Trust Board

“Governors are knowledgeable and supportive and are provided with good quality information with which they monitor and challenge the work of the school.” Danetree Ofsted 2012

GLF Schools comprises state-funded, community primary and secondary schools serving their local residents.

GLF Schools' is the employer of all the staff within the schools. GLF Schools' has a board of directors which established a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each of its schools, with delegated powers. The delegated powers are detailed within the GLF Schools’ Scheme of Delegation which clarifies the working relationship between the GLF Schools’ Board, the LGBs and the CEO and the Executive Team.

The GLF Schools’ Board is separate from the Local Governing Body of Glyn School; we were clear in the preparation of converting from a single academy trust (2011-12) to the multi-academy trust (2012- ) that this separation would be enshrined in the legal documents that binds GLF Schools. The reality is that Glyn’s LGB receives delegated powers from the full Scheme of Delegation in exactly the same way as each and every other school within GLF.

GLF Schools Directors - biographies

Jackie Adams
Director & Chair of GLF Schools Board

Jackie has been a Parent Governor at Glyn School for 3 years.  She was elected as Parent Director onto the Board by other Parent Governors within GLF Schools and is now the Chair of the Board. Previously Jackie was a Parent Governor for 8 years at a primary school in Kingston Borough where she spent 18 months as Chair.

Jackie has a son at Glyn who is currently in the 6th form and will be off to university in the autumn.
She has always had a passion for education, having been brought up in a family of teachers, and almost trained to be a teacher herself, but changed her mind after her graduation. She decided to have a career in HR instead and works for a FTSE 100 company in central London.

Mark Allen

Mark is Chief Executive of Dairy Crest Ltd, having joined the company in 1991 he worked his way through the organisation.  He was formally with Shell UK Ltd and started his career as a police officer in his home county of Staffordshire.  He is Chairman of the BITC South West Advisory Board and a Trustee for The Prince's Countryside Fund.  He is on the board of Dairy UK and a Non-Executive Director of Howdens Joinery Group Plc. 

Having been a keen sportsman, he enjoys watching rugby, football, cricket and boxing.

Paul Carpenter

For the past 12 years Paul has worked in Surrey magistrates' courts as a legal adviser to the Justices. He completed his education later in life qualifying as a solicitor after a long career in the police service. Paul believes strongly in the significance of education to help all GLF Schools' students achieve the best possible outcome irrespective of their personal background.

Paul has two sons and one daughter all of whom attended Glyn School where he is a governor. Paul has been a school governor at Glyn for 8 years and prior to that a further 4 years at an infant school where he became Chair. In his spare time he is an assistant Scout Leader and led a team of scouts on an expedition to rural Tanzania in 2015 where they worked with the local community building and refurbishing classrooms for two primary schools.

As a long time Portsmouth Football Club supporter Paul has experienced over recent years the highs and lows of a FA Cup victory and danger of relegation from the Football League.

Jon Chaloner

Educated in Hastings, Jon started teaching in SW London in 1992 and left after ten years; the last four as an Assistant Headteacher in 2002. Taking up the post of Deputy Headteacher at the largest comprehensive school in Bracknell, two years later he became Headteacher. In 2006, Jon moved to Glyn School in Epsom as Headteacher, where he led Glyn's rapid improvement in performance which enabled it to move from 'satisfactory' to 'outstanding' after seven terms.

He has been a National Leader of Education since January 2010 and his first formal role later that year was to provide a temporary leadership solution for Danetree Junior School nearby. The two schools formed GLF Schools Multi-Academy Trust in September 2012 which comprises 16 schools across three local authorities, including Croydon. In 2012, Jon became a founder member of the Heads' Roundtable and in September 2015 he became the CEO of GLF Schools on a permanent basis.

Caroline Corker

Caroline is the Academic Director for Primary programmes at St Mary's University. She is also Senior Lecturer and Programme Convener in Primary Art and Design Education at St Mary’s. She works with both Primary Undergraduate and PGCE ITE students.   Caroline has an infectious enthusiasm for art education and encourages her students to discover their creative and pedagogic potential through the exploration and experimentation of art media and processes.

Caroline was short listed for the St Vincent De Paul Inclusivity prize (2010) for her work on designing and facilitating community art projects. She was awarded the Horace Walpole award for innovative teaching and learning (2011) for her work in developing CPD opportunities for students and teachers through the initiation of art projects in primary schools.

Caroline has a wealth of experience in teaching all phases of education. She was one of the first primary Advanced Skills Teachers before becoming Head of Art in a large comprehensive school. She continues to work with primary schools on new initiatives and curriculum changes in art education. Caroline recently completed her MA in Art, Craft and Design Education with a distinction. She is continuing her research interest by undertaking a Professional Doctorate in curriculum design and artistic vision.

Bruce Ely-Johnston

Bruce has spent his career in Financial Services gaining great experience from working closely with a number of CEO’s in driving various businesses forward across Insurance, Investment Management and Structured Finance. With a strong sales, marketing and business transformation background he gains great satisfaction from helping others to flourish and fulfil their own ambitions. Bruce decided to join the GLF to offer guidance and challenge the board in providing a range of opportunities for the children’s development. Married with two young boys he has a passion for Rugby, Athletics and Skiing/Snowboarding.

Richard Evans
Director & Head of School Improvement

Richard started his teaching career within the London Borough of Croydon where he was Deputy Head teacher of two schools. He moved onto be Headteacher of two primary schools in Surrey. The first school was a one form entry school within a high achieving catchment area.  The second headship involved amalgamating an infant and junior school to form new primary school. The process involved building a new school within an area of relatively high deprivation.

Richard became Principal Primary Consultant for Surrey 5 years ago. His responsibility was to oversee the standards and achievement of 306 primary schools within Surrey, lead a school improvement team and monitor impact and intervention within schools to ensure schools were moving to outstanding.

Richard joined GLF Schools in April 2013. As Head of Primary Education he leads a school improvement team that has a close and professional relationship with all the schools within the Multi Academy Trust.    Together the schools and the School Improvement Team are highly innovative and best practice is shared between all the schools in the trust.

Robin Cayley
Primary Schools Representative Director and Vice Chair of GLF Schools Board

Robin has been a Parent Governor at Springfield Primary School in Sunbury On Thames for 4 Years. 3 years ago Robin was elected Chair of Governors. In June 2015 Robin was appointed to the GLF Board of Trustees as the Primary school representative. Robin was subsequently elected Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees in October 2016.
Robin has 3 daughters aged 8, 6 and 2 years old, the eldest of whom attend Springfield Primary school. It was through his daughters’ early years in education and his involvement as a parent governor that Robin discovered a passion for education and realised that he had a lot to offer Schools and Trusts on the governance side.
Robin has worked for Visa Inc for 18 years. During that time Robin has been a Senior IT Engineer and Project Manager working closely with Banks and financial institutions all over the world.


Sarah Lynagh
Company Secretary

Pippa Hearn
Clerk to the GLF Governors