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Trust Members


Members have ultimate control of the Academy Trust because they can appoint and remove the Trustees and they can change the constitution. Though members have a very important role to play in overseeing the MAT, they will typically be less directly involved in the running of it than the Trustees and may only meet once a year.


Phil Barlow

  • Elected Member – Braintree District Council
  • Trustee – Witham, Braintree and Halstead Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Twice Mayor of Witham
  • Previous Chair of Governors at local secondary school
  • Worked at board level in both public and private sector


Rod Lane

  • Chair of Governors at Great Bradfords Infant and Nursery School
  • Chair of Governors of Witham Joint Local Governing Body
  • Member, Essex Schools Forum
  • Member, School-led Improvement System Project Board
  • Member, Early Years & Childcare Partnership Forum
  • Member, Early Years Funding Formula Review Group
  • Member, SEND Capital Investment Project Board
  • Member, North Essex Children’s Partnership Board


Anthony Welch

  • CEO, Premier Learning Trust
  • Headteacher, Holland Park Primary School
  • Executive Headteacher, Alton Park Junior School

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