Members are similar to a company’s shareholders – they sit above the Board of Directors and have a largely hands-off role.

Their key responsibilities include appointing the Directors and holding them to account for the successful governance of the Trust.

PDET Members

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust (PDCST) currently represented by Mr Peter Cantley

Peter is Director of Education for The Diocese of Peterborough.  He is the principal adviser to the Diocesan Board of Education.  He holds a number of board member positions across the Diocese.

Chair of the Board of Directors of PDET, currently Margaret Holman

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 a trustee of the Woodard Corporation and currently chairs its Education committee.  She is also a director of the Woodard Academies Trust, chairing the WAT’s Education committee.

The Venerable Richard Ormston, Appointee of PDCST 

The Venerable Richard Ormston has been in ordained ministry since 1987.  He is currently Archdeacon of Northampton.  He is the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.  During his time in parish ministry, he has been a governor of four schools, actively involved with a range of other schools. Richard was previously, Chaplain to Northampton Saints RFC.

Reverend Doug Spenceley, Appointee of PDCST

Reverend Doug Spenceley has been ordained since 2009.  He was Bishop’s Vicar for Church Schools in Peterborough Diocese until August 2021.  He served in a range of roles in schools during his employment, and was for 10 years Assistant Education Officer for Special Educational Needs with Northamptonshire LEA.  Doug was a SIAMS inspector until 2018.  He has been involved in governance in various schools and MATS, including 10 years as Chair of a CofE Primary School.  He is currently a Director of iMAT and governor at Flore CE Primary School.

Dr. Ron Whittaker

Dr Ron Whittaker is a Director of two not for profit companies specialising in technology and providing facilities for small businesses.  He is a member of the DBE and sits on its Executive Committee.  Ron was a former Chair and sat on the Board of Bishop Stopford School for 25 years.  He is currently a Director of the Nene Education Trust based in East Northants.


Register of Interests: Members of PDET

 Name Role  Date appointed   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 
Peter Cantley Corporate Representative of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust  September 2020 (Formerly Director PDET)
  • 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 (until 31 May 2021

  • Member & Director: David Ross Education Trust

 None Confirmed 26/01/23
Margaret Holman

Member, PDET, Ex Officio as Chair of PDET

Director and Chair of PDET Board

Chair of People & Pay & Committee

Member of Education Committee

Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

24/04/14 and re-appointed

23/04/18 and re-appointed 


Trustee and Director of

  • The Woodard Corporation

Formerly (until 31/08/23)Trustee and Director of:

  • The Woodard Academies Trust (WAT)
  • Link Trustee St Augustine Academy Maidstone (a WAT Academy)
 None  Confirmed 29/9/23
The Venerable Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton Member

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust Appointee
  • Archdeacon of Northampton
  • Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust
  • Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Trustee Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

  • Peterborough Diocese Church House Trust
  • Holy Sepulchre Trust
  • St Faith’s Endowment Trust
  • The Moulton & Overstone Education Trust
  • Beckett’s & Sargeants Education Foundation

  • Member David Ross Education Trust (Pending)




Reverend Doug Spenceley


Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust Appointee


Member Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

  • Director/trustee Innovate Academy Trust
Spouse of Hilary Spenceley – member of PDET Education Committee and former member of Trust Governance Committee Confirmed
 Dr Ron E Whittaker


Appointed by Members

April 2014 as Appointee of Bishop Stopford School and re-appointed 19/01/2021
  • Director, SATRA Technology Centre
  • Director, Kettering Community Business Development Trust
  • Member Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

  • Member of Court of University of Northampton
  • Director Nene Education Trust
 None Confirmed