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 leads on governance for the Trust and line manages the Clerks to the Local Governing Bodies. She is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the Ventrus website as well as playing a key part in Trust communications.

Sam Lydon-Drake

Estates & Facilities Manager

Sam provides support and management of all premises related matters across the 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.

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.

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

Employee Services Supervisor

Libby assists with the delivery of the Employee Services provision for the Trust by providing support to the Employee Services Lead, Head of Financial Accounting, Director of Finance, Directors of School Improvement and the HR Business Partner. Her day-to-day responsibilities include supervising all HR admin processes for the Trust, along with supervising the administration of the Trust’s recruitment process.

Megan Grieveson

Employee Services and Network Support Team Administrator

Megan provides administrative support to the Employee Services Team and wider Network Support Team. This involves working closely with the Employee Services Supervisor, Training School, Senior Executive Assistant and Finance Team. Her day-to-day responsibilities include processing documents relating to HR i.e. personnel information, absence monitoring and reporting and administering the Trust's recruitment process.

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.

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.

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 and ordering stock for the central office.

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.