Member and Trustees of the Minerva Learning Trust


Reverand Debbie Smith

The Reverend Deb Smith was ordained in 2003.  In the time since she has had a varied experience of ministry including helping to set up an ecumenical team running school retreat days for youngsters. Serving as a school governor for two years as a curate she then served for ten years as a governor at another primary school, and for eleven years at a Secondary School.  She has also served as Mayor’s chaplain.

Deb is a keen supporter of Christian Aid both as a door to door collector and in getting involved in projects and helping to raise awareness of their priorities and work. She is also interested in politics and feels the church should speak out on matters of social justice and be on the side of the poor.

Deb believes that parish ministry is rooted in building a community – within our churches and between them too but, most importantly,  in building relationships in the wider community in which we are set and seek to serve.

Deb enjoys walking, pub quizzes, films, theatre and live music.

Whilst still new to Bridport, she is passionate about working with others here to build up the community and to look at how we can use what we have to build up our common life

Peter Tompkins – Diocesan appointment

PeterPeter was CEO and President of a global company, a worldwide leader in the Control and Automation sector, and an executive team member of a FTSE 100 Corporation. He also served as a Director of the Trustee board of one of the UK’s Top 10 pension schemes.   In his CEO role, he was responsible for the operations of over forty entities in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. He travelled extensively to visit customers, suppliers, financial services, and group companies.

Since retiring from his full-time role, he has worked as a consultant to Private Equity companies, served as Vice Chairman of a major museum, chaired a Rights-of-Way group, and purchased a local farm.  Peter and Pauline have two children, a daughter, who is a research chemist, and a son, who is a process engineer. They have two grandchildren, who attend a primary school, which converted to an academy several years ago. 

Declaration of interestNone.

Richard Wales

Richard WRichard has had a career in Financial Services for the past 30 years. As an independent financial adviser he has specialised in the corporate market, creating innovative employer benefit strategies to attract and retain top quality individuals for different companies.  His strengths are in design, build and implementation of corporate strategies, working closely with HR and finance directors. He has a keen interest in managing risk in relation to defined budget requirements which is a consistently evolving process. In addition he is a firm believer in the “CAN I Method” (Constant and never ending improvement.)  Richard is passionate about his profession and continues to work on the approach of right first time.  He looks forward to developing the requirements of the Minerva Learning Trust and using his skills with them as a member.

Declaration of interestNone.


Clive Bath – Chair of Trustees

cliveClive Bath has been a community Governor and vice chairman of the Sir John Colfox Academy since 2010. He previously attended the Alfred Colfox School in Bridport

Prior to retirement, Clive was the Chief Executive of the King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, Director of UK consultancy for International Hospitals Group and previously ran two central London NHS teaching hospitals.

Clive was elected chairman of the Minerva Learning Trust Board on its establishment in 2016.

Declaration of interestNone.

Kristina Broughton

Kristina Broughton started her career in museum learning and then teaching. She also worked in local authorities in Dorset as a senior commissioning officer for schools capital projects, including as Education Advisor for the Building Schools for the Future programme in Bournemouth and Poole. Since 2011 Kristina has had a successful career as a management consultant and senior manager in the arts and heritage sector, working on projects on at regional and national level. Currently she is the Partnership Manager for the Wessex Museums partnership - a consortium of four major museums across Dorset and Wiltshire - and manages the Wessex Museums Trust, a registered charity. Kristina was born in the United States but has lived in the UK for 25 years and in Bridport since 2005. She is married with two young daughters who currently attend pre-school and primary school in Bridport

Hilary Cunningham Chair

Prior to her recent retirement, Hilary Cunningham BDS MSc LDS RCS(Eng) was a career dental officer in the Defence Medical Services in the rank of Colonel.  She was an enhanced practitioner and latterly in a senior clinical management role. Here she developed and lead clinical teams providing both primary medical and dental care in UK for military personnel from all three armed service and in Germany which also included looking after the spouses and families of military personnel and MOD civil servants and their families.  Working in the Armed Forces which was reducing in size gave numerous management challenges especially change management, in personnel and budgetary areas together with the expectation of providing a first class clinical provision both at home and foreign bases and on deployments to war zones. 

Although not local she has had associations with the area for over 40 years.  She is now an Education Volunteer with the RNLI and this obviously involves giving presentations for school children mainly regarding beach safety. 


David Jenkins

David jDavid Jenkins began his career as a teacher, before turning to law. He held a number of legal and managerial posts in local government and was Chief Executive of Dorset County Council for nearly fourteen years. He is currently Deputy Chair of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. He is involved with the running of a number of charities, mainly concerned with musical performance and education. He is President of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.

Declaration of interest:

  • Honorary President, Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils
  • Director of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Charitable Company)
  • Director of Draining Authorities 2016

Pat Lewis-Baggett

Alan Moss

AlanAlan is a Governor of St Mary's CE Primary School and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  He has experience as a teacher, local authority officer, DfE official and education consultant in the private sector. His particular interest is in promoting the achievement and attainment of pupils with Special Education Needs and disadvantaged pupils.   As Chair of Trustees of a charity providing a range of services for pre-school children with special needs and their families, he led the restructuring of the organisation to place it on a business like footing and secure its future.  He believes the Minerva Learning Trust has an extremely positive starting point. Examples of good and excellent practice are to be found across the Trust. By sharing these strengths and promoting the culture of high expectations for all pupils it will thrive.

Alan Chairs the Audit and Health and Safety Committee in the Minerva Learning Trust.

Declaration of interestNone.

Pete Stone

PeterRev. Pete Stone, is a Foundation Governor for St Mary’s CE Primary School and a Member for the Minerva Learning Trust. Pete has worked with Children & Young People for over 20 years as a youth worker and school development worker in Reading & Wokingham. His children attend the Sir John Colfox Academy & Kingston Maurward College.

Pete is the Team Vicar for the Bridport Team Ministry. He was brought up in Bath, and left school at 16 and went to work for the Civil Service. After 3 years he started his career in youth work. After 13 years as a Children & Youth Worker he became a development worker and then project manager for a school’s work charity, supporting teachers to teach inclusive, informative and fun RE in multi-cultural settings. He then trained as an Anglican Vicar near Oxford and spent 4 years in Charminster near Dorchester as a trainee vicar. He and his family moved to Bridport in July 2014. Having struggled at school and work Pete was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia at 38 and this experience and that of supporting a child with Dyspraxia made him realise the need to give every child the opportunity to access education in a way that engages them and helps them to develop confidence and abilities that will be life enhancing, so that every child may be all that they can be.

Declaration of interestNone.

Martin Stones

martMartin is the Managing Director and founder of Minster Joinery Ltd.  Minster is a highly successful and respected company operating at the highest level within its market, with a turnover exceeding £2.25 million.  Martin has considerable experience in negotiating high value contracts, managing client’s expectations and delivering successful outcomes.  He has been a governor of the Sir John Colfox Academy for 17 years and has chaired the Board of Governors for the last six years.   Martin also chairs the Attendance and Behaviour committee and has an interest in the whole school community.

Martin will remain as the Chair of the Local Governing Body of The Sir John Colfox

Academy and Chair the Finance Committee of the Minerva Learning Trust.


Mike Young

Mike moved to Dorset in 1987 to take up post as adviser to the secondary schools in the west and north. Previously he had worked for 15 years in schools, starting as an English teacher and leaving as a deputy head teacher. Mike became chief schools’ adviser and then deputy director of Education for Dorset, before leaving in 2003 to be director in Bath and NE Somerset. During the 10 years from 1992 he was also an Ofsted registered inspector, leading teams in the inspection of middle and secondary schools, including some work in British schools abroad.

Mike left Bath with the change to Children’s Services and ran his own consultancy business, working mainly for Devon. At the same time he became chairman of a charitable trust based in Bath, 5x5x5=creativity. The charity 5x5x5 is dedicated to working with schools to improve the quality of primary teaching and learning through creativity and critical thinking; mainly in the arts but also other areas, like mathematics. Mike lives near Bridport in the Bride Valley with his wife Liz. He is a voluntary driver for the local community car service, taking mainly older residents to their NHS appointments.

Declaration of interestNone.