DoWMAT Members: Pen Portraits
Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust (WDAT)
WDAT is an umbrella trust which has responsibility to monitor the quality of education, the nature and effectiveness of Christian vision and ethos, the financial sustainability, and the correct governance of academies within the Diocese of Worcester.
Sir Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in England before entering the teaching profession.
In the late 1960’s he moved to Spain and in 1969 founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He has subsequently founded an entire network of British international schools under the banner of “King’s College”, as well as a chain of UK Academies, part of the King’s Group Academies MAT.
In 1981, Sir Roger founded the British Hispanic Foundation in Madrid
From 1996 to 2011, Sir Roger was chairman of the Council of British International Schools and is now its President.
In 2012, Sir Roger was awarded a knighthood for his services to UK Education Internationally and to UK-Spain Cultural Relations.
Hugh Richards is a barrister specialising in town and country planning and environmental law. He works in Birmingham and lives in Kidderminster. Hugh has been actively involved in the educational sector in Worcestershire for the last fifteen years with roles that include:
1996 to date: Local Authority governor at Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School (CCEPS) (a single form entry Voluntary Aided school) including Chair of Governors 2000-2004.
2010 to date: Chairman, Chaddesley Corbett Educational Foundation (a charity owning the land and buildings of CCEPS and other assets valued at £4m) whose objects are to support CCPS and make grants to residents of the parish under 25 in the furtherance of their education.·
2009 to 2012: Member of Interim Executive Board of Lickhill Primary School, Stourport. Initially appointed as lay-member by the Secretary of State, but elected Chairman after 6 months by other 3 professional members.
September 2006: invited by Worcestershire County Council to present to Ofsted and the DfE on draft guidance on schools causing concern.
2004-2006: Chairman of Governors, The Marlpool First School (now St Catherine’s CE Primary School). Appointed by Worcestershire County Council as an additional Governor to a school in Special Measures.
2004: Chairman Appointments Panel for headteachers to Church of England primary schools in the Wyre Forest Review.
2003-2004: Chairman of Governors, Cliffey House Special School, Hanley Castle. Appointed by Worcestershire County Council to this school which was ‘causing concern’.
2002 to date: Member Worcestershire County Council Independent Appeals Panel (exclusions)