Trust leadership

David Bowles (ACMA CGMA) 

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

David is an experienced fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant with over 18 years experience working at a senior level within education. He started his accounting career in a commercial setting working for Jigsaw clothing in London. Relocating to Kent, David took on his first finance education role at the University of Kent. In 2011, David started working for a trust which included Spires Academy, Marlowe Academy (now Royal Harbour) and Folkestone Academy.  Initially employed to provide systems accountancy services, David progressed to standardising all budgeting, financial reporting and statutory accounts reporting across the group before moving permanently to Folkestone Academy as the Finance Manager.  

In December 2017, David was promoted to Director of Finance.  Drawing on years of experience, David consolidated all of the schools' accounts functions, vastly improving the finance service provided and created a financial foundation for the Trust to fund school improvement projects through intelligent budgeting. David is an expert in curriculum lead financial planning. In 2020, David was promoted to Director of Finance and Operations where he is now driving rapid improvements in IT, Facilities, Catering and Marketing Services across the Trust.

David does not have any relevant Personal and Pecuniary interest or governance roles in other educational institutions.

Rachel Fuller

Chief People, Governance & Compliance Officer

Rachel has over 13 years experience of HR in the education sector, working across both the independent and public sector. Rachel’s career developed in the independent sector, delivering key HR support in an advisory capacity to a group of schools. Qualifying for her MCIPD in 2013, Rachel moved into a more strategic HR role to deliver key strategic HR priorities for divisions in both the UK and US. Rachel supported the delivery of a number of acquisitions for the Group, playing an integral part in the due diligence process, employee communication, engagement and TUPE.

With a passion for working in HR in education, Rachel moved to Turner Schools as the Head of HR, bringing valuable commercial experience, and extensive knowledge of centralised services models. Rachel moved into the role of Director of HR, Governance and Compliance shortly afterwards and is shaping the strategic development of the Trusts people strategy and key staffing initiatives, with an ambitious vision to ensure Turner Schools is an employer of choice for education in the Kent region.

Rachel does not have any relevant Personal and Pecuniary interests or governance roles in other educational institutions.

martin hickman

Chief Projects Officer

Martin is an experienced school leader with over 20 years experience of working in senior leadership teams and improving challenging schools in outer and inner London. His early career after University began in the oil industry before building a business background in sales and marketing. After moving into teaching, he was able to apply experience of working in other fields to school management and  has a wide range of experience in managing school projects and successful change management in secondary, sixth form and all through schools.

Martin does not have any relevant Personal and Pecuniary interests or governance roles in other educational institutions.