The Aldridge Foundation is the operational name of The Rodney Aldridge Charitable Trust, a charity regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (no 1102285). For more information please visit the Charity Commission website. Our Trustees are:

Sir Rod Aldridge, OBE

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To further the work of his charitable trust, Sir Rod Aldridge established the Aldridge Foundation in 2006. The Foundation is a charity that supports social change and community regeneration and focuses on supporting the communities where Aldridge Education and Aldridge Wealth operate.

As the founder of the Capita Group in 1984 until his retirement in 2006, Rod led the company from start-up to becoming a FTSE 100 company, with Capita thus becoming the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK. Capita Group is now the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion.

Prior to Capita, Rod worked in local government for ten years with East Sussex County Council, Brighton Borough Council, Crawley District Group and West Sussex Council, becoming a qualified accountant with CIPFA in 1970, joining CIPFA in 1974, and ultimately becoming its Technical Director. Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.

Sir Rod is Chair of The Lowry arts and entertainment venue in Salford; Patron and former Trustee of The Prince’s Trust, former Chair of Acorn Care and Education, a provider of special schools across England, and a founding member of the Prince’s Charities Council.

Brent Thomas

Brent ThomasBrent’s career has spanned two sectors. His first was with the oil and chemicals company Burmah Castrol plc where held a number of international operational and HR roles including as Chief Executive of Castrol Denmark and Norway, and as the Group HR Director. He held this last role until 2001 when the takeover by BP hastened a decision to try something completely different. In 2002 he started work on a project linking business executives with the charity sector, where there was a growing need for their skills. From this emerged his second career as a social entrepreneur and founder of Primetimers. Today Brent is the Deputy Chief Executive of Eastside Primetimers, a management consultancy that works with charities on strategic change and social investment, and a Trustee of the Eastside Primetimers Foundation, that provides professional development support to talented people working in the charity sector.

Brent’s educational and governance experience includes as a Board member of the Copenhagen International School, as a pensions trustee and as a Trustee of the charity Family Action, where he was the Vice Chair.

Lady Carol Aldridge

Lady Carol Aldridge was born and raised in Liverpool to a working class family. Her working career has mainly been in the public sector having worked for Liverpool City Council for over 21 years, focusing on operations and business development. In her last 5 years she was responsible within a small team for setting up the front office alongside BT in a joint venture – called ‘Liverpool Direct’, developing the call centre and integrating the back office services into the front office. By the time she left the call centre had grown to 250 staff. In 2003 Lady Carol joined Capita within the central sales team working on multi million pound contracts, including with Birmingham Council. In 2006 she moved into the property development sector, qualifying as an interior designer, and currently works on large-scale new build properties. Lady Carol supports Sir Rod and the Foundation both ‘behind the scenes’ and at many public engagements and events in the schools. She became a Trustee of the Foundation in February 2014, taking a particular interest in the reputational aspect of our work and representing the family.

James Sporle

James SporleJames is a qualified solicitor and holds an MA (Cantab) in Law as well as a Diploma in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School. After graduating from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1998, he began his career at Linklaters in 1999 qualifying as a solicitor in the Corporate Department in 2001. In 2005, he joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Legal team at BP plc where he worked until 2007. James was a founder of RMAI, established in 2009 to invest and manage Sir Rod Aldridge’s portfolio of investments in private companies and became a Trustee of the Aldridge Foundation in 2010. In addition to running his own private consultancy business James now works as legal counsel at Just-Eat.

Jennifer Lavender

Jennifer  went to school at Woldingham and Charterhouse before starting work in the Department of Works and Pensions at the Pension ombudsman. She then joined The Prince’s Trust where she successfully managed the implementation of a Rugby Partnership Programme, linking disadvantaged children – or those at risk of exclusion – into premiership rugby teams for help on social skills, teamwork and care in the community. In 2009 Jennifer moved into nursery teaching and currently works in a private nursery in  Brooke Green, West London. She is also studying for a Degree in Early Years at Kingston University .

Rich Benton

Rich BentonRich is an entrepreneur who has enjoyed a successful business career in the UK, and has driven the development of social entrepreneurship worldwide. After qualifying as an accountant he joined Sir Rod Aldridge as Founder Director of Capita, and was Sales Director for 14 years. ‘Retiring’ to become primary carer for his young family he then became Chair of Mouchel plc, a private engineering consultancy which listed as a public company in 2001.

Rich has founded two other start-up businesses, one a teacher supply agency which was sold to TES in 2014, and one just started, servicing the public sector supply chain. He is an angel investor in three other companies and has served as Chair of Eastlea Community School in Canning Town and of the S W Newham Education Action Zone.

Rich was Chair of UnLtd, the UK’s leading supporter of social entrepreneurs. Through this role he became an active supporter of and fundraiser for UnLtd South Africa. He is also a founder member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network. Rich’s current passion is the development of Kwasa College, a 2-18 pre, primary and secondary school in the informal settlement of Daggafontein 30 miles south-east of Johannesburg.

Tom Ilube

Tom IlubeTom is a serial technology entrepreneur, having raised multiple venture funding rounds and launched and exited several technology-led companies. Tom is currently Founder and CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, a cyber security company. He was previously a Managing Director of private equity backed Callcredit, the UK credit reference agency. Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, the online identity protection company acquired by Experian. He was Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the UK’s most innovative online bank. Earlier in his career Tom worked at Goldman Sachs, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the London Stock Exchange and British Airways.

Tom has a passion for education. He was founding Chair of Governors of Hammersmith Academy as well as Governor of several other secondary schools. Tom is also founder and Chairman of the African Gifted Foundation, a unique programme for exceptionally gifted African children, and is establishing a maths and science secondary school for girls in Ghana.

Tom is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a World Economic Forum, Davos Technology Pioneer. He is a freeman of the City of London and was presented with the 2014 inaugural City Livery Club Centenary Award for transformational charity work.

Independent Advisor to the Trust:

Robert Hill

Robert HillRobert has wide experience of public services and education policy and practice. He has previously been a policy adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and other Cabinet ministers, a senior research manager for the Audit Commission, a management consultant and a social policy researcher. Robert now works as an independent education consultant supporting schools, government agencies and other educational organisations, helping them to think about, implement and assess school improvement and education policy. In 2008 the Association of School and College Leaders published his extensive and influential study on effective collaborative working between schools: Achieving more together: adding value through partnerships. Robert has co-authored two reviews for the National College of National Leaders of Education and National Support Schools.

In 2011 Robert worked on two further projects for the National College: reviewing the nature of academy leadership; and narrowing gaps in attainment. He assisted in the start-up phase of Teaching Schools and in March 2012 the College published an authoritative study on the impact and leadership of academy chains prepared by a team led by Robert. He acts as an adviser and critical friend to a number of multi-academy trusts. In 2014 CfBT published the outcome of research Robert had undertaken in association with NfER on ‘Partnership working in small rural primary schools: the best of both worlds’. In October 2014 the National College for Teaching and Learning produced a report that Robert had helped to research ‘Freedom to lead: a study of outstanding primary school leadership in England’. And in February 2015 the final report of an action research project on the Leadership of great pedagogy in teaching school alliances, in which Robert had played a key role, was published.

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