Christopher has been one of the members of Paradigm Trust since 2 April 2013. He attends the audit and risk committee.
He joined the governing body at Old Ford Primary School in 2004 and went on to become chair in 2008. Christopher was also a governor at Culloden Primary School, before it converted to an academy in September 2013. Christopher was chairman of the Paradigm board until July 2016.
Christopher is the chief risk officer of Permira, a European private equity firm with global reach. He focuses on improving and standardising Permira’s risk management function globally. Christopher’s role covers key areas including reputation, conflicts, compliance, litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Permira as a principal in 2008, Christopher was the chief administrative officer for emerging markets (EMEA) at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for a number of compliance and risk matters including helping the firm establish its middle east offices.
Prior to this, he practised law at Freshfields and Simpson Thacher. Christopher has a degree in law from Oxford University, England, and a degree in international relations from Brown University, USA. Christopher is a solicitor (England and Wales) and an attorney (New York).
Christopher served as a director of Paradigm Trust from September 2013 until 19 July 2016. His term of office was four years. He was appointed as a director by the members when the company was formed on 2 April 2013.
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.
Ben joined the board of directors of Paradigm Trust in May 2017, having been a member of the Trust’s Education Committee and a governor within the Trust over the past four years. Ben originally visited Old Ford Primary School in 2013, as part of his work in the Department for Education in 2013 and, having kept in touch with the school, became a governor later that year. Ben held the position of governor for two years, and moved to take up a role on the Trust’s Education Committee when the Trust’s governance structure was changed in 2015.
In his day job, Ben is a Director of Isos Partnership, an independent research and advisory organisation specialising in strengthening strategic planning and delivery across public services, including education, special educational needs and children’s services. Before joining Isos, Ben was a civil servant in the Department for Education for five years, where he held key roles leading policy on the pupil premium, special educational needs, and funding. Away from his professional work, Ben co-founded and is a trustee of a charity that uses football to support young people from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds in London.
Ben’s term of office is four years. He was appointed as a co-opted director by the Trust Board on 23 May 2017.
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.