Trustees and Members
Jude Tacon - Chair of the MAT Board
Jude is an equity partner at Deloitte LLP, working with large multi-national listed businesses in the real estate, business services and media sectors. Jude is keen to share her experience of working in finance and governance to benefit Reach as it develops and grows. Jude studied History and Classics at Cambridge University and lives in Chiswick with her husband Adam.
Jude has been a trustee since July 2012 (reelected in July 2016), and has attended 3 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. Jude's term of office is 4 years.
Jon McGoh - Trustee and Chair of the Reach Foundation
Jon has been involved with Reach Academy since its inception in the summer of 2010 and has chaired the team through the application process, the pre-opening process and the opening process. Jon founded and runs Reach Cambridge Ltd, an organisation that specialises in running residential study courses. He is also a Director of Reach Cambridge Mercurial Pictures. Jon is a charity trustee of The Reach Foundation. Jon studied Classics at Cambridge University and his passion for education stems from being involved with University Access programmes.
Jon has been a trustee since October 2011 (reelected in October 2015), and has attended 5 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. Jon's term of office is 4 years.
Tom Sawbridge - Trustee and
Chair of the Local Governing Body at Reach Academy Feltham
Tom is a teacher by profession and he is currently Vice Principal at Ark Academy, Wembley. He is the Chair of the LGB and a trustee. Tom is passionate about Reach Academy’s goal to provide all pupils with the opportunity to go to university if they wish and to live happy, healthy and productive lives. He studied History at Brasenose College, Oxford, and has Masters degrees in Comparative Politics from LSE and Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education. He lives in Harrow with his wife Mona.
Tom has been a trustee since October 2014 (reelected in October 2014), and has attended 5 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. Tom's term of office is 4 years.
Emma Luxton - Trustee and Governor of RAF
Emma is a mother of two, the eldest in Year 7 and the youngest in Year 5 at RAF. Emma works for the Serious Fraud Office and is a solicitor. Emma is a trustee of the MAT also sits on the LGB and is the governor for safeguarding and looked after children.
Emma has been a trustee since December 2012 originally as a Parent Governor (and was co-opted in December 2016), and has attended 2 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19.
Jen Baxter - Trustee
Jen has a broad range of experience in the education sector. She is currently Chief Operation Officer of the Chartered College of Teaching. Previously she was Associate Director of Strategy at Teach First and was the Head of Education Strategy at CfBT’s public research programme. She has also worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, where she delivered pre- and post- 16 education projects. She also worked at a west London secondary school for four years, and was Head of Modern Foreign Languages and English as an Additional Language. Jen performed the role of Senior Project Manager in the set up phase of Reach Academy Feltham. Jen brings knowledge of education strategy and policy, programme design and delivery, and international education systems to Reach Academy Feltham. She lives in north London with her husband.
Jen has been a trustee since October 2011 (reelected in October 2015), and has attended 3 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. Jen's term of office is 4 years.
David Dowding - Trustee
David is a senior associate practising corporate law at Stephenson Harwood LLP, an international law firm. Having grown up on the South Oxhey council estate (made famous in 2009 by Gareth Malone in the BBC programme, “The Choir”) he was the first in his family to go on to higher education, studying law at Cambridge University. Drawing on his own experiences, he became an active member of a University scheme aimed at improving and promoting access to top education for all. David advises the school on ad hoc legal matters and sits as a governor on the board. He lives near Epping with his wife and son, Theo.
David has been a trustee since May 2011 (reelected in May 2015) and has attended 3 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. David's term of office is 4 years.
Ed Vainker - Trustee
Ed is one of the co-founders of Reach Academy Feltham. He previously taught in Peckham and White City and for four years before the school opened in 2012 he worked for an international education charity in Washington DC. He is heavily involved in the foundation of the Reach Children's Hub and has sat on a number of panels and groups, recently on the Teach First National Forum, the Education Commission and Royal Foundation Steering Group on Early Life. Ed studied History at Cambridge University, has a Masters in Comparative Education and lives in Hampton with his wife, son, Max and daughter, Madigan.
Ed has been a trustee since August 2012 (reelected in 2016) and has attended 5 out of 5 MAT meetings in 2018/19. Ed's term of office is 4 years.
Rebecca Cramer - Trustee
Rebecca worked in three London schools prior to founding Reach Academy Feltham with Ed Vainker and Jon McGoh. She is passionate about ensuring that all children have the life opportunities they deserve and works relentlessly to achieve this goal. Rebecca has been influenced by visits to schools around the world. She studied Geography at the University of Bristol and trained to teach through the Teach First programme. In 2018 Rebecca was named a top-50 finalist in the $1million Global Teacher Prize. She currently co-chairs Heads Forward, the network of Teach First Ambassador Headteachers. Rebecca also sits on the DfE Mental Health RCTs (Education for Well-being) Advisory Group and is a Trustee of First Give, a charity inspiring young people to engage with social action. Rebecca lives in Richmond with her husband Max and two young sons, Rafe and Finn.
Julie Laughton - Member
Julie worked as a teacher and Head of Year at Longford Community School in Feltham before joining the Department for Education in 2003. Since then, Julie has worked in a wide variety of policy and delivery roles and is currently a Deputy Director. Her most recent roles include (i) leading the delivery of a new initiative to provide working parents with 30 hours of free childcare and (ii) responsibility for all policies relating to residential care, foster care and adoption.
Julie has been a Member of the Trust since it was newly formed in 2018. The Members have met once in the 2018-19 academic year.
Tom Collins - Member
Tom has been a Member of the Trust since it was newly formed in 2018. The Members have met once in the 2018-19 academic year.
The Reach Foundation - Member
TRF has been a Member of the Trust since it was newly formed in 2018. The Members have met once in the 2018-19 academic year.