Board of Directors

Simon Johnson Director

Simon has a degree in French and Latin from Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he went after studying at North Kesteven Grammar School in North Hykeham.  He worked for ten years in the City of London, then spent another decade in quoted industrial property investment companies, before becoming an independent consultant with both private and public sector clients.  Simon’s experience includes corporate finance and investment banking, ports (including working for some time at the Port of Boston), and heritage and building preservation.  He is a keen fan of sport, especially cricket and Formula 1, speaks fluent French and enjoys breeding butterflies and moths.

Rachel Chitterton Director

Rachel has lived and worked in the local area all her life. Working at Boston Borough Council for over 15 years within Finance, she was appointed parent director in early 2020.

Christopher Penney Chair

Locally born and educated, after graduating from Trent Polytechnic, Chris has worked in the construction industry in the area for over 30 years. He is now running his own quantity surveying and project management consultancy having retired from the construction business he owned and managed in the 2011. He has been involved in the management of schools as a governor, chairman of governors and a director of an academy trust for 25 years and joined BWAF in 2015 when he became a governor at Wygate Primary Academy. Apart from his voluntary work in the educational sector he is involved in many charities in the Holbeach area, where he lives, and is currently chairman of trustees/directors at the Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust. He is married with two daughters both of whom work in the educational sector.

Jessica Gale

Jessica Gale spent 37 years teaching in Lincolnshire secondary schools where she taught Maths before serving as Head of Department and later Assistant Headteacher.
In 2003 she became Deputy Headteacher at Haven High Technology College, before becoming Head of School as the federation expanded. Retiring from the Head of School role in 2010 she spent the following two years in a consultancy role working with the former St Bedes and again with Haven High Academy. She retired fully in 2012 and is currently Chair of the board of directors for BWAF.  Jessica enjoys travelling with her husband and spending time with her family.

John McGarel

John started his teaching career in 1970 at Cardinal Wiseman RC school in Greenford as a teacher of physical education. He took up a number of positions within the senior leadership team of schools before becoming Headteacher of St Bedes RC School, Boston in 1992. In 2000 John moved to a position within the Education Welfare Team at Lincolnshire County Council concentrating on safeguarding and school attendance. John is a governor at St Marys RC School and Haven High Academy. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and cricket, including coaching of junior teams.

Carole Shepheard Vice-Chair

Carole was a Primary School teacher in London for 34 years, the last 14 as a Deputy Head with two terms as Acting Headteacher.  During her career she taught the whole age range from 3 – 16 in various places and roles. Her main experience has been in the primary sector and especially year 6, through all the changes to the National curriculum and introduction of SATs.
As well as teaching full time Carole was a governor of a local church school and served as a Director on the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.

Jodie Wrigglesworth Appointed by the Members

Jodie is local to the area having grown up in Lincolnshire, before leaving the area to commence her Law Degree at the University of Central Lancashire and thereafter her Post Graduate Degree at the Nottingham Law School. Having returned to the locality, Jodie completed her training in July 2013 with the local Lincolnshire legal firm, Ringrose Law, where she practised areas such as childcare law, family law and mental health law. In 2016, Jodie progressed her career further by joining the Legal Services Department at Lincolnshire County Council where she specialises in Childcare Law, in addition to recently commencing her training within the area of Immigration Law. Jodie has been a school governor within BWAF for a number of years, before joining the BWAF Board of Directors in early 2017.

David Radford

Before retiring as a Salvation Army Officer, David Radford was a former leader of the Boston Salvation Army with his wife Ann. He has a background in education, is experienced in Safeguarding and is the Chair of Governors at Pioneers Academy. He has been co-opted onto the Board of Directors for this academic year and leads the working party formed following the external review of governance which the Trust commissioned last academic year. He has many interests including a keen love of local history and has recently co-edited a new book entitled  ‘Boston: A Small Town with a Big Story’. David and Ann have two grown up daughters.