Network Support Team

Gary Chown

Chief Executive Officer

Gary is responsible for all aspects of the Trust operation. He works closely with members, trustees and local governors to ensure high quality governance. Gary leads all members of the Executive Team in delivering the Trust’s vision and performance against key performance indicators. He works across the south west region in a commissioned role for both Ofsted and the Department for Education.

Lynne Hyland

Director of Finance and Commercial

Lynne is the appointed Chief Finance Officer for the Trust and has oversight and responsibility for the financial management of the Trust and line management of the Finance team. Her objective is to create a financially sustainable environment in which the Trust is able to deliver the best outcomes for children.

Claire Baillie

Director of School Improvement - People

Claire is one of our Directors of School Improvement. Her key role is to support and challenge senior leaders across the Trust to secure the very best of quality of teaching and learning. Claire spends most of her time in schools, supporting the development of senior leaders and the accuracy of school improvement planning.

Ashley Leeson

Director of School Improvement – Standards

Ashley is one of our Directors of School Improvement. Her key role is to support and challenge senior leaders across the Trust to secure the very best pupil outcomes. Ashley spends most of her time in schools, supporting the development of senior leaders and the accurate self-evaluation of schools.

Kay Bishop

Senior Executive Assistant

Kay supports the Executive Leadership Team and works closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure the effective and compliant execution of their statutory roles. Kay line manages the Executive Assistant as well as the Lead Clerk who supports the Clerks to the Local Governing Bodies across the Trust. She is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the Ventrus website, handling social media as well as playing a key part in Trust communications.

Megan Grieveson

Executive Assistant

Megan provides administrative support to the Senior Executive Assistant and the Executive Leadership Team. She works closely with the Ventrus Teaching School and during the school holidays supports both the Finance and HR department.

Richard Herbert

Financial Accountant

Richard provides financial accounting support to the Trust and acts as main point of contact for statutory compliance matters e.g. year-end accounts production and audit etc. He co-ordinates the production of monthly management accounts, performs key control account reconciliations and oversees the payroll process.

Jordan Mitchell

Management Accountant

Jordan helps prepare the management accounts for the Trust and monitors the financial performance against budget. He provides accountancy support to other schools helping with accurate budgeting and financial reporting.

Maria Phillips

Finance Manager

Maria has over 15 years of school’s finance experience. Maria is embedded in the finance team and undertakes key tasks such as the banking for the Trust. Maria provides a “Finance Business Partner” service to the schools and is routinely out onsite as part of a “Finance Friday” initiative. Maria also coordinates access to the accounting product PSF issuing logins and passwords.

Jon Davies-Shuck

Employee Services Lead

Jon’s day to day responsibility is for payroll and the input of changes, calculation of maternity/paternity/shared maternity pay, overtime and supply claims, redundancy and redeployment calculations, administering the childcare voucher scheme, Teachers and Local Government pension administration and tax and National Insurance compliance.

Libby Miller

HR & Payroll Administrator

Libby assists with the delivery of the HR & Payroll service for the Trust by providing administrative support to the Employee Services Lead, Head of Financial Accounting and the HR Business Partner. Her day-to-day responsibilities include processing documents relating to HR i.e. personnel file information, contract changes and forms for starters and leavers, along with administering the Trust’s recruitment process

Melissa Cann

Finance Administrator

Melissa handles invoices which includes liaising with suppliers, handling enquiries, running weekly BACS runs and sending out remittance advice. She also handles incoming calls to the central office and diverts appropriately. Melissa enters income on to the system and works closely with payroll as well as dealing with staff expense and travel claims. They also order stock for the central office.

Sharon Samuel

HR Business Partner

Sharon is our main point of contact for Executive and Senior leaders across the Trust in terms of HR advice on policies, processes and more complex HR issues. She is also involved in working in partnership with other colleagues from finance, premises and elsewhere to ensure that all support for schools is delivered in a co-ordinated fashion. Sharon ensures the HR strategy is implemented and maintained consistently across the Trust.

Chris Barnett

Ventrus Teaching School Lead

Chris leads on the strategic and operational development of the Ventrus Teaching School. She works alongside the Executive Team in developing the vision, scope and remit of the Teaching School, increasing partners and partnerships and to expand the client base.

Sam Lydon-Drake

Estates & Facilities Manager

Sam provides support and management of all premises related matters across the Academy Trust so as to provide a healthy, safe, secure environment. Sam oversees delivery of maintenance and project works for all our schools, whilst working closely with our Headteachers across the Trust to ensure Statutory Compliance is met.

Rob Stevens

Catering Lead

Rob is the Catering lead for Ventrus and manages all aspects regarding school kitchens including menus, allergens, legislation compliance making sure the kitchens run effectively along side his role as Ventrus Catering which is an outside catering company set up to reinvest all profits back into schools.