Governance

Meet our Members
  • Alexandra Bond PR & Communications With 20 years of demonstrated success in supporting new venture start ups; helping companies, local authority services, charities, and schools grow. Alexandra Bond PR & Communications Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

    Alexandra Bond is a founding member of Social Tech organisation RunAClub, building and developing the sophisticated administration platform supporting any club or network of clubs, whilst embedding the internal and external communications. She has 20 years of demonstrated success in supporting new ventures starting up; and helping companies, local authority services, charities, social enterprises and schools grow and develop new products, methods and services. She has held various volunteer Chair and Committee roles at pre, primary and secondary Schools.

  • Ian Fewtrell School leadership. Governance. Facilities management. Ian Fewtrell Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Wife works at Ivy Lane.
  • Gail Chilcott Gail was first appointed as a Governor in 1985 and has since developed a knowledge and interest in Special Educational Needs. Gail Chilcott Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

    Gail was first appointed as a Governor in 1985 and has since developed a knowledge and interest in Special Educational Needs as a foster carer of primary school age children, Gail has been working with staff and families of very disadvantaged children for some time. Gail then went on to become Chairman of the Governing Body for four years.

    Subsequently moving on to be a Governor of a Comprehensive school, and became Chair of Governors there for four years. With a gap of six years Gail later returned to a Primary School Governing Body for two years.

    Alongside Governorship Gail has been a Magistrate for over Twenty Years sitting across Wiltshire on Adult and Youth class.

  • Paul Dimech Financial Controller in the Hospitality industry for over 40 years now operating as Financial Controller of a charity. Paul Dimech Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Wife is Chair of Governors at Queen’s Crescent.

    Financial Controller in the Hospitality industry for over 40 years now operating as Financial Controller of a charity operating a hotel as a training centre with apprentices to give them the work experience to enable them to go into the workplace fully trained.

  • Elspeth Griffiths Elspeth has been involved with Corsham Primary School for over 12 years and operated as a Governor, Chair of Governors and the Board of Trustees. Elspeth Griffiths Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

    Elspeth has been involved with Corsham Primary School for over 12 years and operated as a Governor, Chair of Governors and the Board of Trustees. Used to operating at a senior level Elspeth is an experienced senior human resource professional with excellent communication skills, gained in private and public sector businesses, currently working within the NHS. She has experience in developing and delivering staff engagement and behavioural change programmes, the positive management of organisational change and encouraging involvement from all levels of the business.

Meet our Trustees
  • Rob Hayday (Chair) Trustee
    Project management, change management.  Procurement.  System and process implementation. Rob Hayday (Chair) Chair Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None
  • Sheila Copeman Trustee
    Sheila is a highly experienced governor and in 2016 she became a governor at one of the counties highest performing secondary schools. Sheila Copeman Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Governor at Hardenhuish School.

    Sheila is a highly experienced governor, she was elected a primary school governor in 2009 and in 2016 she became a governor at one of the counties highest performing secondary schools. Sheila is very active in her role taking the lead in her primary school conversion to an Academy. She is passionate about child safety and wellbeing demonstrated by her campaigning and delivery of significant improvements in road safety for families walking to school and direct involvement in extracurricular activities for the children. She both participates and chairs a diverse range of panels and committees ranging from recruitment, remuneration and disciplinary to curriculum.

    Sheila worked for 10 years in Contract Management in the public sector before having her three children who are at various stages of their own education. She has a passion for sport and having competed herself at county level she loves to inspire others to participate. She taught pre-school gymnastics for over 10 years and since 2013 has run her own successful dance and fitness business.

    As a governor Sheila has been able to build strong bonds with teachers, parents and pupils alike and brings expertise from her professional life to both improving school administration and activities for child enrichment.

  • Andrew Hall Trustee
    Andrew Hall is an experienced entrepreneur. He has been successful as Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer in a broad spectrum of sectors. Andrew Hall Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Member of Parents’ Advisory Council at Kew House School.

    Andrew Hall is an experienced entrepreneur. He has been successful as Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer in a broad spectrum of sectors including health and social care, commercial property development, manufacturing and Hollywood movies. He is currently focused on long term regeneration of the town centres of Corsham and Shoreditch for the internet age.

    Having consistently led small to medium sized organisations, Andrew has an open-minded and hands-on approach to getting things done. He is proud to help deliver the best schools and outcomes for our children.

  • David Lloyd Blake Trustee
    Education consultant. Curriculum. Teaching and learning David Lloyd Blake Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Daughter teaches at Queen’s
  • Paul Vincent Trustee
    Governance. Procurement. Teaching and learning Paul Vincent Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None
  • David Willis Trustee
    Following a long career in Purchasing and Senior IT Management, he has served as Chair of Governors for many years in one of the founding schools. David Willis Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

    Following a long career in Purchasing and Senior IT Management, he has served as Chair of Governors for many years in one of the founding schools. His expertise in software development and data analysis all helping to bring the school up a “Good” Ofsted rating.

  • Rob Ward (Vice Chair) Trustee
    Robert Ward 25 Years Royal Air Force, still serving at RAF Brize Norton as an Air Loadmaster on 206 Sqn. Rob Ward (Vice Chair) Vice Chair Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Wife is Teaching Assistant at Ivy Lane.

    Robert Ward 25 Years Royal Air Force, still serving at RAF Brize Norton as an Air Loadmaster on 206 Sqn.

    School governor at Ivy lane from 2014 finishing as the Vice chair. Member of the MAT steering group to help form Pickwick Academy Trust, now serving as the Vice chair for the MAT and Safeguarding lead for the board.

  • Gill Clark Trustee
    Gill has had a life long interest in primary education, as a school governor, teacher, head teacher and local authority senior adviser. Gill Clark Trustee Term start: July 02 2018 Pecuniary interests: None

    Gill has had a life long interest in primary education, as a school governor, teacher, head teacher and local authority senior adviser specialising in school improvement.

    In 2006 she was appointed as one of the first National Leaders in Education and has had the opportunity to work in many schools supporting them to develop and improve the education they offer the children.

    Gill firmly believes education has the power to change, improve and enhance the lives of children and young people. They should be offered the best chances to learn and thrive within the school they attend. The curriculum offered to the children needs to be engaging and motivating. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Pickwick Trust Board to ensure that this happens.  She has joined the Trust Board to support the achievement of these aims.

    Away from school Gill enjoys the theatre, art history, swimming and walking her dog.

Meet our Executive Leadership Team
  • Fiona Allen CEO CEO & Accounting Officer. Trust and governance arrangements. Leadership and Management. Curriculum development. School improvement. Ofsted. NLE. Fiona Allen CEO Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: E&M West Structural Engineers, Arthur Allen Photographic Journalist.

    Trust and governance arrangements. Leadership and Management. Curriculum development. School improvement. Ofsted inspector. National Leader Education

  • Keith Hillman Finance Director Financial system management and forecasting. Keith Hillman Finance Director Term start: August 01 2017 Term end: July 31 2021 Pecuniary interests: None
  • Julia Hawkins Executive Headteacher Executive Leadership; School Improvement; Teaching & Learning; Curriculum; Assessment & Data Analysis; NPQH, Local Leader of Education Julia Hawkins Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: None

    Julia Hawkins has enjoyed 28 years in the teaching profession and has taught the whole of the primary age range, in a variety of settings, ranging from a small village school to larger town schools. She has over 20 years of school leadership and improvement experience and has been a Headteacher for 6 years. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, including data analysis.

  • Gina Cooke Executive Headteacher Executive Leadership; School Improvement; Teaching & Learning; Curriculum; Assessment & Data Analysis; NPQH, OFSTED Inspector Gina Cooke Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: None

    Gina Cooke has over fifteen years of school leadership and improvement experience and is an accredited Ofsted Inspector. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment.

  • James Passmore Deputy CEO Deputy CEO; Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance; Specialist Leader of Education; Teaching School Council Sub-Regional Leader James Passmore Deputy CEO Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests:

    James has over 17 years education experience and 14 as a leader.  He is the Deputy CEO of Pickwick Academy Trust, the Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance and the sub-regional lead for the Teaching School Council for Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.  He is passionate about teaching and learning, and bringing people together effectively to improve outcomes for pupils.

Meet our Chairs of Local Governing Bodies
  • Rachel Dimech, Queen's Crescent School Chair of Local Governing Body
    Chair of the Local Governing Body at Queen's Crescent School Rachel Dimech, Queen's Crescent School Chair of Governors, Queen's Crescent School Term start: December 08 2014 Pecuniary interests: Husband, Paul Dimech, is a Member of the PAT Board

    Rachel Dimech is a very experienced Governor who has been Chair at Queen's Crescent School for 6 years. Rachel has spent 20 years in Further Education specifically the Early Years and Education programs.

    In addition to being a lecturer, Rachel has run an Assessment Centre, written and developed training programmes as well as being a Consultant for City & Guilds. Currently Rachel works at the National Trust as a Training Co-ordinator.

  • Ros Darby, Ivy Lane School Chair of Local Governing Body
    Chair of the Local Governing Body at Ivy Lane Primary School. Ros Darby, Ivy Lane School Chair of Local Governing Body at Ivy Lane Term start: July 12 2016 Pecuniary interests: none

    Ros has been a governor at Ivy Lane for 10 years and Chair since 2016. She is a senior university research commercialisation manager and works with scientists and engineers to get new technologies out of the lab and towards products in the market.

    Ros has many years of experience in evaluating technologies and markets, managing intellectual property, business planning, engaging commercial partners and negotiating and drafting licences and other contracts.

    She is also a director of a technology-based pharma company.

  • Matt Harpham, Corsham Primary School Chair of Local Governing Body
    Chair of the Local Governing Body at Corsham Primary School (both sites - Pound Pill and Broadwood) Matt Harpham, Corsham Primary School Chair of Local Governing Body Term start: March 19 2012 Pecuniary interests: None

    Matt has been a governor at Corsham Primary School since 2012 and Chair of Governors since 2015. He runs a graphic design studio in Corsham, supporting businesses with their branding and promotional needs; clients range across all sectors of business from SMEs to Corporate. 

  • Steve Hayward, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Local Governing Body
    Chair of the Local Governing Body at Aloeric Primary School. Steve Hayward, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Local Governing Body Term start: September 03 2018 Pecuniary interests: none

    Steve Hayward has served for a number of years in one of the founding schools as a governor and vice chair of governors. He has a wealth of experience in the public sector specialising in project and programme management.

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