The members of an academy trust are the guardians of the governance of the trust. The members are responsible for making sure that the trust acts within its constitutional powers.

They have the right to amend the Articles of Association and they are responsible for agreeing appointments to the Board of Trustees. Members are similar to a company's shareholders - they sit above the board of trustees and have a largely hands-off role.  

Mr JULIAN CRANECrane julian


Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Members. 

Chair of Trustees since November 2021. Previously Vice-Chair of Trustees, Chair of Audit Committee and Chair of Resources Committee. 

Actively involved in school governance since 2009. Prior to becoming a trustee, Julian was Chair of Governors at Grove Road Primary School. 

Currently, Director of Assurance & Risk Management at Alight Solutions, a $3bn turnover business transformation partner, providing health, wealth and payroll solutions to 4,300 clients globally. 

Qualified Chartered Accountant and Pension Trustee. 

Mrs Vivianne ChildVivianne Childs

Appointed 10 December 2020 by the Members.

An Executive Coach, working with SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) as well as University MBA & MSc students. She is also CEO of Tring Together, a local charity with the aim of bringing the community together. Mother of two children that attended Dundale and Tring School.

Knowledge of Charity Governance through working with the Herts Community Foundation.

Mr Rob HallsRob halls

Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Diocese.

Rob is a member of the school improvement team at Oxford Diocesan Bucks Schools Trust. This follows 20 years in senior leadership in schools across the primary stage, culminating in 10 years as Headteacher and Executive Headteacher.

Alongside his role with ODBST, Rob is a serving SIAMS inspector with the Church of England Education Office, a consultant school effectiveness adviser with HFL Education, and an education consultant with the Diocese of St Albans.

Dr Jon ReynoldsReynolds jon rlp member

Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Diocese.

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

(Lay) Reader in the Church of England.

Miss Julia TruemanTrueman julia member

Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Diocese.

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

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


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