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Our Trustees

Our trustees work in close partnership with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and Senior Leadership Teams to ensure that our academies provide the best possible education for their children. Further information on the role and statutory responsibilities of our trustees can be found on the Board & Committees section of our website.

Daniel-Smith(4)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Daniel Smith
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 40% (2/5), Finance & Audit 66% (2/3), Pay Review 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: Member
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Daniel Smith, Chair of Trustees

I joined Great Wakering Primary School as a governor in October 2015. I am now the Chair of the Board of Trustees (formerly Vice Chair) and a Founding Member of The Brickfields Trust.

I am a Great Wakering resident, having moved to the village from Southend in 2011 and I am really passionate about ensuring the schools within our Trust provide the best education possible to the children of the communities in which we operate.

I am from a financial services background. I've worked in banking for over 11 years and have held a number of roles, from working in high street branches through to my current role in the commercial banking space managing a portfolio of clients in the Essex area.

Hayley-ODea(1)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Hayley O'Dea
Type of appointment: Member appointed (Executive Headteacher)
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 100% (5/5), Finance & Audit 100% (3/3), Pay Review 100% (2/2), Standards & Performance 100% (2/2), BMPA IEB Transition 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: Executive Headteacher, Headteacher of GWPA
Business or pecuniary interests: Company Secretary to GJO Services Ltd
Business interests of close family members: Owner of GJO Services Ltd (spouse)
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Hayley O'Dea, Executive Headteacher

I am the Executive Headteacher of The Brickfields Trust which currently incorporates Great Wakering Primary Academy and Barling Magna Primary Academy.

I was appointed as Headteacher to Great Wakering Primary in September 2010 and since then we have all worked together to move the school forwards. Our school was judged as Good by Ofsted in September 2014, however our aim is for the school to move to Outstanding and we are continually looking for ways to improve.

We became a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in February 2017 to ensure that our school and staff continued to develop and we were asked by the DfE to become the sponsor school to support Barling Magna Primary on their journey to Good. Our two schools now work very closely together and this has created lots of opportunities for shared professional development.

Before starting my role as Headteacher at Great Wakering I worked as a teaching and learning consultant for Southend Borough Council’s School Improvement Team. This gave me valuable insight into how different schools work and what makes schools most successful. I started my teaching career 19 years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Barking and Dagenham. I worked there for 11 years and I hold many happy memories from that time.

I thoroughly enjoy working at both Great Wakering and Barling Magna Primary Schools. We have a very dedicated team of staff across our MAT who all work hard to do their best for our children and we have fantastic, enthusiastic children to work with. Being an Executive Headteacher isn’t an easy role as there are times you have to take difficult decisions which can be unpopular, however I always try to make every decision with the best interests of our children at heart.

Jo-Dabbs(1)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Jo Dabbs
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 80% (4/5), Finance & Audit 100% (3/3)
Other role/s within the Trust: Finance Manager/Bursar at GWPA
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Jo Dabbs, Trustee

My name is Jo Dabbs and I am the Finance Manager at the Trust.  I started work at Great Wakering Primary School in 2011 when my youngest daughter started in reception.  My employment history includes 17 years working for Lookers Southend and five years working for Southend Borough Council.

I was approached by the governors to help with the transition to academy status and appointed as a Trustee.

I have lived in Great Wakering for over twenty years and love being a part of the community and being involved in the local primary schools.

Anna-Stokes(1)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Anna Stokes
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 100% (5/5), Finance & Audit 100% (3/3), Standards & Performance 100% (2/2), BMPA IEB Transition 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: None
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: Trustee at The King Edmund School, Rochford, Essex

Anna Stokes, Trustee

I joined the governing body at Great Wakering Primary School in 2005 and became a trustee upon conversion to academy status.

I have 2 children; one who has completed her primary education and moved on to secondary school and another who is currently a pupil at Great Wakering Primary Academy.  I have been a resident of Great Wakering for 22 years.

I became a governor (and later a trustee) because I want all children to receive the best education possible.

Maz-Norman(3)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Maz Norman
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 40% (2/5), Standards & Performance 0% (0/2), BMPA IEB Transition 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: School Effectiveness Partner working with GWPA and BMPA (for Essex County Council)
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: Vice Chair of Trustees at Billericay Community Trust

Maz Norman, Trustee

I have over 25 years of experience in education, including 12 years as a Headteacher in Essex . I am Vice Chair of the governing body of the primary school my daughter attended and enjoy supporting schools in ensuring that the education the children have is the best it can be.

In my current job as an School Effectiveness Partner for the local authority, I support and challenge school standards and look for excellent practice that schools can share with each other. I use my knowledge of local schools and experience in supporting schools to help drive the aims and ambitions of The Brickfields Trust. 

Andy-Knight(2)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Andy Knight
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 26/05/2017
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 80% (4/5), Finance & Audit 100% (3/3)
Other role/s within the Trust: None
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Andy Knight, Trustee

I have lived locally for the last 8 years and have two children who both attend Great Wakering Primary Academy.

I have worked in the leisure industry for more than 16 years. During this time, I have worked in both the public and private sector which has included working for a number of the largest leisure management operators in the UK as well as both unitary and borough councils. I have a strong facility management background and have managed a multitude of facilities at a senior level in and around the East Midlands and more recently in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Recent successes include overseeing a £23million development and operation of Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham. The centre opened in May 2011 and now has approximately 90,000 visits per month and one of the largest learn to swim programmes in the UK. More recently I have worked closely with Public Health in developing targeted physical activity and healthy lifestyle programmes and intervention to support people to lead a healthier life.

I am delighted to be able to support the schools, staff and all the pupils in the role of a Trustee and to positively contribute to their education and future.

Graham-Wells(3)

Business Interests and Attendance

Name: Graham Wells
Type of appointment: Co-opted by Board of Trustees
Date of appointment: 06/12/2018
Term of office: 4 years
Attendance record 2017-18: N/A (appointed Dec 2018)
Other role/s within the Trust: Member
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Graham Wells, Trustee

I am one of the founding members of the The Brickfields Trust and was co-opted a trustee for my skills and experience in finance in December 2018. 

I am married with two children and live in Eastwood. I have always been very passionate about involvement in the community and was a Parent Governor of a Southend Primary School for nine years, spending six of them as a Chair.  I am also an active member of Southend Lawn Tennis Club Committee.

My skills and experience mainly come from the excellent training I have had as a corporate lifer, having worked 34 years for BT.  During that time I performed many roles including Finance, Training, Management and Business Development.  I am a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and I now specialise in Leasing and Financing.

I am absolutely convinced that The Brickfields Trust has an outstanding leadership team in place and am pleased to contribute to the the success of the schools through my position on the board. Ultimately I believe that a school is there for the children it educates and every decision taken should have that at the heart of the decision making process.

SarahT

Business Interests

Name: Sarah Threadgold
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Other role/s within the Trust: Office Manager at BMPA
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

Sarah Threadgold, Clerk to the Board of Trustees

I am the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and as such am responsible for advising the Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, as well as providing effective administrative support.

I became Clerk to the Governing Body of Great Wakering Primary School in January 2015 and transferred across to the Multi Academy Trust at its inception in February 2017. I am also the Office Manager at Barling Magna Primary Academy.

I share the Board's passion for helping to drive the schools forward and am pleased to support our trustees in their vital role.

Resigned in the Last 12 Months

Judith-Puddick(2)

Judith Puddick, Chair of Trustees

Name: Judith Puddick
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 23/12/2016
Date of Resignation: 18/10/2018
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 80% (4/5), Finance & Audit 100% (3/3), Pay Review 100% (2/2), Standards & Performance 100% (2/2), BMPA IEB Transition 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: Member
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: National Leader of Governance 

Moira-AlShaar(2)

Moira Al-Shaar, Trustee

Name: Moira Al-Shaar
Type of appointment: Member appointed
Date of appointment: 26/05/2017
Date of resignation: 10/10/2018
Attendance record 2017-18: Board of Trustees 100% (5/5), Standards & Performance 100% (2/2), Barling Magna IEB Transition 100% (2/2), Finance & Audit 100% (1/1), Pay Review Committee 100% (2/2)
Other role/s within the Trust: None
Business or pecuniary interests: None
Business interests of close family members: None
Governance roles in other educational establishments: None

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