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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.

Amy Fedrick, Trustee

Independent educational consultant. A qualified teacher with experience across the early years and primary phases. Experience working locally and globally to improve standards of education. A breadth of knowledge and skills from a MA in Education. Passionate about delivering training across the workforce and to parents to improve outcomes for all children.

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.

 

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 (203KB)

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest effective March 2021

TPAT Structure March 2021 (149KB)

Trust Governance Structure effective January 2021