The Symphony Learning Trust - established 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Symphony Learning Trust - established 2016                                                                      

Our Trustees

There are currently no vacancies on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please contact the CEO, Kathryn McGovern, in the first instance.

 

Bill Gilmour (Chair of Trustees) - pen portrait on Members page

 

Nigel Harrison (Vice Chair of Trustees) - pen portrait on Members page

 

 

Brian Gratton

 

Brian was originally appointed as a governor at Thornton Primary School in September 2009 before being elected as Chair of Governors in 2013. During this time he has covered all of the main roles that governors have in a primary school, including Finance, Curriculum, Health & Safety, headteacher recruitment and performance management as well as safeguarding. He also successfully completed the Chair of Governors Leadership Development Programme in 2015 and is a strong advocate of training and development.

 

In addition to his work as a goveneror he is also an Independent Panel Member for a couple of fostering agencies, advising them from a quality control perspective on the suitability of new potential foster parents as well as their continued suitability to foster.

 

With over twenty five years experience in senior sales roles, Brian is used to working at board level and is able to put his communication skills to practical use in working closely with, and to support, the senior leadership team at Thornton. The significant and rapid movement in Thornton Primary School was recently recognised by Ofsted in December 2017.

 

 

Steve Lilley

 

Steve currently works for Northamptonshire County Council in Transport and Highways where he is responsible for client management of its Highways Service and Street Lighting PFI Contracts. Steve was previously employed by the National Space Centre as Construction Manager and Leicester City Challenge (Regeneration of Leicester’s West End) as Highways and Transport Manager. In his current role, Steve takes responsibility for all Health and Safety as well as financial matters. In previous roles, Steve was responsible for delivery of the National Space Centre Building and dealt directly with The Millennium Commission on these aspects. He was Client Lead in liaison with Architects, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical and Civil Engineers as well as Project Managers, With Leicester City Challenge, Steve was involved with bid writing, project appraisal and community liaison over transport issues.He was directly involved in Government Office for the East Midlands and Ministerial Reviews.

Steve has been a Governor at The Meadow for over 15 years mostly in the capacity of Chair / Vice Chair. He is strategically focussed and forward thinking. Steve takes a leading role in financial, pay & performance management, Headteacher Performance, policy review, safeguarding and property matters as part of his duties. Steve also has involvement as appropriate in the interview process for teaching staff.

Steve is educated to Degree Level, graduating from the University of Southampton (Civil Engineering) in 1985. He has five children who have all been educated in Wigston (two who have graduated from university, two at university and one studying for GCSE’s at Wigston College). Steve is committed to delivering high standards of education to children within Leicestershire and recognises that for children to achieve highly (whether that be a vocational or academic route), education must be an enjoyable and exciting experience.

 

 

Lauren Charlton

 

Perhaps the key area of Lauren’s relevant experience is largely based around her knowledge and skills in the field of promoting and supporting equality and equal opportunities. This field in particular is one that she feels passionate about and has led her in the past to seek specific opportunities and development in this area. During her last employment in a college of further education, Lauren completed a key qualification which meant that she could work more effectively with young people under her supervision on work experience. This enabled Lauren to ensure that they were fully supported in the workplace, regardless of their diverse needs, and allowed her to guarantee that they could gain full benefit from access to any support services they may need allowing them to fully exploit the learning  opportunities presented. Key to this process was an on- going assessment and appraisal of the individual through her completion of a range of media which was then communicated to key stakeholders. On-going assessment was crucial to the success of particular aspects of the learners’ course and led to better outcomes for all involved in the process.

Lauren believes that skills in this area and attention to such considerations translate directly to the role as a member of this board. She passionately believes that ensuring all children have access to quality education, regardless of their individual needs, ultimately leads to better outcomes for all, not only the children but the establishment concerned.

 

Tony Burgess

 

Tony is a fully qualified ACA chartered accountant with 20 years experience in Audit practice and industry. In his day-to-day, Tony tends to get pulled into a whole raft of tasks in his working life, including legal, personnel, property, taxes (VAT,  PAYE/NI, PSA, P11d, CT), statutory accounts, audit, cash flow management, budget planning and control, monthly reporting etc..etc..

Tony is currently No2 to the FD of a company with a turnover in the UK of £700m, and he manages a team of 20 staff covering financial accounts, payroll, accounts payable, treasury and more recently a new team to manage the extra work for logistics review / strategy.  Tony obviously has to performance manage the team, giving them SMART targets, and working with them to meet the objectives of the business.

Tony designed and rolled out the operational and financial authorities across the business, which is an extremely complicated business, which also involved establishment of a tender board process.  The compnay has since put out one very large tender for our MHE across the whole business, and achieved savings of £2.8m over 7 years.

Tony has only been a governor at Thornton since July 15, but he has enjoyed the experience so far, and the amount Thornton has achieved in a very short period of time. Tony only got involved due to the poor OFSTED rating the school received back in April 15, and thought he could help influence the improvements required to turn the school around.

 

Chris Kingsley-Mills

 

Chris has two  Masters degrees (Education – Human Relations; Science – Psychotherapy) and has been a school governor for 20+ years (Director Governor - Fosse Trust; Vice Chair, Governors – Glen Hills Primary school; Chair Curriculum Committee, involving writing and reviewing school policies; safeguarding; disciplinary; and Head Teacher Performance Management procedures).

Chris has an interest in Educational Research, and before developing her private Psychotherapy practice in personal and organisational development (UKCP accredited), she taught in secondary school (20 years) holding senior management roles in curriculum and Pastoral Care. As an Advisory Teacher (5 years) for Leicestershire LEA,Chris trained teachers in PSHE, Equality and in Safeguarding. She continues to have particular interests in developing teaching and learning; equality; safeguarding and the wellbeing of children and adults in learning organisations and environments.

Trustees & Members - Pecuniary Interests
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For details of pecuniary interests for governors of Local Governing Bodies, please refer to the individual school websites

 

Trustee Skills Audit 2018
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Attendance at Meetings

 

Full Trustees Board Meetings                    2016/2017

Trustees

Meetings attended / out of a possible

Mr W Gilmour (Chair)

5/5

Mrs C M Kingsley-Mills

5/5

Mr C Stevens

5/5

Mr N Harrison

5/5

Mr S Lilley

5/5

Mr W Darwin

5/5

Mr A Burgess

5/5

Mrs E Walshe

5/5

Mrs K McGovern (CEO)

5/5

Mrs L Charlton

5/5

 

Finance and Audit Trustees Board Meetings                2016/2017

 

Trustees

Meetings attended / out of a possible

Mrs E Walshe (Chair)

2/3

Mr A Burgess

3/3

Mr S Lilley

3/3

C Stevens

3/3

Mr T Sutcliffe

3/3

 

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