The Board of Trustees, known as Directors, are appointed by the Members and are the accountable and decision making governance of the Trust and all its schools. Currently the membership is:
Canon David Morton (Chief Executive Officer)
David Morton is the Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of St Albans. He was a primary school teacher and school leader serving as headteacher in three Church of England schools requiring rapid improvement. Following a period where he was CEO of the Stapleford Centre, a Christian education charity, David became Deputy Director of Education in July 2013, assuming responsibility for school buildings, land and trusts and the development of the Diocese’s school improvement provision.
Paul Dickens (Chair of Trustees/Directors)
Paul Dickens has been a governor at Parkfields Middle School since his eldest child was in Year 6, longer than either of them would care to recall. He has been Chair of Governors since 2005. The school was rated Ofsted "Outstanding" in 2008 and again in 2012. An HMI inspection in July 2016 confirmed the school's "Outstanding" categorisation.
Paul is also chair of Harlington Area Schools Trust (HAST), a local pyramid of 9 lower schools, 2 middle schools and one upper school, which has been working collaboratively for many years. HAST is commissioned by the local authority to run the Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired and Medical Needs services on its behalf.
Paul also works as a National Leader of Governance in the local area, carrying out formal Reviews of Governance in local schools and supporting Chairs of Governors when required.
Outside the field of education, he was formerly Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge and is currently Director of Music at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard. He is Hon. Treasurer of the Congo Church Association, a UK charity which supports the Anglican Church in DR Congo. Prior to retirement, he worked as a barrister, specialising in intellectual property and general chancery work.
Bishop Richard Atkinson (Vice Chair)
Bishop Richard Atkinson is the Bishop of Bedford and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. He was previously Archdeacon of Leicester where he led the development phase and opening of the St Philip Inter-faith Centre in 2006.
Natalie Dalvarez is the former Chair of Governors to an outstanding primary school in Hertfordshire. She has also acted as Chair of both Curriculum & Standards and Resources sub committees and been a governor for primary, secondary and academy school contexts. Natalie has worked within education since 2009 and is currently the Deputy Director of Business Services for Herts for Learning, a schools company based in Hertfordshire.
Lindsay began her teaching career as an RE teacher in secondary education before moving into primary education, whilst continuing to teach in adult education (GCSE history). She went on to become an acting headteacher in a large independent primary school and then undertook sixteen years' headship in a VA lower school, a large VC lower school and finally an interim headship to support a small VA lower school in difficult circumstances. Since retiring from headship two years ago she has taught on a PGCE course, undertaken middle and senior leadership support and advice for primary schools, governance training, SIAMS advice and action planning and recruitment of senior leaders. For the past 11 years she has been a SIAMS inspector and is also a governor of a church middle school. Lindsay has been a Local Leader of Education since 2010.
Robin is an experienced senior manager having undertaken a number of roles in different multi-national companies, as well as running his own business. In addition, he was a school governor for St Leonard’s VA School, an Outstanding Church School, in Heath & Reach between 2004 and 2013 where he was Chair of their Finance Committee, bringing the school out of deficit into a good financial condition which enabled it to expand its facilities. He has been a Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire School Appeals Panel and Exclusion Review Panel member since 2008 and recently retired from being a magistrate in Bedfordshire having served on the Bench for 15 years.
Bill Morris is the former Chair of Governors at Welwyn St Mary’s CE Primary School, an outstanding Church of England Primary School. He comments: “My background is in matters technical but as a Director and senior manager I had experience in business affairs, finance and marketing as well as line management prior to becoming a School Governor. I have held just about every role in a Governing Body except Chair of Finance and was Chair when we achieved our Outstanding status.”
Tony Williams has been a governor at St. Georges Church of England School, Toddington since 2003 and became Chair in September 2007. The school was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2008 and 2011. The school also achieved ‘Outstanding’ following a SIAMS inspection in 2013. He led the school through the conversion process to become an Academy in March 2012.
He is a founding director of the Harlington Area Schools Trust (HAST) which was established in 2008 “to provide an exciting and collaborative approach to teaching, learning and governance” amongst schools in the Harlington Upper School pyramid. The Trust also manages the Hearing Impaired, Visual Impaired and Medical Needs services on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council.
In January 2013 Tony was designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG). NLGs are “highly effective chairs of governance who use their skills and experience to support other chairs of governance”. Tony is a portfolio Finance Director supporting small and medium sized businesses on an in-sourced and flexible basis.