Dr Richard Barnes, Chair of Trustees

Image - Dr Richard Barnes - Chair of TrusteesRichard was brought up on a council estate in Cambridge and educated under the old direct grant system at the Perse School.  He studied natural sciences for medicine at Cambridge and then, by a series of serendipitous events, ended up as a University Lecturer in Physiology at Cambridge. In Cambridge his main educational interest, apart from lecturing, has been in facilitating access and outreach work, both through his college (Emmanuel) and the university. He has participated in masterclasses, particularly in South Yorkshire, which is one of his college’s link areas, and has run many summer schools for the university.  He says “I am struck by the observation that the summer schools are too little and too late, and I look forward to working with Villiers Park Educational Trust, which seeks to raise expectations and capabilities before irreversible educational paths have been followed and low expectations have been set.”