Members & Trustees

Name of Member Current responsibilities

Jon Reynolds

Appointed 8 November 2017

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Retired. Part time Project Manager with the Commission on Religious Education, producing a report on the status of the subject for consideration by Government and the profession.

Knowledge of leadership, educational improvement and strongly connected to the Diocese of St Albans.

Governor at Bishop Wood CE VA Junior School.

Governor at Dagnall CE VA Infant School
Member of the (Single) Academy Trust at All Saints Academy, Dunstable

(Lay) Reader in the Church of England

Julia Truman

Appointed 8 November 2017

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Chair of Governors at Heathlands School for Deaf Children since 2015. 

Knowledge of school governance, school leadership, special educational needs, educational improvement.  

Hilary Aldridge


8 November 2017

Partner of Wyeswood Properties (since 2009) and Director of Cernunnos Developments Limited (since 2016), small property development companies.

Governor of York College (since 2014). Appointed to York College governing body due to my role as CEO of Fera (Food and Environment Research Agency) which is based just outside York.  Since becoming a Governor  has served two years on the HR committee and from June 2017 will be a member of the audit committee.

Rob Halls


8 November 2017

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Executive Headteacher for Victoria Infant & Nursery Church of England and The Thomas Coram Church of England schools in Berkhamsted
Name of Trustee Current responsibilities

Susanna Collings
(ex officio CEO elect)

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Headteacher of Tring School from 2011-2018.

Knowledge of educational improvement, leadership, cultural and organisational change, finance, business development and entrepreneurship, HR, data handling, risk management. 1500+ students, 180+ staff, £8.5m turnover.

Chaired 12 Dacorum Secondary Headteachers for previous 2 years – as a result of her leadership the Dacorum Teaching School alliance was formed. Represented Dacorum Heads at Herts Headteachers Board.

Representative Secondary School Governor for the Hertfordshire Virtual School with 943 children.

Coach educational clients in the London and Herts/Bucks region.

Initial member and regular attendee of DfE Women in Leadership Group with Dame Kate Dethridge.

Julian Crane


8 November 2017

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Currently, Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management at NGA Human Resources, a £500m turnover global HR software and services company, providing independent and objective assurance to the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of controls across the organisation

School governor at Grove Road Primary School for eight years, providing support and challenge to the school and holding school leaders to account for school performance and pupil outcomes;  four years as Chair of Governors; previously Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Trustee Director of Company Pension Schemes, managing defined benefit schemes and £200m investment portfolio

Qualified Chartered Accountant combining commercial acumen and strong attention to detail

Vivek Dev


8 November 2017

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Former Chief Executive Officer of Media Services Division, Telephonica. Currently non-Exec Director and strategist. Knowledge of finance, business, leadership, educational improvement, HR, risk management, data handling, technology.

Reveal Systems and Beard Construction.

Partner Investor - Octopus Ltd.

Mixture of Digital businesses and traditional businesses.

Working with other board members and Chair to devise future strategies of companies. Investing in start-ups as they seek additional funding.

Janis Donald
(Chair of Trustees)


8 November 2017

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Company Secretary and administrator for Alan Donald & Company – financial advisers. Knowledge of company accounts and financial requirements. Former police officer (CID).

Chair of Governors at Tring School from 2012 to 2017.

Led the academisation of Tring School. Experience and knowledge of school governance, finance, educational improvement, HR and leadership. 

School Governor since 2005 with experience as Vice-Chair Resources and Chair Curriculum and Teaching committees.

Knowledge of educational improvement, finance and leadership.

Alastair Durno


8 November 2017


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Employed, GL Assessment Ltd. over 13 years Nov 2003 to present

Department Head, with leadership, strategic development, personnel, budgetary and sales and marketing responsibilities

Educationally focussed role, responsible for educational assessment & testing development together with data analysis for schools across UK. This role involves regular interaction with educational professionals at school, MAT, local authority, Higher Education and government level.

Responsibility for company bid responses equivalent to several £m business generation annually

Previous roles for same organisation, head of department with responsibility for Educational Leadership Development on behalf of Non-governmental organisations such as NCSL and the Teacher Training Agency (school improvement and CPD focussed) including provision regionally for NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML, nationally for Local Leaders of Education

Vicky Edwards 


8 November 2017


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2012 – current.

Chief People Officer – Grass Roots Group

Responsible for leading Grass Roots’ global people activities in support of creating a high-performance culture, through the development & implementation of a people strategy that ensures the attraction, recruitment, development and retention of the best talent.

Working as part of the Leadership team she takes responsibility to understand the pulse of the organisation allowing insight to develop tailored interventions in support of business strategy.

Good judgement on people and situations bringing valuable insights to drive change and commercial improvements.

Matthew Gibbs


8 November 2017

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Board Director of DP9 Ltd. DP9 Ltd is a company that I founded along with 8 (hence the name) others in April 2004. We are a planning consultancy providing town planning advice to clients in relation to their property holdings mostly in central London. The practise has advised / is advising on some of the most high profile development projects in London, including Bishopsgate Goodsyard, Earls Court, Canary Wharf estate, Paddington Basin, Battersea Power Station, Canada Water, Elephant & Castle.

Helen Jones


1 January 2020

School Improvement Partner with Herts for Learning.

Sue Wheatley


8 November 2017


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Presently self-employed with a company partnering Dvsa. Has managed own company since 2008.

Also worked alongside colleges managing and investigating issues with NVQ issues.

Presently investigates inappropriate behaviour within the training industry - this also has safeguarding issues and has worked with LADO regularly and attended sharing meetings.

Business involves using an array of computer systems and dealing with the accounting end of her work.

Considering retiring from this role quite soon.

Sharon Sanderson (Primary Lead)

Been in schools for nearly 45 years as either a student or an educator. Arrived at first Hertfordshire School at the age of 4 and never really left. Quality education is vital and learning is what makes the difference; it’s the gateway to choices and aspiration. Learning something new from the children she works with every day; they are at the heart of everything and why we are here.

Started teaching in 1994 and began first headship in 2003. Joined the Hertfordshire school advisory team in 2009 and has a School Improvement Partner (SIP) accreditation from the National College for School Leadership (NCSL).  Since 2009 has worked with over 25 Primary Schools, supporting them to ensure the best quality provision for the children in their care. Returned to full time headship in 2012 at Grove Road Primary School and still provides consultancy support to Primary Schools as a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for HfL.

These are the skills, the passion and the experience she brings to the Ridgeway Learning Partnership as Primary Lead.

Previous Members

Name Date of Appointment Date of Resignation Business Interests
Jo-ann Passingham 8 November 2017 29 January 2020 Governor at Grove Road Primary School
Kate Kellner-Dilks 8 November 2017 31 December 2019 Employed by Herts for Learning - a company who provide some education services to school(s) within the Trust

Pete Kemp

8 November 2017 22 October 2019 None


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