John Pickering (FCA), Chairman
John Pickering is a retired Chartered Accountant and Senior Partner of The Scrutton Bland Group. He specialised in owner managed businesses, agriculture and high net worth individuals.He has three daughters, Ellie, Jo and Fran who are now in their 30’s and were all students at Ipswich High School. John is also a trustee of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Landguard Fort Trust. In his spare time, he plays tenor saxophone in the Ipswich Hospital Band and the Community Light Orchestra.
Heather Mann is an alumna of Ipswich High School, Westerfield Road. Heather worked for twenty years in the shipping industry and was Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Agencies and the first female Board Member of a Fred. Olsen UK company. For the past ten years Heather has worked as a Director in her family group of leisure marina and property businesses based at the Ipswich Waterfront.
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright is the educational outreach officer at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. She is also lecturer of mathematics for first year Natural Science students and a Director of Studies for Physics at Churchill College, Cambridge. Lisa has also regularly written book reviews for The Times Higher Educational Supplement, Science Journal and consults for BBC News Magazine.
Ann Monks is a professional marketer with 30 years’ experience in marketing communications and business development, principally in financial services. She has held roles at KPMG and, most recently, as Marketing Partner at Smith & Williamson, where she worked for 20 years. Ann has served on various UK and international marketing committees and is an advisory panel member of the Marketing Directors’ Network and past London Chair of the Professional Marketing Forum. She is a Trustee of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Nick Banks is a chartered accountant and partner and director of The Scrutton Bland Group, an independent multi disciplinary financial services organisation providing accountancy, taxation, independent financial advice and insurance broking services. He lives in Ipswich and his daughter Megan is a pupil at Ipswich High School.
Dr Gavin Devereux
Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching at the University of Suffolk. Following his PhD in the physiology of blood pressure regulation, Gavin has gained extensive experience in clinical exercise science research, and applied sport science support in a number of professional sports. He has held lecturing positions at a number of universities, and now lives in Suffolk with his family.
Dr Simon Letman is currently Headteacher at Holbrook Academy, Suffolk’s top-performing state school in 2017. He is a historian with an MA in Art History and a Doctorate in Education. His work on leadership development has been published in a range of journals. Simon was formerly Headmaster at Saint Felix School in Southwold, an independent day and boarding school and before moving to the state sector he spent twenty-five years in leadership roles in independent schools, ranging from boarding housemaster at Warwick School to Head of History and then Director of Studies at the Royal Hospital School.
For the past 30 years Ian has worked at BT and currently heads the team which undertakes design and development of BT’s TV service platform. His first degree was from Durham University in 1981 in Applied Physics and Electronics. Once Ian graduated he studied for a Master of Science degree at Heriot Watt University in Digital Techniques which was completed in 1988. He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Outside of work he likes to scull and has completed the Boston Sculling Marathon a number of times.
Lesley has worked in the NHS for most of her working life, a career in which she has been involved in constant change, challenges and re organization. She has worked at the Ipswich Hospital as a Manager in Surgery and for the last 18 years has been a Practice Manager running two general practices in Ipswich. Lesley has a daughter and son, and her daughter was a pupil at the High School.