Speaker, trainer and author on governance. Governance consultant for Dioceses of St Albans and Chelmsford and their Multi Academy Trusts, as well as Liverpool Hope University. 30 years’ experience as CoG at various primaries. Former Chair of teaching & learning committee at a secondary school for four years. Experienced IEB chair and member.
Former banker with RBS for 25 years and currently employed by a locally based medical company leading on finance and compliance matters was also Finance Governor of Westwood Academy for six years.
School improvement adviser and managing director of KIS (Education). Works with 4 LAs and provides support for Ofsted category schools and RI schools. 8yrs experience of leading LA reviews. Current OFSTED Inspector.
Howard Sellick - (Independent Member):
Founder/ Owner of Action for Living Ltd. Founder/ Managing Director of Staffing Solutions (UK) Ltd. 7yrs experience as Parent Governor then CoG at a primary school. 5yrs experience as a Director for the BATIC Trust.
Mike Simmonds - Chair of Trust & temporary HR Director:
Speaker, trainer and author on governance. He is Governance Lead for the Vine Schools Trust as well as Governance consultant for Diocese of Chelmsford and Liverpool Hope University. 30 years’ experience as CoG at various primaries. Former Chair of teaching & learning committee at a secondary school for four years. Experienced IEB chair and member.
Simon Harbrow - CEO and Executive Headteacher.
Served in three primary school headships since 2002, taking all to a Good Ofsted rating. Governor for 20 years. Previously seconded to Essex CC at 0.5 FTE to support schools causing concern. Currently Lead OFSTED Inspector. National Leader of Education.
Tosca Boothman – Vice-Chair, SEN and Safeguarding Director
Independent Governance Consultant, working across schools in Southend and Essex. Has been a Governor for 12 years at an Infants School (academy convertor), four of which as COG. Wealth of experience serving on numerous IEB’s across Essex. Vice Chair of Essex School Governors’ Association and member of the South Essex Children’s Partnership Board.
Dominic Carver - Education and Standards Director
Headteacher of South Benfleet Primary Academy. 20 years' governance experience. Governor of a local secondary academy. Former Ofsted Inspector.
Chris Jones - Finance Director
Catherine Burnside (Appointment being processed)
Use the links on the left to locate information regarding governance of the Trust academies. Specific key documents can be found quickly by clicking the links below:
Finance & Statutory Documents including: Funding Agreements; Articles of Association; Annual Reports & Financial Statements (containing information of the Governance Board roles & responsibilities)