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The Governance Team

The Trust believes in the importance of governance and has a robust governance structure that supports the Executive Team at every level to turn potential into performance.

Members

Fred Child, Chair of Trustees and ex-officio member

Retired following 35 years with a nationwide financial organisation, management experience of central purchasing and R&D manager in property management. A Fellow of British Institute of Facilities Management, as a director and knowledge and strategy chair, past director Global FM. Past President of Thamesdown Rotary Club. Past chair of governors with primary school experience and academisation.

David Davison, Member

A retired Senior NCO in the RAF and currently Youth Pastor at a local church. Has strong links in the community with exceptional experience of community relations. Works with the borough localities team and with local primary schools and youth groups. Works across Swindon area delivering relationship education programmes to young people and provides strong leadership to the governing body

Toni Gillespie, Member

A retired senior RAF Officer with a strong personnel background; now working as a Regional HR Manager for a global manufacturing company. Possesses a range of skills acquired over a diverse career path but with a strong people focus.

Philip Harland, Member

A local businessman with extensive experience of project management and service delivery. Nearly 20 years experience of school governance, most as board chair, including academy conversion and multi-academy collaboration.

Chris Shepherd, Member

Chartered Electronics Engineer (CEng MIET) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Manufacturing: Management and Technology. Ten years experience as a Governor. Experience of the conversion process to an Academy as a Governor. Strong data analysis and ICT skills/knowledge and excellent local links

Trustees and Directors

Fred Child, Chair of Trustees and ex-officio member 

Retired following 35 years with a nationwide financial organisation, management experience of central purchasing and R&D manager in property management. A Fellow of British Institute of Facilities Management, as a director and knowledge and strategy chair, past director Global FM. Past President of Thamesdown Rotary Club. Past chair of governors with primary school experience and academisation.

Mark Edwards, Trustee (Vice Chair of Trustees)

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Mark is now Head of Packaging for a large corporation, with extensive knowledge of procurement and technical development globally. He has over 18 years’ experience of school governance at both primary and secondary level. A former councillor within Swindon, he has many links with the community including scouts and several other charitable organisations.

Anthony Purser, Trustee

Commissioned Army Officer. Extensive experience in Leadership, Management and Strategic planning. Two years’ experience as a Governor. Understanding of the conversion process to an Academy as a Governor. Breadth of skills and experience within Risk Management and Resource Planning.

Matthew Dixon, Trustee (Vice Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee)

A Chartered Global Management Accountant by profession. Matt is an experienced finance professional and is currently Head of Finance for a large Telecommunications organisation.  He has experience across a number of industries and has a passion for developing high performing teams. He is looking forward to putting these skills and experience to good use, to help enable young people to reach their potential.

Catherine Dampney, Trustee

Catherine has over 20 years' experience in data and technology in both the Financial sector and NHS.  Over her career she has been involved in the development of regional and national data and digital transformation programmes for the NHS as a CIO and Director of IT.  Catherine is also a founding member of the National Digital Health CIO Network, and current Member of the National CIO Advisory Panel and sits on the Health Data Research workstream of The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol.  Catherine started her career as a Primary School Teacher with an interest in using technology in the classroom and her current role focuses on reducing health inequalities.

 

 

Trustee meeting attendance 2019-2020 (205KB)

Attendance by Trustees at Full Trust Board meetings for the 2019-2020 Academic year

Trustee Declarations of Pecuniary Interest (205KB)

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest effective May 2021

TPAT Structure August 2021 (148KB)

Trust Governance Structure effective August 2021