Members & Trustees
(Chair of Trustees / Member)
Andrew is a commercial and employment lawyer. He is a barrister, QC and part-time Judge. He is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator. He lives locally and all three of his children attended Goffs. He has been a Trustee since the creation of the MAT and had been a governor of Goffs School for some years before that. He is the current Chair of Trustees and also sits on the Supervisory Board.
Martin is a Member of the Generations Board. The role is to provide an overview of the work of the Trustees and provide support or guidance as needed.
Martin qualified as a teacher from St. Mary’s College and graduated from Swansea University. Subsequently, he also gained an MSc. in Education Management from East London University.
After some years teaching, he joined a local Authority Advisory Service and his career thenceforth was in Education and latterly Children’s Services. During this time he qualified as an Ofsted inspector, School Improvement Partner and in other relevant areas. Following several senior posts in local authorities, he was appointed Deputy Director of a Children’s Service and then Interim Director. For the last years of his career, he undertook senior interim leadership roles in a wide range of Children’s Services: focussing on organisation change and service improvement.
Martin’s other community work includes being chair of an Arts Charity, focused on the provision of musical opportunities; and working with a number of sports organisations, principally rugby, to ensure the continuity of sports facilities in the community.
Joanna Formoso has been a Governor at Goffs Academy since 2014. In addition to her previous role on the Trustee Board she was also Chair of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy. Joanna has a background in Recruitment and Executive Search. She has also had many years’ experience as a Samaritan’s volunteer and has a strong interest in the mental health provisions with The Generations MAT. As a parent of four children, she has personal experience in many aspects of education, from nursery through to university and admission appeals through to exclusions. Her current role is as a Member of the Supervisory Board, where she is looking forward to using her experience across Generations MAT. Joanna believes that every student is an individual and has a right to the best education to enable them to succeed in life.
Martin is the Head of Human Resources for Federated Hermes International, an Asset Management firm based in the City of London. In addition to being a member of the Supervisory Board for the Generations Multi-Academy Trust, Martin is also a Board Director for the City HR Association which is the professional body for HR across the Financial Services sector in London.
Before starting his career in the City Martin served 13 years with the Royal Navy. Married to Sam for 25 years they have two children both of whom attended Goffs Academy. Martin enjoys various sports and is a Master Scuba Diver.
(Vice-Chair of Trustees / Member)
Vanessa Wright brings over twenty years of experience working at Pearson, the world’s largest education company, and includes the exam board Edexcel. She has previously held the positions of Vice President running the schools business in Australia and more recently, leading sales and marketing for schools in the UK. Vanessa has been a Trustee since 2017 and the co-Vice Chair since 2019.
Internal Auditor and Chartered Accountant since 2004 with experience undertaking internal and external audits, alongside risk management and project assurance. Problem identification and resolution is a very satisfying element of my role alongside building strong working relationships.
Passionate about the local community, having been a Cub Scout Leader, and a Primary School Governor.
Kacey expanded his educational knowledge within the secondary education sector in 2018 being appointed a member of the Churchgate Local Academy Board and appointed as Trustee/Director of the Trust in March 2019 with membership of Standards and Achievement, and Resources and Workforce Committees.
Donna Cooper is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Generations MAT and Chair of the Goffs LAB. Donna is an experienced Global Marketing Director working mainly with technology vendors and services companies. Mum to three boys with an avid and active interest in supporting the emotional health and well-being of children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A qualified chartered accountant since leaving PwC, Ian has undertaken a number of senior roles in finance. During that time, Ian has overseen a number of projects including the acquisition and integration of c.30 businesses. Ian is currently CFO for an insight and training organisation responsible for Finance, Technology, HR and Legal
(Chair of Standards & Achievements Committee)
Jean was a Governor at Goffs School for many years and became a Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust when it was formed.
Originally a parent governor, Jean has 3 sons who were educated at Goffs School. Jean has a scientific background and although retired now, she was a research scientist and has a degree in Chemical Physics.
As the Chair of the Standards and Achievements Committee Jean has considerable experience of analysing performance data. She has a passionate interest in the education of all students in the Generations Educational Trust and believes that every young person deserves the best education to allow them to reach their full potential.
(Teaching Staff – Goffs)
Toyin is the staff Governor at Goffs Academy. She started working at Goffs in 2008 as a Business Teacher whilst pregnant with her daughter, who now attends Goffs Academy and loves the school. Toyin is now the Head of Business and Economics.
John is a qualified and highly experienced professional HR Manager, with an MA in HR and Industrial Relations. John has managed the HR function over a 35-year period in both the private and public sectors, including two major multi-national companies – Thorn EMI Lighting and American General Electric (GE) – each employing over 2,000 staff in highly unionised environments. This was followed by a period of 18 years as an HR Business Partner at the University of Hertfordshire. The culmination of all this exposure has been the development of a particular expertise in managing employee relations, change facilitation and communication in multifunctional environments.
John has 13 years’ service as a Governor/Trustee at Goffs, preceded by 5 years’ experience as a Governor at Enfield County School.
(Chair of Resources & Workforce Development Committee)
Patrick is Vice-Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Resources & Workforce Development committee. He became a Trustee in 2017, having been a Governor of another local secondary school for several years.
He is the founder of an award-winning business specialising in early careers, helping employers to inspire, engage and hire young people. He is passionate about social mobility and how collaboration between business and education can transform young people’s future prospects.
Bernard White is Chair of the Goffs Churchgate Local Academy Board and recently appointed as a Trustee. He was Chair of Governors at Burleigh Primary School for several years and prior to that a Governor at Hurst Drive School. He has also supported Herts for Learning being an additional Governor where required. A varied career: thirty-two years with BT, some highlights would be – HR and Corporate Governance and Compliance. Currently, working with Sainsbury’s as a Logistics Coordinator. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.