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The most important people in the Vine are the pupils in our academies. Find out much more about them and the staff who work with them by following the links to each academy. Here are some of the key people who work hard for our very important pupils.

Our Members

The Members of the Multi Academy Trust are the conscience of the organisation. They appoint the board of directors and ensure that the aims of the trust are upheld. They are:

  • The Chelmsford Diocesan Educational Trust
  • Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education
  • Diocesan Director of Education
  • Chair of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

Our Board of Directors

The directors are a core group of people with a proven track record of school improvement and experience that is relevant to making the trust a success. They are responsible for its strategic direction and are accountable for the academies to the Secretary of State and therefore determine the level of delegation to Regional Hubs / Local Governing Bodies so that these can be as effective as possible. The Vine Board has overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Trust.

Directors

Philip Preston

Philip Preston

is the Chair of the Vine Board. He is an Associate with Herts for Learning and The Key for School Leaders and a Governance Consultant for the Diocese of Chelmsford.   A former head of local authority strategic education services, Philip has also worked in the private sector developing major education change projects throughout the UK.   Married to Hilary with two daughters and three grandsons, Philip’s passions include baroque music, jazz and snooker.

John Crane

John Crane

is the Chief Executive for the Vine. John has been the headteacher and then executive headteacher for two diocesan academies. John has extensive experience of leading strong Church schools. This has included consistently being in the top 25% of schools for valued added and leading a school out of special measures to a good judgement in 18 months.

Joan Costello

Joan Costello

is the principal at Ormiston Rivers Academy. She brings experience of academy sponsorship to the Vine Board. Joan has transformed secondary education on the Dengie where three of our Vine academies are located and feed into Ormiston Rivers Academy. Joan is committed to the long-term partnerships on the Dengie which will provide excellent education in this rural location.

Caroline Haynes

Caroline Haynes

is the Executive Principal of Tendring Technology College and Clacton Coastal Academy. She was elected to the Headteacher Board and therefore works closely with the Regional Schools Commissioner. Caroline has considerable experience of school improvement that has included leading good and outstanding secondary schools.

Bryan Lester

Bryan Lester

is the Diocesan Schools Officer. He manages finances for the Diocese Education Department including VA school capital projects. Bryan worked at Capita for 14 years supporting schools use of SIMS software.

Rebecca Poynter

Becky Poynter

has been a school governor for over 10 years and is an experienced Chair of Governors recently becoming an NLG (National Leader of Governance) through the NCTL. She is currently working in schools and academies across Suffolk and Essex both as an NLG and Consultant Governor and has been involved with the Trust for the past three years. 

Doris Olulode

Doris Olulode

is an experienced HR Director who has a wealth of UK and International Human Resource experience at both the strategic and operational level. She has also been a Board member providing oversight into the organisation. Doris currently holds a Public Appointment with HRMCTS and was previously a School Governor. Her expertise will support the Trust to meet its obligations.

Terri Wood

Terri Wood

is a HR Leader and board member of one of the largest global reinsurers.  She has previously worked at strategic HR level for large investment banks and also as a consultant.  She has experience across all areas of human capital management including large change management programmes.  Married with two children and one grandchild she enjoys cooking, yoga and walking. 

Gavin Flynn

Gavin Flynn

Gavin is currently SVP Partnerships, Planning & Delivery at InterContinental Hotels Group and is responsible for a team of 100, a P&L of $280m and development of the commercial strategy and its translation into action. He has an MBA from INSEAD, an MA in Chemistry from Oxford, and is studying for an MSc in Behavioural Science at London School of Economics. 

Tim Rose

Tim Rose

Is a Non-Executive Board member. He works for a consultancy firm providing a range of corporate advisory and training services to businesses and International Donors. The former focusses on building management capacity based on best practice and the latter on job creation for aspiring young entrepreneurs in developing countries. Tim is a qualified Chartered Director and a Deacon at his local church. 

Revd Elizabeth Snowden

Revd Elizabeth Snowden

Elizabeth Snowden has been Archdeacon of Chelmsford since March 2016. 

Philip Howlett

Philip Howlett

Philip is currently Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at Anglia Ruskin University.  Having previously taught for nearly 20 years in secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and Essex, he is an experienced educator, with interests in a wide variety of aspects of education.  His research areas include the pedagogical uses of mobile technology, classroom teaching and Science education. 

Central Team

John Crane

John Crane

is the Chief Executive. He has overall responsibility for the running of the Vine

Brendon Ince

Brendon Ince

is the Chief Operating Officer. He has overall responsibility for all financial and operational matters, including training and strategic financial planning.

Sharon Porter

Sharon Porter

is the Vine Finance Manager. She is responsible for Vine Finance including support and training across the Trust.

Sarah Muckle

Sarah Muckle

is the Vine Finance Officer. She has day to day Vine financial responsibility and provides support & training across the Trust.  

Julia Rix

Julia Rix

is the Vine Support Manager. She is responsible for coordinating HR and ensuring academy compliance across the Trust.

Jackie Williams

Jackie Williams

Jackie is the Academy Improvement Lead for the Vine. She has over 30 years’ experience in schools, with 15 of them as a senior leader. She has had leadership roles in all areas: • Pastoral; • Academic; • Safeguarding and safer recruitment; • Behaviour and attendance; • Assessment and data; • Curriculum and timetable; • Inclusion and SEND; • Staff development; • Performance management; • HR; • Quality of teaching; • Quality of learning. Jackie specialises in training, mentoring, coaching and school improvement. She works with a number of national bodies to develop outstanding teaching and learning, excellence in middle and senior leadership, as well as working in Initial Teacher Training.

Dawn Watts

Dawn Watts

is Trust Support Assistant.  Dawn assists the Vine Support Manager with HR and internal audit.

Sharon Hogan

Sharon Hogan

is the PA to the CEO.  Sharon provides administrative support to the CEO.

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