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The Prospect Trust


Andrew Lloyd (Chair)

Andrew has enjoyed a career in local government spanning over 40 years. He retired in 2016 from his last position as Chief Executive after 20 years in the role.

He currently Chairs a local Clinical Commissioning Group and is a Trustee of Reading Force - a national charity aimed at putting reading at the heart of families, with a particular focus on bringing Armed Forces children and families closer together through a shared joy of reading books. He is also a Board Member of Enterprise First Ltd, a not for profit company providing free advice to start-up businesses across Surrey, Hampshire and Kent, and a Trustee with the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust.

Andrew has long had a passion for education and skill having served as Vice Chairman of the former Hampshire and Isle of Wight Learning and Skills Council for many years and also a former Vice Chairman of Farnborough College of Technology.

Andrew has had a long association with The Sixth Form College Farnborough including serving on the Corporation as Chair of the Search and Remuneration Committee until it became an Academy within The Prospect Trust.

Neil Hopkins

Neil was, from 1993 to 2013, the principal of Peter Symonds College. Since taking early retirement, he has at various times been an adviser to the national Sixth Form & FE Commissioners, Executive Director and Policy Adviser to the Maple Group of high-performing sixth form colleges, and undertaken educational consultancy. He is Chair of Governors at Sparsholt & Andover College, a trustee of the RACPD charity, and a school governor.

Neil taught in areas as diverse as Salford and Rutland, spending many years on the boards of the AOC and UCAS, and on the council of ASCL. He has a BSc in Maths and and MEd. He was awarded an OBE in 2014, for services to education. 

Gemma Foster

Gemma is the Diocesan Member representative for the Prospect Trust.  Having been in church leadership since 2004, Gemma was ordained in 2015 and became the Rector of Cove in 2019.  As part of this role, Gemma is Chair of Trustees for the Cove Educational Trust which supports eight schools in the parish.

Andrew Needham (Chair of Trustees)

Andrew chairs our Board of Trustees, having previously served as Chair of The Sixth Form College Farnborough, now an academy within The Prospect Trust. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Andrew has spent his career working with leading businesses, developing the commercial skills and capabilities of executives from new graduates to main board leaders.

Andrew brings his commercial experience and energy to help shape the Trust’s future success across all aspects of its operation and performance.


The latest Trust AGM took place on Wednesday 31 January 2024 - minutes of this meeting are available by request, please email