Our experienced Trustee Board is responsible for running Peak Edge and holding our Leadership team to account.

Dave Cates

Chair of Trust Board

Dave is a National Leader of Governance and managing director of Redemption Media, an award-winning digital solutions company and founder of four tech startups. He is a highly experienced software developer, consultant, team leader and entrepreneur. Dave also has an extensive background in effective school governance having served as a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors. As an NLG, Dave currently supports governing boards across Sheffield to bring change and improvement to their schools.

Jim Dugmore


Jim is an experienced Headteacher, National Leader of Education and System Leader. He is currently Headteacher at Oughtbridge Primary School, one of Sheffield’s highest performing schools. He has successfully led transformational school improvement programmes across several schools, including leading his previous school from performing within the lowest 200 in England to an Outstanding Ofsted in 2015. He currently works across South Yorkshire as an NLE and is a Trustee of the Diocese of Sheffield Academy Trust.

Dan Andrews

Dan is a chartered accountant with over 17 years’ experience in both professional practice with KPMG, and more recently in the commercial sector with as the Group Head of Finance at the £500m turnover food manufacturing group Hain Daniels, working closely with the Group Finance Director. He has a breadth of experience over a wide range of industry sectors (including education in working with Sheffield Hallam University), and a wide range of scenarios (from clients in distressed situations to clients in high growth scenarios).

Beth Cutting

Beth has worked in both the private and public sector, and is currently employed within the wider NHS as an Associate Human Resources Business Partner where on a daily basis she is responsible for finding strategic solutions to complex issues. She has vast experience in employee relations cases, change management, performance and absence management and succession and talent management. Beth also has prior experience working within Charitable Trusts and is a Chartered member (MCIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Julie Vincent

Julie is a market research consultant specialising in education and youth strategy development. Julie has headed up market research at a UK university, founded and sold a specialist agency, held a senior position as a Director at the largest online student community in the UK The Student Room, and is now an independent consultant working with universities, charities and brands. She also Chaired the Sheffield Music Hub Advisory Board, the Arts Council funded body providing music education to children in Sheffield. Julie is a Chartered Marketer (MCIM) and a Certified Member of The Market Research Society.