Meet the Trust Members

Mr Phillip Richardson

Member/Chair of Governors

I retired from active service as an officer, logistician and educator with the U.S Air Force in 1985. I served in Asia, Europe, and the USA at various levels including at a NATO headquarters and an aviation repair depot. I have taught a wide variety of subjects (business, logistics, management, technology, systems, mathematics, government, and others) for eight universities. I taught primarily adults in non-traditional (nights, weekends, in classroom, online discussion forums and video simul-cast formats) as well as traditional modes. I have also volunteered in various roles for local churches, scouting groups, and schools including a couple of years as a governor of a primary school in Thetford. I have published a number of articles, written and edited newsletters, and co-authored a book on research methods and statistics. My interest in education, technology and good governance has led me to volunteer as a community governor at Forest Academy where I hope to contribute on the teaching and learning subcommittee as well as focusing on math education in our primary school. My wife, who recently retired from some 50 years of teaching, and I have lived in central Norfolk for over 25 years and we have ‘retired’ here. Our two adult sons consider London home. While one works there, the other lives and works in China for a British company and has done for over 20 years.

Ms Mary Andrew


I am now retired with time on my hands - I have grandchildren at primary school in St Albans and thought I might be able to bring some of my business background into helping a school!

Mrs Claire Goldstone


I am a mum of 3 boys and have been coming to forest with minded children since 2008. I joined the governing body when my eldest was at forest as I wanted to have some input into my sons school and provide some support. I enjoy being involved in the financial side of governance and understanding just how much goes into ensuring our children have a great education and a wonderful environment to learn. I have a scientific background and have been part of several science weeks, providing children with new experiences.

Rev Sharron Coburn


Mr Matthew Hopes


I’ve been in the Royal Air Force for over 13 years, starting off in logistics then pursuing a career in the police trade. Throughout my career I’ve always enjoyed mentoring and using my own skills and experience to guide new recruits. I’ve had the opportunity to travel, experience new cultures and to see firsthand how much my work in the armed forces helps others worldwide in need of support. My wife and I enjoy volunteering in our local community in our spare time and these days we tend to spend most of our spare time helping out at our local church whenever needed. Throughout the pandemic, we were able to provide support by picking up and delivering shopping, preparing meals, providing transportation, and doorstep deliveries for those classed as most vulnerable in our community. We also helped to raise money, fundraising for various mental health charities after the rise in number of people needing extra support during the pandemic. We moved to the Thetford area with our three children and quickly made it our home. Being a part of Forest Academy means I can use my experience and spare time to help and provide support for students, staff and the rest of the community.

Mrs Priscilla Richardson