Dick Palmer - Group Chief Executive Officer, TEN Group

The founding Group CEO is Dick Palmer.

Moving directly from his highly successful tenure as Principal of City College Norwich, Dick brings over twenty years experience of achieving excellence in the education sector to the senior leadership team of TEN.

But more than that, he brings a deep pride in everything the College has achieved:

Corrienne Peasgood - Principal, City College Norwich

Corrienne Peasgood took up her role as Principal of City College Norwich in September 2012, in the latest phase of a career that has taken her from the plumbing workshops to the boardroom.

She has a clear vision of the type of educational environment that will provide not only the best opportunities for students, but also the right conditions for the whole College to develop. This broad perspective has become the signature for her approach to management.

Mary Sparrow - Principal, City Academy Norwich

Mary Sparrow

Mary Sparrow has been principal of City Academy Norwich since January 2015.  Mrs Sparrow joined the Academy following more than four years as headteacher of Wexham School in Slough, during which time she oversaw the school’s improvement from a long-standing Oftsed rating of ‘Satisfactory’ to one of ‘Good’ in September 2013. 

Glen Allot - Principal, Wayland Academy Norfolk

Glen Allot

Over the last 5 years I have seen Wayland Academy continuing to develop and improve. Progress measures and GCSE results illustrate the drive of Leadership and the passion of teachers to support students in achieving the very best that they can. It is a great privilege to be the Principal at Wayland Academy, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with students, parents and teachers.  

Nicola Kaye - Principal, Wayland Junior Academy Watton

Nicola Kaye took up the role of Principal at Wayland Junior Academy in September 2014.  Prior to this Nicola was the Assistant Principal at Wayland Academy Norfolk overseeing all aspects of teaching and learning and pastoral care.  Nicola has 12 years experience within the Wayland Cluster and a further 4 years teaching experience in Peterborough. 

Matthew Parr-Burman- Principal, Fakenham Academy Norfolk

Matthew Parr-Burman took up his role as Headteacher of, then, Fakenham High School in April 2011. Fakenham High School became an Academy as part of the TEN group in October 2013 when his title changed to Principal, Fakenham Academy Norfolk. Prior to this post Matthew had been Headteacher at another school in Norfolk.

Neil McShane - Principal, Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Neil has been in Norfolk education for over twenty five years and is one of the group of Norfolk Headteachers who have previously worked at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.

Neil chairs the collaborative ALL Routes Trust in the South of the county, he also chaired NASDAH (Norfolk Association for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers) for many years and so is firmly rooted in believing in collaboration to ensure the best provision for all Norfolk children.

Alex Hayes Prinicipal, UTC Norfolk

Alex Hayes took up his post in January 2014, in good time to prepare for the opening of the UTCN in September 2014.

Alex was born in Wiltshire and holds a degree in Land Management from Reading University and an MBA degree from the University of Leicester. After working in business for a number of years, he trained to be a teacher at the University of East Anglia. He then taught in London before returning to Norfolk. He has held senior roles in a number of Norwich schools, latterly working as Vice Principal of Norfolk’s first Academy.


Richard Jewson

Richard Jewson

Richard Jewson is HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk. Educated at Rugby School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, he first worked in the timber and building material supply industry, becoming managing director of Jewson, and then chairman of its parent company Meyer International plc from which he retired in 1993. He is currently chairman of Archant Ltd and Raven Russia plc. He serves as Chairman of the Council of the University of East Anglia and Chairman of the East Anglia Art Fund Trustees.

David Richardson

David Richardson

Since joining UEA in 1991 as a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, Prof Richardson has held the positions of Associate Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Science, before being made Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise & Engagement in 2011 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in August 2012.

Prof Richardson is also a member of the Governing Council of the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and of the Norwich Research Park LLP.

He studies the biochemistry of environmental biogeochemical cycles and greenhouse gas emissions.


Jim McAtear

Jim is a serving Headteacher in two 11-18 schools.  He has led Ofsted Inspections throughout England.  He has also served as a Consultant and Interim Headteacher for schools in difficulties and is currently a National Leader in Education.

“I became a Trustee because I respected the mission the TEN Group has undertaken to improve education in Norfolk and I am happy to make a contribution to improving my own community”.

Richard Proctor

Richard has worked as a tax advisor in Norfolk for over 30 years and joined Larking Gowen in 2015. Richard specialises in providing tax advice to businesses, their owners and high net worth individuals. His experience allows him to identify optimum tax solutions for clients covering a wide range of situations, in an increasingly complex environment. Richard is an acknowledged authority on tax planning for companies, privately held businesses and their owners.

Bryony Falkus (Chairman)

Bryony is a retired partner of Mills & Reeve (Solicitors). She was a governor of the Corporation of City College Norwich from 1995 to 2012, and its Chairman from 2004 to 2012. A Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, she is also a Lay Canon and member of the Chapter of Norwich Cathedral.

John Fry

John Fry is the former Chief Executive of the leading regional publisher Johnston Press and the Norwich based regional media group, Archant.  Prior to moving into the regional media sector in 2002, he was with the information company Dun and Bradstreet for nine years, including as President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, following four years as a consultant with Bain & Company.  He started his career with Procter & Gamble.  John is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge (MA Physics and Mathematics).  He also holds an MBA from INSEAD where he won the Ford Prize for the top studen

Sue Guest

Sue Guest is a former IT and Operations Director of Aviva plc where she worked for nearly 20 years. In that time she held a number of director roles within the IT, Sales and Marketing and Customer Services functions of the UK General Insurance business. Subsequent to Aviva she worked for a couple of years in London as Operations Director on the Board of Towergate Financial. Sue is currently involved with both local and national charities.  

Chris Maw

Chris Maw is the Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Norwich. He previously led the commercial assurance practice following his moving to Norwich from London in 2004. In addition to working with his many clients, Chris has an active involvement in the business and wider community, including being a trustee of the Forum Trust. He was for several years a governor of City College Norwich.

Dick Palmer (Group Chief Executive Officer)

Dick was the Principal of City College Norwich from 2003 to 2012.  Previously he was Deputy Principal at Lewisham College, London. He has worked in education for almost 30 years, including in schools, Further Education, Higher Education and Teacher Training.  Dick was awarded Principal of the Year (2010) in recognition of his services to students, by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). He is a Fellow of the IOD, a Fellow of the RSA, sits on the CBI Regional Council (East of England) and the Norwich Chamber Council.


The TEN Group is proud of the high quality and diversity of its Governors, Academy Council Members, Trustees and Directors, who represent many of the major businesses, industries and educational establishments in Norfolk.  Please click on the link below to read more about our Governors.

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