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ACES Academies Trust


The Members are the guardians of the Trust’s constitution, determining the governance structure of the Trust, providing oversight and challenge to the Directors, ensuring the charitable objects of the Trust are being fulfilled.


Having studied Physiology and Pharmacology, Charles worked in research at the Royal London Medical School, before transferring to the NHS and serving as Head of Respiratory Physiology at Papworth Hospital from 1988 to 1995.

In 1995 he founded Thoratec Europe Ltd, based in Huntingdon and served as Managing Director until 2013, responsible for all aspects of worldwide business outside of the United States, before the company was acquired by St Jude Medical.

Since 2014 he have consulted with a number of international medical device companies including 3-D Matrix (Japan), Clearline MD (Boston, US) and served as CEO International for Reliant Heart (Houston, US), from 2015 to 2016.

Charles has served as a school governor since 2013 including a period as chairman of governors of a local school.


Harprit became ACCA qualified in 1996 and has 20 years of experience in finance.   He has worked across a range of sectors from education, construction, marketing and music management.   Since 1998, he has held the position of Head of Finance at ATC Management Ltd.  With his significant financial experience, Harprit believes the bed rock of all successful business is sound financial control!


Post graduating in Law from Leeds & Leuven Universities Charlotte’s career started in marketing in the leisure sector before specialising in advertising. Her career in both Client services and later Production, saw her work on many award winning campaigns for Clients such as Sony, Audi, Barclays, Tesco, & Virgin to name but a few. 

Her career culminated in her becoming a Managing Partner at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, an award winning London agency, where she was also Head of Production. Talent development was always a major passion and focus and she was responsible for devising and overseeing the internship programme for BBH. 

In 2017 she became a consultant for Warner Music which was developing its in house content production team. 

She now consults for the charity ‘Create Jobs’, which helps young people from under represented backgrounds secure paid internships in the creative sector. The organisation works with industries to devise & deliver tailored training programmes that help participants learn the relevant skills for entry level employment opportunities.  

Bev curtis - TRUSTEE and Chair of the HR committee 

Bev was one of the two founder directors of Education Personnel Management Ltd. which was formed in April 1993. Prior to being a director of EPM he was Assistant Director Personnel (Education) for Cambridgeshire County Council from 1988 to 1993. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MA in Employment Strategy.

Bev retired in September 2014 after a working career of 48 years in education. On retiring he became vice chair of Hinchingbrooke Academy in Cambridgeshire where he had been a student in the old Huntingdon Grammar School. He is now a founder Trustee of ACES Academies Trust and chairs the HR committee.

Paul Fenney - TRUSTEE and Chair of the Finance committee

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has worked in finance and systems in a number of Blue Chip companies. He was latterly Chief Financial Officer of the Laurel Pub Company and before that was Finance Director of The Pub Company @Whitbread and Finance & Systems Director of Thresher.

He has also worked as an interim Finance Director at the Whitbread Restaurant Group. He has led a number of change programmes and run workshops in change management and leadership. Until recently he was chairman of Hinchingbrooke Academy Governors. He is a director of the Laurel Pension Trustee Company Ltd., and is a Director/Trustee of a number of local and international charities.