Members & Trustees

The Members:

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.


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.


Eben Groenewald

Eben was appointed as a Member on 15th December 2020, further details to follow.

The Trustees:

Tiffany Beck - Chair

Tiffany is a Founding Member of Maritime, National Leader of Governance and an Expert for The Key for School Governors. She is a Senior Consultant for PLMR, a public affairs, PR and digital marketing agency based in Westminster. She specialises in all aspects of communications, PR, issues management and public affairs for the agency's market-leading education practice, supporting schools, trusts, and other education charities and organisations across the country. She was previously Senior Governance Advisor for REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary trust in the country. Prior to that 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). She is part of Sir David Carter's team conducting Trust Diagnostics for Ambition Institute. Tiffany has lived on Greenwich Peninsula since 2007 and is extensively involved in the local community; as a member of both the GMVA residents’ association and the Peninsula Forum she was involved in numerous community improvement initiatives on the Peninsula. 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 - Chief Executive

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 and is a governor at his son's school, Hustmere School.

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


David Cockcroft - Finance & Audit Chair

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 - Vice Chair

Martin is a solicitor, with over 15 years of private and in-house experience in the banking sector.  He is now a lawyer for the Department for Education.  Martin has expertise in lending to public sector entities, notably further and higher education providers.  He has volunteered in school governance, as both a local governor and trustee, since 2014.  Martin is Vice Chair for Maritime Academy Trust and trustee responsible for safeguarding.  




Astrid Korin - Standards & Achievements Chair

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.‚Äč



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. 





 Sarah Armstrong-Taylor


Sarah is a chartered accountant with over 20 years experience, specialising in financial planning and reporting, risk and controls and investor relations.  She began her career with Deloitte and then held senior finance roles within Johnson Matthey Plc.  



 Louise Obi-Drake

Lou is passionate about creating spaces where people can thrive, whether that is within organisations, institutions or places. She has 20 years’ experience working in the space of developing people, which started in HR at Sainsbury's through to most recently developing leaders in charities and social enterprises. Her current work focuses on training and development, specifically in the areas of leadership, social change, innovation and enterprise.

Having worked across private, higher education and charitable organisations in both small and large organisations, in a variety of roles, she believes her varied experiences enable her to identify different ways of doing things, taking the best ideas from one space to another.

Outside of formal work, she is a Museum of Happiness trainer and has been a registered waste collector, both equally amazing learning experiences in creating positive change.

Lou believes ‘there is little success where there is little laughter’ and that the power of play and creativity is an underrated tool in identifying innovative solutions to our greatest challenges.


Tom Campbell


Tom is currently Chief Education Officer at Greenwood Academies Trust, leading the 3-19 Education Directorate across 36 primary, secondary and Special academies.  Tom has been with GAT since 2017, previously as Director of Secondary Improvement and more recently Education Director.

Tom is a former secondary Principal with a demonstrable track record of school improvement.  He has been an Ofsted inspector, sat on various DfE advisory panels and held a number of governance roles including a primary school Chair of Governors and MAT trustee.   Tom remains a non-executive director of the School Development and Support Agency (SDSA) in Leicester.

 As a psychologist, Tom is passionate about the application of cognitive science in learning, committed to equality of opportunity in the curriculum for all pupil groups and is relentless in his pursuit for improved outcomes across the Trust.

 At Maritime Academy Trust Tom sits on both the Standards & Achievement Committee and the Education Challenge Board.


Members who have served within the last 12 months 

Brian Vallely from 06/07/2016 to 15/12/2020


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