Our New Chair of the Trust

Former teacher and youth worker Andy Mulcock has been appointed our new Chair here at the Ted Wragg Trust.

Andy takes on the position from our current chair, Rob Bosworth, who has been at the helm for the last five years.

Andy taught as a secondary school teacher for eight years before becoming a youth worker in the voluntary sector. He 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.

Andy said: “The Ted Wragg Trust is well placed at an exciting point in its growth and development. There are extending and fresh opportunities to serve communities in shaping and transforming more lives due to recognised excellence in raising standards in education. The Trust can continue taking new opportunities to further develop teaching and learning in the context of wider community cohesion with continual attentiveness to inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.”

Rob, who will be stepping down at the end of the spring term said “I am incredibly proud of the work the Trust has accomplished over the last five years. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that we have achieved and excelled far beyond our core values. We have forged links with local communities and ensured that all of our students receive the best education possible. I have no doubt that under Andy’s leadership, the Trust will become ever more effective and continue to improve the life chances for every child.”

Moira Marder, our chief executive, said: “Rob has been an outstanding chair of the Ted Wragg Trust since 2015 and in that time the Trust has grown from two schools to 12 with over 8,500 pupils. Rob has helped formulate our vision for exceptional education for all children and has helped us to prioritise social mobility and equality of opportunity, as a result the Trust has helped to improve some of the most challenging schools in the south west.

“Thankfully Rob is not leaving us and will remain a trustee. Rob’s legacy is one of good growth and significantly improved outcomes for pupils. We have been so privileged to have Rob as chair during this crucial period of growth and development.”

Moira added: “We are equally privileged to welcome Andy Mulcock who will be taking over as chair in April. Andy has been an exceptional chair of governors at St James School, latterly a Ted Wragg Trustee, and is tireless in his work to bring Exeter schools and governors together to work in the best interests of the whole city. It is this vision which has made the Trust a success in the last 10 years. We have an outstanding and deeply committed board of Trustees – the future for the Ted Wragg Trust is very exciting.”

We our currently recruiting governors for our schools in Exeter and Plymouth, and it’s something that Andy would encourage people to consider.

Andy added: “Serving as a governor in a local school is an incredibly rewarding experience; knowing that you can directly contribute to improving outcomes in teaching and learning for all. Few things in life can be as satisfying as bringing expertise, encouragement and challenge into a team of local school governors and ultimately contributing to the transforming of lives, families and communities for the better. Any active governor will also speak of the rewards in personal development, skills, and experience it brings.”

It is not necessary to have a child at a school to be a governor, and we are encouraging people of all ages (minimum age 18) from a wide range of diverse backgrounds to apply for a governor position.

To find out more about becoming a governor at a Ted Wragg Trust school visit our Governor Recruitment page.