Trustees

Victoria McDonaugh MA (Hons) PGCE, Chair of Trustees, was Head of History and Head of Year with a responsibility for PSHE in a large comprehensive in Cricklewood, London. She is currently a Governor of Bryanston School and was High Sheriff of Dorset in 2009/10.

Christina Benjamin BSc (Hons) PGCE studied German and Law at Surrey University. She went on to qualify as a solicitor and worked in local government and industry for 15 years. Following a spell living in Germany, Christina returned  to the UK in 1996 and obtained a PGCE from Cambridge University. She then worked in a large comprehensive in the Fens, in both teaching and pastoral roles, until finishing her teaching career with 5 terms at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. After retiring, Christina spent some 2 years as a volunteer with the Dorset Youth Offending Team sitting on referral panels for young  offenders.

David Cox has just retired as the Chief Executive of The Benevolent charity, a role he took up in April 2013. The Benevolent supports current and past employees of the UK drinks trade with practical, emotional and financial help when faced with a variety of difficult circumstances, including serious illness, disability, issues with stress or depression, with debt or any family crisis such as a seriously ill partner or child. David has built a deep understanding of issues concerning alcohol and the importance of early intervention and alcohol education. David is a Liveryman of three City Livery Companies and brings a wealth of skills to The Alcohol Education Trust in governance, fund raising and management.

Stephen Foster is Head of the Divorce and Family partner team at Stewarts Law. In the Legal 500 2016, Stephen is recommended for his “pragmatism and gravitas” and his reputation as “a strong leader who can manage any situation or individual and steer things to a successful outcome”. Chambers describes him as “a great lateral thinker” and Stephen is named as one of the top 10 high asset family lawyers in Spear’s Family Law Index.

Kate Larard MSc, HV, RM, SRN first qualified as a nurse, midwife and health visitor and enjoyed many years as a clinician.  In the 1990s she went on to study Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Bath. Following this she focused on safeguarding, holding a variety of operational and strategic roles.  She finished her full-time career in the NHS as Head of Safeguarding in Birmingham, gaining invaluable and diverse experience.  Kate now works part-time as a specialist safeguarding trainer.

Keith Newton ACA was born in Broken Hill, Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He retired in 2009 from Accenture as Managing Partner, Asia Pacific. In his 33 years career at Accenture he worked as a global management consultant specialising in strategic and technology consulting for large scale private and public sector organisations. During his time at Accenture it grew from the less then 2,000 person consulting division of Arthur Andersen, Accountants to the world’s leading management consulting company. He is currently a member of a school Finance and General Purpose committee, is advisor to the board and serves as a charity trustee with a speciality in finance. Having lived in Sydney Australia, the USA, Seoul Korea and Hong Kong, he and his wife and 6 children now split their time between Dorset and Hong Kong.

Alison Winsborough BMus, PGCE has strong experience of delivering PSE, previously as Head of PSE and Citizenship  at the Sir John Colfox School and currently as Head of Citizenship and  Head of Sixth Form at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy.

Alison has worked with an abundance of outside agencies such as AA, SSCT, Safer partnerships, healthcare professionals, Ansbury and other local stakeholders. She is currently Designated  Safeguarding Lead for the 6th form and part of the Academy’s Safeguarding Team. She has 3 young children.