Members and Trustees

The Attenborough Learning Trust is comprised of a volunteer of professionals chosen for their extensive experience in the education, charity and private sectors.

The Board of Trustees is ultimately accountable for the performance of the Trust, and delivery the Trusts Vision.

Jason Bell• Transformation & Business Excellence Director with Arvato Services working with clients such as Google. Amazon and Microsoft
• Over a 25 year career successfully driving improvements and helping transform businesses back to profitability and growth.
• Experienced in managing regulation, operational excellence & transformational change, across many organisations with experience of working in UK, Japan, U.S, Europe and APAC region.
• MBA qualified fellow of the Charted Management Institute (CMI).
• Lived in Leicester for most of his life and has a strong affinity with the ethos of the trust.
MEMBER Appointed
Minesh Chauhan• Extensive 30 yr. career in Information technology and System Integration, covering systems integration, Security; providing consulting & transformation services for more effective business processes and cost reductions to client organisations.
• Technology Lead/Principle Technical Architect at CGI, leading the global team for SAP Technology and responsible for System Integration Consulting and developing the strategic direction for the company’s technology.
• Former Chair of Governors at Green Lane Infant School (12yrs) and currently Chair of Governors at Bridge Junior School (12yrs), with 25 years Governing experience.
• Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSc).
• Qualified and licensed swimming official; committee member and club treasurer of Leicester Neptune Swimming club
• 3rd generation family within the trust’s local communities.
MEMBER Appointed
Gina Samuel-Richards• Director Solicitor with AGR Law, specialising in family law and support to new and established businesses.
• Former school Governor for c.10 years and former Vice-Chair at Shenton Primary School
• 18 years supporting charities in the Leicester area, as either a Trustee or Legal Advisor to the board. Currently, Legal Advisor to two local charities, advising on business and governance structures, contracts, HR support, policy and procedures.
• Speaker at the University of Leicester on the issue of FGM. Lectures on courses certificated by the University of Leicester, which are delivered in the local community. Has delivered legal lectures on the radio.
• Has lived in Leicester for most of her life, and is passionate about giving back to the community and embracing the diverse communities it offers.
MEMBER Appointed
Hanif Asmal
• Retired teacher and Head of Department with 30 years’ experience in the secondary school sector.
• An active school governor across the city since 2001, including:-
o Former Chair of Highfields Primary School since 2001.
o LEA governor and a parent governor at two secondary schools,
o Chair of the local governing body at Roundhill Academy within the Bradgate Trust.
• National Lead of Governance and NLG Co-Ordinator – advising governing bodies and undertaking external reviews of governance and given advice to many.
• Former Parish councillor at Syston Parish Council.
MEMBER appointed
Pam Bingley
• PAM BINGLEY • Currently Chief Risk Officer and previously CIO for Value Retail PLC, a European €3bn turnover company. Formerly 7 years with Whitbread and 10 years with Cadbury.
• Extensive experience in IT and systems management, IT strategy for growth, mergers, service improvement, data, commercial finance, supply chain management, people and change management.
• Former magistrate and has spent time supporting young offenders
• Has a strong empathy for the challenges in the community and for the schools and is looking to support and give back to the communities.

MEMBER appointed
Sunil Desai
• Currently works for the local authority, and has been there for over 18 years.
• Has significantly operational management experience in customer service and finance.
Also works in the private industry with experience in security management in sport stadia environment.
• Former school governor at Shenton primary for over 15 years, where he was the chair of the human resource and finance committee.
• Sunil has lived in the area previously for over 25 years, where he was brought up and educated in schools in Highfield. He knows the area and local community well and has strong local connections.
MEMBER appointed
Rose Griffiths
• Professor of Education at the University of Leicester; National Teaching Fellow
• Specialist in mathematics education - taught in pre-school, primary, special and adult education, and in Initial and Continuing teacher education.
• Member of several government advisory research and policy-making groups and visiting Professor II at the University of Trondheim (NTNU, Norway).
• Author of more than 100 titles for the mathematics classroom and children at home, both in the UK and across the world.
• Founder of the Letterbox Club, for children in foster care, in Leicester in 2003; now hosted by BookTrust with over 10,000 members each year across the UK
• Worked with the Childhood Bereavement Network and Leeds Animation Workshop, initiating two much-praised projects on childhood bereavement: “Not too young to grieve” and “Teenage Grief”,
MEMBER appointed
Lee Jowett
• Strategic delivery of Eco-Schools programmes across over 100 schools in the city
• Coordinator of environment, health and wellbeing education offer to Leicester Schools
• School-wide energy management systems developed and behaviour change programme
• Mentoring of DMU students on short-term placements
• Programme of funding bids and externally funded projects delivered in timely manner (in excess of £100k per year)
• Regular reporting to Deputy City Mayor for Environment and Assistant Mayor for Education (Leicester) on relevant papers including sustainability and education programmes
• Leading on Green Fox Community Energy on an innovative project developing new community energy models (using the MAT as a community model)
MEMBER appointed
Chair of Trustees
Pankaj Patel
• 11 years as Corporate Governance Officer with BNP Paribas
• Qualified accountant (ACCA) with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), trained at KPMG.
• Formerly Barclaycard Head of Governance and Head of Operational Risk and Analysis, Audit Manager with Barclays and Auditor with Leicester City Council.
• Extensive experience of governance, risk management, internal audit, business continuity, in the financial services industry.
• Broader expertise of external audit, business and process re-engineering, change management, project management and management consultancy.
• Has lived in the community nearly all his life and has experience of schools, gained during his time working with the Internal Audit team of Leicester City Council.
MEMBER appointed
Vice Chair of Trustees
John Turner
• Experienced consultant and commercial business development director across private and public sector organisations in Leicestershire, nationally and internationally.
• Strong background and extensive career across the education sector, former roles include:
o Teacher,
o Assistant Director of Education for Leicestershire County Council.
o Senior Education Adviser for the Department for Education.
o 8 years with Mouchel plc as Head of Children’s and Learning Services.
o NCTL – incl’ developed a framework for the UK-wide Director of Children’s Services Programme, Programme Director for the College’s leadership programme for 700 school leaders across the UAE
• Has a clear understanding of the communities served by schools and a passion for improving the life chances of children in urban communities and in particular those in Leicester.
MEMBER appointed

The Register of Interests allows Members and Trustees of the Trust to declare any interests that they hold outside of the organisation.

Members and Trustee Disclosures

NameBusiness InterestsOther Directorships & partnershipsOther Trusteeships / governorshipsAcademy/school staff
Jason Bell
Minesh Chauhan
NilNilChair of governors at Bridge Junior School.
Former Chair of Governor at GreenLane Infant School
Treasurer of Leicester Neptune Swimming club
Gina Samuel-Richardson
Legal advisor to the Boards of Leicester Rape Crisis and The City RetreatDirector and shareholder at AGR Law
Former governor Shenton Primary School (ended Feb 2019) Nil
Hanif Asmal
National Leader of Governance
NilRoundhill Academy
(Deputy Chair)
Pam Bingley
Sunil Desai
Leicester City Council NilFormer Governor at Shenton Primary School (ended March 2019)Nil
Rose Griffiths
University of LeicesterNilMember for the Vines Multi Academy TrustNil
Lee Jowett
Pankaj Patel
Sarah Sutton
NilDirector at Protea Consult Ltd.NilNil
John Turner
Consultancy work with Bradgate Education PartnershipDirector at:

John Turner Consulting Ltd
Turner Consulting Services Ltd

International Leadership Associates Ltd
Jane Ridgewell
Director at The School Development Support Agency
Director at The School Development Support Agency
NilPart time Headteacher at Highfields Primary School
David Nimmo
NilNilNilPart time Business Manager at Highfields Primary School

Executive Team

The day to day operations of the Trust is delegated to our Executive Team :

Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Trustee Appointed
Jane Ridgewell
Director Finance and Operations
Trustee Appointed
David Nimmo

Local Governing Boards

The membership of each schools’ Local Governing Body can be found on our schools’ websites.

Details for the Chair of Governors of each school is provided here for reference.

LGB Chairs
SchoolName of LGB Chair
Greenlane Infants SchoolPaul Archdeacon
Highfields Primary SchoolAbdikaif Farah
Sparkenhoe Community SchoolLee Jowett
Uplands Infants SchoolKhalid Mahmood

Trust Committees

The Trustees have appointed two central committees:

1. Resources Committee

2. School Standards and Improvement Committee

The composition of the Committees is provided here for reference:

Committee Members
Pam BingleyAudit and Resources CommitteeTrustee
Sunil DesaiAudit and Resources CommitteeTrustee
TBCAudit and Resources CommitteeTrustee
TBCAudit and Resources CommitteeTrustee
TBCAudit and Resources CommitteeGovernor
TBCAudit and Resources CommitteeGovernor
TBCAudit and Resources CommitteeGovernor
Hanif AsmalSchool Standards and Improvement CommitteeTrustee
TBCSchool Standards and Improvement CommitteeTrustee
Rose Griffiths School Standards and Improvement CommitteeTrustee
John Turner School Standards and Improvement CommitteeTrustee
TBCSchool Standards and Improvement CommitteeGovernor
TBCSchool Standards and Improvement CommitteeGovernor
TBCSchool Standards and Improvement CommitteeGovernor