David Samworth CBE, DL, Co-Sponsor
David is President, former Chairman and co-founder of Samworth Brothers Limited, a major food manufacturer who own the Ginsters and Dickinson & Morris brands and supply a wide range of high quality, chilled, own label products to high street retailers.
Since retiring from the business in summer 2005, David has continued his involvement in a range of local projects, most notably in education where he is now the co-sponsor of Academies.
Claire Meese, the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, Co-Sponsor
The Diocese of Southwell was founded in 1884. It covers 847 square miles including the whole of Nottinghamshire and a few parishes in South Yorkshire. The Diocese includes the city of Nottingham and many former coalfield communities and it changed its name to The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham at the end of 2005. The Diocesan Board of Education oversees both primary and secondary Church of England schools.
Claire has a substantial amount of senior management experience in a wide variety of schools and has held three head teacher posts. She has wide experience of inspecting schools around the country and she is passionate about offering high quality education and increasing children's life chances.