Good Shepherd Catholic Trust
Trustee Personal Profiles
John Anthony (Chair)
During a 30-year police career in London gained a management diploma and graduated in philosophy, law, and political theory. A number of school governorships /academy trusteeships for nearly 40 years, and for the last 20 years in various education roles as an advisor/inspector/consultant in the UK and abroad. Retired last year to keep bees, run an allotment, and keep tabs on a rapidly expanding family.
Michael Corcoran (Chief Accounting Officer)
I joined The Good Shepherd Trust in September 2018 and I have been working in Catholic Education as a teacher and school leader for over 23 years, within the Diocese of Brentwood. I am a serving Executive Head Teacher, working with three excellent Headteachers in Barking and Dagenham primary schools, which have been part of the Good Shepherd Trust since 2019 . I also fulfil role of the trust’s part-time Chief Accounting Officer (CAO). I believe the Catholic Education system is amongst the best in the world and its focus on the development of the whole child, beyond purely academic success, is a mission that I passionately support. My three young children are currently benefitting from an excellent education in primary and secondary schools within our Diocese. The work we do as a group of trust schools helps to ensure that Catholic Education is maintained and enabled to grow and develop for future generations.
Fr Andrew Headon
I graduated in Law and Accountancy and started training as a Chartered Accountant before responding to an inner call to be a priest. While working in Rome, I completed an on-line Masters in Business Administration and so experienced “blended learning” before it became the norm. I am Parish Priest of Ss Peter & Paul, Ilford, these past 10 years and have sat on the governing bodies of the Ursuline Academy and Ss Peter & Paul’s Primary School. Now I enjoy using my gifts to help the Trust’s growth and development and have been a member of the Board of Trustees since September 2018. When not working, I’m a Welsh rugby and West Ham supporter who should probably practise his violin more than his golf!
I joined The Good Shepherd Trust in December 2018. I am a serving Head Teacher in Newham in a MAT school so experience the day to day of working within a Trust. I am a strong believer in the value and importance of a good educational experience to prepare pupils for the next stage in their life. I would welcome the opportunity to help the trust schools in any capacity I can.
I joined the Good Shepherd Trust in January 2019. I am a former head of Religious Education and am currently the Secondary RE Adviser and CCRS Coordinator for the Diocese of Brentwood; I look forward to supporting and assisting the further development of the Trust.
With more than twenty years’ experience as a school governor, I have developed a range of transferable leadership skills that I hope to bring to the Good Shepherd Catholic Trust. As an accredited coach, I support trainee headteachers on the NPQH programme. I joined the Board of Trustees in June 2020.
Having worked in the finance industry since 1980 I hung up my “City boots” for the last time in June 2021 and retired. Whilst I have no direct experience of working in education, I hope that my Catholicity and my general management experience will help me in my role as a Trustee of the Good Shepherd Trust. Although it was some time ago, late 1990s to be precise, I served as Chair of Governors for Our Lady of Lourdes RC primary school in Wanstead so I do have knowledge and experience of the issues facing the Catholic education sector. As a very new appointee to the Good Shepherd Trust, joined in September 2021, I am looking forward to assisting the Trust in whatever way I can to help it to achieve its main stated aims of promoting and maintaining the Catholic ethos of the schools in the trust, and supporting the schools leadership teams and Governing bodies in all that they do to provide our children with a good education.