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.

  • 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
  • James Passmore Trustee
    CEO; Former Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance; Specialist Leader of Education; Teaching School Council Sub-Regional Leader James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: James is Director of Gecko Learning Ltd, an educational consultancy company; his brother is Director of OJO Solutions, an IT solutions company.

    James has over 17 years education experience and 14 as a leader.  He is the CEO of Pickwick Academy Trust, previously 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.

  • Rob Hayday Trustee
    Project management, change management.  Procurement.  System and process implementation. Rob Hayday Trustee Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None
  • 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 Powell Trustee
    Education consultant. Curriculum. Teaching and learning David Lloyd Powell 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 (Chair) Trustee
    Robert Ward 25 Years Royal Air Force, still serving at RAF Brize Norton as an Air Loadmaster on 206 Sqn. Rob Ward (Chair) 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 Chair for the MAT and Safeguarding lead for the board.

  • Gill Clark (Vice Chair) 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 (Vice Chair) 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
  • James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CEO; Former Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance; Specialist Leader of Education; Teaching School Council Sub-Regional Leader James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: James is Director of Gecko Learning Ltd, an educational consultancy company; his brother is Director of OJO Solutions, an IT solutions company.

    James has over 17 years education experience and 14 as a leader.  He is the CEO of Pickwick Academy Trust, previously 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.

  • 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 9 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.

  • 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
  • Emma Preater Business Director Business Director; Financial Management; Compliance; Health & Safety; Premises; Operations; Procurement; Risk Management Emma Preater Business Director Term start: September 03 2018 Pecuniary interests: none

    Business Director; Financial Management; Compliance; Health & Safety; Premises; Operations; Procurement; Risk Management

  • Amy Tapscott Professional Development Director Coming soon Amy Tapscott Professional Development Director Pecuniary interests:

    Coming soon

Meet our Chairs of Local Governance Committees
  • Kara McAveety, Ivy Lane School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Chair of the Local Governance Committee at Ivy Lane Primary School. Kara McAveety, Ivy Lane School Chair of Local Governance Committee at Ivy Lane Term start: January 07 2019 Pecuniary interests: none

    Kara McAveety has been a Governor at Ivy Lane school since moving to Chippenham in 2013, becoming Vice Chair in 2017. She is mother to five children, two sets of twins and one singleton. The oldest twins are now in secondary education and the 3 youngest children are currently pupils at Ivy Lane School.

    Kara has a PhD in computational chemistry and works as a Senior Researcher in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. She has been involved in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students for many years and was part of a team that won the University of Bristol Educational Initiative Award in 2018.

  • Andrew Gough, Corsham Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Chair of the Local Governance Committee at Corsham Primary School (both sites - Pound Pill and Broadwood) Andrew Gough, Corsham Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee Term start: January 23 2019 Pecuniary interests: None

    Andy became a governor at Corsham Primary School in 2018 and has recently moved into the Co-Chair role. He specialises in construction project management and has 17 years project management consultancy experience. Currently he is the head of Capital Projects at Dyson in Malmesbury.

    Andy was educated in Corsham and returned to the area in 2014. He has a keen interest in cycling, both in the UK and abroad.

  • Nigel Anstey, Queens Crescent School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Nigel Anstey is the Chair of Governors at Queen's Crescent School Nigel Anstey, Queens Crescent School Chair of Governors Term start: November 18 2019 Pecuniary interests:

    Nigel Anstey is the Chair of Governors at Queen's Crescent School

  • Bev Small, Ludwell Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Bev has been a governor at Ludwell Primary School since 2018, and became Chair of Governors when the school joined the Pickwick Academy Trust in November 2019. She is also the LA governor at The Minster CE Primary School in Warminster. In addition to her role as Chair her main focus at Ludwell is the Early Years & Foundation Stage, continuing school improvement and the wellbeing of staff and children. Following her Politics degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Bev worked in London for 25 years - firstly at Sotheby’s Auctioneers, and then running her own catering business and helping to run fundraising events for The Children’s Trust, Asthma UK and Trinity Hospice, alongside family life. Bev now lives near Tisbury with her family – a husband, 2 children in their early 20s (her son graduated from Exeter University in 2019, and her daughter is at university in Nottingham), and 2 dogs. Bev is a Parish Councillor, and helps organise the village’s Cricket Club teas and the Church Fete. Bev’s other interests include cooking, gardening, yoga, pilates, skiing, tennis, golf and bridge. Bev Small, Ludwell Primary School Chair of the Local Governance Committee Term start: November 01 2019 Pecuniary interests: None

    Bev is the Chair of the Local Governing Body at Ludwell Primary School

  • Paul Timperley, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Paul is the Chair of the Local Governance Committee of Aloeric Primary School Paul Timperley, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Governors Term start: February 10 2020 Pecuniary interests: None

    Paul has over 20 years experience as a Professional Engineer, covering areas in Air Traffic Management, Military Regulation, Audit and Inspection and Systems Engineering. He is the Chair of Aloeric Local Governors Committee, Aloeric Health and Safety Governor, a Systems Engineering Consultant and Director.
    Paul is a proactive, inclusive, and supportive leader; with a track record of change management and successful delivery across technology areas. He has led multi-disciplinary teams across a portfolio of mechanical/ electrical/ software/ hardware intensive technical projects and programmes in safety critical and unionised environments.
    He is focused on ensuring robust processes, principles and oversight; enabling efficient, effective and communicative management; inspiring confidence and engagement in all areas. Confidence in the team, staff, parents and pupils is aimed at driving improved outcomes and aspirations.

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