OUR TEAM

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Dedicated staff, committed to delivering educational excellence

Gavin Ball

Chief Executive Gavin Ball has been Chief Executive of the Wessex Learning Trust since his appointment in September 2017 and is the lead Trust Employee for matters regarding the efficient, effective and compliant management of the Trust.
Chief Executive

Jane Hutton

Acting Head of Operations Jane joined the Trust team in 2021 as Acting Head of Operations. Jane's primary role is to look after the non-teaching aspects of the Trust.
Acting Head of Operations

Nicola Windridge

Trust Finance Manager Nicola joined the Trust in September 2017. Nicola manages the finances across all schools in the Trust.
Trust Finance Manager

Sarah Hobbs

Director of Teaching and Learning Sarah joined the Trust in 2018, leading the School Improvement Team which supports groups, Headteachers and schools to help them improve and grow.
Director of Teaching and Learning

Fran Bowler

Trust Inclusion Manager Fran joined the Trust in December 2019, to look at Inclusion and alternative provision for vulnerable students in the Trust, in addition to managing Kings' alternative provision centre.
Trust Inclusion Manager

Lisa Fairchild

Trust Data Manager Lisa joined the Trust in September 2019 and collates data across the Trust, as well as managing the data and timetables at both Kings of Wessex and Hugh Sexeys.
Trust Data Manager

Chris Oakley

Trust IT Manager Chris joined the Trust in January 2020 and leads on the Trust’s IT strategy and implementing common software, procurement, and networking solutions across the Trust.
Trust IT Manager

Lynette Blacklock

Trust Finance Officer Lynette joined the Trust in September 2018 and provides direct support to many of the First Schools as their Finance Officer.
Trust Finance Officer

Sam Kail-Dyke

Trust Projects Officer Sam joined the Trust in December 2019 to provide key administrative support for the Trust in its development and growth. Sam also manages the Trust's website and social media.
Trust Projects Officer

Ian Squire

Trust SEND Co-ordinator Ian joined the Trust in April 2021 to oversee Special Education Need and Disability provision across the Trust.
Trust SEND Co-ordinator

Ali Luckins

TAS Coordinator Ali joined the Trust in May 2017 and coordinates Team Around the School (TAS) for the Cheddar Valley, enabiling shared conversations about young people schools may be worried about so that early help can be sought.
TAS Coordinator

Becki Pearce

Executive Assistant Becki joined the Wessex Learning Trust in June 2019 to provide administration support as well as coordinating meetings dates and events for the Chief Executive.
Executive Assistant

Louise Hulbert

Central Services Officer Louise joined the team in March 2021 to provide key administrative support for the Trust.
Central Services Officer

Sue Clavey

Central Services Officer Sue joined the team in April 2021 to provide administrative support to the Trust, with a specialism in school finance.
Central Services Officer

Ali Saull

Central Services Officer Ali joined the Trust in March 2021 to provide administrative support to our schools with a particular focus on data management
Central Services Officer

Martin Driscoll

Senior IT Technician Martin Joined the Trust in May 2021 to provide IT support to schools as they expand and grow, working primarily with our two middle schools.
Senior IT Technician

Linzi Tanner

Leisure Centre Manager Linzi joined Kings Fitness and Leisure in 2014 and manages the running of centre. She works closely with the Trust to provide outstanding facilities to the centre's members and wider community.
Leisure Centre Manager

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