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Hayley Yendell

Trustee appointed 03/11/2016

EYFS

School Improvement

Hayley is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning (HfL), a provider of school improvement services. Their main business comes through trading a wide range of school improvement and business support services to academies, schools, and educational settings. The company also has a contract with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) to deliver some of its statutory education functions. Hayley has a specific focus within the Early Years and has extensive experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances to improve outcomes. Hayley is the current Chair of Governors at Fairlands.
Claire Kemp

Trustee appointed 03/11/2016

Human Resources

Governance

Traveller Support

Claire has previously worked in Marketing, taking responsibilities for running teams and managing large scale projects. She has had extensive experience with HR and Finance within this role. In her current role in the local authority, she ensures access to Education for a vulnerable group; acts as a lead professional for safeguarding; and works in collaboration with the police and social services.  Claire has been a Governor for seven years and has developed a wide range of expertise in governance in this period. She has been the Chair of Governors at Camps Hill for two years.
Robert Staples

CEO

Appointed 03/11/2016

Finance

Premises

Robert has been in post as the Headteacher of Fairlands for 11 years. During this time, he has led transformational change, moving Fairlands from a ‘school causing concern’ to achieving a ‘good’ at the last inspection in October 2012. He is committed to ensuring all children achieve the best outcomes in relation their starting points, regardless of social or economic barriers. The school underwent an expansion from two to three forms of entry since 2012 and Robert has overseen the implementation of this project, ensuring the focus remains on improving outcomes for children. Fairlands has a long history of working proactively with other schools and settings and receives many visitors to observe great practice. Robert has considerable expertise in relation to school finance, having the role as accounting officer within the trust. He has been a member of the executive committee of Hertfordshire’s ‘Primary Heads Forum’ for ten years and has made a significant contribution to collaborative working across the county, working closely with the local authority & county council on a wide range of consultations, projects, working parties and reference groups. Robert is currently undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders (NPQEL).
Emma Flawn

Vice CEO

Appointed 03/11/2016

School Improvement

HR /Personnel

Emma has been in post as Headteacher of Camps Hill for seven years. During this time the school has moved from a school ‘causing concern’ to achieving ‘good’ in the 2015 Ofsted. Camps Hill is known for its outstanding provision for its large number of PPG and CLA children and has been used as an exemplar case study by Herts LA. Emma has been recognised within the local authority for her work with safeguarding, representing Education in the Diamond group in a recent MACIE. She sits on the DSPL board, Behaviour Steering Group and is a Governor of a local PRU.  Before coming to Hertfordshire, Emma worked as a school improvement advisor for Merton, working in schools that needed support with strategic planning, rebuilding teams and implementing teaching and learning/assessment systems. Whilst working in Merton, Emma was a deputy headteacher at an outstanding school in Wimbledon with an ASC Base for six years (the school gained this after moving from RI to outstanding within her first two years of her and the headteacher’s appointment). During this time she was seconded to consult for a business, which developed websites for schools, and presented at BETT. She was chosen by the National College for the first ‘wave’ of the intervention; ‘Succession Planning for Headship’ and spoke at national events about the experience.  Prior to this, Emma worked as an acting deputy headteacher and held other leadership positions in Wandsworth, and was involved in the first stages of planning for the opening of the first bilingual maintained school in the country. Emma  is currently undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders (NPQEL).
Jocelyn Wolfe

Member appointed 03/11/2016

School Improvement

Behaviour support / Inclusion

Jocelyn Wolfe has worked as a nurse and a teacher. She was a member of Camberwell Women’s consciousness-raising group, the Women’s Liberation workshop, campaigned for Equal Pay and the Sex Discrimination Act, as well as the general demands of the women’s liberation movement. She was a member of Brixton Black Women’s group and OWAAD, the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent, campaigning for education, employment, and reproductive and health rights for black women. Most recently she has worked as a Primary Behaviour Outreach Teacher serving Stevenage and Herts from 2000 until December 2016 when she retired. Before this she was the Base Leader for an EBD centre in Herts and an Intervention Coordinator in the Cayman Islands. Her interest in inclusion began after she trained as a psychiatric nurse and practiced from 1970-1975. Jocelyn has been a Governor for ten years and serves as the Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor for Camps Hill.
Geraldine Louch

Member appointed 03/11/2016

School Improvement Geraldine has extensive experience of school improvement, both in her work as a Headteacher in challenging area of Hertfordshire, as a local authority consultant for Hertfordshire County Council, and as a Senior School Effectiveness Adviser at Herts for Learning. Her worked has involved providing monitoring, support, challenge and intervention to an extensive range of schools in challenging circumstances.  Since her retirement, Geraldine continues to work as an independent consultant for the local authority and Herts for Learning, supporting schools through targeted intervention. She is also currently conducting Quality Assurance visits for the Virtual School across Hertfordshire.
Deby Pepé

Member appointed 03/11/2016

Human Resources

Governance

Deby is responsible for all matters relating to collective consultation within Computacenter UK. She has worked within the Human Resources field for the last 15 years holding various positions in both the public and private sector. As an Employee Relations Manager, she has significant experience in both individual and collective consultation matters, strategic negotiation, organisational and service design. With over 12 years experience in managing large scale change/TUPE projects in both union and non union environments, she is able to influence key stakeholders at all levels whilst retaining focus on employee engagement. Deby is also an experienced school governor, serving for five years at Fairlands Primary School.
Gordon Rumsey

Member appointed 06/07/2018

Finance Gordon has worked in financial services and finance for the last 25 years. He currently owns and heads up a team of advisers in a mid-sized accountancy practice in Essex. Within his role in the practice, he deals on a day to day basis with start-up businesses, well established businesses as well as individuals to help take them to the next step in their business progression. He has an understanding of accounting practices, and is always keen to give an objective opinion based on the information that is at hand. As a parent of children at Camps Hill, he wanted to give back to the school and the trust, and assumed the role of vice chair on the local governing body at Camps Hill. Gordon takes a keen interest in the budgetary constraints and problems facing schools, and is always keen to develop and gain knowledge in governance to help the trust further. Gordon is chair of the audit committee.

 

Trustees who have stepped down over the past 12 months:

None.