Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Beaver colony which is based at Old Ford Primary on Tuesday 16 December 2014. Her visit was to mark the launch of the Scout Association’s Better Prepared project, which aims to work with local communities to open new Scout groups in 200 areas around the country where Scouting can have the biggest impact.
The aim is to ensure that even more children have the chance to experience fun and adventure through Scouting, while developing skills that will help change their lives.
The Duchess, who is an official volunteer at Scouts, delighted young people and their leaders with a visit to their Scout HQ at Old Ford Primary. During the evening, The Duchess enjoyed taking part in activities with the Beaver Scouts, helping to raise disability awareness. Activities included learning how to communicate through sign-language and navigating through activities requiring co-ordination while blind-folded.
Carlos, a volunteer at the Scout Group, said: ‘It was definitely a memorable evening. We were all so excited to see The Duchess at our Scout HQ and the Scouts loved doing the activities with her. The Duchess is such a great ambassador for Scouting; her support will hopefully encourage more adults to volunteer.’
[Some copy taken from The Scout Association]
Read Vice Chair of Governors, Jeff Martin’s, letter detailing the ongoing process of the School’s Travel Plan. So far parents and carers have met on three occasions to share views and feedback, since which two risk assessments have been carried out. For further information see the letter in full, attached.
Richard joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in September 2013. He was a parent director and also the chair of the academy council at Old Ford Primary Academy.
He is a commercial filmmaker and has a B.A. Joint Honours in English literature and philosophy. Since 2008, he has held the position of 1st Assistant Director, commercials.
Richard was appointed as a director by the members on 10 October 2013. His term of office was for four years. He stepped down on 27 September 2016.
Richard joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in September 2015. He was a member of the audit and risk committee, and the operations and finance committee. Richard was a governor at Old Ford Primary School for approximately 6 years until 2013, when he left to become vice chair of governors at Culloden Primary Academy. During this time, he was also chair of its finance and premises committee using his contacts to introduce the school to a beneficial relationship with the Tower Hill Trust. His work in the education sector also includes being a governor of Woldingham School for nine years and remains a governor of Stonyhurst College.
Richard’s professional career involved being a director of Credit Suisse Asset Management, before which he was a director of Schroder Investment Management, and previously a director of Baring Investment Management, all based in the city of London. During his 40 year career in the city of London, he advised and managed investment portfolios for leading charities and pension funds. Since Richard’s retirement from the City, he has been an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and continues to be an adviser to the Dean and Chapter of York.
Richard served as a director of Paradigm Trust from September 2015 until January 2016. His term of office was four years. He was appointed as a director by the members on 23 September 2015.
Pauline joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in October 2013. She is also the chair of the audit and risk committee. She was a governor at Solebay Primary Academy until the trust’s governance structure was revised in September 2015. She also acts as the trust’s link director for Solebay Primary Academy.
Pauline is a chartered accountant who recently retired as a senior partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. In her last role with the firm she was head of public policy and regulatory affairs, responsible for representing the firm in discussions with government, regulators, media and other stakeholders.
She is vice chair of the ICAEW’s professional standards board, a member of the financial reporting council’s accounting council, a member of the financial conduct authority’s regulatory decisions’ committee and an affiliate of FTI consulting. She is also a community governor of Middleton School, a special needs primary school in Ware, Hertfordshire.
Pauline’s term of office is four years. She was appointed as a director by the members on 10 October 2013.
David joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in January 2014 and became the chair in July 2016. He is a member of the operations and finance committee and is the trust’s link director for Old Ford Primary Academy.
David is a solicitor and, prior to his retirement, he was the joint CEO at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a member of the board and co-chaired the executive committee concentrating on the implementation of the firm’s strategy.
Prior to becoming managing partner of Herbert Smith in April 2008, he held a number of senior management positions, including leading Herbert Smith’s Asia operations (1997–2001) and Herbert Smith’s financial institutions group.
David joined Herbert Smith in 1981 and became a partner in 1989. Before working in Hong Kong, he advised on a series of major privatisations in the United Kingdom, including in the electricity and coal sectors. He also advised the UK government on the restructuring of British Nuclear Fuels plc and the establishment of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
David is also a member of the council at Queen Mary University of London and chair of its audit and risk committee; a member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chair of its finance and audit committee; and a vice-chair of the board of trustees of United Response, a learning disabilities charity, and chair of its finance and resources committee.
David’s term of office is four years. He was appointed as a director by the members on 15 January 2014. Under Paradigm Trust’s Articles of Association, David is a member of the Trust while he is the chair of the board of directors.
Denise is one of the members and joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in September 2013. She is also the chair of the education committee.
Denise Syndercombe-Court lives in Tower Hamlets and was a governor at Culloden Primary School for over twenty years. She joined the governing body as a parent governor when her eldest son started at the school and retained her interest in primary education as chair of the governing body for more than fifteen years. Professionally she is a scientist and was educated at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Currently she is an academic at King’s College London.
Denise’s term of office is four years. She was appointed as a director by the members when the company was formed on 2 April 2013. She has since been re-appointed as a director, by the members, for a further four year term.