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Governance

The Kingsbridge Educational Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (a charitable company limited by guarantee, company number 09144847) with sponsorship accreditation from the Department for Education.  At the moment it operates four schools: Kents Hill Park all-through school, Monkston Primary School, Middleton Primary School and Oakgrove all-through school.  

The Trust’s model is unique, in that it devolves maximum decision-making powers to local level and ensures each school retains its own identity, flavour and personality. Local Governing Bodies, apart from the requirement to have a Finance and Personnel Committee, are free to set up whatever committee structure they see fit.

The Board of Directors retains an oversight function, especially as regards finance, outcomes and safeguarding, but responsibility is delegated to the individual Governing Bodies.

The Trust, however, has a level of expertise that individual schools can draw upon and offers an unrivalled opportunity to share best practice and school improvement strategies for the benefit of all children. It also enables cost-efficient, expert centrally-run services to be provided to schools enabling them to concentrate on teaching and learning.

Kingsbridge Educational Trust Members

Professor Megan Crawford

Megan has been a governor of six schools and has set up three new primary schools and two new ‘all through’ schools in Milton Keynes. She was formerly Chair of a Trust in Devon. 

She is a Professor in the Research Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University and was previously Director of the Plymouth Institute of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Professional Learning. 

Her career has developed from primary schools, where she was a Deputy Head, to teaching in HE. Her expertise is in postgraduate programmes - in particular, the needs of the part time student.

In 2009, Megan was awarded ‘Governor of the Year for the East of England’ and has been a National Leader of Governance. She has worked on research projects for the Department for Education and the National College and on many aspects of leadership in schools, including moving from Deputy to Head and managing performance. 

Megan has written over 50 articles on both practice and theory. Her most recent book, ‘Developing as an Educational Leader and Manager’ was published by Sage in 2014.


Tony Holland

Originally starting as a parent governor at Middleton Primary School, Tony has spent the last four years working with the governing body, overseeing the goals, objectives, progress and results of the school, working to ensure that the school provides the best education and environment for children to learn and progress. He has been subject link governor for curriculum subjects, including Science, Art and Music, regularly reviewing these subjects with the subject leader from the school to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the subjects being taught. He is also the chair on two committees at the Local Governing Body level.

Tony was an active member of the Middleton LGB during the school’s initial conversion to an academy. Subsequently he has been appointed as a director of the Multi Academy Trust assisting through the school’s transition to the Kingsbridge Educational Trust.

Tony brings with him experience as a previous director of a management company, the position which he held for five years and 20+ years as a Consultant for a large international technology company, where he currently tries to create harmony between world-wide standards, industry and with UK and EU governmental policy and regulation.


Mike Taylor

Mike works for a software company as a business consultant providing services to the retail industry.  He moved to Milton Keynes in 1991 to work for a local retailer and to Middleton in 2001.  He has four children who have all been educated at Middleton and Oakgrove schools.  Mike has been a governor at Oakgrove School since its inception and became a director of KET in 2016. 

He is passionate about and strongly supports the role that the school has in preparing the next generation for life beyond school, chairing the Outcomes & Curriculum Committee at Oakgrove School and meeting regularly with the careers team at Oakgrove.


Jane Miller

Jane recently retired after a long career in education in Milton Keynes. She was the founding headteacher for Middleton Primary School and enjoyed building the school up from the early days to the successful school it has become.

Jane is passionate about inclusion and feels that schools should have the highest possible expectations for every single pupil. She also believes that schools should be fun and help pupils to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Since Jane retired, she has been able to spend a great deal of time with her horse, Northern Lights. She is learning all the time and competes in dressage, show jumping and cross country jumping.

Senior staff at Middleton and Oakgrove have continued to include Jane in the life of the schools and it has been her great pleasure to see the schools evolving and improving all the time.


Related Documents

KET Members and Directors 2019-2020
KET Register of Interests 2019-2020

Board Of Directors

Chair: Professor Megan Crawford

Megan has been a governor of six schools and has set up three new primary schools and two new ‘all through’ schools in Milton Keynes. She was formerly Chair of a Trust in Devon. 

She is a Professor in the Research Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University and was previously Director of the Plymouth Institute of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Professional Learning.

Her career has developed from primary schools, where she was a Deputy Head, to teaching in HE. Her expertise is in postgraduate programmes - in particular, the needs of the part time student.

In 2009, Megan was awarded ‘Governor of the Year for the East of England’ and has been a National Leader of Governance. She has worked on research projects for the Department for Education and the National College and on many aspects of leadership in schools, including moving from Deputy to Head and managing performance.

Megan has written over 50 articles on both practice and theory. Her most recent book, ‘Developing as an Educational Leader and Manager’ was published by Sage in 2014.


Vice Chair: Barry O’Neill

Barry has been a governor at Oakgrove School since 2005 and was Chair of Governors for five years. He is currently a member of the Finance and Personnel committee, as well as chair of the Admissions, Discipline and Welfare committee of Oakgrove School. Both his children attended Oakgrove School.

Barry has been a member of the KET Board since its inception and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of KET. Barry is the MD of an insurance broking business based in London and Milton Keynes.


Carol Howells

Profile to follow.


Cathy Cornes

Profile to follow.


Executive Head and Accounting Officer: Peter Barnes

See Profile in Welcome from the Executive Head.


Outcomes Director: Sam Summers

Sam has been a governor at Middleton Primary School since before it opened in 2003 and has been chair for the majority of that time. Sam is also a Director of the Kingsbridge Educational Trust.

She has worked as part of the Senior Leadership Team in a School for a number of years, so has an excellent insight into the operational elements, as well as experience in the strategic management of schools. Both her boys were educated at Middleton School and more recently at Oakgrove School.

Sam is passionate about educational excellence, inclusion and for all children to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Headteacher of Oakgrove School: Ian Tett

Born and raised in the rolling chalk hills of Wiltshire and now living more locally in Woburn Sands, Ian has been involved in school leadership for over 18 years. After completing his PGCE at the University of Leicester, his first teaching roles were in Northampton, initially as a Teacher of Geography, but later as Director of Humanities. 

In September 2005, Ian started at Oakgrove School, taking on a range of teaching and leadership roles, including Advanced Skills Teacher, Chartered Geographer, Director of Humanities Specialist Status and Senior Deputy Headteacher for Behaviour and Safety.  In the last five years Ian has been Headteacher at Oakgrove and also sits on the executive board for the Tommy Flowers SCITT programme and on the Headteacher’s Advisory group for the Careers and Enterprise Company.


Co-opted: Paul Watts

Paul has been a resident of Milton Keynes since 2003.  He is married with two children, who are currently studying at Monkston Primary School and Oakgrove Secondary school respectively.  His involvement in education governance began in 2012, when he joined the Board of Governors of Monkston Primary School as a parent governor and development governor. He then took on the chair of the Finance, Personnel and Resources sub-committee in 2014 and was subsequently appointed as Chairman of the Board in July 2015.  He recently headed-up the process of the academy conversion for Monkston Primary School and ultimately its integration into the Kingsbridge Educational Trust

His main vocation is Information and Cyber Security and he is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Network Rail, the owner and maintainer for the UK's railway network and part of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure.  When not supporting his organisation in maintaining its position as one of the safest and secure railways on the globe, he undertakes public speaking engagements on various topics within the security industry. This includes the advocacy of the safe use of Internet technologies amongst vulnerable demographic groups, such as the young and the elderly. 


Safeguarding Director: Charles Clay

Charles is a solicitor with a practice based in Milton Keynes, Gatwick and London. He has lived in Milton Keynes for approximately 25 years and in Middleton for 19 years. He has two children, both of whom attended Middleton and Oakgrove Schools.

Charles was a governor at Oakgrove School, from its inception until 2016 and was also a governor at Middleton Primary School for approximately two years. He has been a committee chair and Safeguarding Governor. Charles has served on the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Admissions, Discipline and Welfare Committee at Oakgrove School.

He resigned from both governing bodies when he became a director of KET in 2016. Charles is now director with responsibility for Safeguarding within the MAT. He has strongly supported the successful growth of Oakgrove, Middleton and Kents Hill Park schools.


Related Documents

Kingsbridge Educational Trust Trustees Attendance 2018-2019
Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies

Finance, Audit & Human Resources Committee

Mr Charles Clay (Chair): Director

Professor Megan Crawford: Director

Ms Carol Howells: Director and Chair of the Oakgrove Finance & Personnel Committee

Mr Peter Barnes: Executive Head & Accounting Officer

Mr Barry O'Neill: Director

Mrs Sam Summers: Director

Mr Peter Neale: Chair of the Middleton Finance & Personnel Committee

Ms Debbie Bowker: Chair of the Monkston Finance & Personnel Committee

Mr Gary Taylor: Chair of the Kents Hill Park Finance & Personnel Committee

Mrs Jane Lear: Human Resources Director

Mrs Gemma Kintas: Chief Financial Officer

Clerk to the FAHRCT - Mrs Julie Gale