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.
Keith Newton ACA, (Finance and PIP Director), is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In a career of 33 years at Accenture he worked as a global management consultant specialising in strategic and technology consulting for large scale private and public sector organisations working in Sydney, Chicago, Seoul and Hong Kong. He is a company director, an investor, and advisor to a number of UK and international businesses and charities. He is currently Chairman of the West Country Branch of the Britain-Australia Society (BAS); a Director of the National Britain-Australia Society; a trustee of the BAS Education Trust – BASET; and an advisor to the board of an English public school having previously served as a Member of the Board and Chairmen of the Finance and General Purpose committee. He serves as a charity trustee with a specialty in finance.
Alison Winsborough BMus, PGCE (Resources, framework and implementation) 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.
Dr Lara Jayne Wear MB BS BSc DCH (SA) MRCGP (Medical content and safeguarding) trained at Imperial College London including a BSc in Physiology, qualifying in 2007. Lara moved on to hospital rotations at Frimley Park, Surrey and Brighton, Sussex. She lectured in Anatomy at Brighton Medical School before moving to Cape Town where she specialised in Paediatrics and gained the Diploma in Child Health in 2011. Lara decided to pursue her career in General Practice from this point and enrolled in the Wessex GP training programme which brought her to Dorchester, Dorset in 2012. She completed her GP specialist training in 2015 and has been working as a GP in Dorset since this time, becoming a GP Partner at The Prince of Wales Surgery, Poundbury in 2019.
Stephen Foster (Legal) 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.
Christina Benjamin BSc (Hons) PGCE (Legal and Governance) 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.
Kate Larard MSc, HV, RM, SRN (safeguarding and policy) 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.
Andrew Morse BSc (Hons) (Project management and PIPs Director) recently retired from the Royal Navy after 35 years as an officer in the Fleet Air Arm flying and instructing on the Lynx helicopter and simulators before transferring into Programme/Project/Requirements Management in 2004. He brings a range of skills to the AET including project development and management, an understanding of evaluation, training, support and infrastructure, plus time, budget and cost management skills. Andy continues to work part-time as a Reservist in the field of procurement and programme management for the Wildcat helicopter. Having served in the RN and as a father of two, he has an excellent understanding of the need for life skills education to ensure young people are able to make more informed responsible choices about alcohol.
David Cox retired as the Chief Executive of The Benevolent charity (now named The Drinks Trust) at the end of 2018, a role he took up in April 2013. The Drinks Trust 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.