Within Temple Grove Academy Trust and that of our sponsor Temple Grove Schools Trust there is a structure and network to ensure a successful succession plan for Trustees. This includes a clear network of both educationists and business professionals, to maintain our model of a 50-50 split of business/education on the boards, which we believe contributes to success. Although only a young organisation, given the importance that strong leadership has on long-term performance the Trustees are committed to ensuring that the recruitment and succession of senior leaders is of upmost importance as the Trust grows.
Temple Grove Academy Trust is the employer of all the staff within the schools. TGAT has a board of directors which establishes a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each of its schools, with delegated powers.
Mark Dugdale (Chairman)
Mark Dugdale MA FRSA is chairman and trustee of the Temple Grove Academy Trust and a trustee of the Temple Grove Schools Trust (our sponsor). A pupil of the original Temple Grove school, Mark has made a career in retail, publishing and digital marketing over the last 30 years, operating mainly at chief executive or chairman level. He has started and successfully sold several businesses as well serving on the boards of three publicly quoted companies.
A graduate in history from Magdalen College, Oxford, he currently divides his time between advising small businesses on growth strategy and running his own government accredited wholesale company. Mark has two daughters at school and believes passionately in improving education for all children.
Nigel is Chief Executive of an investment company and is Chairman of six companies across a wide range of sectors (energy, logistics, manufacturing & property). Nigel became a trustee of Temple Grove Schools Trust in 2008 and Chairman in 2010. During his tenure the Trust has developed from being a funding charity to being an Academy sponsor and champion of primary education. He brings to the Trust his experience in developing businesses, setting a clear strategy for its activities and devolving responsibility and accountability to the leadership teams.
Nigel believes passionately in the importance of primary education in creating opportunities in life for every child. Nigel has two children of primary age.
Kathie Child-Villiers, MBA, is a trustee of Temple Grove Academy Trust and Finance Director. Kathie has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance advisory, primarily with HSBC and Merrill Lynch. She is currently a non-Executive Director of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets and Constantine Group. Kathie has a BS in Economics from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and a Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Kathie was identified as one of the “100 Women to Watch” as part of the Female FTSE report supplement, conducted by Cranfield University. Kathie has two children, one of primary school age. She is devoted to empowering children through excellent education.
Karen Willis is a Trustee of Temple Grove Academy Trust and Director of Education. Karen entered headship 9 years ago, and is currently the head of St James Church of England Primary School, a large primary school in Southwark.
The school has a high proportion of pupils receiving free school meals. The school has a creative curriculum and is one of the top 200 in England. Karen worked on the Priority Learning Local Authority project with 6 Local Authorities throughout the country facilitating co-construction and collaborative school to school support. She is an National Leader of Education and St James' is a National Support School (NSS).
Nicola Denoon Duncan
Nicola is an experienced school governor and Chair. In her role, Nicola has worked closely with the education, governance and personnel departments at local and national level and undertaken crucial training in all areas of governance including child protection and safeguarding. Nicola lives in Kent, is married with three children. She worked in finance in London, and on moving to Kent, retrained to teach IT skills. Nicola’s knowledge of governing body compliance and the governors’ role in supporting through monitoring and evaluation is of enormous benefit to pupils, parents, staff and Trustees of Temple Grove Academy Trust.
TGAT is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales
(registered number 08309965).
Registered office: Friars Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3UA.
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