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