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The Trust Board is comprised of seven Trustees who meet at least six times per year. The Trust Board is responsible for, and oversees, the management and administration of the Trust and its academies; this includes monitoring achievement of the Trust’s key performance indicators.

The Trust Board reports to a board of five Members who sit above the Trust Board and whose key responsibilities include: appointing and removing Trustees; holding the Trust Board to account for the successful governance of the Trust; amending the Trust’s articles of association; and, passing special resolutions to direct Trustees to take specific actions.

The Trust Board is accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission, the Education, Funding and Skills Agency and the Department for Education for the quality of education provided by the Trust’s academies. It is responsible for compliance with its articles of association and statutory requirements, and for the systems in place to assure regularity and propriety around sound governance, financial management, safety and good practice.

The Trust Board has established the following four committees to support it in fulfilling its remit:

Finance, Premises & Audit Committee – Remit includes oversight and scrutiny of budgets, income, expenditure, assets, tenders, bids, implementation of financial policies and procedures, premises and audit.

Pay & Personnel Committee – Remit includes oversight and scrutiny of staffing matters, wellbeing, performance, appraisal, and implementation of HR policies and procedures including pay and reward.

Allington Primary School Local Governing Body & Barming Primary School Local Governing Body – Remits include monitoring schools’ compliance with Trust policies and achievement of development plan targets. LGB membership is drawn from a range of stakeholder groups including parents, the local community and school staff.

Chair of the Trust (Member and Trustee) 

Nigel Smetham (Chair of the Trust; Member of the Trust Finance Committee)

Experience: Senior manager at Southern Water Services with skills in staff management, budget planning and monitoring, leadership and chairing. Management of compliance, governance and assurance procedures. Responsible Officer for Allington Primary School under grant maintained status 1994 to 1998. 

Chief Executive Officer (Ex-officio Trustee) 

Jenny Young (Executive Headteacher and Trustee)

Experience:  33 Years in the teaching profession; experience of teaching across the keystages; leading Maths, ICT and English, Keystage leader in KS1 and 2, and Deputy Head experience at two large primary schools before becoming Headteaher at Lenham Primary School in January 2010. Jenny returned to Allington Primary School as Headteacher in January 2015 and became Executive Headteacher in July 2016.

Members of the Trust (not Trustees) 
Julia Hayes

Experience:  Retired from teaching in July 2015 after 32 years as a primary school teacher in London and Kent covering all years from Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. Experience across a range of curriculum responsibilities and management posts including Deputy Head of a large Primary School, Key Stage 1 Leader and Inclusion Leader with specific responsibility for SEND across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team at her last school she  was a trained Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator and had responsibility for Pupil Premium.

Michael Costello 

Experience: Michael Costello has been involved in governance for almost 20 years since becoming a Governor at the Maths School in Rochester.   He was Chair of the Williamson Trust, which is a MAT with two secondary schools and three primary schools, which recently merged with Leigh Academies Trust.  He has experience of governance in both maintained schools and academies, and in his role as a National Leader of Governance has supported a number of schools including as a member of an Interim Executive Board (IEB). 

Rachel Gordon

Michael Higgs

Senior manager at Fidelity Investments, looking after governance and risk within a business change and automation unit. Responsible for ensuring that solutions are delivered safely through a defined controlled framework and providing leadership and counsel where required. Experience in collaborating with global compliance, audit and risk functions and applying lean principle methodologies for optimisation. Previous experience as a parent governor between 2015 and 2016.


Anne Mailing (Current role:   Governor of Allington LGB (previously Chair) and member of the Pay and Personnel Committee: Local Authority Appointed Governor at Allington Primary School)

Experience: recently retired Head of Governor Services at Bexley Council with experience of staff management, finance and budget planning and Governor training. She has in depth knowledge of governance legislation and procedure. Management of Bexley Council’s Clerking Service. She also has experience of school improvement and is a member of the London Coordinators of Governor Services.

Hazel Crittall (Trustee; Parent Governor, Chair of LGB – Allington and Chair of Trust Pay and Personnel Committee)

Experience: extensive experience in all areas of recruitment, retention, employee engagement, training, development, mentoring and coaching within the private sector, underpinned by a good working knowledge of employment law. CIPD qualified, NLP Certified trainer with over 20 years’ experience in generalist HR, Management Development, Coaching, Mentoring, Team and individual training.

Russell Smith

I am Internal Auditor working within the public sector for a number of years with a breadth of knowledge and experience across areas including Governance, Risk Management and Control. My day job enables me to constantly gain and develop my expertise with some of my more recent work surrounding compliance Data Protection and Safeguarding arrangements within the school.

I hope that I can help to grow and develop the trust enabling the young people in its care to reach their potential.

Rev Wil North (Trustee, Chair of Barming LGB)

I have been an active governor since 2013.  During that time, I have journeyed with the school through many challenges and changes, and held various roles.  Currently as well as being Chair of Governors (a post I started Sept 2018), I am the link governor for EYFS, KEY Stage Leaders and pastoral care.  At Trust level, I also sit on the board of trustees.  I have great belief in Barming School and am committed to helping the school, its students and staff all grow to reach their full potential.‚Äč

Neil Grant