Anthony Ball is a C-level financial professional and Chartered Accountant. He has over nineteen years of experience spanning financial services roles within the City of London and Europe, with responsibilities centred within the Global Investment Banking arena and recently within PE investor strategies and start-up SME’s. Anthony has sat on several Boards and has significant Corporate Governance and Regulatory experience.  Prior to his role in the City, Anthony was a Regular British Army Officer. More recently he served with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan.  He is married with two children and is a keen amateur cyclist and runner.

Mel Chadwick became an English teacher after a successful career in HR.  She has worked at a senior level in sixth form education for over seventeen years and in her current role as Vice Principal of Winstanley College has been a senior manager in an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ institution for over twelve years. Mel says “I have learned through this experience that a key factor in maintaining outstanding status is collaboration; not only because this helps retain key staff but also because every institution has areas for development however ‘outstanding’ their Ofsted label might be”.  Mel is motivated by individuals surprising themselves by how much they can achieve; whether they are trustees, governors, teachers or students and believes everyone needs to know what outstanding looks like and to receive clear and careful feedback on their performance compared to this definition.  Believing that this clarity about standards can often be best achieved within a Multi Academy Trust, Mel is committed to the ethos of the Rowan Learning Trust; to support children, students and adults on their journey to become outstanding. Mel is also an SLE with specialism across the post 16 sector.

David Leonard is a transport professional who has extensive and varied management experiences working for several companies in the north of England in a variety of operational and business roles since 1980.  He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.  David has been a parent governor at Hawkley Hall High School since 2004 and was elected onto the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is a Trust Governor at Kirkby High School and was a member of the Governing body of Marus Bridge Primary School for 7 years. His key areas of speciality include safety management and operational process implementation.