Richard Astle – Member

Richard Astle

Current role in or relationship with school

  • Local business owner

Governor, educational and school leadership experience

  • Marketing and PR support for four multi academy trusts across Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Professional experience

  • British diplomat 1988-97
  • Director of Corporate Affairs, Pearl Assurance, 1997-2003
  • Owner/MD Athene Communications 2003-present

Professional and education qualifications

  • BA Hons Modern History Oxford University, 1983-86
  • Member Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Community involvement

  • Chair Natural Cambridgeshire, 2015-present
  • Chair, Shine, national charity for spina bifida and hydrocephalus – 2003-16
  • Co-ordinator, Langdyke Countryside Trust
  • Trustee, Vivacity, Culture and Leisure Trust 2011-15

Skills and expertise in relation to school governance

  • Strategic planning
  • Change management
  • Communications
  • Community engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Parent engagement