Our Trustees

Professor Doug Cowper (Chair)

Professor Doug Cowper is the Chair of Trustees for DGAT.  Doug is a former Chair of Governors at Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School where he was a governor for 5 years.  The academy was judged to be 'outstanding' by Ofsted in April 2017. Doug has been a governor since February 2007.  He was the former vice-chair and chair of the finance and staffing committee...continue reading

Mr Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes is a Chartered Accountant and Partner for Randall & Payne LLP.  He currently works as a Client Director and Senior Statutory Auditor. Rob works with a growing number of both standalone academies and multi academy trusts and is responsible for expanding the firm’s offering in respect of education and academies. In addition to organising Academy seminars, he attends EFA working group meetings and training session as well as working alongside the  Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Association of School Business Managers. Rob also maintains an audit presence with commercial clients and charities. continue reading

Dr Kenny Lynch

Dr Kenny Lynch is a Reader in Geography and the Course Leader for the University of Gloucestershire’s BA and BSc Geography programmes.  He graduated from the University of Aberdeen and was awarded a PhD from the University of Glasgow.

As a Reader, he leads research teams and develops research capacity in the University.  2007-2011 he served as Deputy Director of the University’s Pedagogic Research & Scholarship Institute which encouraged and developed research activity, particularly focusing on research-informed teaching.  continue reading

Mrs Rosemary Dick

Rosemary Dick is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years diverse experience in practice and industry.  At present she is working part time with Davies Mayers Barnett in Cheltenham and part time managing a number of her own family’s businesses.

Rosemary joined the DGAT Board in 2016 and serves on the Audit & Finance Committee. She is also the designated Responsible Officer for the Trust; a role which involves providing assurance to the Board that the Trust’s financial responsibilities are being properly discharged. Rosemary has been visiting the Academies for these Internal Audit checks and enjoys meeting members of staff and seeing the wonderful work which is going on in our schools and communities.

Until recently she was a Trustee of a local independent boarding school.

Resident in Gloucestershire for the last 30 years (It was supposed to be a temporary move before she could return to her beloved Yorkshire), she is a parishioner of Sacred Hearts’ Church in Charlton Kings.

The Venerable Phil Andrew

The Venerable Phil Andrew joined the Diocese as Archdeacon of Cheltenham in March 2017. The Archdeacon of Cheltenham has responsibility for the four deaneries on the eastern side of the Diocese covering Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Cirencester, and the Cotswolds.

Before his appointment as Archdeacon of Cheltenham, Phil spent almost 11 years as Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Reigate, Surrey, where he was also a school governor and an honorary canon of Southwark Cathedral. Before training for ordained ministry at St John’s College in Nottingham Phil had a career as a Chartered Engineer, working in a number of management roles overseeing design and construction projects, particularly in the UK water industry.

Cmder Mervyn Cowdrey

Commander Mervyn Cowdrey’s considerable professional skill set comes primarily from a 40-year career in the Royal Navy, highlights of which includes being Head of Personnel for all UK and affiliated military forces in Afghanistan with an oversight of the administrative support and duty of care of all UK forces during this time. He has a comprehensive knowledge of project management, personnel administration and end-to-end logistics. During his naval career, he was responsible for the development of maritime logistics strategy and policy. This included building processes for managing the interface between military forces and Non-Government Organisations. In his capacity as a Naval Subject Matter Expert, Mervyn has experience of major MOD-related projects.  He was responsible for the strategic management and planning of training for 4000 new entrants into the Royal Navy...continue reading

Mr Philip Perks

Philip Perks has been a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) for well over a decade, including Vice-Chair of the Board for the past six years and Chair of the Strategy, Trusts, Buildings, Admissions and Governance Committee.  He retired as Head teacher of Hillview Primary School, Gloucester and is currently a Bishop’s Visitor, Substitute Ex-Officio Governor at Highnam CE Primary Academy and Churchwarden of Holy Trinity, Tibberton....continue reading

Mr Tim Brock

Tim Brock is a DGAT appointed governor at St Matthews Church of England Primary School in Stroud. He was a governor at St James’ Church of England Primary School Cheltenham from 2009 to 2018. Tim chaired their Ethos Committee before becoming vice chair and was Chair of Governors for four years. The school became an academy and joined DGAT in 2017.

Tim leads Oxfordshire County Councils Governor Services team, manages their traded offer and is responsible for supporting governors and improving leadership in maintained schools. Previous roles with Beam Suntory, Bass PLC, The Forestry Commission and as a Policy Advisor to The Under Secretary of State for Employment have helped to shape his career.  

Tim is a proactive leader capable of turning strategy into action. Strong informal leadership skills and experience gained in both the public and private sectors allow him to demonstrate organisational agility and an ability to drive change by influencing and engaging others.

Tim was born and educated in Worcester and now lives in Cheltenham with his wife and two children.  He is happiest when inspiring others and cherishes honesty, passion and integrity.