Trustees |


David Ross qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He co-founded The Carphone Warehouse Group plc in 1991 and has also been involved in leading many other public and private companies. David is passionate about developing educational opportunities for young people and established the David Ross Foundation, which currently sponsors 33 academies in Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and the Humber Region.  David is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and on the Board of the British Olympic Association.


Andrew Law is the Chairman and CEO of Caxton Associates—a thirty-four-year-old global macro hedge fund.  Mr Law joined Caxton in 2003 as the head of macro trading in London. In 2008, he was appointed Chief Investment Officer and then to his current position in January 2012. 

He began his career in finance at County NatWest in 1987, and then as the head of proprietary trading at Chemical Bank from 1989 to 1996. Subsequently, he joined Goldman Sachs in 1996, becoming head of proprietary trading in London as a Managing Director in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities Division. 

His philanthropic interests include his role as a founding Trustee of both the Law Family Charitable Foundation and the Law Family Educational Trust, which sponsors a multi-academy trust in Greater Manchester. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Speakers for Schools, an organization which facilitates inspirational talks by eminent persons in UK state schools.

He has also served as a Director of Social Finance, patron of the Hotcourses Foundation, a supporter of Policy Exchange, and as Regional Treasurer of the Lord’s Taverners, Surrey. 

Mr Law attended a state school in Manchester and received an undergraduate degree in Economics (First-Class Honours) from Sheffield University in 1987


Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress at Michaela Community School in Wembley, London. Michaela is known for its tough-love behaviour systems, knowledge teaching and for how it teaches kindness and gratitude. In 2017, OFSTED graded the school as Outstanding in every category.

Katharine read Philosophy & Modern Languages at The University of Oxford and has always taught in inner London. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio and has written for several UK publications. Katharine has written two books and edited a third which is entitled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers, The Michaela Way


Sir Nick Weller is CEO of nine Dixons Academies in Bradford and Leeds: four primaries, four secondaries and one all-through 4-19 school. It includes both sponsored turnaround academies addressing educational failure and new free schools meeting growing demand.  The Trust is built around the high performing Dixons City Academy, which opened 27 years ago as one of the first state-funded independent schools in the country. It also includes Dixons Trinity, the first secondary free school to be graded outstanding by Ofsted. A shared Post 16 provision is planned to open in 2019 along with Dixons’ first all-through school in Leeds, Trinity Chapeltown.

Sir Nick was designated a National Leader of Education in 2009.  He was awarded a knighthood for services to education in 2015.  His report to the Treasury and DfE on schools in the Northern Powerhouse region was published in November 2016.


Geoffrey Davies is a corporate lawyer with Keystone Law, having previously worked at Stone King LLP. He has been personally involved in establishing more than 100 Academies and free schools.  He acts for a number of the larger multi-Academy Trusts, including ARK Schools, Oasis Community Learning, United Learning Trust, Harris Federation and Future Academies.  For eight years Geoffrey was a Director of United Learning Trust, then the largest academy school operator.  He is a Director of Bonhams.


Justin Dowley is Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group PLC and a director of Melrose PLC and Ascot Authority (Holdings) Ltd. From 2010 to 2011 he was a Vice Chairman at Nomura which had acquired Tricorn Partners, the investment banking advisory firm which he co-founded in 2003.

He was, until March 2001, Managing Director and co-head of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Europe.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1996 he had spent 15 years at Morgan Grenfell, the last two of these as Head of UK Corporate Finance. He is Treasurer of Marylebone Cricket Club.