Culloden Primary Academy, Ipswich Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Solebay Primary Academy | 28/07/2017

Memorial Event for Amanda Phillips CBE

Paradigm Trust would like to invite you to attend a Memorial Event to celebrate the professional life and achievements of Amanda Phillips CBE (invitation link below).

In planning the date and time, we have tried to accommodate the needs of people who have professional and family commitments and may be travelling some distance to attend. We have chosen a venue in Tower Hamlets since this is where Amanda spent the majority of her working life.

The memorial event has been confirmed for Saturday 9th September 2017.

Please extend this invitation to friends, colleagues and associates who would like to attend.

To confirm your attendance please RSVP by 11th August 2017 to

Memorial Invitation

Culloden Primary Academy, Ipswich Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Solebay Primary Academy | 28/06/2017

Message from David Willis

I wanted to take this is opportunity to update you all on some of the decisions that have been taken during this difficult period to ensure our schools have the right support in place.

I am pleased to be able to tell you that Neil Winn has been appointed interim principal of Murrayfield Primary Academy and his appointment will run until December 2018.

Bill Holledge will continue to provide continuity and support but he has been promoted to the new role of Chief Operating Officer for Paradigm Trust. Bill has worked as a key part of the trust’s senior team since 2015, helping in many aspects of its management. His knowledge and experience will be of tremendous value during this time of transition.

This is the first time that the trust has had a chief operating officer. The creation of the role was something Amanda, Bill and I were working towards and, following Amanda’s tragic death, the board decided to accelerate this process.

Working closely with the board and the principals, Bill will assume responsibility for much of the trust’s day-to-day management while we go through the process of appointing a new CEO.

A number of Paradigm colleagues have also agreed to take on new/broader roles:

  • Claire Brunning, systems and data support across the Trust
  • Emma Vehit, interim company secretary
  • Ian Arnold, premises support across the Trust
  • Polly Jones, finance management across both Murrayfield and Ipswich Academy.

The Paradigm Board has also reflected carefully on the plans for Piper’s Vale Community Primary (Ipswich) to join the Trust as an academy. Paradigm’s strategy in Ipswich is to build a cluster of primary schools which will feed into Ipswich Academy. The regional schools commissioner/Department for Education asked Paradigm to take on Piper’s Vale some time ago and, since then, we have been working through the legal and other steps to enable Piper’s Vale Primary Academy to join Paradigm on 1 September 2017. The Board met last week and has agreed to proceed, notwithstanding Amanda passing away, in the light of a clear recommendation from Bill and the principals. We anticipate that Piper’s Vale will have its current headteacher, Paul Arch, in post when it joins the trust. The Board has asked Ben Carter to take on the role of executive principal over Piper’s Vale, working alongside Paul to ensure rapid improvements in outcomes and the quality of teaching. Ben will continue in his role as principal at Culloden, with members of his leadership team providing operational management on days when he is at Piper’s Vale.

Please join me in welcoming all the above staff to their new roles.

David Willis
Chair, Paradigm Trust

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Mark Hydes – Director

Mark Hydes – Head of Field Services, Commercial and Industrial Metering

Mark was appointed to the Board as a parent director on 18th June 2020.

Following a career spanning over 23 years, Mark is the holder of various electrical and safety qualifications. For the first 8 years of his career, Mark undertook onsite electrical installation works in residential and commercial settings. He then successfully moved his career forward into managerial roles within the electricity metering industry. It was during this time that Mark developed a sound knowledge of authoring safe systems at work. This includes the authoring of risk assessments, project planning and delivery, and contract management, with due consideration to industry regulation and compliance, and HR processes.

Mark has a vested interest in Paradigm Trust as his family attend Ipswich Academy. Mark has watched this academy develop and evolve and looks forward, as a Parent Director, to support its future growth for the benefit of the community.

Paradigm Trust | 05/03/2017

Bill Holledge – Chief Executive and Director

Bill is chief executive and an ex officio director. Bill has almost 20 years’ experience of working with schools (both primary and secondary) across a wide range of roles: headteacher; chair of governors; trustee of a multi-academy trust; company secretary and, latterly, as chief operating officer for Paradigm Trust.

As a headteacher, Bill brought his school out of special measures, delivered a step change in pupil outcomes and achieved an outstanding inspection judgment for leadership and management. Prior to his teaching career, Bill worked for three years within a global IT strategy consultancy. He has also held various roles within the Department for Education, including working as a policy fellow, with a particular focus on developing a school-led system; inspection reform and workload reduction.

Bill is a passionate advocate of Paradigm’s vision of giving children the educational opportunities they deserve, and a firm believer that the key to great outcomes is great teaching.

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Alistair Watson – Member

Alistair became a member of Paradigm Trust in May 2018.

He retired from the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in 2017 where he was partnership secretary for 22 years.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills he was in government service, principally with the Royal Navy serving at sea, in NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in the Ministry of Defence, London. He was Equerry and Assistant Private Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales from 1989 to 1991.

Alistair has experience of contributing to and supporting a number of boards and senior committees during expansion and times of change.

Paradigm Trust | 20/06/2014

Les Pipe – Director

Les joined the board of Paradigm Trust in May 2018 and is the trust’s link director for Piper’s Vale Primary Academy.

Les currently holds a number of non-executive and consultancy posts, predominantly in the publishing and media production sectors, where he has worked for some decades.

Before stepping down from his last full-time managing director role, Les was director in a number of media production SME businesses, specialising in re-structuring, growth, acquisition and stakeholder value realization. He has been involved in start up companies, growing from base to multi million pound organisations.

Les is also a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust.

Paradigm Trust | 11/01/2013

Dave Hughes – Director

Dave joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in January 2017.

Dave holds a number of consulting, non executive, and executive roles. He is Non Executive director for Health Enterprise East, an NHS based Intellectual property company, Director of Castle Crag Communications, a Digital Communications Consultancy company, and a trustee of both the Suffolk Community Foundation and Lets Talk Reading, an Ipswich charity focussed on improving literacy in the town. He is deputy chairman of the board of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation trust, where he is also chair of the performance committee and chair of the strategic projects committee which oversaw the recent move of the hospital to the Cambridge Bio Medical Campus. 

Prior to this, Dave held a range of executive roles at BT over a 35 year career.

Dave’s term of office is four years. He was appointed as a co-opted director by the Trust Board on 11 January 2017. He is the trust’s link director for Murrayfield Primary Academy.

Last updated November 1, 2019