Executive Board

Susanna CollingsSusanna collings


Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Diocese.

Headteacher of Tring School from 2011-2018.

Masters degree in leadership and an invited fellow to the RSA (Royal Society of Arts)  Knowledge of educational improvement, leadership, cultural and organisational change, finance, business development and entrepreneurship, HR, data handling and risk management.

Chaired 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.

Member of Hertfordshire Association of Secondary Headteachers for 5+ years. Representative Secondary School Governor for the Hertfordshire Virtual School with 900+ children for 5+ years.

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

ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) Council representative for the South East England region.

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

Julian CraneCrane julian

Ex-Officio Chair of Trustees

Appointed 8 November 2017 by the Members.

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.

Sharon wilsonSs

Primary Lead

Appointed 8 November 2017

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

Appointed 8 November 2017

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.  

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