Our trustees

Our trustees bring a wealth of experience from across the fields of management, business, education and social enterprise.

Jeffrey Defries – chair of trustees
Jeffrey Defries is the founder and chief executive of icould, an online careers charity (www.icould.com). Formerly chief executive of the specialist careers and research charity CRAC, Jeffrey started his career in university administration, before taking roles at the Institute of Cancer Research as deputy secretary then secretary. He then joined the Science Museum as assistant director, moving on to the London Business School as deputy dean and secretary, and later the NHS University (NHSU) as director of corporate services. CPFA qualified, Jeffrey has held a number of not-for-profit and charity board positions in the UK and Europe including as senior advisor to the European Foundation for Management Development.

Stephen Artist (details to come)

Isabel Greenwood (details to come)

Neal Lodhia (details to come)

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin has 28 years of experience working in education. His career began with teaching in the UK, Pakistan and Belgium and from there he became part of the national steering group for the NCSL, (Now NCTL) creating and launching the first national programme for middle leaders. In 2009 Andrew formed his own company and has worked nationally, supporting schools, academies, dioceses and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) as an advisor, mentor, project director and director of business. He spent three years as academy advisor for the Church of England Education Office, supporting and engaging with their schools and dioceses and helping to shape national policy. Andrew continues to work with The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership on their national MAT Steering Group, MAT CEO development programme and network activity.

Michael Momoh
In 1992, Michael Momoh was the first child to be supported by The Children’s Literacy Charity (then known as Springboard for Children). After several years working with the Local Housing Authority and associated agencies in a variety of roles, he is now as a Property Acquisition Consultant, sourcing property for supported housing. He has an MBA from the University of Greenwich.

Dr Jenny Thomson
Dr Jenny Thomson is a senior academic at the University of Sheffield, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge, UK and Harvard University, USA.  A speech and language therapist by training, Jenny’s teaching and research focuses on the links between spoken and written language difficulties, as well as digital literacy.