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Director Biographies

glenn atkinson

After studying in Belfast, China, Guatemala and the United States, Glenn moved to England to teach in 2004. His many roles of responsibility leading up to his most recent position as Deputy Head of School in a local Medway Academy have included: Head of NQT/OTT Mentoring, Head of MFL, Director of Teaching & Learning and Raising Standards Leader. His current specialism is Data, Assessment and Reporting, although he has a particular passion for Pupil Premium and has also been the Designated Child Protection Officer and Safeguarding lead.

Glenn has been a Specialist Leader of Education with the Medway Teaching Schools Alliance since 2010 for Modern Foreign Languages, Initial Teaching Training and Mentoring and has served on the governing body of several local schools for many years as well as being an elected co-optee on to the Deputy Heads Council for the NAHT. He feels very much a part of the community and is proud to be committed to both the Castle Trust and Delce Academy in support of their excellent work to date.

In his free-time he is extremely active in amateur dramatics and as well as performing, Glenn serves on the committee for a local theatre group as secretary/treasurer and plays the piano. When he has some spare-time he frequently takes off to fields unknown and enjoys many an adventure abroad.

Sam Calvert 

After studying English at University, at University College London, Sam trained at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an Auditor and Chartered Accountant.  Sam qualified in April 2013, developing a range of skills around financial analysis, process and technical accounting.  He then moved to Save the Children UK in March 2014, working in a number of roles that provided finance support to the fundraising function, before joining Tesco as a Finance Manager in January 2017.

Sam was appointed as a Director to Castle Trust in November 2014 and is keen to utilise his understanding of finance, planning, analysis and resource management as much as possible to help the Trust and particularly in his role as Chair of the Audit & Resources Committee.  


Richard King

Richard became a governor of Delce Junior School in 1998 and has served the school continuously since. During his time as Chair of Governors (2002-2010), he oversaw the appointment of two Head teachers and led the Governing Body through three Ofsted inspections.  

After graduating from Birmingham University (BMus Hons 2(i)) Richard started working in the music industry where he has remained all of his professional life. He is now Chief Executive of Faber Music, a leading music publishing company based in London, through which he has strong links with music education. He is also a director of a number of music industry organisations, including the Performing Right Society and Printed Music Licensing, the company which operates the Schools Music Photocopying Licence.

Richard is deeply committed to education in general, and to Castle Trust and Delce Academy in particular, the school having provided a wonderful junior level education for all four of his children.

julia knight 

Julia is the Business and Finance Director for the Trust and a member of the Delce Local Governing Body.

She has been a member of staff and a Governor at Delce since 2003 and a Specialist Leader of Education since February 2012.

Julia firmly believes that every child should be able to learn in a safe, stimulating environment where they can grow in confidence and reach their full potential and she is proud to be part of the passionate Delce team of staff.  Julia is also proud to be part of the Trust who share a commitment to ensuring every child in any school has the opportunity to learn in a safe and stimulating environment.

Chris purchase 

ponsorship by GEC-Marconi enabled Chris to obtain a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  30 years high technology employment with that company culminated in a number of board appointments concerned with strategic business planning.

A career change in 2003 brought Chris to education, where he has specialised in one-to-one tuition of a wide variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds, focusing on Maths and English.  Chris is committed to ensuring every student develops a positive attitude to learning as a lifetime activity. 

Chris has been a Director of Castle Trust since 2015 and was elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2017.  He also sits on the Audit & Resources Committee and the Bridge Local Governing Body.

Chris is married and spends too much of his spare time cycling, playing backgammon and listening to music.

 Robert Sanders

Originally from the Bristol area, Robert became a governor of Greenway Academy in 2013, becoming Vice Chair in November 2014 and Chair of Governors the following summer. He has overseen much change and led the Governing Body through an exciting partnership with Castle Trust. 

Through his occupation as a Detective Constable in West Sussex, Robert brings local knowledge, risk management skills and project management experience to the Board and to the Greenway Academy LGB.
Robert has represented the West Sussex Hub on the Castle Trust Board since 2016 and was elected Chair in 2017. 

Robert's interests include rugby, football, cricket and walking.

karen white 

Karen joined Delce Academy as its Headteacher in 2009 and has supported the school through its improvement and journey to academy status.  She is now Chief Executive of the Castle Trust and also Principal of Delce Academy.
Karen brings business and educational knowledge to the Trust through her Degrees in Business and Teaching and her Master's Degree in School Improvement. 

Karen is a Member of the National Association of Headteachers and is also a Trustee of the Gad’s Hill School in Rochester.  She is originally from Medway and is passionate about our pupils achieving the best possible outcomes - so they can have successful, fulfilled lives.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys hill walking and gardening.

toby crayden 

A former pupil of Delce Infants and Junior school, Toby is now a Qualified Civil Engineer, Director & Partner at a large South East based Engineering Consultancy, leading their Kent office.    Toby has over 30 years experience in the Construction Industry, including the design of various types and sizes of schools, colleges and other education buildings and learning environments.    Involved at both pre and post planning stages Toby has been part of the design and delivery team on many Kent school projects.

Toby is currently a mentor for Engineering students at a local college which includes setting extra-curricular tasks, organising workplace experience and giving direct and honest feedback so they can improve their learning experience and be ready for the working environment. 

Toby's wife is a qualified Nursery Nurse and is currently a Teaching Assistant at their local school, giving him an insight into the challenges and tasks faced on a daily basis by those we ask to deliver quality learning in an ever tougher social, regulatory and financial environment.

Toby is a Fellow at the Institute of Directors, a member of the Forum for the Built Environment and a Member of the Academy of Urbanism.

In his spare time Toby enjoys Clay Pigeon Shooting and Golf.