Trust Members

Mr C Darlington
 Chair

Mr Darlington has worked in the commercial and business sector for over 25 years. His expertise is within the travel industry where he is a senior manager for a large, multinational operator, Mr Darlington has extensive experience in project management, the development of consumer facing ICT systems and leading the strategic development of regional growth within the multinational environment. Mr Darlington brings very extensive experience and expertise, especially within ICT systems, to the operation of E21C.

chrisdarlington@e21c.co.uk

Ms Helen Jeffrey

Helen Jeffrey is a lawyer with wide experience in the private voluntary and public sector.  Most recently, as a Deputy Director for the Government Legal Department, she was responsible for a team of lawyers advising the Department for Work and Pensions. She has been a school Governor for over 20 years, originally as part of the first governing body for the  Charter School North Dulwich which opened as a community secondary school in 2000. The school grew rapidly from the first intake of 180 Y7s and is an Ofsted “outstanding” 11-18 yrs co-educational school serving Dulwich and Herne Hill. Helen was part of the team of governors that led on academisation and subsequently on a successful bid to open a new free school in East Dulwich, which admitted its first pupils in 2016. The Charter School East Dulwich, which serves East Dulwich and Peckham, has recently moved to its permanent site  Both schools are now part of The Charter Schools Educational Trust, of which Helen is a Trustee with lead responsibility for governance.   Helen has volunteered as member of Lambeth School Admissions Appeals Panels  and with a number of charities that aim to improve children’s life chances. Helen is particularly interested in the role that Members  play in governance of educational charities.

helenjeffrey@e21c.co.uk

Ms Una Greenwood

I have taught in Croydon schools for nearly 40 years, mainly in the secondary school sector. In that time I have taught PE, history, geography and RS in Key stages 3, 4 and 5. Since 2003 I have also taught PE in a local primary school. I retired in August 2018 but am still involved in running school trips and as an officer in the Combined Cadet Force. I am also an active scouter in Croydon. I strongly believe that every child deserves the best possible all-round education we can give them.

unagreenwood@e21c.co.uk

Mr Pradeep Thatai

Mr Thatai is a highly experienced HR & Finance Director who has managed and directed large multinational teams. Based in London, with substantial UK experience, he has also worked in The Netherlands, Germany and India, in the manufacturing, transportation, supply chain management, hospitality and not for profit sectors. He has strong negotiating, mediating and influencing skills, and he has improved profitability and strengthened the balance sheet of every business he has led. Pradeep is a qualified accountant, a law graduate and holds an MBA.

Pradeepthatai@e21c.co.uk

Mrs Ann Dempsey

adempsey@e21c.co.uk

Ann Dempsey is a retired Headteacher, having been significantly involved in Education and schools for over 44 years. She has worked in a variety of different types of schools across the boroughs of Croydon, Lewisham, Greenwich, and Bromley, and has considerable experience in all the phases from EYFS through to KS5. On retirement from Headship, she has continued to be involved in schools through active volunteering and Governance at a Primary school in New Addington and as a Trustee for E21C. Ann spent more than half of her time in teaching in a Senior Leadership role, and thoroughly enjoyed all that the challenge of leadership brings. She believes in promoting continued professional development, having studied for a Masters in Education and achieving the NPQH.  In three of the schools she worked in, she was the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and has held the full qualification for over twenty years and therefore has extensive experience within this role. She believes passionately in the importance of ensuring the best opportunities for all children, and at the heart of this, lies the safety and care of the students. She believes wholeheartedly in the ethos and philosophy of the E21C Trust and, having stepped down as a Trustee in July 2019, she believes that she has the experience and understanding to make valuable contributions as a member.