Members & Trustees

RWBAT Trustees Business & Pecuniary Interests Register

Name Role Start – End Date Pecuniary Interests Personal Interests
Marion Sweet Chair of RWBAT Board and Trustee
Chair of RWBA LGB
May 2017 –
April 2021
Rion Association None
George Croxford Chief Executive Officer
Ex-officio Board Member
May 2017 None None
Tristan Foot Vice Chair and Trustee May 2017 –
April 2021
University of East London Employee None
Johnathan Bourne Chair of Finance and Trustee May 2017 –
April 2021
None None
Jane Hext Chair of Standard and Trustee
Chair of Lawn Manor LBG
May 2017 –
April 2021
None None
David Clarke Trustee May 2017 –
April 2021
None None

Executive Leadership Team

Marion Sweet

Cllr Mrs Marion Sweet, M.A. (HRM), B.A.(Hons), FCIPD, M.Inst. L&M

Leadership through commitment and development of self and others is not just a mantle, but exactly what Marion has practised throughout her career in education. Marion strongly believes this ethos underpins any effective role in Governance.

Being educationally and professionally highly qualified with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and a B.A. (Hons) in Business, led to opportunities to hold senior managerial roles over many years in both private and public sector education organisations.

Marion’s most recent employment with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) involved creating and leading high value, £40m+ projects, to deliver regional and national leadership and management initiatives. Critical to the success of these projects was Marion’s ability to lead and achieve people and performance targets for multi-discipline and remote teams through proactive defined strategies of consultation and coaching, with vital influencing and negotiating skills to address challenging and changing environments. Since 2012, Marion has led her own consultancy, working with organisations across the South West region in addressing leadership and management development and people management areas.

Marion’s experience has proved vital in the variety of governing roles undertaken over the past 12 years at RWBA, including the role as Chair of Governors for the past four years. Experience has allowed Marion to offer clear insight into strategic developments, whilst positioning the governing body in making measurable decisions and actions, which contribute, advise, support and challenge the Academy leadership, ultimately providing excellence in education for every pupil.

Personally, Marion holds a number of roles in the local community, an elected RWB Town Councillor for more than 15 years, Mayor of RWB 2003-04, Governor at RWBA since 2005, as well as experience of governorship in Early Years settings and a local primary school.

Andy Bacon

Andy Bacon is a serving senior Royal Air Force officer with a broad range of operational, leadership, programme management, applied strategic thought and change management experience.

Starting his career as a Hercules pilot at RAF Lyneham, he has amassed over 4000 flying hours on the Hercules, Boeing C-17 and HS125 on operations. Additionally, he has commanded at each level of his career including command of 24 Squadron at RAF Lyneham and as Station Commander of RAF Northolt. Overseas deployments include his role as Senior Advisor to the Chief of the Iraqi Air Force in Baghdad within the Coalition Headquarters responsible for organising, training and equipping the Iraqi Security Forces and for developing the institutional capacity of their Defence Ministry and command of both the Afghan National Army Training Centre and Afghan National Defence University Training Advisory Groups in Kabul. Other appointments include the Ministry of Defence and the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham. He has recently completed the Royal College of Defence Studies course.

Andy has previously served as a Governor at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, which both of his children attended.

Sonyia Woolnough

Sonyia is a solicitor originally from the North of England and a Graduate in Law from Durham University. She has been settled and working in Royal Wootton Bassett at Bevirs Solicitors for the last 35 years, the last 28 years as a Partner.

She has been a Member of Bevirs Executive Board for 21 years and has played a major role in the running of the business (35 staff and 3 offices) including during the considerable challenges of the recession.

Sonyia is also Head of the Commercial Team (3 lawyers) which has a varied workload including land promotion agreements, land development, land acquisition and sales, new plot sales, commercial landlord and tenant work and business sales and purchases. The department has a particular specialism in Pension Property work.

Malcolm Wilford

Malcolm and his wife moved to Wiltshire in 1981 and fostered three children. The children attended Wootton Bassett School with varying degrees of academic success but all received realistic valuable pastoral support throughout their education. From 1982, Malcolm continued fostering as a single parent.

Malcolm’s business career was in management, with time in operations, logistics, consultancy and facilities management, mainly for large organisations.

Between 1990 and 2014, he served as a Magistrate in Swindon and for two separate periods as a Parish Councillor for Lyneham & Bradenstoke.

During the 80’s Malcolm participated in School and House PTA activities and became a School Governor in 1988. In 1991, he was elected Chair of Governors, a position held until 2012. He is proud to have been part of the team that achieved Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in 2010 and Academy Status in 2011.

Currently, after four and a half years as Chair, he is a Governor at Lyneham Primary School. In recent years Malcolm has assisted several Wiltshire Schools and Academies as an independent Governor.

He is pleased to undertake the role of Member and use his accumulated experiences for the benefit of the Trust.

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