About our Trustees

Darren Budd - Chair of Trustees

Darren has been a Trustee at Lacey Green since 2007 during which time two of his three children have attended the school. Darren has had previous experience as a Governor at another Primary School in Berkshire and put himself forward as a parent Governor as he wanted to support the school that his children were attending. Darren works as the Commercial Director of BASF Plc, he studied Chemistry at University and has worked in the Chemical Industry all of his career. Before moving to Wilmslow, his family lived in Germany for 5 years and it was a big change to come back to the UK. The school system in Germany is different to that in the UK although it provided a good experience for my children’s education.

Contact email address for the Chair of Trustees: darren.budd@basf.com (Please initially email Darren with your enquiry and add your phone number to the email and he will either email you back or call you back if this is required.)


Alison Taylor-Stokes - Trustee

Alison is married and has one daughter who used to attend Lacey Green Primary Academy. Alison is the founding director of ICE Arch Ltd, an architectural practice based in Wilmslow. Alison went to school in Derbyshire and North Wales.  After completing her A-levels, she spent a year as a tutor at Naga Tawa School, New Zealand.  Alison read architecture at Plymouth and Liverpool universities, and spent a semester studying at the University of Washington, in Seattle.  She worked for architectural practices in California, Manchester, Liverpool and Wilmslow before setting up her own business.


Paul Scott - Trustee

Paul has been a Trustee at Lacey Green since 2018. He is married with three Children.  Paul studied at Glasgow University and completed a MA at the University of Ulster. He has works at the Co-op, having fulfilled a number of business transformation roles over the years.   


Mike Neal - Trustee

Mike Neal has been a Trustee since 2018. He is married with 4 grown up children. Mike has had a long career in financial management including many years as Chief Financial Officer of Granada Group’s TV Rental and Computer Services Division so it is no surprise that he is a member of the school Finance Committee. Mike has been a Governor at a number of Primary and Secondary schools mostly in the Bedford area where he lived for many years.


Mark Kelly - Trustee

Mark joined the Trustee Board in November 2022. He lives locally to the school with his wife and two daughters, both of whom attend Lacey Green Primary Academy. Mark has over 15 years’ experience working as a Chartered Accountant across several industries ranging from Financial Services through to Travel. He currently heads up one of the finance teams at Manchester Airport and so his experience has led him to be on the schools’ finance committee. Mark has also been a Governor at Cheadle Hulme High School (part of the Laurus Trust) since 2019.


Rosie Seddon - Trustee

Rosie started as Trustee at Lacey Green in March 2023. She studied English Language at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2007. After university, Rosie initially worked as a journalist in Lincolnshire before moving into communications and public relations. She’s worked for a number of local authorities, the Electoral Commission and as a ministerial press secretary at a government department. She is now Head of Communications at Homes England, the government’s housing agency, and lives in Wilmslow with her husband and two pre-school children.

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