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To contact the clerk to the Trust Board, please email LT2clerk@learningleading.org

The Trustees are responsible for ensuring the Trust meets its charitable objectives, as well as compliance with charity law. They are also directors and accountable for ensuring the Trust meets the Academy Trust’s funding agreement and complies with company law.

 
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We strive to 
develop well 

rounded individuals 

who are respectful, 

curious and 
resilient. 

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Thomas William Legge  Member/Trustee (Chair)

Thomas has lived in Rugby for over ten years and currently has three children in the local state school system. He has been involved with the free schools and academies programmes since their inception, actively working on the opening of over 100 new schools. Thomas was lead proposer for Rugby Free Primary School, serving as Chair of the Local Governing body and helping take the school through its first Ofsted inspection.

Thomas served as Chair of the RFPS Local Governing Body taking to the school through its first Ofsted inspection where it received a Good judgement in all categories. He also served as Chair of the Sustainable Improvement Board for RFSS which moved the school to an overall judgement of Good in all categories. Thomas has also served Vice-Chair of the Trust since the formation of Learning Today Leading Tomorrow and as a member of the Trust’s Audit & Risk Committee. Thomas has been appointed by Academy members from 27th March 2019 to 26th March 2023 as Education Advisor to the Trust.

 

Thomas succeeded David Johnson as Chair of the Trust in September 2021, As Chair, Thomas oversees all aspects of the Trust’s work, liaising closely with the CEO to ensure that the trust remains sustainable and best serves all the children in its care. Thomas is also a Trustee of another academy in Rugby.

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Jill Beverley Simpson-Vince (Vice-Chair)

Jill leads on governance and oversight for the Trust. Jill is currently a County Councillor and Borough Councillor and portfolio holder for growth and investment. Her role is to provide rigorous scrutiny of the Trust Board and local governing bodies.

 

Jill was involved in the inception of the Trust as one of a group of parents campaigning for its first free school. Jill has been appointed by the foundation/Trust for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 24th October 2019 to 23rd October 2023. She is passionate about providing high quality education from early years to sixth form for local communities in Rugby and is working to increase education provision across the borough.

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David Johnson  Member/Trustee

During a long career in business, David has delivered new school facilities under a variety of programmes. He has advised on the establishment and governance arrangements of a new multi-academy trust. David is an expert in project delivery and contract management, and in delivering value for money schemes in the public sector.

David has been appointed by Academy members for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 27th March 2019 to 27th March 2023 his current occupation is a Self Employed Consultant.

David is a father of three children and is passionate about education and is an advocate of increasing parental choice in high-quality education provision.

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Christine Mary Carter

Christine has been Headteacher at Burton Borough School in Shropshire since September 2016, her first appointment to headship. Prior to this, she held various teaching and leadership positions culminating in her appointment to Vice Principal of the ‘Outstanding’ Harris Academy Crystal Palace. Christine has been appointed by the foundation/Trust for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 9th September 2019 to 8th September 2023.

It is her belief that it is increasingly important that we nurture students to become confident, lifelong learners who are unafraid to voice their own opinions and debate them in an intellectual, considered and structured manner. Her aspiration is for students to think and ask questions which will propel them into an age of innovation where their creative and critical thinking skills will be more important than ever before.

She wants students to be well-rounded, not relying on rote or technology, so that they are fully empowered to compete and engage with their peers, both nationally and internationally.

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Gary Brown

Gary has lived in the Rugby area for 20 years. He has two children in full-time education in the town. Gary has been appointed by the Academy members for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 26th March 2021 until the 26th March 2025 his current occupation is Chartered Accountant.

A qualified chartered accountant with an MBA, he has held a number of senior financial positions and directorships in retail and leisure companies. Gary is a former senior executive with a global bank and is an expert in service management and operational transformation.

Gary believes every child should have the right to a good education.

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Mohammed Chishty

Mohammed leads on Safeguarding across the Trust. He has served the communities of Warwickshire through his 27 years in policing, working across the country in different roles and functions. By joining the Trust, he hopes to support the local community by utilising his skills and experiences to ensure we are doing our utmost to protect young people from harm. Mohammed has been appointed by Academy members for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 23rd October 2020 to 23rd October 2024, his current occupation is Chief Inspector for Warwickshire Police.

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Linda Joyce Marsden

Linda leads on Health & Safety and Facilities management for the Trust. Linda has been appointed by the foundation/Trust for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 7th February 2020 to 6th February 2024, Linda is currently retired.

Linda started her career in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary as a police cadet and then joined the RAF gaining experience across several specialisations. Later on, Linda followed a career in facilities management involving various business disciplines including business development across a range of sectors including; BBC properties in the Midlands, Education (primary and secondary) with an increased scope for catering and grounds maintenance; NHS Trust Hospitals.

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Paul Murphy

Paul is Area Director for Ambition Institute, where he oversees school partnerships across the West Midlands and South West, delivering professional development for teachers, school leaders and system leaders each year serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Paul is also part-time doctoral researcher exploring professional development strategy and planning within Multi-Academy Trusts. 

As chair of the performance & standards committee, Paul leads on the ongoing development of the quality of teaching and learning across the Trust, working closely with the CEO and school leaders to ensure that all children get the best education. Paul has been appointed by Academy members for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 17th May 2021 to 21st May 2025.

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Samuel Philip Strickland

Samuel Strickland is the Principal of a large all-through school and has helped to guide its GCSE results from the bottom 20% nationally to the top 20% and A Level outcomes to the top 5% nationally. Samuel has been appointed by the GB/Board for the Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 18th February 2022 to 17th February 2026.

 

Samuel began his teaching career as a History teacher in Bedfordshire having completed his PGCE in secondary history at the University of Cambridge under Christine Counsell. His career quickly accelerated and he became Head of History and Classics. He then moved on to become a Lead Professional and worked for a SCITT Consortium. During his time as an Assistant Head teacher, he had responsibility for the Sixth Form and led a Post 16 consortium arrangement.

Samuel also served as a Vice Principal, where he directly oversaw student care, behaviour, the Sixth Form, the curriculum and served as the safeguarding lead for an entire trust. Samuel has served as an Associate Principal, with GCSE and A Level results under his tenure receiving commendation from the DFE, Nick Gibb and the SSAT. 

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Simon Lowe

Simon Lowe is the Founder and Managing Director of Handsam Ltd, the UK's leading provider of education compliance support services and systems, which works with schools and academies across England and Wales to assist them in understanding, delivering and evidencing their health and safety, governance, training and trip planning duties. Simon has been appointed by GB/Board for Learning Today Leading Tomorrow from 10th December 2021 to 9th December 2025.

He is a passionate supporter of young people, offering apprenticeships within his own business and supporting them across the arts and sport in particular to both enjoy and achieve a wide range of disciplines, with a focus on enrichment and discovering themselves through success in areas that are traditionally thought of as non-academic. His company is currently supporting a major worldwide project to promote singing and performance for 10-12 year-olds post-pandemic.

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Georgina Langley

Georgie is a civil servant, currently working in Data Protection for the Department for Education. Georgie was appointed by the LT2 Trust Board on 18 February 2022 and her term of office expires on 17 February 2026.

 

Georgie graduated from University College London with a First Class Honors degree in Linguistics in 2018. Before joining the civil service, she worked in the LT2 central team leading on governance, data protection and procurement.

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