Trustees and Members

The Trustees


As a charitable Trust, the Board of The MILL Academy ensure they comply with charity and company law requirements.  Two core functions of the Board  are to set the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure financial probity.

As a Multi Academy Trust, the Board  is responsible for all of the schools in the Trust. Each school has a Local Committee (LC). The Board may delegate functions to the LC through the Scheme of Delegation.

Board of Trustees 2021/22


Date Appointed

End of Office

Appointed by


Business and Pecuniary Interests

Penny Gardner

2 May 2019

1 May 2023


Vice Chair of the Board, Finance and Resources Committee


Wendy Hemmingsley

October 2015


By virtue as CEO

CEO, Accounting Officer, Finances and Resources Committee

Headteacher: The Henry Box School 

Claire King

20 November 2018

19 November 2022


Safeguarding Trustee

Trustee: Stephenson Studio School, Leicestershire

Dr Chris Laing

8 October 2019

7 October 2023



Chair of Governors (joint position held with his wife): Kings Meadow Primary School, Bicester

Colin Mitchell

22 January 2018

21 January 2022


Trustee, Chair of  the Finance and Resources Committee 


Prof John West-Burnham

10 October 2018

9 October 2022


Chair of the Board

Member: Olive Academy

Trustee/ Chair: Asset Academy Trust

GR8ASUR: Director 

GR8ASUR is a not for profit company operating as anti-bullying

Laverne Williams

11 March 2022

10 March 2026





Previous Trustees 2020/21


Date Appointed

End of Office or Stepped Down Date

Gordon Joyner

June 2017

7 July 2021

Nigel Moore

20 Novemeber 2018

2 October 2020

Michelle Turkie

7 July 2021

31 December 2021

Janice Davison

1 December 2021

24 April 2022


Please find our Scheme of Delegation,  Terms of Reference and governance related documents below. 


The Members

Members are similar to a company's shareholders. Their key responsibilities include appointing the trustees and holding them to account for the successful governance of the trust.

The MILL Academy Members 2021/22


Appointed by

Attendance at AGM

January 2021

Pecuniary Interests and Conflict of Interests

Wilf Stephenson

Oriel College


Treasurer & Bursar: Oriel College

Director of 3 subsidiary companies of Oriel College

Governor and Trustee: St. Edward’s School, Oxford

Member Advisory Board Charities Property Fund

David Jones



Parish Councillor, Basildon Parish Council

Independent Member Bracknell Forest Council

Tony Wilson 

Named Member: ODBE Corporate Member




ODBE involved with 19 Multi-Academy Trusts and schools 

Tony Wilson is the Director of Education for ODBE

Trustee: Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

Member and Trustee: Oxford Diocesan Bucks School Trust

Trustee: Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust

Prof John West-Burnham

By virtue of office as Chair of Board


Member: Olive Academy

Trustee/ Chair: Asset Academy Trust

Dame Patricia Collarbone


Appointed June 2019


Trustee: Laurel Trust

Member: Creating Tomorrow Academy Trust



Board of Trustees details including pecuniary interests and attendance Date  
Board of Trustees Meeting Attendance 2020/2021 06th Oct 2021 Download
MILL Governance roles and responsibilities 06th Oct 2021 Download
MILL Scheme of Delegation 06th Oct 2021 Download
MILL Board Terms of Reference 06th Oct 2021 Download
Board Meetings Calendar 2021/22 01st Sep 2021 Download