RBGroup trustees are experts in a range of fields and volunteer their time to ensure best practice governance and the smooth running of the organisation.

Carrie Herbert MBE (Founder)

Harassment and bullying consultant – Carrie Herbert Consultancy

Carrie trained as a teacher before emigrating to Australia, returned to the UK in the eighties to complete a Master’s Degree at UEA and a PhD at Cambridge.

Carrie worked as a consultant in equal opportunities before founding Red Balloon in 1996. She has written a number of books on the subject of bullying and harassment in schools and in the workplace.

Carrie is also Master of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers.

Simon Mace

Chairman, Langoen Investments

Simon has a background in banking and property investment, with extensive experience of charity governance.

Revd Professor Michael Reiss

Professor of Science Education
University of Cambridge

Michael is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Priest in the Church of England and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kiel and York and the Royal Veterinary College.

As the former Director of Education at the Royal Society, he has written extensively about curricula, pedagogy and assessment in science education and has directed a large number of research, evaluation and consultancy projects over the past twenty years.

  • BA, MA, PhD, PGCE Natural Sciences

Bev Williams (Chair)

Legra Academy Trust
Chief Executive Officer

Bev has responsibility for three schools in Southend, Essex. She is a CEO with over 20 years’ senior leadership experience, improving performance through creation of new strategy, building senior consensus, commercial awareness and change management expertise.

  • National Professional Qualification for Headship
  • Post Graduate qualification in Education


Director of Education – Robert Watson

Director of Fundraising and Communications – Samantha Sherratt

Communications and Fundraising Lead – Karen Turner

HR Officer – Brooke Hornby

Financial Controller – Anya Brown

IT Co-ordinator – Josh French