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Chess Valley Primary Learning Trust

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The Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the trust and have the power to amend the articles and appoint trustees and remove trustees. They use these powers to ensure effective governance of the Trust.


Chess Valley Primary Learning Trust has five Members. 


Mrs Gill Collison

Gill is a retired teacher and previous Headteacher of Christ Church C of E School, Chorleywood.


Gill is a trustee of The Watford Grammar Schools' Foundation and was a governor at  Watford Grammar School for Girls for many years. Gill was also involved in governance at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood between 2000 – 2015 as Vice-Chair and Chair of Education Committee - holding the school accountable for progress with the School Development Plan.


Gill has long experience of appraising headteachers and as an external advisor to governors.


Mr Simon Flamank

Simon was a Governor of Christ Church School after being elected as parent governor in November 2005. During that time he served on both the Education and, Finance and Premises committees, as well as being the Governor responsible for Safeguarding. As a previous governor of Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School he was closely involved with the academy conversion in 2013 and the formation of the new multi-academy trust.


Simon's professional life has been entirely spent working within the entertainment industry, in the UK, USA, Germany and France. As well as being a Finance Director, has also been a Chair, CEO and COO of UK and German public companies. All of these roles have required working in a number of different cultural and geographical businesses, each governed by their own legal jurisdictions. As a Director of public companies, he has been accountable for his actions to both private and institutional shareholders alike, whilst having to respond to, and respect their different needs.


Outside of work he has served also two four year terms on MCC (Lords Cricket) Committees, alongside some of the UK’s most talented and recognised businessmen and sportsmen.


Mr John Manning

John is a previous governor at Sarratt C of E Primary School and was Chair of Governors in 2016-2017; he was also a key member of the Sarratt Interim Executive Board from 2014-2016.


John has served with Hertfordshire County Council on governance matters for many years. He was Chair of Governors at Grove Road Primary School, Tring 2003-2012; a governor at Gaddesden Row Primary 2012-2013 and Lime Walk Primary in Hemel Hempstead 2013-2014. 


Currently, John is a Member of James Marks Academy Trust (from 2021), and an Associate Governor at Abbotts Langley Primary School (from 2019).


In his working life, John was a Chartered Accountant (FCA). He worked as Client Service Partner for Pricewaterhouse Coopers UK 1986 - 2008; Chief Operating Officer, UK Tax; COO PwC Global Tax; member of Supervisory Board, Coopers & Lybrand.


Reverend David Hall

David is the current Vicar of Christ Church in Chorleywood and also acts as the Rural Dean.


Before arriving in Chorleywood, David was Vicar of All Saints Church, Danehill, East Sussex and Rural Dean of Uckfield Deanery from 2003-2012. Prior to this he was Curate of St Andrews Church, Bebington, The Wirral from 2000 – 2003.


Between 1997 – 2000, David was Ordinand at Oak Hill Theological College, Cockfosters, also serving as Student President and sitting on the College Council. Here he gained his BA (Hons) Theological and Pastoral Studies.


Previous employment for David included: Account Manager with Cameron Choat and Partners Public Relations Consultants 1996 – 1997; Account Manager with Mulcaster Public Relations Consultants 1994 – 1996; Media Specialist with Edelman Public Relations Worldwide 1990-1994.


Between 1985-1989 David was studying a BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing Honours, University of Greenwich. His student vacations included commercial food production and as a domestic servant with the Royal Household.


Diocese of St. Albans Educational Trust

DSEAT acting corporately by the hand of its Director (DSEAT is the corporate member).