Trustees

Rev. John Richardson

Following his move from Holy Trinity Margate in 2016, John became Assistant Priest of The Benefice of Romney Marsh.

He has been a priest in the Church of England since 1975 and during that time has served for over forty years as a school governor in primary, junior, secondary, grammar and independent schools across the dioceses of Southwell, Salisbury, Bath and Wells, Bradford and Canterbury separately as a foundation and local authority governor. He made his maiden speech in the General Synod of the Church of England in 2000 in response to the changing culture of Faith Schools particularly in inner city inter faith communities. He chaired one of the first Academies in the UK in Bradford in the late 1990s and consequently was the keynote speaker at the national Head Teachers Conference in Torquay in 2000.As a member of the Archbishop's Council in Canterbury Diocese John joined the Diocesan Board of Education in 2013, and from 2014 was appointed as a Trustee and a Member as the first Chair of Aquila. He also is the Vice Chair of DCACL, the Diocese of Canterbury's Academy Sponsoring Body. He is also Chairman of the Outstanding CQC Mildmay NHS Specialist HIV Aids Hospital in London with sister projects in Kampala in Uganda and Kisumu in Kenya. They work with over 300,000 patients per annum. He is married to Sue who is recently retired after 43 years teaching of special needs teaching in multi deprived areas. She continues to be a Family Magistrate and School Governor. They have three children and eleven grandchildren.

John sits on the Audit and Risk and Finance and Resources Committees 

Mr Quentin Roper

Quentin is Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury.

He leads a team of officers, staff and consultants that keeps ministry with children and young people at its heart, relating to them through parishes, families and the 103 church schools within the diocese. He studied Education at Durham University, graduating with a BA(Ed) Hons. degree in 1991, and has since completed an MA in Leadership and Management for Learning at Christ Church, becoming an Erasmus Scholar following participation in the Erasmus International Programme ‘Inclusive Education in Europe’ at the University of Oslo. Quentin was brought up in Norfolk, where his early career as a teacher encompassed both independent and maintained schools. On moving to Kent with his family, he undertook senior leadership roles in primary schools in Tonbridge, including an instructive period as an Acting Headteacher. He was Headteacher at Herne CE (Aided) Junior School for almost eight years until 2012, qualified as a church schools’ inspector and enjoys being a member of two local school governing bodies. He is eager to ensure that colleagues and Church of England schools are at the forefront of educational research and enquiry, an objective enhanced and inspired through a close partnership with the University’s Faculty of Education and NICER.

Mr Graham Birrell

Graham has been a Trustee of Aquila since September 2014. Graham has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University for over twelve years as a Senior Lecturer in Education, specialising in initial teacher education and in the development of partnerships. Prior to this he was a primary school teacher in East Kent. Graham is particularly interested in values based approaches to education and in how these can be observed and enacted for the benefit of the whole school community. He is currently working on a doctorate on education, specialising in education policy, so also brings knowledge and expertise in current government policies and their effects on the school system.

Mr Andrew Warrilow

Andrew is a media and marketing expert with experience of using a wide range of media types.

He is also passionate about ensuring effective care is in place for the most vulnerable in society. This has led him to set up a number of children’s homes to provide emotional support and physical security. He is a Director of the Trinity Resource Centre and of the Mildmay NHS Specialist hospital in London which was recently graded as Outstanding in their CQC inspection.

Andrew sits on the Finance and Resources Committee

Mr Mike Wetherell

Mike has extensive experience in turning around struggling business and has particular expertise in working with charities and ensuring their financial and HR systems are streamlined and efficient. He was recently employed by the Kew Foundation as their Interim Operations Director with responsibility for governance, finance, HR and leadership of the Operations team. He is currently employed in a by Lloyds in their charity division. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.