Home Page

The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust Trustees

The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust 

for attendance at meetings please refer to the Annual Trustees' report



Rupert Baker

Joseph Figg - CEO


Joseph began his teaching career in 2001 having trained at Goldsmiths College in London. Joseph bcame headteacher at Purleigh Primary in 2009 and Executive Headteacher of both Purleigh Primary and Meadgate Primary in 2013. Following the inception of The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust in 2014 Joseph became the CEO and is proud to have led the Trust for over ten years. Joseph is a National Leader of Education and has supported several MATs and schools as well as the Local Authority. 


Joseph is married with three children and enjoys playing cricket for Maldon Cricket Club.


Bret Hawkins


Bret is a finance professional with extensive knowledge of financial planning and analysis and has a background of working with established small and medium enterprises in the private sector, particularly those funded by private equity. Residing on the executive board of a group of companies servicing the automotive industry, Bret plays a pivitol role in leading and effecting change at a strategic level.


Bret likes to be challenged. He is a keen runner and produces music in his spare time.



Sara Kightley - Chair


Sara has over thirty years experience as a primary practitioner having taught in both the state and independent sectors, latterly as Deputy Head of New Hall Preparatory School, Boreham and again as supply following retirement. Sara also has financial experience in payroll, consumer credit and small business accountancy.


Sara commenced school governance in 2008 at Meadgate Primary and is currently Executive Chair and Trustee of The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust. Sara is also a Director of New Hall Multi Academy Trust. She works closely with the CEO, LGB Chairs and is visible across the Trust's schools. Sara is a strong advocate of governance training and in 2014 completed the Chairs of Governors' Leadership Development Programme under the auspices of the National College for Teaching and Leadership. 


Anything remotely 'Equestrian' fills her spare time and she is a member of a successful racing syndicate. 


Sue Randall



Sue has lived in the local area for over forty years and is a retired teacher having taught all primary ages in the state and independent sectors with music and sport as specialist subjects. Sue is a Commonwealth Games Gold medal winner in 1974 and the instigator of women's and girls' cricket at Maldon Cricket Club. She is the Co-Founder, trustee and secretary of The David Randall Foundation.


Sue is the proud mum of John and David. In retirement Sue enjoys training her rescue dog, knitting for charity, crosswords, reading and watching cricket. 

Sharon Roots

Jean Wells


Jean has lived in Epping for more than 40 years and brought up her children there. She pursued a career in Human Resources and before retiring spent time as an HR consultant advising and supporting small businesses and individuals with their employment needs. Jean gained experience as a board trustee with her local Citizens Advice office, where she is currently Chair, and joined The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust in 2023. Two of Jean's grandchildren attend Meadgate Primary School within the Trust.


Tim Woods