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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. 


Dame Gillian Pugh (Chair of Members)

Gillian was previously the Chair of Governors at Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School and a founding member of the Trust. 


She has held numerous roles, both executive and non-executive in the education and children’s services sector. She was adviser to Department for Education (1990 - 2005); Adviser to House of Commons Education Select Committee (2008 - 2010) and Chair, Cambridge Primary Review (2006 - 2009).


She was employed as Director Early Childhood Unit, National Children’s Bureau (1986 – 1997) and then Chief Executive of children’s charity Coram (1997 - 2005).


She has been a trustee of several National organisations: National Children’s Bureau (chair, 2006 – 2012); Training and Development Agency for Schools (2006 – 2012); Children’s Workforce Development Council (2005 – 2012); Parenting Education and Support Forum (chair – 1999 – 2007); National Family and Parenting Institute (1999 – 2007); Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre (chair – 1998-2005); Friends Provident Foundation (2005 –09).


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.


Mrs Gill Collison

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


Most recently, Gill has been involved in governance at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood between 2000 – 2015. A previous Chair of Education Committee - understanding data and holding school accountable for progress with SDP; also a member of the Personnel Committee at St Clement Danes.


Other notable appointments and roles have included: 2002 - University of London, qualified Mentor for headteachers; DfE External Advisor for Governors in south of England appraising headteachers, advising governors and interviewing candidates for headship 1995 – 2000; Headteacher Christ Church C/E School - as one of the country’s first Grant- Maintained schools from 1989 – 2003; Lead on British Council Exchange with Swedish and Finnish Schools - Lecturer in Finland to headteachers on strategic thinking and school development in British Education system 1996 -1998.


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.


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.