Catherine joined our trust board in January 2017 and had an immediate impact – which is just what we were hoping for!
Catherine not only brings a wealth of her own experience to our discussions, and a useful objective perspective, but also helps us remain focussed on our trust’s central values – she prevents us from getting side-tracked by superficial issues.
With a track record of working at a senior level with large companies, Catherine is used to lively debate but is able to ensure that discussions remain constructive and strategic – she is open to the ideas of others and has an ability to build on those ideas.
One of the best things about Catherine as a director is that she is keen to get more widely involved with the trust in any way she can – as an individual school we really appreciated her support with reshaping our staff feedback surveys and have already found the information she helped us obtain to be of a far superior quality to our previous attempts.
Overall as a trust board member, Catherine absolutely embodies the idea of being a ‘critical friend’ – she helps us question the way we are doing things but always provides suggestions and support for possible changes. We really value her input!