Members & Trustees

RWBAT Trustee's Business Pecuniary Interests Register

Members & Trustees

RWBAT Trustees Business & Pecuniary Interests Register

Name Date of Appt. Term ends on Committee Attendance at Board Meetings 2019-20 Attendance at Committee Meetings 2019-20 Register of Business Interests Register of Personal Interests
Coombs Nathan 01/09/2019 31/08/2023 Standards 4/5 1/1 None None
Croxford George Ex Officio N/A All Committees 5/5 4/4 None None
Hopkins Mark 01/09/2019 31/08/2023 Finance 2/5 1/3 None None
Miles Tracey 01/09/2019 31/08/2023 Finance 3/5 3/3 None None
Cameron Carolyn 23/09/2020 22/09/2024 Standards 0/0 0/0 Employer UWE, Employed as external examiner University of Northumbria Parent Governor KGA
Allen Christopher 23/09/2020 22/09/2024 Finance 0/0 0/0 None None
Backhouse Stanley 23/09/2020 22/09/2024 Finance 0/0 0/0 Director Frigo Block, Partner Management Consultancy None
Sweet Marion – RWBAT CHAIR 01/04/2017 01/04/2021  All Committees 5/5 4/4 Director Wellington Enterprise Ltd None



Name Date of Appt. Term ends on Attendance Attendance at Board/AMG Meetings 2019-20 Register of Business Interests Register of Personal Interests
BACON ANDY 01/04/2017 01/04/2021 AGM and updates 2/2 None None
COWLEY DAVID 01/05/2020 01/05/2024 AGM and updates 0/0 None Chair Wellington College Academy Trust
WILFORD Malcolm 01/04/2017 01/04/2021 AGM and updates 2/2 None None
WOOLNOUGH Sonyia 01/04/2017 01/04/2021 AGM and updates 2/2 None None
Allen Lindsay 22/11/2017 31/3/2019 Resigned
Campbell Gill 01/09/2016 1031/01/2019 Resigned
Warwick Louise 01/09/2016 31/01/2018 Resigned
Foot Tristan 01/05/2017 01/06/2020 Resigned
Hext Jane 01/05/2017 01/06/2020 Resigned
Clarke Dave 01/04/2017 31/08/2020 Resigned
Bourne Johnathan 01/04/2017 18/12/2020 Resigned

Executive Leadership Team

Marion Sweet

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

Chair RWBAT Board of Trustees, Trustee and Non-Executive Director

Leadership through commitment and development of self and others is not just a mantle, but exactly what Marion has practiced 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.

Nathan Coombs

Nathan Coombs, Trustee and Non-Executive Director, Vice-Chair RWBAT Board of Trustees (Standards Committee)

Nathan moved to North Wiltshire in 2008 with his family. His three children have all attended the local schools in Royal Wootton Bassett and two are still pupils at the Academy in the town. He is a full-time consultant breast and general surgeon with 20 years of experience and is based at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.

Part of Nathan’s role involves teaching and training junior doctors and medical students and he is passionate about upholding educational standards. He uses his teaching and training skills by working with the non-governmental charitable organisation, Mercy Ships. Each year he runs a couple of two-day essential surgical skills courses in West African countries, teaching local surgeons in basic and safe surgical techniques.

Nathan has been part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust since September 2019. He is keen to ensure the educational and governance standards continue to be excellent and uses his managerial and training skills within the Trust.

Nathan is also a medical director of the Shalbourne Suite, the private wing of the hospital. This involves planning and developing business models and ensuring the patients receive first-class care. Nathan and his family are involved as active members of the local church in Royal Wootton Bassett where he plays the piano as part of the band. His other passion is reviewing and playing new board games for a national company as time permits.


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 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 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.

Between 2012 and early 2020, he served as Governor at Lyneham Primary School, with four and a half years as ChairDuring 2020 he served on the Interim Executive Board of St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, Chippenham.  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.


David joins Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust as a Member following a very successful commercial career and vast experience of governance within a number of schools in both the private and state sector..

David was appointed Chair of the Wellington Academy in 2009, and latterly Chair of the Wellington College Academy Trust until April 2020. In addition to serving as Governor of Wellington College in Berkshire from 1997 to 2008 he has also served as a Governor of Benenden School.

David retired in 2008 from a full career in insurance broking, in London and in the 1970s in Malaysia and Singapore.

In 1984, David was appointed a trustee of The Not Forgotten Association, a tri Service charity which brings comradeship and challenge into the lives of those who have served and now suffer from disability and injury. He became Chairman in 2015 and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his work for military charities.

David lives in Hampshire and is married with two grown up children.

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