Paul is a graduate of the University of London with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics. His career background is multinational IT service delivery and large-scale complex programme management. Since 2009, Paul has provided consultancy via his own business. Paul is very keen on both the educational and social development of children in the community, and has managed his local Cub Pack for the last 9 years. Paul is also involved in the governance of his local parish.
Kate graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Economics and Economic History before spending two years at the College of Law in Guildford. She qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has spent her career working in Oxford and Northampton, now working remotely for a firm based in Coventry, specialising in property law. When Kate’s children were at primary school, she became involved in volunteering, both within the classroom and serving on the governing body for many years. In her spare time Kate enjoys running and triathlon as well as catching up with family and friends. She has recently taken on the role as a run director of Buckingham parkrun and is a keen advocate for exercise to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.
Martin Lawrence MBE BA MEd ACP AUH Cert Ed FRSA
Martin was born in London in 1951. He was educated at The Stationers’ Company’s School; London University Institute of Education; The Open University and Hertfordshire University. He has a broad range of skills and experience in the fields of education, heritage and business and as a charitable trustee and company director since the 1980’s.
Following senior leadership in teaching, Martin became a company director of property and consultancy groups. In 2001 he was appointed Executive Director of Northamptonshire Economic Partnership, managed by the East Midlands Development Agency. He was subsequently Chairman of the South Northamptonshire Enterprise Board for 8 years.
He returned to education as Leadership and Governance Adviser for Northamptonshire County Council until his retirement. He has written national standards for school governance and has served on ministerial working groups. He was a trustee and vice-chair of an outstanding academy and patron and trustee of a University Technical College. He is currently a member of two Multi Academy Trusts, Prime 7 and Tove Learning Trust. He was a trustee of Governors for Schools from 2014 to 2021.
Martin became a charitable trustee in 1981 and was the founding Chairman of Harlington Heritage Trust for 10 years. He then became the founding Chairman of the Bedfordshire Local History Association in 1992 and is currently its Vice-President. In 1990 he was elected to the Council of the Bedfordshire Historical Record Society and was its Chairman and Vice President from 1999 to 2011. He revised the corporate governance structure and modernised its publishing arrangements. He remains a member of Council and chairs the digitisation group. The Society’s library is a special collection at the University of Northampton.
He is an active member of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society; Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society; the Heraldry Society and the White Lion Society. He has been a tutor for the Cambridge University Board of Continuing Education.
In the wider charity sector he was a member of the advisory board for The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and a member of the Northamptonshire county board. He is currently trustee/director of Governor Mark, managed by Governance, Leadership and Management, a non for profit body.
He was a foundation trustee of the University of Northampton, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2016 and is a donor of student awards and a member of the Court of the University.
He established the Northamptonshire Committee for Crimestoppers in 2005 and was its chairman for 5 years. He was then the Regional Chair for the East Midlands and member of the national advisory board. Martin was appointed MBE in the New Years’ Honours 2016 for services to crime prevention.
Martin is a Freeman of the City of London and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators. As a Stationer he is a member of the Library and Archive Committee and the Foundation Development and Partnerships committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has been a director of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum since 2016. He led the museum development committee, responsible for nationally funded projects. He negotiated memoranda of understanding with University of Cambridge Museums and Cambridge University Library. He was a member of the Cambridgeshire Advisory Group on Archives and Local Studies. In November 2020 he was elected Chairman of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum and is responsible for more than 100 heritage organisations in the county (www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk).