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 Humphrey Dawson

Humphrey Dawson is a semi-retired Solicitor specialising in International Commercial Civil Aviation with wide experience of acting for International clients buying, selling and leasing airliners around the World and acting in respect of all the usual commercial agreements relating to their operation and maintenance. Humphrey also gained considerable experience in related litigation and mediation in several jurisdictions.  Humphrey was Chairman of the Aviation Law Committee of the International Bar Association and an active member of the equivalent Committee of the American Bar Association. He was a regular speaker at International Conferences and a writer on a variety of Aviation topics including Aviation Terrorism including on Lockerbie.

For some 40 years Humphrey successively served on the Parochial Church Councils of St Mary’s Wimbledon and St Margaret’s, Lee in addition to being Hon Solicitor to the Parish of St Peter with St Paul, Battersea for 20 years. For 9 years, he was The Law Society’s nominee on the Elections Committee of the National Union of Students.

Humphrey is also a Trustee of DISCS (Developing Innovative Solutions for Conditions of the Spine), a medical research Charity.

Humphrey sits on the Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Matthew Johnson

Matt is an experienced Business Leader specialising in commercial growth and business development. Matt currently serves as the Managing Director of KCS UK, the largest public buying organisation in the UK supporting schools and public bodies, and wholly owned by Kent County Council.

Prior to joining KCS, Matt enjoyed a successful career in the recruitment industry, leading a multi-national organisation to record growth which led to the sale of the business to a leading private equity fund.

A Trustee since 2018, Matt chairs the Finance and Resource committees and is passionate about improving the group infrastructure and strategy to support schools, staff and pupils.

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.

Mrs Yvonne Roden

Yvonne joined Aquila as a Trustee in early 2018. Her degree in Sociology and Social Administration has given her an interest in society and its social structures, from which she has developed an interest in education and an understanding of the opportunities for the development and success of young people. She has worked in a variety of business sectors mainly within the field of Human Resources. She is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Yvonne sits on the Audit and Risk Committee

Ms Samantha Page

Samantha joined Aquila as a Non-Executive Trustee in early 2015.

She brings experience to the board of Risk Management and Mitigation from many years working in Financial Services in global Investment Banks. Currently, Samantha is running a team at the Financial Conduct Authority in the Wholesale Bank Supervision Division. Her professional qualifications are as an Equity Fund Manager and she has spoken at a number of international conferences on the regulatory themes and impacts post the credit crisis, particularly focusing on the impact for clients. In addition, she has been a regular participant at round tables in Brussels for MEPs and in Westminster for HMRT.

Sam chairs the Audit and Risk Committee