Joe McCann - MBA, NPQH, Managing Director of IQM - Trust Member
Joe was a governor from 2009 until 2016. Joe is now a member of The Duston Education Trust. He is currently Managing Director of Inclusion Quality Mark (U.K) Ltd and works with schools across the U.K and further afield to recognise and improve inclusion in schools. He has a background in education both as a teacher and senior leader, having previously worked with schools in Special Measures as an education consultant leading a team of interim managers. He has delivered training in England, Ireland, Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Kuala Lumpa on the importance of an inclusive education. Joe attends regular meetings of Trust Members with the Principal and the SLT to ensure the school is constantly moving forward and delivering a high quality of education for all. He has a keen interest in ensuring every child at Duston receives the best possible inclusive education, and reviews targets and progress continually.
Brenda Bignold JP - BA, MPhil, MBA - Trust Member
Brenda has spent her whole career in education as a teacher, Local Government officer, adviser, consultant and governor. She has worked in four Local Authorities, including as Corporate Director in Northamptonshire, and has undertaken national level roles as Education Director for the Building Schools for the Future programme, as adviser with the Local Government Association and in the private sector, as Partner and UK lead on Children’s Services for Veredus, an executive recruitment company. In recent years she has worked in education overseas, including in Ethiopia, India and Kazakhstan, and is currently undertaking research on teacher training in developing countries. Brenda is also a JP and Board member for two small education charities.
Sarb Gherra - BA (Hons) - Trust Member
Sarb joined TDS as a governor in 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales, having previously worked in professional and financial services organisations such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Grant Thornton and The London Stock Exchange Plc. He is currently the Director of Business Development for an international law firm based in London. Sarb has lived in Northampton for over 30 years with the majority of that time spent in Duston, having also attended what was at the time the Duston Upper School. He has two sons who attend TDS.