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.

Gill Marlow

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 & Learning Committee, the Chair of the Admissions Committee, on the Ethos Committee and Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Board of Governors.


Tim Bridger

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors / Chair of the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee


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 of experience as a Governor for a local school, including being safeguarding lead Governor.

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.



Liz Pickering

Chair of the Strategy Committee

Liz has over 17 years experience working in local and national government as a chartered town planner, gaining extensive knowledge and expertise in development management and planning policy. She is currently a civil servant specialising in strategic planning of education facilities and infrastructure funding from housing development, with a particular interest in the use of school sites for biodiversity enhancement and outdoor learning.
Liz brings skills in strategic planning, sustainability, data analysis, project management and stakeholder engagement. She chairs the Strategy Committee and is a member of the Resources, Pay and Performance Committee. This is her first governance role.