Les rejoined the board of Paradigm Trust in July 2023 after previously serving one term of office from May 2018 – May 2022.
Les currently holds a number of non-executive and consultancy posts, predominantly in the publishing and media production sectors, where he worked for some decades.
Before stepping down from his last full-time managing director role, Les was a director in a number of media production SME businesses, specialising in restructuring, growth, acquisition, and stakeholder value realisation. 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.