Meet our Chief Executive Officer, Members and Trustees


Chief Executive Officer

Ms C Cuthbert

Claire-Marie Cuthbert is currently the enthusiastic CEO of The Evolve Trust and has over 15 years of leadership experience in some of the country’s most challenging schools including both primary and secondary contexts. 


Evolve Members

Mr P Watson

Paul was appointed as a member of The Evolve Trust when it formed in June 2014. He graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (HONS) in Estate Surveying. Paul works as a University Surveyor at Loughborough University and is responsible …more


Ms E Orridge

Elizabeth Orridge is a young female entrepreneur, who started her own business "Elizabeth Orridge Photography" in 2014. Her business specialises in Professional Portrait, Event and Wedding photography, and with a portfolio of 90+ Weddings, and a …more


Mr R Fuller

Richard Fuller, Managing Director of County Battery Services, Kirkby in Ashfield, takes corporate social responsibility very seriously. Richard has been very involved in Round Table holding several seats of office including Chairman President and …more


Mr B Wheeler

Ben Wheeler qualified as a PE teacher in 1996 and worked for 21 years in education in Doncaster and Leeds; finishing as an Associate Principal and then a Consultant Senior Leader across a number of academies in Leeds. In 2018, he made the decision …more


Mr C Morledge

Chris Morledge is an entrepreneur living in Mansfield with a background in digital and software development. Chris runs ‘Copper Bay Digital’ a digital build and marketing agency with offices in Mansfield and Swansea, plus runs eduTrips a software …more



Evolve Trustees

Mr D Swift (Chair of Trustees)

Dominic studied geography at Birmingham University. He then studied Law at the University of the West of England and qualified as a lawyer in 1991. Dominic works for Browne Jacobson LLP. He is a partner in the education team and is chair of the …more


Mrs J Horton (Vice Chair)

Julie qualified as a PE teacher in 1979. She began her career at the Shirebrook school and then The Holgate school, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire in 1981, holding posts in PE, PSD, careers and was a Head of Year before joining the Senior Leadership …more


Mr I Jephson

A former Brunts student, Ian holds the interests of the local community close to his heart and plays an active role within the Mansfield Community. Joining the family business after leaving school, he worked in the DIY retail sector before becoming …more


Mr Dean Temple

Dean was born in Arnold, Nottinghamshire and was fortunate to receive an excellent state education which allowed him to follow his ambition to study medicine at the University of Leicester. He graduated in 1987 and is now a partner in a large local …more


Mr R Aitken

Robert grew up in North Lincolnshire and after school spent 15 years living all over Yorkshire, he returned to higher education as a mature student and graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Environmental Science before qualifying as …more


Mr Gerald O'Shea

Ged believes his purpose is to improve people’s health and wellbeing, helping them to lead healthier and happier lives. He is enthused by creating innovation and scientific breakthroughs and thrive when working in partnership with people …more


Mr David Orr

David is a professional engineer who has worked in differing sectors and technology. Led a business of 4000 people with 3 licence sites and an operational prototype. Experienced in high technology global business working with partner companies …more


Ms R Heyes

Rachel has over 27 years experience in the education and training sector, including work based learning, apprenticeships, employability, faculty management, quality improvement, excellence in teaching and learning and employer engagement. …more


Mr J Dryden

John graduated with a B.Sc Hons in Pure Mathematics from Birmingham University in 1972.  He began his education career teaching in Birmingham and subsequently has worked in schools in Leicestershire, Leicester and Nottingham holding posts as a …more