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Executive Board

Susanna CollingsSusanna collings

CEO

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.


Sharon wilsonSs

Primary Lead

Headteacher of Grove Road Primary School since 2012.

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.


Rod Gibberd 

Chief Operations Officer

Prior to moving into education in 2005, worked at Executive Board level in a pan-European £300m+ outsourcing company and gained strong expertise in finance, legal, HR, change management, ICT, organisational restructuring, communications and marketing, property management, business management and senior leadership.  

Company founder who worked as a management consultant focussed exclusively on improving value for money and performance in local authorities.   

Since 2005 has worked on the Senior Leadership Team in two schools. Achieved NPQH in 2011.

Joined Tring School in 2013 as Business Director. In 2015 successfully led the bid for a £30m school rebuilding project. Established a trading subsidiary of the school in 2019 to operate leisure facilities that, come 2022, is forecast to generate in excess of £100k pa for the Trust.

Strong relationship management skills have been invaluable with the DfE, Local Authority, Diocese, commercial sector and other secondary and primary schools.  


Janis Donald (Ex-Officio Chair of Trustees)Janis donald

Appointed 8 November 2017

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.

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