Trust Members

dilligworth-pic   Rev David Illingworth OSL

David is a successful management and leadership practitioner, mentor, coach and trainer. His knowledge and background covers Voluntary Sector Management (AWME and OYT), Production Management (IMI), Sales Management (Racal, Oceonics and TMI(UK)), and Human Resource Management (Dover Corporation(USA)).

His work has taken him into many countries, cultures and types of organisations around the globe, from major international companies to small to medium enterprises, from high street retail to industrial engineering, from telecommunications to airlines.

David’s great ability is in helping people find creative solutions to challenges. Whether the issue concerns strategy, people management or implementation, he is able to help translate vision into actions and to enable people to deliver visible results.

cimafidon-pic   Dr Chris Imafidon

One of the “World’s foremost scholars on leveraging informatics for learning and exceptional achievement (genius)” according to the BBC, CNN and USA-Today. He was described by TIME magazine as an “intellectual icon.” Leading Harvard and Oxford University educated professors have described him as “the patriarch of modern education and informatics” He has taught on the MBA programmes in London, UK; Beijing, China; and Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Chris is a multi-award winning researcher, scientific pioneer, and consultant to governments and industry leaders. As a former University lecturer in Cambridge, he also has been a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford (Keble College) and a visiting Professor to US Universities, including Harvard University.  He continues to mentor, supervise and examine both internal and external Ph.D., and undergraduate students at Imperial College, Cambridge, UCL and for Queen Mary University of London.


gbrown-pic   Rev Gilroy Brown

Gilroy has worked in education for over 40 years, including 10 years as Headteacher of an inner city, multicultural school and 11 years as a School Advisor for Birmingham Local Authority’s Primary Leadership and Management Team. He has successfully delivered bespoke Leadership and Management training for school leaders in various school networks and also provided support and training for aspiring school leaders and newly appointed Headteachers – including the Local Induction Programme for new Heads, via the National College for Leadership.

Gilroy has led on various educational research projects which led to the publication of case studies and recommendations for best practice and initiated projects to reduce school exclusions. He was appointed to work as part of a national team of consultants commissioned by the DFE to lead on the Aiming High programmes.

Over the years he has coordinated informal coaching/support networks for aspirant BME school leaders which led to many of the participants becoming successful Headteachers. In addition, he is a member of the CoED Foundation’s Trustees and Advisory Board, and also acts as one of their associates, specialising in leadership and management. He has written articles and programmes including the NPQH programme on successful leadership in a culturally diverse school setting. He has developed a SMSC audit tool for the Church of England, Re-Defining the Moral purpose: The Diagnostic Framework. He currently works as an independent Education Consultant specialising in Leadership Development & Coaching, Pastoral Systems / Positive behaviour management, developing a culturally inclusive curriculum, School Improvement strategies, Art & Design, and SMSC.