Meet the Members

Julia Attridge

Julia qualified as an accountant specialising in the public sector in 1990.  In 1995, she moved to work for the professional body, CIPFA.  There, she became an education professional, responsible for the education and training of accountants in the UK and overseas. In 2003 Julia gained an MBA and shortly after decided to add to her education expertise and give something back to the community by becoming a school governor. She chose the primary school which her children had attended many years before, which had for some years experienced severe difficulties, moving in and out of special measures. Julia had been a governor for around 8 years when in 2012 the school joined the HEARTS Academy Trust.  She believes that joining HEARTS has resulted in a fundamental improvement to the school and its governance and was delighted to accept an invitation to contribute to the Trust.


David Faulkner – Chair of the Board of Directors

David worked for over 32 years in the Financial Services industry, based in the UK, Spain, USA and Singapore. After retiring in 2007, he started to commit time to voluntary positions, mostly in schools. He became a Governor of a Primary School in Billericay and after 3 years became Vice Chair and the Chair of the Finance Committee. He then started to focus on schools that were struggling with their Ofsted rating and became Chair of two schools in Basildon. One Infant School was amalgamated with a Junior School and was judged Good after 18 months. The other, a larger Primary School eventually became Good after 18 months. He also did some work with BEST in Basildon to improve working relations between schools and local businesses. He became Chair of a 420 cohort school in Wickford where he was involved in various roles over a 4 year period. He has been asked by the LA to be an Interim Executive Board member (two as Chair) to turn three schools around and join an academy. He is also currently an additional LA appointed governor (and Chair of Governors) at a Primary School in Witham where he is primarily focused on finance and data and leading the school to a Good Ofsted rating within 18 months. He has recently become Chair at two small schools in Rochford, part of the Hearts Academy and has recently become Chair of the Board of Directors at the Hearts Academy.


Gill Hopkins

Gill was the head of an Outstanding school and became a curate in Wickford, Essex after semi retiring. She was on the Governing body of Wickford Church of England school for 3 years and was part of the governance during its outstanding inspection in 2007. Since then she has worked as the vicar at High Beeches which took in the area around the Olympic site during the 2012 Olympics. She has joined the Directors with a wealth of educational and leadership experience.


Michael Maguire

Mick graduated from Queen Mary UOL in Classics and was a management Trainee with Dunlop Tyre Company and held senior management roles in the defence industry locally. He is now retired and has been a foundation governor at The Wickford C of E school for many years. Until 2013 he was vice-chair of the Governing Body and the nominated governor for health and safety. At the formation of HEARTS Academy Trust in 2011 he was appointed a Director.  Mick’s other interests include golf, the allotment, French language and book club.





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