Our members protect the charitable and educational objectives of the trust. They ensure we are keeping to our core purpose and ethos. The members attend an Annual General Meeting (AGM) well as occasional General Meetings.
Kate AmisTrust Member
Experienced senior project manager and National Leader of Governance (NLG). Member since 2011. Governor at Belleville Primary 2001 to 2016 (chair of governors 2009 to 2016). Chair of local governing body for Belleville Wix Academy since 2017.
Hilary ClarkeTrust Member
Writer and editor with expertise in architecture and communications. Member since 2019; governor/trustee since 2013
Julian ConinghamTrust Member
Solicitor specialising in human rights law. Trustee since 2013. Chair of Trustees since March 2016.
Brian LedbetterTrust Member
Global business development professional. Member since 2017. Governor/trustee (finance and premises lead) since 2010.
Dr Martin YoungTrust Member
Experienced academy trust leader (CEO and Federation Principal of the Park Federation). Member since 2018.
Our board of trustees effectively have three roles: charity trustees, company directors and school governors. They ensure that we comply with charity and company law. The board is ultimately responsible for the management, performance and compliance of all the academies in the trust.
Our board is comprised of nine trustees who between them have a wide range of skills and experience. One is the Executive Headteacher and the other eight trustees are appointed by the members.
The board normally meets three times a term (nine times a year). All meetings are now full boards, with no committees. There is usually a core focus for each meeting, with an assigned lead.
We maintain a record of business and pecuniary interests for all trustees. On an annual basis we undertake a trustee skills audit and publish our register of attendance for trustee meetings. All trustees apart from the Executive Headteacher have a term of 4 years.
Julian ConinghamTrustee (CHAIR)
Solicitor specialising in human rights law. Trustee since 2013; Chair of Trustees since March 2016. Also a trust Member.
John GroveExecutive Headteacher
Outstanding leader with over 20 years of successful headship and governance experience. Executive Head of the trust since 2016.
Experienced lawyer, education sector. Trustee (safeguarding lead) since June 2017. Also local governor at Belleville Wix Academy.
Global business development professional. Trustee (currently finance and premises lead) since 2010. Also a trust Member.
ICT professional. Trustee (teaching and learning lead) since August 2017. Vice chair since 2018. Also chair of local governors at The Alton School.
Experienced primary and SEN teacher. Trustee since November 2017. Also local governor at Churchfields Primary School.
Education recruitment professional. Trustee since November 2017. Also vice chair of local governors at The Alton School.
Business leader and brand specialist. Trustee since January 2018.
Business and finance professional. Trustee since January 2018.
We believe the quality of a school (or education system) cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. The core role of our excellent, experienced central team is to support the teaching staff in our schools to deliver a quality first education for all our children.
John GroveExecutive Headteacher
John is an outstanding leader with over 20 years of successful headship experience and a track record of improving schools. As headteacher of Belleville Primary from 2000 to 2016, he led the school from “in danger of failing” to outstanding. In recognition of its capacity and commitment to support others, under John’s leadership Belleville was designated as a National Support School in 2009, a National Teaching School in 2011, an Academy Sponsor in 2013 and a Maths Hub in 2014. John is a National Leader of Education and a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Leadership. He has been the Executive Headteacher for the trust since 2016.
Karen TaylorDirector of Maths
Karen supports the ongoing development of Maths teaching across the trust. She models lessons, coaches and supports teachers across our schools (and has trained more than 300 London teachers in ‘Singapore maths’). Karen is passionate about east Asian mastery teaching and has visited, hosted and worked with numerous expert teachers from Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With a background as assistant headteacher and outstanding maths lead, in recent years she has had a key role in establishing the London South West Maths Hub, participated in the England-China Education Research & Innovation Project led by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, and led an innovative project funded by the SHINE trust, to improve outcomes in maths for disadvantaged children. She is also a champion of Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) and holds a degree in cognitive psychology.
James CannifordDirector of English
James supports the ongoing development of English teaching across the trust through modelling, coaching, mentoring, training and curriculum development. He is an experienced school leader and has undertaken leadership training with the Council of British International Schools, the National College of Teaching and Leadership, and the Institute of Leadership and Management. In 2018 he became a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. A keen researcher, James is currently working towards a Doctorate at UCL Institute of Education, focusing on EGPS and children's writing outcomes and has published journal articles on pedagogy and improving teaching and learning.
Claire AntrobusDirector of Inclusion
Claire supports our schools to ensure they are delivering inclusive and safe provision. She has a key role in developing SEND provision across the trust, as well as leading on safeguarding. In her previous role as assistant head, SENCO and designated safeguarding lead at Belleville Primary, she gained an excellent reputation with children, parents/carers, teachers, agencies and LA teams alike. She holds the National SENCO award, an MA in special and inclusive education, and a degree in psychology, in addition to gaining her PGCE and a wide range of SEN and safeguarding training. She regularly designs and runs training for teachers across London, including our course for new-to-post SENCOs.
Aderemi ShodipeDirector of Finance
Ade is an experienced Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA, CPFA) with over 18 years of public sector accounting and education finance experience across four London Boroughs. He also holds business analyst and project management qualifications and has held multiple board positions including as the chair of an academy governing body. He is responsible for developing and supporting the ongoing improvement and effective management of business matters across the trust, including finance, premises and ICT, ensuring appropriate systems and controls are in place. He specialises in supporting schools to strategically reduce costs and increase their income.
Charlotte MeadeDirector of Projects
Charlotte leads on a range of operational areas including governance, compliance, policy, communications and HR, and manages the academy conversion of new schools joining the trust. Charlotte’s previous roles include Director of Teaching School at Belleville Primary, and Senior Programme Manager at the National College for Teaching and Leadership, where she led a number of large-scale projects including the London Leadership Strategy. Her training and qualifications include PRINCE2, MSP, Company Secretary and professional clerking (ISBL).
Michelle HayfronMaths Hub Leader
Michelle leads the South West London Maths Hub which runs a wide range of training and research projects to develop Maths teaching across the region, supported by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). She is a maths enthusiast – she is fully trained in Mastery teaching and has worked with leaders from high performing schools in South East Asia, for example as part of NCETM’s England-China exchange. Michelle is an experienced primary leader and was formerly Senior Deputy Headteacher at Belleville Primary School. She is passionate about supporting all children to fulfil their potential.
Katie ColleyTeaching School Leader
Katie designs and delivers a wide range of training at all levels, from trainee teachers to leaders. She has a key role in mentoring and developing NQTs across the trust. On behalf of the Teaching School she also delivers initial teacher training sessions for other ITT providers (universities and SCITTs) and runs INSET sessions in other schools. Katie is an accredited coach (St Mary’s University) and also runs mentor training for Kingston University. Before becoming an outstanding primary teacher, Katie had a background in TV and media.
Ben MatthewsDirector of Teaching School
Ben Matthews - Director of Teaching School
Ann KellyGraphic Designer
Ann has a key role in creating, articulating and realising our vision. With substantial professional experience in her field, Ann has worked with a range of high profile national clients including the NHS, Transport for London and the Natural History Museum. She utilises her invaluable expertise to support our schools with websites, school signage, posters, displays, children’s workbooks, marketing materials, photography, ICT development, room design, landscaping and more!