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Castle Trust

Castle Trust

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Meet our Directors

The profiles below set out the knowledge, skills and experience that our Directors bring to the Trust.

Toby crayden

Toby has served almost 30 years in the Construction Industry, many of those in private Consultancy as well as with the local Highways and Water Authority and is an active member of the Institute of Directors.
Overseeing a team of 50 engineers Toby has personally led many construction projects from start to finish, often leading a team of multi-disciplinary engineers on complex engineering tasks and projects.  These include education projects on new and refurbished schools and colleges, many in the Kent and Medway area.
Toby has been a Board Director at his current employer for over 10 years and has overseen the establishment and growth of the South East business.
Toby's experience at Board level, and specifically with education projects, assists with the efficient running of the Trust as Toby is able to proactively contribute and question Board decisions and strategies.  Toby is also on the CASTLE Trust Audit & Resources Committee and is able to use his experience with company and project accounts to good effect.
Toby is also a past pupil as Delce Junior School, giving him a personal connection with the CASTLE Trust's continued success.

carey du gray

Carey is a professional fundraising consultant who specialises in helping charities and other not-for-profit organisations build strategies to secure funding from trusts, foundations and statutory bodies.  He has worked with organisations ranging in size from small start-ups to major national and international charities.  In a previous career, he worked as a computer game director, overseeing creative teams and working with publishing partners to create commercially successful products.  In these roles he gained experience with planning, budgets and scheduling; strategic thinking; research and writing; team building; mentorship; continuous professional development; relationship management; and business development.


david lynch 

David is a strategic and operational leader with a proven track record in people, change, project and risk management.  This includes the designing and implementation of business changes, models and frameworks plus leading cultural change, commercial development and creating improved, more efficient customer journeys.  He has led medium, large sized remote teams across different banks and sectors including small businesses and the affluent segment.  More recently he has carried out senior leadership roles in head office and has acquired an in-depth understanding of both today and the future of the retail banking sector.

 chris purchase

Chris is currently Chair of the CASTLE Trust Board and also sits on the Trust's Audit & Resources Committee.
With a substantial experience in general management in hi-tech manufacturing and service industries, in recent years, following early retirement, Chris has turned his hand to tutoring, with a particular interest in school exclusions.

lisa roper 

An English specialist with over 23 years' experience in further education, Lisa has taught and subsequently managed English and maths provision for much of this time before taking up her current post as Head of Foundation Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes.  She has extensive experience and professional knowledge of English and maths in the post 16 curriculum and is a passionate educator.  Her main professional interests are behaviour management and student engagement with a particular emphasis on SEND.
Lisa is a parent of twins, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome and so has a personal affiliation with the education of those with additional needs.
She brings to the Board her educational knowledge and experience, including participation in 6 Ofsted inspections, a passion for learning and a relentless belief in the power of education.

karen white 

Karen has been a teacher and school leader for over 20 years across a range of authorities.  She has a business degree, which helps support her to run a MAT as a CEO.  She is passionate about children's learning ensuring they have the best possible start to life and believes that school should be a safe place where learning is fun and children lead their own progression. Karen enjoys managing change, which is very appropriate in the 21st Century educational world.