Mrs Ann Dempsey - Chair
Ann Dempsey is a retired Headteacher, having been significantly involved in Education and schools for over 44 years. She has worked in a variety of different types of schools across the boroughs of Croydon, Lewisham, Greenwich, and Bromley, and has considerable experience in all the phases from EYFS through to KS5. On retirement from Headship, she has continued to be involved in schools through active volunteering and Governance at a Primary school in New Addington and as a Trustee for E21C. Ann spent more than half of her time in teaching in a Senior Leadership role, and thoroughly enjoyed all that the challenge of leadership brings. She believes in promoting continued professional development, having studied for a Masters in Education and achieving the NPQH. In three of the schools she worked in, she was the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and has held the full qualification for over twenty years and therefore has extensive experience within this role. She believes passionately in the importance of ensuring the best opportunities for all children, and at the heart of this, lies the safety and care of the students. She believes wholeheartedly in the ethos and philosophy of the E21C Trust and, having stepped down as a Trustee in July 2019, she believes that she has the experience and understanding to make valuable contributions as a member.
Ms Una Greenwood
I have taught in Croydon schools for nearly 40 years, mainly in the secondary school sector. In that time I have taught PE, history, geography and RS in Key stages 3, 4 and 5. Since 2003 I have also taught PE in a local primary school. I retired in August 2018 but am still involved in running school trips and as an officer in the Combined Cadet Force. I am also an active scouter in Croydon. I strongly believe that every child deserves the best possible all-round education we can give them.
Mr Pradeep Thatai
Mr Thatai is a highly experienced HR & Finance Director who has managed and directed large multinational teams. Based in London, with substantial UK experience, he has also worked in The Netherlands, Germany and India, in the manufacturing, transportation, supply chain management, hospitality and not for profit sectors. He has strong negotiating, mediating and influencing skills, and he has improved profitability and strengthened the balance sheet of every business he has led. Pradeep is a qualified accountant, a law graduate and holds an MBA.
Ms Geraldine Hutchinson
Geraldine Hutchinson has over 35 years of experience of working in education, in schools, universities and with a not-for-profit charity leading on the design and implementation of large-scale education reform and teacher professional development programmes for the Department of Education (DfE) in England and for Ministries of Education in the middle east.
Geraldine taught in secondary schools in the London Boroughs of Bexley and Southwark up to 1984 and held positions of head of department and assistant headteacher for vocational pathways. She led on Teacher Training at Southbank University London for a period of 10 years holding the position of Head of Department. Geraldine joined Education Development Trust in 1996 in a Director role to deliver national teacher and school reform programmes for the DfE. Geraldine led and set up programmes across England for 15 years including: Fast Track leadership, The Graduate Teacher programme, Key Skills support, Gifted and Talented, NPQH materials for leadership, Headteacher leadership and coaching for London Challenge. She held the position of Director and Chair of Governors of a Secondary Academy Trust school in Merton for 5 years – leading the improvement of the school from special measures to Ofsted grade ‘Good’. Geraldine was an Ofsted Lead inspector up until 2016. In recent years, Geraldine held leadership roles in international education systems supporting ministries to embed school inspection systems in K-12 schools in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In 2018-19 she supported the Ministry of Education in Lebanon to conduct a capacity audit to strengthen quality of teaching in public schools. She holds a Master of Science and a PhD in Education, and is an author of education research articles.