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Thomas Deacon Education Trust

The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the MAT, with the ability to appoint some of the Directors and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association. Our Trust has five Members.    

Miles Delap 

Miles Delap is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a project management partner of Gardiner & Theobald LLP. Miles was the overall Project Manager for the Thomas Deacon Academy building in 2007 and became a Director of the Academy shortly after. Miles maintains an interest in Thomas Deacon, and secondary education in general. Miles currently has three children in secondary education, and lives in Greenwich.

Ian Clarkson

Ian Clarkson is a retired entrepreneur who dedicates his time now in trying to support education in the UK. Ian was the founder and architect of Celerant consulting, an operational management consultancy that he started from scratch in 1987. When it was sold to Hitachi of Japan in 2012 Celerant had 12 offices on 3 continents and was one of the top 10 operational consultancies in the world. Ian is also a member of the Board and the Executive committee of the European Council on Foreign Relations and is the Chairman of Bright Field consulting. He lives in London is married and has one son.

Adrian Peters

Adrian is Peterborough born and bred and has been married for 19 years and has two sons aged 11 & 13.  

He started at Deacons School in 1989 and went on to train as an electromechanical engineer at Peterborough Regional College.  He subsequently extended his qualifications and is experienced in motor vehicle engineering work. He retains a strong interest in technology and related education.  

Since he was 18 he has volunteered in many youth work contexts and is passionate about seeing young people better themselves and achieve more than their expectations.  

Eleven years ago he took the opportunity to combine his Christian faith and youth work by joining the KingsGate Community Church as a youth pastor. This move has included schools’ work, with specific involvement in the pastoral team at Thomas Deacon Academy, mentoring young people since it opened. He has also completed considerable wide ranging detached youth work around Peterborough.

He has been an active member of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) for the last eight years, chairing the RE syllabus conference that re-wrote the locally agreed syllabus a few years ago.  

Adrian has also been a member of the Deacon’s School Trust since Dec 2013 and took over chair of the Trust in August 2017.

Rachel Cook

Rachel is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience with a global engineering consultancy businesses. She has run successful operations within the company and worked across the Transportation and Energy industries delivering major projects and programmes of work. She exhibits exceptionally strong financial business understanding which combine with her natural ‘engineering mind’ of curiosity to understand and solve complex problems.

As an active STEM ambassador with schools and mentor for engineering graduates to obtain their professional qualifications with the Institution of Civil Engineers, Rachel enjoys developing others. She is passionate about raising the profile of careers in STEM and inspiring the next generation to ensure the industry attracts a truly diverse workforce and is recognised by society for the innovative solutions it brings to today’s challenges.

Recently awarded a position in the 2015 UK’s Top 50 Power Part time awards, she demonstrates that it is possible to operate at an executive level and continue to progress on flexible working arrangements. Rachel is a true believer in having a genuine work life balance and being a role model to other women entering the industry. As a mother of 2 boys, she is also passionate about ensuring our education system supports learning for all and each child has the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Mark Dorsett

Mark is the Director for Caterpillar coordinating and leading the Company’s business interests, government affairs and corporate social responsibilities agenda in the United Kingdom. This complements his responsibilities as the Global HR Director for Caterpillar’s Asia and EAME Region. 

Caterpillar established its first major facility outside the United States more than 60 years ago in the United Kingdom. Today, the company employs more than 10,000 people at 20 major UK facilities — making the UK one of the largest centres of operations for Caterpillar outside the U.S.  

Having developed his early career with the ITT Group and Hagemeyer NV, Mark joined Caterpillar in 2003, and has held various senior HR roles including Vice President Global Human Resources for Caterpillar Logistics Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. He has gained global experience through international assignments in Brussels, Belgium and Peoria IL, USA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.