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The Multi Academy Trust Board will comprise of five members. In addition, there will be seven trustees who will not be members.

The Trust Board meet six times during the year. They are responsible for

  • The strategic management of the Trust, compliance with its articles and statutory requirements,
  • The challenge and direction of the performance and target setting by each Local Governing Body according to the agreed scheme of delegation,
  • Meeting the required outcomes of stakeholders across the academies.

The Trust will have two subcommittees: Finance and Premises Committee which includes the Audit Committee function, and Personnel Committee including Pay and Reward Committee function plus Wellbeing. 

Each Academy in the Trust has a Local Governing Body which will have a scheme of delegation agreed. There will be differences in the degree of delegation between the Trust and each LGB specific to the needs of the school and their Ofsted grading

Parents will be represented on each Local Governing Body.

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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


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, the premises and finance committee and pay and personnel committee.  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