I have spent 25 year working in the Fashion and Textile Industry as a designer, technical director, change management, HR quality assurance and quality management systems. I also worked in social compliance auditing worldwide working with NGOs and employment lawyers establishing factories abroad, moving plant from UK and implementing management systems as well as managing redundancies. I have also been part of the management of a property holding company.
I am married to Robert Bryars, a company chairman, and have four children between ages of 34 and 18 years (two were at Launde Primary) and am originally from Preston, Lancs but now have lived in Oadby for 18 years.
I am an active member of my local church and am currently a Lay Pioneer Minister at St Peter’s Church. I take an active role in the community and am passionate about the charities I support, having a significant level of involvement in church and community based voluntary projects and Ecumenical and Interfaith projects in Oadby and Wigston. In addition to this, I chair Oadby Remembers 1914-1918 research project and Oadby & Wigston Multi Cultural Group. I also work with Kennedy House asylum seekers in South Wigston, co coordinating integration initiatives.
I am a Qualified FCA with ten years’ experience in corporate finance mergers and acquisitions and integration. I am currently responsible for the identification, approach, negotiation and successful completion of strategic acquisitions as well as the ongoing integration.
I have the experience of being able to plan, lead and manage a deal from beginning to end autonomously. A key part of the role is deal origination, developing existing and new relationships as well as the overall management of the project. I also provide strategic advice, recommendations and proposals to the PLC Board on acquisitions and integration strategy, as well ensuring projects are managed from a cost, quality and delivery perspective.
I have currently a daughter that attends Launde Primary School, due to complete transition to high school this year.
I own my own business as Landscape Gardener, employing a number of people. I am a practical and logical thinker applying my analytical skills to all aspects of school life. I have in the past taken part and led in extracurricular activities at the school. I have a good financial understanding of the school position, and am able to bring in expertise from my work place.
As a Governor for many years and now as a Member, I am in it for all children, with a good understanding of the importance of high standards alongside the development of citizenship.
I am Lord Lieutenant for the County of Leicestershire and a leading businessman who plays a keen and active role in developing and promoting the city and county I made my home 30 years ago. I have had 23 successful years of Boardroom experience in both private and public sector organisations, recognised in my appointment in 2013 to one of the Confederation of British Industry’s most important roles of Head of Enterprise Forum, a position from which I lead the CBI’s work in respect of SME’s and I act as a national figurehead for SME members and their issues including interfacing with Government and European Commission on their behalf.
I started my career in 1985 as the senior manager responsible for audit and business advisory services at KPMG. In 2012, I founded Signum Corporate Communications Ltd where I retain responsibility for ensuring all aspects of company strategy are implemented and performance managed.
Amongst many non-executive roles, I have served as a non-executive director at Leicester Royal Infirmary and following it’s merger in 2000 with two other large Hospitals, was retained as Deputy Chairman of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, then the third largest trust in the UK.
In 2009, I joined the Board of De Montfort University. I am honoured to be Pro Chancellor of the University and am the Chair of the University’s Audit Committee. I became Chairman of the National Space Centre where I have endeavoured to instil a strong sense of world-class standards and a focus on the long term. In 2014, I was named Non-Executive Director of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards. I am a non-Executive director of Learning and Work Institute, on the Board of Trustees of Leicester Football Club Trust and a Trustee of Warning Zone.
I am married and have four children, two of whom have attended Launde Primary School.
John Berry OBE - MBA, MSc, MA(Ed), PGD (Law), FCIPD, JP (Link Trustee)
I am currently a part-time Assistant Director with a physiotherapy company and prior to that I was a Prison Governor for 31 years. I am also a Mental Health Act Manager for Leicestershire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire ensuring that patients are legally detained under the Mental Health Act.
I am a Magistrate and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Leicester.
In my spare time, I sit on the local FA disciplinary panel and I am a member of The Ministry of Defence East Midlands Veterans and Pensions Advisory Committee. Schools are all facing significant challenges over the next few years and hopefully my experience as a senior manager will help me to support Scholars Academy Trust as we move forward as a Multi Academy Trust.