & Civic Design – contract management; finance, human resources;

Housing  - allocations and maintenance programmes;

Mechanical & Electrical – final account scrutiny and settlements; contract management and budget making

Planning & Development- team management; commercial and industrial working relationships

Education (ILEA) working relationship with schools on personnel, finance, day to day management; staff and general management as Assistant Divisional Education Officer; training, recruiting and supporting school governors.

During this time enjoyed several and regular promotions and undertook further study, ONC Business Studies, HND Public Administration & Diploma in Municipal Administration

With Greenwich Local Authority from 1990 various responsibilities with education including managing governor services; managing school admissions; statementing officer for pupils with special educational needs; managing pupil exclusions and re-admissions; team leadership and general management.   

From 2003 self-employed as Vallely Consulting, a limited company:  working closely with schools in supporting their governing bodies through servicing meetings, review and evaluation; provision of training.  

 

Ben Hutchings

Ben was a governor at Millennium Primary for several years during its turnaround.

Owner of Millennium Minis, a 2 setting nursery on the Greenwich Peninsula. Their ethos is about childcare being a core community asset and as well as sponsoring children’s sport activities across the area, they gift 25% of their profits to local community organisations.

He has other sites in Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Stratford and West London. He will be expanding further over the next few years and each site will offer similar support to their local communities. Later this year he is starting a training company to work with local residents to train them for a career in child care and is complementing this by becoming one of only 3 nurseries in London to pay the London Living Wage.

Having previously run his own businesses in recruitment and insurance, Ben now uses that commercial expertise and entrepreneurial spirit in combination with a passion for education to run innovative nurseries across London.

 

Mandy Watson

Mandy has many years experience as a primary and middle school teacher, an Inspector in Croydon and a Headteacher in Sussex and in Botswana, where she was a member of accreditation teams to international schools in Africa for the Council of International Schools.  She is Chair of Governors for the Pioneer Federation in East Sussex, a Trustee with the Compass Partnership, a LA Governor in St. Mary the Virgin (East Sussex), a co-opted Governor with Fletching (East Sussex), and a National Leader of Governance.

With five grandchildren aged from 9 to 23 she has particular interests across all education stages.

She worked as the Senior Primary Improvement Adviser for the London Borough of Greenwich for thirteen years, until November 2016. She has been an Inspector for Church schools since 2006. Her present role is as Senior Schools Improvement Adviser for the Diocese of Chichester.

 

Anna Thompson

Anna is a civil servant for central government, currently working in the Government Equalities Office on legal protections against discrimination. She spent two years on secondment with REAch2 Academy Trust, heading up their governance and policy team – where her big learning point was the real value of the ‘fresh pair of eyes’ brought by volunteers involved in governance.

Before 2015, Anna had a range of education policy and delivery roles in central government, including on academies, school improvement, school qualifications and specialist school status.

Anna loves living in SE London and has daughters in primary and secondary schools. She has lived and worked in France, Belgium and South Africa, where she helped set up a charity providing educational resources, library facilities and reading support for township schools.

 

Maria Nash

Maria has worked in a wide range of services over eighteen years with the Royal Borough of Greenwich: Organisational Development, HR, ICT, Modernisation, and Corporate Client-side Management (of RBG's wholly-owned direct service organisations). Prior to Greenwich, she worked in contract and project management roles for the Manpower Services Commission, South Thames Training & Enterprise Council (and its American equivalent in Bridgeport Connecticut), Deptford City Challenge, and Lambeth College. She took early retirement in 2016.

When her son was small she started volunteering in his primary school. This led to election as a parent governor (in 2002), then to Vice-Chair and finally Chair of that same large primary school in Lewisham. She joined Millennium as an Local Authority governor in March 2014 and was Vice Chair there 2017-18. She is also a Governor at another large primary school in Greenwich and represents Maritime Academy Trust on the Greenwich Schools Forum.

 

The Trustees:

Tiffany Beck

Tiffany is a Founding Member of Maritime, National Leader of Governance and an Expert for The Key for School Governors. She is Senior Governance Advisor for REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary trust in the country. Previously she worked at The Whitehall & Industry Group on leadership development for senior leaders across business and government. Her focus was on Organisational Raids, taking an organisation from one sector into an organisation from a different sector to learn about their approaches to shared issues (including strategic planning, stakeholder and employee engagement, change management, innovation, project management, human resources, brand management and more). Tiffany has lived on Greenwich Peninsula since 2007 and is extensively involved in the local community, is Chair of the GMVA residents’ association and a member of the Peninsula Forum. She was previously Chair of Governors at Millennium, leading the board to an outstanding Ofsted and the 2017 Outstanding Governance Award from the National Governance Association. Tiffany has undertaken extensive training for various governance areas including Chair, Pupil Premium, safeguarding, Ofsted, and school finance, and external reviews of governance. She was made a Fellow of The RSA for her efforts in education and community activism. She is also currently Chair of the Transition Board for Featherby Infants & Juniors Schools (Medway).

 

Nick Osborne

Prior to founding Maritime, Nick was the Executive Head Teacher of Millennium, Brooklands, and Timbercroft Primary Schools. He is a National Leader of Education. 

Under Nick’s leadership, Brooklands went from a ‘Satisfactory’ Ofsted rating to ‘Outstanding’ and became a London Gold School, and Millennium went from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’. All three schools' attainment and progress have accelerated rapidly, with the progress at Millennium and Timbercroft being in the top 3% nationally.  During the most recent Ofsted inspection his leadership was described as exceptional. 

He speaks at conferences about Maritime's creative curriculum and vision for education, and the power of collaboration to transform schools.

He is currently also a governor on the Transition Board for Featherby Infants & Juniors Schools.

He has 3 children of his own and is a big Arsenal fan. For some reason his hair disappears in photos.

 

David Cockcroft

David is a private equity investor focused on helping start-ups and smaller businesses achieve sustainable and profitable growth. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Blackrose Equity and was previously an investor at Bridges Ventures, a social impact fund. David began his career at JPMorgan after graduating from Trinity College, Dublin.

 

 

 

 

Martin Myers - Standards & Achievements Chair

Martin is a solicitor, with over 13 years of private and in-house experience in the finance sector.  He began his career with the multinational firm Squire Patton Boggs and until recently was legal counsel at Barclays Bank PLC. Martin has expertise in lending to public sector entities, notably further and higher education providers, and large corporates.  He has volunteered in school governance, as both a local governor and trustee, since 2014.

 

 

 

Astrid Korin

Astrid is a Principal Education Consultant with Education Development Trust, a not-for-profit delivering research, consultancy and large scale technical assistance programmes in the UK and overseas. She has fourteen years’ experience in policy formulation and multi-sector strategic planning (Health, Education and Social Development), mostly in developing country contexts. She has a blended background in consultancy, solution/ project design and delivery and capacity building for public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Astrid manages a team of consultants and carries out short term technical assignments for clients. Her current areas of focus include system leadership, collaborative school improvement and (Teacher-led) Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) as a way of increasing the evidence-base on what works and as a powerful tool to unleash voice and agency for teachers.​

 

 

Tom Gilliford

Tom Gilliford is a Freelance Innovation Consultant. He previously was an Innovation Consultant for IDEO's OI Engine, worked for The RSA's education team to implement creative education policy, and prior to this was a teacher. He was a governor at Timbercroft and enjoys the odd bit of baking. You may have seen him and some of his unconventional ingredients on The Great British Bake Off 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pia Vachha - Finance & Audit Chair

Result-oriented banking professional with 14+ years of banking experience at global institutions, with a specific focus on Transaction Banking & Financial Institutions. An informed risk-taker and team player, with a proven track record of developing non-conventional solutions to meet customer needs. Excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills. Outstanding communication skills and strong initiative and work ethic. Areas of experience and expertise include:

  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning & Implementation
  • Cash Clearing Products
  • Relationship Management
  • After completing a BA in Economics at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, worked for 5 years at Wells Fargo bank (formerly Norwest) as an Analyst/ Systems Consultant in Retail banking.
  • Completed a MBA at Georgetown University, The Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business in 2002.
  • Worked with ABN AMRO Bank in NY from 2002 – 2006 in Operations & Financial Institution (FI) Product Management, and from 2006-2010 in Amsterdam, NL in FI Product Management (during this time, RBS was bought by RBS). Managed the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for key stakeholders, as well as developed and implemented innovative solutions to enhance current clearing solutions.
  • Moved to Barclays Bank in 2010. Responsible for end-to-end management of a FI product set/ team, with key responsibilities including P&L management, defining & implementing strategy, and on-going product development.
  • Current role encompasses product delivery and management of risk & controls, across wider Transactions Product.

 

Trustees who have served in the past 12 months:

Terry Miller

Terry worked in Children’s Services Finance for more than 17 years. His previous role was Children’s Services Finance Manager for Royal Borough of Greenwich, managing a team of 14 people. He joined Maritime as Finance Director in 2016. His portfolio includes:

School funding and accounting requirements, including finance training for schools and governing bodies; funding arrangement for children’s social care provision, special educational needs and education support services.

He has served on various governing bodies for more than 10 years, and has developed a wide range of skills and experience, including:

  • Setting, monitoring and managing school budgets
  • Ensuring best value and tendering procedures
  • Compliance with school accounting requirements
  • Supporting and challenging schools through the analysis of data and evidence, including how to measure and monitor the progress and attainment of pupils.

Terry also serves on the governing body of Plumstead Manor Secondary School.