Board Of Trustees

Mr Mark Wilkes – Chair of Trustees

A Border Force Officer with team leader experience. An extensive knowledge of safeguarding and security. Experience of working within and making recommendations for amendments to, risk assessments in all Border Force control areas. A school governor with extensive experience as chair of a finance committee.  7 years as chair of governors of the most improved school in the country and through Ofsted and SIAMs inspections that saw the school move from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’; a proven track record in leading quality challenge for Headteachers and senior leaders. 

Mrs Janet Taylor – Chief Executive Officer

Whilst a teacher, recognised as an Outstanding classroom practitioner, an Advance Skills Teacher, seconded to the teacher training programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. 13 years as a school leader; part of a team setting up a new school from two closing ones, establishing Ofsted grades of ‘Good’; leading school improvement that led to inspections graded improving from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. As a Headteacher, recognised for leading the most improved school in the country in 2010. A proven track record in school improvement by leading outreach programmes and providing support for 4 local schools that improved grades from R.I. to Good. Setting up and leading a Multi Academy Trust that is focused on school improvement and successfully bidding for a new Free School.

Mr Michael Smith – Trustee

A Self-employed Educational Consultant working as a school improvement partner with two local authorities and a trained Ofsted team inspector. An experienced leader for Governor Training in all areas with a particular focus and strength on finance and budget preparation and monitoring. Prior to consultancy work, extensive Headship experience of large junior schools in Kent with a proven track record in school improvement - rapidly improving two under-performing schools so that results exceeded National averages.

Reverend Anne Bennett - Trustee

Currently incumbent of the Church of the Ascension in Blackheath and also Holy Trinity Centre in Deptford. This involves inner-city ministry to areas of significant deprivation as well as the middle-class areas of Blackheath. Previous Trustee experience of the Key Project, a young people’s homelessness charity in Tyneside and as a foundation governor providing challenge that led to Outstanding judgements in both Ofsted and SIAMs inspections. Previous employment working for Sony UK Ltd as a senior manager provides business and finance experience to the Board of Trustees. Training includes a MBA (Masters of Business Administration); where Risk Assessment formed part of the PRINCE2 certified project and programme management work.

Dr Katharine Bradley - Trustee

A senior lecturer who held a permanent, full-time faculty post in the School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research at the University of Kent from October 2007 before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in October 2013.  In addition to teaching and research, has undertaken considerable administration/managerial roles including running annual admissions processes for two undergraduate programmes and programme management.  Currently Deputy Head of School (Medway campus) and Medway Academic Lead, which involves line management of School academic colleagues, strategic development of programmes, and resource management.

Mrs Brenda Wood - Trustee

A senior lecturer in mathematics and teacher training at The University of Greenwich with previous experience of teaching at secondary and primary level; senior leadership at primary level and acting Headteacher for 4 years leading through Ofsted inspections where leadership was praised and school improvement identified as a strength. Mrs Wood brings significant experience of learning beyond the primary school sector and provides a depth of knowledge of mentorship for succession planning.

Ms Harriet Thorneloe - Trustee

A partner in Thorneloe & Co firm of solicitors since 2007. The firm conducts all non-litigious work including residential and commercial conveyancing and "private client" work such as wills, trusts, estate administration (probate) and Court Protection applications and Lasting Powers of Attorney. A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Ms Thorneloe has current experience of the role of trustee of the Honywood and Douglas Charity who own and manage the alms-houses in Lenham, Kent. 

Mrs Elaine Callaghan – Finance Officer

8 years’ school office administration and finance officer to a through primary school with nursery. All financial audits recognised the high quality systems had been established as everyday practice. Finance officer through the setting up of a Multi Academy Trust including successfully managing staff pay, pensions and N.I. Training from Kent Finance and established relationships for keeping current with the latest updates. Linking finance work in each of the academies and supporting the preparation of budgets. 2016 – 17 Pilgrim MAT Accounts were successfully submitted and published.

Mrs Janette Perry – Clerk to Trustees

An experienced clerk with two local schools. Janette keeps up to date with all requirements and legislation around governance at local and academy levels offering points of reference and guidance at all meetings that she is involved with. Minutes are always of the highest standards showing the high levels of challenge required to support both schools and the Trust.

Name

Position

Type

Term of Office

 

Appointed by

 

Declaration of Interest

Rev’d Anne Bennett

 

Trustee

19.09.16 – 18.09.20

RDBE

Governor of Pilgrim School until July 2017

Dr Kate Bradley

 

Trustee

01.06.17 – 31.05.21

Members

Governor at Meadows Pre-School

Mr Michael Smith

 

Trustee

06.12.16 – 05.12.20

RDBE

Education Consultant

Ms Harriet Thorneloe

 

Trustee

22.09.17 – 21.09.21

Members

Thorneloe & Co Solicitors - Partner

Mrs Jan Taylor

CEO

CEO

Ex-Officio

Board

R & G Brickworks (Husband)

Head teacher of Pilgrim School until August 2017

Mr Mark Wilkes

Chair

Trustee

19.09.16 – 18.09.20

Members

Governor of Pilgrim School until July 2017

Mrs Brenda Wood

 

Trustee

01.06.17 – 31.05.21

Members

Andy Wood Handyman – Building Maintenance (Husband)

Committees

Finance

Dr Kate Bradley              (Chair)
Rev’d Anne Bennett
Mr Michael Smith
Mrs Jan Taylor
Ms Harriet Thorneloe
Mr Mark Wilkes
Mrs Brenda Wood
Mrs Elaine Callaghan (MAT Finance Officer)

Meeting Attendance

 

Trust

Trust

Trust

Trust

Trust

Trust

Trust

Finance

Trust /
Finance

 Trust/
Finance

Trustee

07 Nov 2016

12 Dec 2016

30 Jan 2017

09 Feb 2017

27 Mar 2017

12 May 2017

12 Jun 2017

24 Jul 2017

03 Nov 2017

 19 Jan
2018

Anne Bennett

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Kate Bradley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Michael Smith

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Jan Taylor

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Harriet Thorneloe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 Y

Mark Wilkes

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Brenda Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 Y