Connected Learning

The Key to Success

Board of Trustees

Trustees have three core functions of governance:-

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the Trust and its pupils, and the performance management of its staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and ensuring best value at all times

Trustees meet at least once a term. Please click the arrow to view the trustee’s credentials.

Rowland Costin - Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • ex-Governor, Powers Hall Academy
  • 30 years’ experience in the computer industry

Jane Bass – CEO / Executive Headteacher

Claire Brazier – Chief Operations Officer

Simon Webb – Chief Learning Officer

Don Burton

  • Associate at Anglia Ruskin University and the Open University (in both a teaching and consulting capacity)
  • Ex-Staff Governor at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Governor, Doddinghurst Junior School

Simon Carter

  • A specialist in strategy development, strategy execution and change management
  • Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University Business School
  • Managing Director of Original Strategy Limited

Nick Redfern

  • Taught in Norfolk after training as a teacher in 1982
  • Then worked in the City of London for 26 years as an investment banker
  • Has taught part time ‘financial awareness’ to Yrs5 and 6 at Powers Hall Academy
  • Recently completed a one year contract teaching Geography at Thurstable School, Tiptree

Susan Sings

  • Vice-Chair of Governors of Witham Joint Local Governing Body
  • Ex-Executive Chair of Connected Learning Board of Trustees
  • Previous senior manager at Anglia Ruskin University

Bruce Tuxford – Vice Executive Chair

  • Ex-Chair of Governors at Iceni Academy
  • Vice Chair, Connected Learning MAT
  • Member, Essex Schools Forum
  • Independent Panel Member for school appeals


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