Revd Dr Helen Burn
After studying English at the University of Cambridge, Helen trained as a secondary school teacher and taught in a range of 11-18 comprehensive schools. She was ordained in 2003, and became involved in work with local primary schools, including serving as community governor at Eythorne Elvington County Primary School in East Kent between 2004-6. Helen was senior lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire where she was involved in designing and delivering a Foundation Degree in theology and ministry, as well as with aspects of higher education governance. Ever a lover of learning, she completed her PhD in Theology in 2011.
Since becoming Vicar of St Justus Helen has been involved with local schools, including Warren Wood Primary and Delce Academy. Her vision for schools within the Trust is as a focus of community flourishing, where each student is encouraged and enabled to achieve their full potential.
Joy Gundry has over 40 years experience in primary education. She is currently an independent education consultant and co-director of 3J School Improvement Specialists Ltd working with schools in Medway and nationwide. Joy is a former local authority primary adviser and headteacher of two primary schools. She has worked extensively with highly achieving schools and also supporting schools in challenging circumstances. Joy has been a Member of Castle Trust since its foundation, having supported the predecessor school, Delce Junior School, for many years previously. Joy is also a Member of Greenway Academy in Horsham and a Trustee of Gillingham FC Community Trust.
Richard became a governor of Delce Junior School in 1998 and has served the school and latterly the Castle Trust 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.