The role of a Director

Our Board of Directors are responsible for making strategic decisions about the running of the Trust. They play a critical role in accountability, effectiveness and standards and have duties as both directors (under company law) and trustees (under charity law).

The day to day running of the schools within the Trust is delegated to the Local Schools Committee and is regularly monitored to ensure high educational standards.

Our Directors bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Trust.

Tim Bridger

Chair of the Board of Directors


Tim Bridger has a background in the local government, not-for-profit and education sectors. He specialises in data management, data governance and data protection, as well as in strategic planning and performance management. His research interests include human rights, privacy, and the evolution of local government. He blogs about data security, artificial intelligence, and the wider impact of computer learning on society. Tim has several years experience as a Governor for a local school, including being safeguarding lead Governor.

Gill Marlow

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors  /  Chair of the Ethos, Learning & Standards Committee


Gill Marlow was a hospital and community pharmacist for 20 years. She retrained and taught secondary maths and science to GCSE for 15 years including six years as Head of Year, leading a team of 13 tutors with 350 pupils. She ran the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme for 15 years and as a Mountain Leader she trained expedition teams for this award. She also trained teams for Ten Tors Expeditions.

Her relevant skills are in leadership in Education, Maths and Science and also Data.

As a governor she was the maths and data governor, the Chair of the Teaching & Leaning Committee, the Chair of the Admissions Committee, on the Ethos Committee and Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Board of Governors.


Ian John
Chair of Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee

Ian is an experienced Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years experience gained from senior positions in local government and private industry.  Currently working for one of the largest resource management companies in the UK, Ian has a very successful track record of project delivery with a particular focus on complex and controversial major infrastructure projects.

He has relevant skills in strategy development and implementation, business, project management, property and stakeholder engagement.

Ian has been a Foundation Governor at a Church of England Primary School and a School Federation, leading on Resources and Health and Safety.

Claire Morgan

Chair of the Resources, Pay & Performance Committee.


Claire has over 20 years prior Public Sector, Local Government, Finance experience; her strengths are in Management Accounts and she also brings a wealth of experience and a different perspective from her more recent 5 years in private sector business.
Claire previously served as Treasurer on the PTA of her children’s Church of England primary school and currently has an administrative role with the committee of the junior section at her local rugby club.