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Trustee Profiles

Mr Robert Wade

Bob was elected to the Chair of Trustees and Director of Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust (GCET) in July, 2019 having served as a Director and Trustee since the Trust was formed.  He is the Chair of the Trust’s Education & Standards Committee and a member of the Trust’s Health & Safety, Finance and Human Resources Committees.

Bob became a Community Governor on the Copleston High School Local Governing Body in March 2013 and resigned in September, 2019 in order to become Chair of the Rose Hill Primary School Local Governing Body.  During his service as a Governor at Copleston he chaired the Education and Standards Committee and among other responsibilities he monitored Equality and GDPR on behalf of the GCE Trust.

Bob is a retired Police Superintendent having served 27 years with the Suffolk Constabulary. On retirement, he completed a Master’s Degree at Leicester University before becoming a Management Development Consultant.  Bob has worked with a wide range of public sector organisations including Fire Services, Ambulance Trusts and The Prison Service.  He also spent six years working on Department for International Development (DFiD) projects in India (Senior Leadership Development - Indian Police Service), Bosnia (Community Policing) and Turkey (Child Protection).

He is an avid birdwatcher and he enjoys photography, golf and travelling. 

Mr Andrew Wright

Andrew was elected as Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust in September 2018, upon admission of Britannia Primary School and Nursery to the Trust. 

Andrew became a Parent Governor at Britannia Primary School and Nursery in 2016, where his children previously attended. 

He is currently a co-opted governor and fulfils the role of Vice-Chair of Governors at Britannia.

Andrew grew up in the Ipswich area and attended local schools, before studying at Sheffield University and obtaining a 1st class honours degree in Electronic Engineering. 

He joined BT on their apprenticeship programme in 1992 and remains working for the company today.

Andrew is a keen golfer and has been a member of Ipswich Golf Club since 1988. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys family-based outdoor activities such as cycling and walking.

Mr Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson has been a member of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust since its inception in 2017 and has chaired the Board since then until 2019. He is the Chairman of the Trust’s Finance Committee.
Bill has lived in Ipswich since 1982 and is also Chairman of the Copleston Local Governing Body. He has been a Governor at the school since 1988.
He is a former Chief Executive of one of the local Health Authorities.
He is a member of the Ipswich East Rotary Club and was President during 2001/2002.  Bill is also a former Trustee of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices during which time the Treehouse Hospice was developed in Ipswich.
His two daughters attended Copleston High School during the late 1980s /early 1990s.
Bill is a keen golfer being a member of Ipswich and Thorpeness Golf Clubs.  He is a keen runner and also a member of Felixstowe and Walton Bowls Club.

Mr Matthew Capp

In October 2017 Matt was elected as a Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust.  Matt works at BT where he has responsibility for one of BT's apprenticeship programmes.
He is keen to ensure that young people in Suffolk have the information available to make the right career or university choices when they leave school.
Matt was previously a Governor at Copleston High School.

Mr Roger Smith MBE

Roger is a Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust.

Roger was first appointed a School Governor at Holywells before joining the Board of Governors at Thurleston - becoming Chairman at the time when Laurie Robinson was Headteacher.

He was previously a governor at Copleston High School.

Roger began his working life as a student apprentice at Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies gaining qualification as a chartered engineer. After many years as a design engineer, he looked for a new challenge and moved into personnel management and was subsequently promoted to Director of Personnel. During this period Roger spent considerable time working with Suffolk schools, setting up the Suffolk Education Business Partnership. Roger was awarded the MBE for services to Suffolk education/business.

Roger left Ransomes to take up the post as Director of the Engineering Employers Federation (East Anglian Association). He retired in March 2003.

Mrs Val Lamond-Mattocks

Val is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust.

She was previously a Governor of Copleston High School.

She is a member of both the Finance Committee and the HR and H&S Committee.

Val is committed to ensuring that all pupils have an equal opportunity to achieve their best from their time at school.

Val enjoys exploring the countryside of Suffolk in her spare time.

Mrs Jane Moon

Jane was elected as Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust in May 2020. Jane is a qualified teacher and spent the first fifteen years of her career in teaching and leadership roles in primary schools. Jane recently retired as an HMI leading the inspection of primary and special schools as well as Local Area SEND inspections. Prior to this Jane was employed in senior strategic education and early years roles in three different local authorities. Her particular interests are in early years’ education, special educational needs and equality of access.

Jane grew up in Salford and attended local schools before studying at Durham University where she obtained her degree in English and studied for her PGCE.  She went on to study for an MA in Education with the Open University.

Jane is a keen runner and volunteers regularly for her local Park Run.

Mr Shaun Common

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust.

He has been a senior leader in 3 large secondary schools. He was the Principal at Copleston High School for 10 years, having previously been the Headteacher of another Suffolk High School.