Governance

Meet our Members
  • Alexandra Bond PR & Communications Alexandra is a Foundation Member of Pickwick Academy Trust. She has 20 years experience in new venture start-ups and a range of companies. 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 is a Foundation Member of Pickwick Academy Trust. She has over 35 years experience as a governor and has a developed a particular interest in SEN 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 Chair 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 Member Paul is a Member of Pickwick Academy Trust. He is a Financial Controller in the Hospitality industry with over 40 years experience. Paul Dimech Member 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 is a Member of Pickwick Academy Trust. She has over 15 years experience of governance as a Governor, Chair of Governors, Trustee and Member. Elspeth Griffiths Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

    Elspeth has been involved with Corsham Primary School for over 15years and operated as a Governor, Chair of Governors and on 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.

  • David Perry SDBE Corporate Member Representative David Perry is the representative of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, which is itself a Corporate Member of Pickwick Academy Trust. David Perry SDBE Corporate Member Representative Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    David Perry is the representative of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, which is itself a Corporate Member of Pickwick Academy Trust

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  • Wybren den Breejen Member Wybren is a Member of Pickwick Academy Trust, having recently served as a Governor at Greentrees Primary School. Wybren den Breejen Member Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Wybren has spent his career in technology and now develops technology strategy within the financial services industry. He was a governor at Greentrees Primary School immediately before the school joined the Trust. He volunteers at a number of secondary schools providing a variety of career and further education talks and mentoring.

Meet our Trustees
  • Rob Hayday Trustee
    Rob is a Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. His expertise is in project and change management, procurement, and system and process implementation Rob Hayday Trustee Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

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  • Andrew Hall Trustee
    Andrew Hall is a Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. He has experience as a 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.

    Andrew is Chair of the Trust's Finance Focus Committee.

  • David Powell Trustee
    David is a Foundation Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. He has experience as an education consultant, with expertise in curriculum and leadership. David Powell Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: Daughter teaches at Queen’s
  • Paul Vincent Trustee
    Paul is a Foundation Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. He has experience in governance, procurement, teaching and learning, and safeguarding. Paul Vincent Term start: August 01 2017 Pecuniary interests: None

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  • Rob Ward (Chair) Trustee
    Rob is Chair of Trustees of Pickwick Academy Trust. 25 Years Royal Air Force experience. Serving at RAF Brize Norton as an Air Loadmaster on 206 Sq Rob Ward (Chair) Trustee and 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 is Vice-Chair and a Foundation Trustee. She has experience as a school governor, teacher, head teacher and local authority senior adviser Gill Clark (Vice Chair) Trustee and Vice Chair 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.  Gill is Chair of the Trust's School Improvement Committee.

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

  • Sonal Khimji Trustee
    Sonal Khimji is a Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. She has a wealth of experience in HR, law and governance. Sonal Khimji Trustee Term start: December 08 2020 Pecuniary interests:

    Sonal has a strong background in the legal profession, encompassing employment law, governance and commercial law including privacy law. A qualified solicitor since 2004, Sonal has been a key legal adviser to LEA-maintained schools across the South, and understands the challenges that the education sector faces today. Sonal is passionate about improving the life chances and school experience for school pupils, and strives to achieve this first and foremost. Sonal has lived in Wiltshire since 2004 with her husband and young son.

     

  • Rachel Alderman Trustee
    Rachel is a Foundation Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. She was previously a governor at Winterslow CE Primary School. Rachel Alderman Trustee Term start: August 01 2021 Term end: July 31 2025 Pecuniary interests: None

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  • Liz Townend Trustee
    Liz is a Foundation Trustee of Pickwick Academy Trust. She is the Diocesan Director of Education at the Diocese of Bristol. Liz Townend Trustee Term start: August 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Liz was a primary teacher in many settings, senior leader, RE advisory teacher, LA adviser Ofsted Inspector and deputy CEO for the diocesan academies trust. She is now the Director of Education for the Bristol Diocese and works with all the schools across the diocese.


    Liz loves to see children flourish in all they do, so promotes education that builds wisdom, hope, dignity and helps all to live in loving, inclusive communities.

Meet our Executive Leadership Team
  • James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CEO; Previous experience as Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance; Specialist Leader of Education; Teaching School Council Link 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 Digital Wonderlab, 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 Fountain Executive Headteacher Executive Headteacher; North Hub Executive Lead; School Improvement; Teaching & Learning; Curriculum; Assessment & Data Analysis; NPQH, LLE Julia Fountain 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

    Keith qualified as an accountant (CIMA) in 1983 during his 34 year career with Wiltshire Council. His last two positions were Chief Accountant, which included responsibility for the Education and Budget Support Team, and Service Director, Adult Care Services which covered responsibility for a £180m budget, procurement, IT, performance information and project support. Keith acted as Project Manager when Corsham Primary School converted to a SAT in 2011 and then joined them as Finance Director. This then led to him being Finance Director for PAT in 2017.

  • 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 Director of PLTSA, Professional Development & Learning, Leadership Development, Early Career Teachers, Initial Teacher Training, Curriculum, SLE Amy Tapscott Professional Development Director Pecuniary interests:

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  • Ray Picton South Hub Executive Leader Ray Picton is the Headteacher of Greentrees Primary School, as well as Pickwick's South Hub Executive Leader. Ray Picton South Hub Executive Leader Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Ray has been in the teaching profession for 36 years. He has been a Nursery, FS2, KS1 and KS2 teacher, deputy and now Head teacher. Ray also taught in a Special School for two years with an ASD focus. He has also been an early years adviser for Wiltshire for two years. Ray believes a collaborative approach to education is the only way to achieve lasting change in schools. He also believes that having an international dimension to the curriculum is vital in this globally connected world. He has taught in America and Japan and has also built lasting partnerships with schools in France, Belgium, China and Zambia.

  • Rebecca Bone Executive Headteacher Rebecca Bone is the Headteacher of Winterslow CE Primary School, as well as one of Pickwick's Executive Headteachers. Rebecca Bone Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Rebecca Bone is the Headteacher of Winterslow CE Primary School, as well as one of Pickwick's Executive Headteachers, with particular responsibility for the schools in our South Wiltshire Hub and our partnership with the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.   Rebecca has enjoyed over 20 years in the teaching profession and has taught, and been part of the senior leadership team, in a variety of settings, ranging from small village schools to a large town school. Rebecca is passionate about learning and her school's vision of 'Explore, Discover and Sparkle' really epitomises her educational philosophy.  

    Rebecca has three children and enjoys spending her summer holidays backpacking and travelling together as a family.

Meet our Chairs of Local Governance Committees
  • Kara McAveety, Ivy Lane Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Chair of the Local Governance Committee at Ivy Lane Primary School. Kara McAveety, Ivy Lane Primary 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.

  • Gideon King, Ludwell Primary school Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Gideon is Chair of Ludwell Primary School's Local Governance Committee Gideon King, Ludwell Primary school Chair of Local Governance Committee at Ludwell Primary School Term start: April 26 2021 Pecuniary interests:

    Gideon became a science teacher in 2005, working in several secondary schools in Dorset and as the Head of Sixth Form from 2013.  During that time, he was fortunate enough to interweave into his teaching career numerous opportunities to inspire, excite and educate young people about the world.  Gideon believes schools have a duty to support young people in making the best academic progress they can whilst also providing opportunities for learning and development that extends beyond the curriculum.  Through organising dozens of local, national and international trips, leading a department in science and championing sustainability in schools, Gideon has made a sustained and significant contribution to the holistic education of young people, broadening their opportunities.  Gideon loves his work with your people at the other end of the school system, providing pastoral and academic support as they make their transition into adulthood.  He hopes that in his role as governor he is able to bring some of his experience to bear to the benefit of Ludwell Primary School and its community.

    Gideon lives with his young family in Shaftesbury and his three children have made or are making their journey through the school.  They enjoy the outdoors - kayaking, running, cycling, their allotment and campfires and walks in the woods.  Gideon looks forward to continuing to support the school and its further development in the years ahead.

  • Matthew Croston, Queen's Crescent Primary School (Co-Chair) Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Matthew Croston is co-chair of governors at Queen's Crescent Primary School. Matthew Croston, Queen's Crescent Primary School (Co-Chair) Co-Chair of Governors Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Matthew has been a governor at Queens Crescent School since 2014 and currently serves as co-chair.

    Matthew works in research, supporting the delivery of projects which have a focus on social and economic issues. Outside of work and volunteering commitments, Matthew enjoys spending time with the family, hiking, kayaking, and football.

     

  • Dan Linde, Queen's Crescent Primary School (Co-Chair) Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Dan Linde is co-chair of governors at Queen's Crescent Primary School. Dan Linde, Queen's Crescent Primary School (Co-Chair) Chair of Local Governance Committee Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Daniel Linde is a finance professional with experience in corporate and managerial finance roles including investment banking associate and Chief Financial Officer.

    Daniel joined the Queen's Crescent Local Governance Committee in 2020 and currently serves as co-Chair.

  • Paul Hughes, Greentrees Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Paul Hughes is the Chair of Governors at Greentrees Primary School. Paul Hughes, Greentrees Primary School Chair of Governors Term start: August 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Paul is a professionally qualified commercial and contracts manager, with over 40 years business experience working in the Defence and Security Sector, both in and out of Government. He has been a Governor at Greentrees Primary School since 2004, becoming Vice-Chair in 2006 and Chair in 2010. Paul is also a Group Scout Leader of a local Sea Scout Group in Salisbury and enjoys adventurous activities such a sailing, hiking, mountain biking and now occasionally camping and enjoys listening to live music when ever possible.

    He believes that making learning fun is key to achieving positive outcomes for all pupils, with innovative and stimulating lessons that build upon a child’s learning and development as they progress through their school life. Collaboration, effective team work, and the desire to build mutually beneficial relationships are the key success factors in any business.

     

  • Michelle Scarrett, Winterslow CE Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Michelle is the Chair of Governors at Winterslow CE Primary School. Michelle Scarrett, Winterslow CE Primary School Chair of Governors Term start: August 01 2021 Term end: August 19 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

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  • Judith Lewy, Pitton CE Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Judith is Chair of Pitton's Local Governance Committee Judith Lewy, Pitton CE Primary School Chair of Governors Term start: August 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Judith has been a Governor at Pitton Primary since March 2019 and Chair since September of that year.


    Judith started her teaching career in a primary school in Singapore, but since then has spent 30 years teaching languages, mainly German, in secondary schools in Liverpool and Guildford. She was Assistant Head with responsibility for trainee and newly qualified teachers, staff CPD and international links. After retirement she moved to the Salisbury area to be nearer some of the family. Two of her grandchildren attend Pitton School.

  • Tim Waldron, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee
    Tim Waldron is Chair of Aloeric Primary School's Local Governance Committee Tim Waldron, Aloeric Primary School Chair of Local Governance Committee Term start: September 27 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Tim has worked in a secondary school for 11 years specialising in Religious Studies, Politics, Sociology and PHSE.  He is currently the Head of Personal Development at St. Mary's Calne.  Tim has experience in supporting school policy development and implementing whole school strategies such as the Rights Respecting Schools Award and auditing SMSC delivery.  He is also Chair of Corsham Hockey Club.

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