Trust Governance Structure

The Board of Directors fulfill both the role of directors under company law and trustees under charity law and exercise the powers and carry out the duties of PDET.  The Board of Directors is responsible to the Members of PDET as well as the parents, pupils and staff at its academies.  Directors work through their committees and the Central Executive Team with the Academy Governance Committees to ensure the quality of education and financial management provided at each academy. 

Five committees operate under the PDET Board of Directors:  The Trust Governance Committee, the Business and Finance Committee, the Education Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and People and Pay Committee.

The Board of Directors is the overall governance body and is accountable for the Trust.  Local governing bodies, who are called Academy Governance Committees (AGCs) in our Trust, are committees to which the Directors have chosen to delegate some specific responsibilities.

Executive Directors

20220419 095650Ruth Walker-Green – Chief Executive Officer of PDET

Ruth has worked in education for over 25 years.  She joined Peterborough Diocese Education Trust in 2014 in the role of Headteacher before being seconded, full time, in November 2017, to the PDET Central Team as Head of Learning and Achievement.  In April 2018, she was permanently appointed to the Director of Learning and Achievement role and later became Deputy CEO.  Following a rigorous national recruitment process, Ruth was appointed to the role of CEO in September 2021.

Non Executive Directors

Margaret HolmanMargaret Holman – Chair

Margaret was Headteacher of Bishop Stopford School, a Church of England converter academy for 16 years.  During this time, she was a National Leader of Education (and Bishop Stopford was designated a National Support School).  She was a member of the first Fellowship Commission of NLEs reporting to the Secretary of State, and she sat on the Secondary Heads Reference Group at the DfE for over 10 years.  Margaret is currently a director of the Woodard Corporation and sits on its Education committee.  She is also a director of the Woodard Academies Trust, chairing the WAT’s Education committee.

saceps LM 030118123629Cathy Armstrong

Cathy has been running a business in Kettering since 2000 and has a proven track record in facilities and administration management.  She has been a Chair of Governors at St Andrew’s C of E Primary, Kettering since 2013 and as such was closely involved in the smooth conversion of the first school to join PDET in May 2014.  

Gordon Temple

Dr Gordon Temple

Gordon served for sixteen years as chief executive of Torch Trust, a Christian charity working nationally and internationally with people with sight loss.  A chartered engineer, Gordon’s early career was in research and development, later becoming managing director of two technology businesses, both operating internationally.  He has served as a foundation governor for his village school for eight years, three as chair of governors.  During this period the school converted to an academy as part of PDET.

A ScarboroughAndrew Scarborough

Andrew Scarborough is a Justice of the Peace on the Northamptonshire Bench and a long-standing member of the Borough Council of Wellingborough.  After many years working as a senior manager in the Post Office he moved into non-executive roles in 2000 serving for eight years as Chairman of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust and for nine years on the Board of Northampton University, the last four as Chairman. He was also a member of the Board of the East Midlands Development Agency from 2000 to 2004 and continues to sit on the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Committee.  Andrew is a school governor at Rowan Gate Primary in Wellingborough where he has just finished a seven year stint as Chairman.  Outside of work and his voluntary activities Andrew is a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints, a keen follower of horseracing and an avid birdwatcher.

A ScarboroughJan Martin

Jan was Head of Inclusion and Head of School Improvement for Northamptonshire for 7 years.  She has been an Ofsted inspector for many years and specialises in SEND.  She has been an independent school improvement and SEND consultant since 2008, working in Hong Kong and London and the home counties with special and mainstream schools.  She is a school improvement specialist for the Brent School Partnership.   

Anup SodhiAnup Sodhi

Anup is an Audit Partner at Ernst & Young with experience of working with a range of businesses from large global to local entrepreneurial.  Anup is the Office Managing Partner for the Luton office, responsible for over 200 people. Anup has previously been a school governor of a Prep School.


Register of Interests: Directors of PDET

Name Role
Date appointed
(All term of office 4 years exc. CEO)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests  Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions/charities Personal relationships with trust employees or other members/trustees/ local governors Date interest declared / confirmed
Cathy Armstrong


Member of Business & Finance Committee

01/05/15 and re-appointed
The Business Exchange, Kettering

Membership of PDET Academy Governorship Committee (AGC)
St Andrew’s Cof E School Kettering - Chair. 

FOSTA Friends of St Andrews

 None  14/09/2021
Margaret Holman


Chair of PDET Board

Chair of People & Pay Committee

Member of Education Committee

Member of Trust Governance Committee

Member, PDET.

24/04/14 and re-appointed
 None Trustee and Director of
  • The Woodard Corporation
  • The Woodard Academies Trust (WAT)
Link Trustee St Augustine Academy Maidstone (a WAT Academy)
 None 12/10/2021 
Janice Martin


Chair of Education Committee

 18/12/19 Self Employed Consultant, Sensitive Education Consultancy

Church Governor, PDET AGC St Luke’s CE Primary, Duston



Andrew Scarborough


Chair of Business & Finance Committee

Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Member of People & Pay Committee


Company Secretary, SG Scarborough Ltd.

Independent Mental Health Act Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hourly paid lecturer Warwick University

Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Bench of Magistrates

Leader of the Opposition, Wellingborough Borough Council 

Governor of Rowan Gate Special Primary School, Wellingborough

None 12/10/2021
Anup Sodhi


Member of Business & Finance Committee

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee 

08/04/20 Partner at Ernst & Young LLP None None 12/10/2021
Dr Gordon Temple


Member of Business & Finance Committee

Member of People & Pay Committee

26/03/18 Member of Welford St Mary’s PCC and Brixworth Deanery Synod Representative

Governor/Chair at Welford, Sibbertoft, Sulby Endowed School (PDET AGC)

Governor at Barby CofE School (PDET AGC) from 10/20
None 13/10/2021
Ruth Walker-Green


Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer. 

Member of Business & Finance Committee

Member of Education Committee

Member of Trust Governance Committee

01/09/21  CEO, PDET Member of Peterborough Diocese Board of Education, including Member of Strategy and Leadership Committee.   None  12/10/2021
Kevin Binley (Resigned) Director and Chair of Business & Finance and Member of Audit & Risk, and People & Pay Comittees until resigned 16/12/21 01/03/16 and re-appointed
Director Lansdowne Square Management Company Non-Exec Director & Trustee and Chair of Finance & Operations, Heart Academy Trust
Member Southfield Academy Trust
None  25/10/2021

Peter Cantley

Director until resigned 30/09/20. Appointed PDCST Corporate Member of PDET 30/9/20 15/03/18 Diocesan Director of Education, Diocese of Peterborough

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust

Chatsworth Square Gardens Management Company

St Pauls Square (Carlisle) Limited

Member: Evolve Church Academies Trust
Member:  Guilsborough Academies Trust
Corporate Member Nene Education
Trust Member Pathfinder Schools
Member Innovate MAT
Member Learning for Life Trust
Member: Nene Education Trust
Member: Rutland Learning Trust
Member: Hartwell Primary Academy
Member: St Mary’s Academy (Kettering) Member: William Law Primary Academy Member & Director, David Ross Education Trust

None 07/09/2020
Bishop Edward Condry (Resigned) Director until resigned 12/10/21 12/05/21 None None None 19/07/21
Greg Cracknell (Resigned) Director and Chair of Ethos, Standards & Effectiveness Committee and Member of Pay & Personnel Committee until resigned 31/08/21 01/05/15 and re-appointed
None Director of Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust

Member of Peterborough Diocese Board of Education, including:

  • Member of Board Executive Committee
  • Chair of Resource Management Committee
  • Member of Strategy and Leadership Committee

Membership of PDET Academy Governance Committees:

  • Chair of Freeman’s AGC
  • Member of Pytchley AGC
None 23/08/2020 
Duncan Mills (Resigned) Director, Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer until resgined 31/08/21 01/01/18 Director/Trustee, The Business Exchange Kettering Governor at: Coventry Extended Learning Centre
Member of Pathfinder Academy Trust
Wife is Chair of Governors at Greens Norton CE Academy (PDET) 24/08/2020
Andrew Weatherill (Resigned) Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee until resigned 30/09/2021 01/03/16 and re-appointed on 29/02/20

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK

CBAC Limited

Westongrove Limited

Northampton Partnership Homes Limited

PTRC Education and Research Limited

Association of Member Nominated Trustees Limited

St Mary the Virgin, Finedon 

Church of England Temperance Hall

None 25/08/2020

Natalie Howes 

Director, Chair of Trust Governance Committee and Member of Education Committee until resigned 21/06/22

26/09/19 Director – Centric4 Limited Chair of Governors, PDET

AGC, St Barnabas Church of England School
Chair of Governors, PDET AGC, Freeman's Endowed Church of England Junior Academy

None 11/10/2021


Full Board Attendance 2020-21

 Name Category  01/10/20 26/11/20  10/12/20 04/01/21  26/01/21  23/03/21 18/05/21 12/07/21 Total
Cathy Armstrong Director  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Kevin Binley Director  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  A  ⁄ 7/8
Bishop Ed Condry Director ( Appointed 12 May 2021)  N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A   N/A  ⁄  ⁄ 2/2
Greg Cracknell

Vice Chair

 ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄    ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Margaret Holman


Chair of the Board

  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Natalie Howes Director  A   ⁄   ⁄   A   ⁄  ⁄ A 5/8
Jan Martin Director  A  ⁄  ⁄    ⁄    ⁄    ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 7/8
Duncan Mills Director/CEO   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 8/8
Andrew Scarborough


  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 8/8
Anup Sodhi


 ⁄  ⁄   A 7/8
Dr Gordon Temple Director  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Andrew Weatherill Director A  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  A 6/8


Board Committee Membership and Attendance 

Audit and Risk Committee 2020-21

 Name Committee Member Category   Total Attendance
 Kevin Binley  Director  2/2
 Andrew Scarborough  Director  2/2
 Andrew Weatherill  Director and Chair of Committee  2/2


Business and Finance Commitee 2020-21

Name Committee Member Category  Total Attendance
Cathy Armstrong Director 5/6
Kevin Binley

Director and Chair of Committee

Barry Hansford

Committee Member

Duncan Mills Director/CEO 6/6
Andrew Scarborough Director 6/6
Anup Sodhi Director 5/6


Ethos, Standards and Effectiveness (ESE) Committee 2020-21

Name Committee Member Category  Total Attendance
Greg Cracknell

Director and Chair of Committee

Natalie Howes


Duncan Mills Director/CEO 3/4
Jan Martin


Juliet Silverton

Committee Member

Hilary Spenceley

Committee Member



Trust Governance Committee 2020-21

Name Committee Member Category Total Attendance

Kirstin Howarth

Committee Member 2/3
Natalie Howes Director and Committee Member 3/3
Matthew  Humphrey Committee Member 3/3
Duncan Mills Director/CEO 3/3
Dr Gordon Temple

Director and Chair of Committee



Pay and Personnel Committee 2020-21

Name Committee Member Category Total Attendance
Kevin Binley Director 0/2
Margaret Holman Director and Chair of Committee 3/3
Greg Cracknell Director  3/3