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Evolution Academy Trust is a not-for-profit charity. We are required to have members as a result of the Companies Act 2006.

The members agree the Trust’s Articles of Association, which include the trust’s charitable objects and describes how the Trust will be governed. While members hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the Trust, the members themselves have a minimal role in the actual running of the Trust. It is the Trust Board, not the members, who are the organisation’s key decision makers. One of the members’ key responsibilities is the appointment of Trustees.


                                    Attendance at meetings in the below academic year                                     

Name2019/202020/212021/22Appointments / Resignations
Mr T. Bishop2/33/3/3Appointed 29th November 2017
Mr S. Bramble3/33/3/3Appointed September 2018
Mr M. Jeffries3/33/3/3Appointed 18th January 2018
Mrs S. Mitchell3/32/3/3Appointed 6th December 2016
Mrs H. Gillespie-2/3/3Appointed on 17th March 2021



Trust Members appoint Trustees and approve any changes to the Company Articles.




Mark Jeffries - Chair of the Trust Board 

Mark Jeffries is the former senior partner of the national law firm Mills & Reeve LLP.  He is now Chairman of N W Brown Group Ltd (an investment management group) and a Non-Executive Director of R G Carter Holdings Ltd and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he also chairs the Charitable Funds Committee. He is a member of Council of the Norwich University of the Arts and a board member of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation. Between 2014 and 2017 he was a member of the Regional Schools Commissioner’s board for the East of England and NE London. Previous external roles were as an elected member of the CBI Council in the Eastern Region and as a member of the Bank of England’s Economic Advisory Panel for the East of England.

Mr Tim Bishop - Member of the Trust Board

Tim Bishop is the Chief Executive of the Forums Trust, Norwich.  He was the Head of the Eastern Region of the BBC between 2004 – 2012 and Editor of the Eastern Evening News between 1990 and 1994.
Mr Steven Bramble - Member of the Trust Board

Steven Bramble is currently the Head of Curriculum at Norwich City Football Club, Governor at Costessey Primary and Workforce Tutor for the FA.  He was previously a member of the Premier League Development Group 2014 -2017.

Mrs Suzanne Mitchell - Member of the Trust Board


Details to follow.

Mrs Helena Gillespie - Member of the trust Board

Professor Helena Gillespie is Academic Director of Inclusive Education at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. She is a former school teacher and after moving to higher education as a teacher educator in 2002,  she has held a range of posts including Faculty Associate Dean and two university level Academic Director roles. Now as Academic Director of Inclusive Education she focuses closely on EDI issues both as academic lead in the university Access and Participation Plan and as the author of the Inclusive Education Policy. She is also lead for Social Transformation for the European University project The Aurora Alliance. Helena’s research and scholarship has been funded by HEFCE, AdvanceHE and the European Union. She continues to teach undergraduate students in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, specialising in research methods and project and placement based learning.