OUR TEAM

LATEST NEWS: Our schools are now closed for the summer break and will re-open in September, however the Trust will still be working throughout this period. Stay safe and enjoy the break!

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

Keith Perry

Chief Operating Officer Keith has been the COO since the Trust was instigated in 2016. Keith's primary role is to look after the non-teaching aspects of the Trust.
Chief Operating Officer

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

Amy Phillips

Trust HR Manager Amy joined the Trust in April 2020 and leads on strategic HR, providing support and guidance to Headteachers on personnel matters.
Trust HR Manager

Zoe Boulton

SEND Lead As well as working the Kings of Wessex Academy, Zoe has an additional role across the Trust as the SEND lead, providing advice and support to Headteachers and other SENco.
SEND Lead

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 manage the Trust website and provide key administrative support for the Trust in its development and growth.
Trust Projects Officer

Julie Zinkant

Trust Projects Officer Julie joined the Trust in December 2019 to provide key administrative support for the Trust in its development and growth.
Trust Projects Officer

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

PA to the Chief Executive 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.
PA to the Chief Executive

Jane Hutton

School Buisness Manager Jane is the School Buisness Manager at Kings Academy but also contributes to the Trust and the schools by providing solutions focussed advice and practical solutions.
School Buisness Manager

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