Members of the PLT:
Mr Richard Moodey – Chair
Mr Iain Martin
I qualified as an Architect in 1996 and have been in practice in the UK and abroad since then. After spending six years working in Berlin, I returned to England to work for a number of large practices before eventually becoming a Director in Capita Architecture, a role I fulfilled for five years. I resigned from this position in 2012 to start my own business – Studio LIME Ltd – a small architectural practice in Bristol. Having been a Director in a FTSE 100 listed company and then started, and managed, a successful ‘start-up’ company, I have business knowledge and experience which I hope will be useful to the Premier Learning Trust.
I am currently the Chair of Governors for a Primary School in the Southwest of England. I was involved in the formation of a Multi Academy Trust, which will include a Secondary School and six Primary Schools, and will become Chair of Trustees upon the formation of the Trust in 2017. My experience in other schools will allow me to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by the Premiership Learning Trust.
I live in Somerset with my wife, two children and a dog called Snoopy.
Mr Michael Chisnall
I qualified as a teacher in 1974 and worked in three middle/primary schools before being appointed to a deputy headship. In 1983, I took up the first of three headships in Kent. I qualified as a Ofsted inspector in 1994, shortly after Ofsted was formed, and spent four years as a school improvement adviser and inspector (all phases) in East Sussex. In 1998, I returned to Kent as a district education officer with responsibility for school improvement in schools of all phases. I was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) in 2003 and specialised in the inspection of teacher education. By 2008 I was a senior HMI and part of the corporate leadership team of Ofsted and professional adviser to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector. I took early retirement in 2011 and has since acted as an independent educational consultant. I am Chair of Governors at a Kent secondary school and in my spare time, I am a stage actor and director.’
Dr Diane Halstead
Trustees of PLT
Carol Carlsson Browne- Chair of Trustees
I qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and practised for almost 12 years, when I retrained as a teacher. I taught in a number of schools in North Essex, worked as a literacy consultant for Essex County Council and retired two years ago after six years as a local head teacher.
Although retired, I retain a keen interest in education. I have recently completed an MA in Children’s Literature and I am involved with initial teacher training with Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT.
I was a school governor from 1990 – 1998 and again from 2010 onward. I am currently a trustee of two Multi-Academy Trusts. I have undertaken much training, including more recently the Certificate in School Governance Studies, Safer Recruitment in Education and Level 3 Safeguarding training.
I believe wholeheartedly in the state-funded school system from which my children benefited, and now my grandchildren. I want all children to have the best possible education, while at the same time acknowledging that schools play an important role in children’s health and wellbeing.
Mrs Tracey Cullen-Kennedy – Vice chair of Trustees
As a company director and accounts manager I understand the importance of working in a team, which is why before becoming a school governor I decided to become more qualified in this area. After a year I achieved the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and also The Open University Certificate in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools (E111). Since becoming a school governor in 2011 I have carried out online courses and regularly attend and participate in training, e.g. an accredited Safer Recruitment course, SEND update training, Benchmarking, DATA, Safeguarding and have been awarded the Certificate of Governance.
I am proud to say I have been part of Holland Park Primary School since 2004 when my son first started in Reception. My son is now in year 13 at Clacton County High School, doing really well and my daughter is very happy in year 5. As a working parent I feel very lucky that I can arrange my working hours to enable me to do what I love, my voluntary work within Premier Learning Trust; Holland Park Primary School & Alton Park Junior School.
Mr Iain Martin
Mrs Julie Searles
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