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

CL Governance Chart Dec 2019

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

Nicholas 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

JoAnn Williams

  •  Former Mayor of Witham 2017-2018
  •  Trustee, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Member. Witham & District Lioness Club
  • Member of several committees on crime and local youths

2018/19 Trustee attendance at Board of Trustees’ meetings (including Board and Strategy meetings):-

Mrs Jane Bass (CEO) – 6 out 0f 6
Mr Simon Webb (CLO) – 6 out of 6
Mrs Claire Brazier (COO) – 6 out of 6
Mr Rowland Costin (Board Chair) – 6 out of 6
Mr Bruce Tuxford (Vice Board Chair) – 4 out of 6
Mrs Susan Sings – 6 out of 6
Mr  Nick Redfern – 6 out of 6
Mr Don Burton – 5 out of 6

2018/19 Trustee attendance at Standards Committee meetings:-

Mrs Jane Bass (CEO) – 5 out of 6
Mr Simon Webb (CLO) – 6 out of 6
Mrs Susan Sings (Committee Chair) – 6 out of 6
Mr Don Burton – 6 out of 6
Mr Bruce Tuxford – 6 out of 6

2018/19 Trustee attendance at Audit, Finance & Premises Committee:-

Mr Don Burton (Committee Chair) – 3 out of 4
Mrs Susan Sings – 3 out of 4
Mr Bruce Tuxford – 2 out of 4
Mr Rowland Costin (Board Chair) – 2 out of 4
Mr Nick Redfern – 3 out of 4

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