Richard Fletcher – Chair of the Trust Board

I have over twenty years’ experience of working on governing bodies in both primary and secondary settings. During that time I have chaired three governing bodies and have worked closely with a number of head teachers and senior leaders on strategic issues. My committee work has been focussed mainly on finance, not primarily from choice but rather because it was a ‘groove’ I found myself in. I have always found the work interesting and challenging and have learnt a great deal, particularly from the teaching professionals I have worked alongside.

I was chair of the Bury St Edmunds All-through Academy Trust during its formative years. During that time I worked on a successful free school bid and the sponsorship of a struggling primary school.

I strongly believe that every child is entitled to a well-funded first rate education appropriate to their needs and abilities.

In my professional life I work as an electrical engineer and fire investigator, providing technical consultancy services to the insurance and legal professions. This has provided a wide ranging insight into civil and criminal law and its impact on organisations and individuals. I was a director and then Managing Director of the professional consultancy for which I work, before stepping back into consultancy in preparation for retirement.

Jenny Hanlon – Trustee

I have been a finance director at a number of insurance firms over the past 6 years, following a broad experience in various industries such Financial Services, Retail and Transport. I qualified with one of the Big Four accountancy firms back in 2000, where my desire to ask lots of questions was first harnessed. As a mother of 2 and having been in the private sector for so long, I now welcome the opportunity as trustee on the BEST Board to provide insight and support in an area that will benefit children in my local community.


Martin Aylett – Trustee


Victor Daniels – Trustee


Robert Davison – Trustee