Who we are

An independent board manages the OA, bringing together senior leaders from schools, communities, business, and central and local government.

Our chair – Richard Lister

Richard Lister

Richard worked at University Campus Suffolk since it was established in 2007 and was instrumental in the campus gaining university status in 2016. Prior to this Richard worked at Brunel University, the University of Hull and the University of Essex, where he established its Southend Campus.

Richard’s work in education was recently rewarded with an OBE. He has a long-standing commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people in Ipswich, demonstrated by his involvement in the Ipswich Vision and the New Anglia local enterprise partnership (LEP) skills projects.

Partnership board members

  • Aimee Higgins: Director of Stakeholders, Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Angela Smith: Executive Director – Learner Partnerships, West Suffolk College
  • Chris Starkie: Managing Director, New Anglia LEP
  • Clare Flintoff: Executive Principal, Asset Education Trust
  • Craig D’Cunha: Principal, Chantry Academy
  • Helen Winn: Principal, Ipswich Academy
  • Jonathan Legh-Smith: Head of Partnerships and Strategic Research, BT
  • Judith Mobbs: Assistant Director for Inclusion and Skills, Suffolk County Council
  • Lil Newton: Headteacher, Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre
  • Stephen Skeet: Head of South and East of England, Volunteering Matters
  • Terry Baxter: CEO, Inspire Suffolk
  • Viv Gillespie: Principal, Suffolk New College

Programme team

  • Katrina Gardiner: Programme Manager
  • Charlotte McKeown: Lead for Ipswich – Department for Education
  • Carole Creasey: Programme Administrator
  • Jemma Hudson: Early Years Lead
  • Melanie Wakefield: Primary World of Work Coordinator
  • Kimberly Feldewerth: Programme Coordinator, Community and Youth Projects
  • Naomi Peirson: Teaching Experience Coordinator