Board of Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the general control, administration and management of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the memorandum and articles of association. The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all schools within the Trust.

The current Trustees of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust are:

Andy Mulcock - Church Leadership Consultant


Andy taught as a secondary school teacher for 8 years before becoming a youth worker in the voluntary sector. Andy is now a self-employed consultant leader with the Isca Church and Charity based in Exeter, supporting a small network of linked churches across Devon and Somerset. In addition, Andy is a director of South West Youth Ministries and serves on Exeter University's Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Sponsors Team. Andy has also been a school governor for 23 years in both primary and secondary education, including being Chair of the Local Governing Body for one of the Ted Wragg Trust's secondary schools.

Philip Bostock OBE DL – Retired Chief Executive

Vice Chair

Philip served as Chief Executive of Exeter City Council for 16 years until his retirement in 2013, following a long and wide-ranging local government career. He joined Exeter College as a governor in 2010 and served as Chair of the College’s Board of Governors between 2013 and 2017. He received an Honorary Doctorate (LLD) from the University of Exeter in 2014. Philip joined the Ted Wragg Trust in 2017 and currently chairs the Growth Committee.

Moira Marder - Chief Executive Officer

Accounting Officer

Moira is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust having worked in Exeter since 2007 as Deputy and then as Headteacher of St James School. She has a track record of driving school improvement and has a particular passion for inclusive education. Moira is a member of the Devon Association of Secondary Heads and is a National Leader of Education.

Alex Walmsley - Retired Accountant

Principal Finance Officer

Alex is a chartered accountant and economics graduate and was for many years managing partner of a local accountancy practice. He is an experienced non-executive director and business advisor. Alex was originally appointed a Governor at St James School in 2013 and is keen to use his experience to help the Ted Wragg Trust continue to thrive. Alex is a Local Leader of Governance. He is Chair of First Federation Trust, Chair of Devon Association of Governors, represents academies at Devon Education Forum and Devon Schools Finance Group and is a member of Exeter Diocesan Board of Education Schools Organisation and Governance Group .

Ben Manning - Deputy Principal, City College Plymouth

Ben is enthusiastic about continually enhancing learning experiences through innovative and responsive curriculum opportunities alongside aspirational teaching and learning strategies. Ben has representation on various Boards and Committees across Plymouth and has also been a Magistrate for the last 15 years. Throughout his professional career, both in employment and through voluntary roles, he has gained a strong belief that all students deserve the best learning experience to enable them to realise their full potential as valued members of society. He has an unwavering commitment and passion for improving the outcomes for all learners and has taught and led in the education sector for over 18 years

Saxon Spence CBE - Retired Councillor

Saxon has extensive experience of local government and education at local, regional and national level as a Devon County Councillor for 36 years, 29 as leader of the Labour Group and is a Freeman of the City of Exeter. She is a school governor at Newtown Primary School, a member of the Northbrook Board of Managers and serves on Devon’s SACRE. Outside of education Saxon is actively involved in the Co-operative and Labour Parties, Fairtrade and is a trustee of Exeter Food Action.

Richard Jacobs - Director, South West Metal Finishing

Richard Jacobs is an Exeter Business man, was a magistrate for 23 years and Chairman of the Youth Panel for nine. Richard's focus is on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. He was founder Chairman of the Marsh Barton Forum and the Exeter Business Forum, a member of the Exmouth Regeneration Board and supports the Development Campaign for Exeter Cathedral.

Sarah O'Meara - Teacher

Sarah was born in Exeter and educated at schools that are now part of the Ted Wragg Trust. She graduated in 1997, became a primary school teacher and during her career has taught all primary school year groups. Sarah has been a school governor and Vice-Chair of the governing body of a local primary school. She has also served as a Director on the Board of a primary school Multi Academy Trust. Sarah believes strongly in optimising the educational experience of all young people but especially in the vital importance of a sound primary education as an essential precursor to effective secondary and higher level education.

Professor Lee Elliot Major

Formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, education journalist and government advisor on Social Mobility, Lee is Britain's first Professor of Social Mobility. Appointed by the University of Exeter to be a global leader in the field, Lee's work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged young people, working closely with schools, universities, employers and policy makers to develop and disseminate research. Lee is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics International Inequalities Institute, and an Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute of Education.

Crispin Taylor - Mental Health & Safeguarding Lead

Crispin has worked in the field of Mental Health since 1980. He is currently Head of CAMHS for Devon & Torbay. Crispin is the Mental Health Lead Trustee and uses his extensive knowledge and experience to look at mental health in the context of the individual, the family, education and society. He is passionate about education for all children and young people and a key focus for Crispin will be to work with the Trust to ensure that all staff and students are mentally healthy.

Lindsay Hetherington - Head of Initial Teacher Training, University of Exeter

Lindsay is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Exeter. An active educational researcher with interests in science education and teacher professional development, Lindsay has a strong understanding of evidence-based education and is committed to supporting schools in the effective use of research to inform and improve teaching and learning for all children. Lindsay is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Editor of the journal Research in Science and Technological Education. As Head of Initial Teacher Education, Lindsay is a member of the Russell Group ITE network and is familiar with education issues at local and national level.

Teresa Gardner - Education Leadership Consultant

Teresa is a Master of Education (Leadership), she gained extensive senior management experience as a Director of Faculty in a large Further Education College. Her responsibilities included quality assurance and improvement working closely with a number of departments to raise achievement and improve the learner experience. Teresa remains committed to improving the educational environment for all by raising standards.

She has worked as a post-16 local authority and adult independent learning provider quality improvement consultant which has enabled her to gain wider experience and to play a significant role in ensuring appropriate, good, and well-taught curriculum is accessible, so that learners are enabled to know and do more and are able progress in their aspirations.

Teresa is a firm believer in social justice and lifelong education and learning and wishes to continue to use her expertise to improve opportunity for all.

James Frampton - Solicitor

James is a partner in the Private Wealth team at Michelmores LLP and specialises in trusts and estate planning.

James has wide experience of acting as a Trustee for several trusts and has been a governor and chair of the Local Governing Body at St James School.

Key Documents

Trust Register of Interests

Trustee Terms of Office

Trustee Attendance Register