Middlesex Learning Partnership

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board 

IAN COMFORT - CHAIR
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Ian is an educationalist and lawyer. He started his career as a maths teacher and youth worker. He has extensive experience in the management and direction of education services gained as a local authority director of education, chief executive of a large academy trust and an adviser, nationally and internationally, on education infrastructure and reform.  In 2019, he was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as a Commissioner for the Criminal Cases Review Commission and is responsible for the investigation of potential miscarriages of justice. As a lawyer, he specialises in education and regulatory law and is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. He currently chairs professional conduct tribunals for a range of occupations including doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, and accountants.  Alongside his professional practice, Ian is actively involved in direct work with children, young people and communities. He chairs the multi-award winning Ebony Steelband; the Carnival Village Trust, a national portfolio organisation for the Arts Council responsible for the Tabernacle arts centre in Notting Hill; and the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival.

SIMON ARNOLD - VICE CHAIR
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Simon has always been community-minded and has been helping local residents for years.  He is a trustee of a charity involved with supporting families of SEND children.  He was also a local councillor between 2018-2022.  In his day job, Simon works in television and broadcast having most recently worked on a few of ITV’s largest reality shows.  Simon has a vast amount of marketing and IT experience and speaks three languages.

AKIN AKINTOLA 
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Akin is an experienced Non-Executive Director and qualified Chartered Accountant with a good mix of using CFO (strategic) and hands on FD/Programme Director skills in a career spanning 25 years covering business development, business modelling, funding for growth, acquisition and divestiture experience in commercial, Not For Profit, Local Authority and SMEs.  Akin has extensive experience of transformation and customer facing programmes, in UK Education sector; service-based businesses, retail and manufacturing operations, in the UK and Internationally, resulting in the change in organisational culture and profit improvements /value propositioning and enhancements.
 
ANDREW SINGER
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with many years experience in the corporate work. He has worked both in the UK and overseas for a number of listed companies, private equity based companies and large privately owned organisations, Andrew is a trustee of a number of charities and has acted as a director of other Multi Academy Trusts.
 
JOANNA LEWIS
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Jo was most recently People Director at Sky and joins us with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources.  She currently combines running her own HR Consulting Practice with work as a mosaic artist.  She is also a Non-executive Director for NHS Blood & Transplant, a trustee at the London School of Mosaic and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  She holds Masters degrees in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and Human Resource Management from Kingston University.
 
RUSSELL MIDDLETON
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Russ works as a Principal Engineer for a marine engineering company focussing on systems engineering and integration.  He started his career working in university based industrial research and development and since then has worked in a range of technology and IT roles mostly in the defence and medical sectors.  Russ has been a Parent Governor, Chair of Governors and is now a Co-opted governor at Barnhill.

JACQUIE SMITH
(Expiry of term December 2024)
Jacquie has worked within the education system since graduation.  Teaching roles have been within EAL and, for the most part, History to GCSE and A-level.  Jacquie has considerable experience of leadership roles within education at middle and senior leadership level in west London. She was appointed Associate Headteacher of Lampton School with specific responsibility for establishing the Teaching School and the SCITT alongside Line Management of a number of departments  and personnel matters.  The role included supporting schools in category on behalf of London Challenge. The school was a founder member of Challenge Partners and as a Senior Leader, Jacquie participated in 6 Quality Assurance Reviews of other schools.  Following her retirement from Lampton Academy in 2017, Jacquie has worked for the Teaching School Council as an advisor establishing their peer review model, assessing trainee teachers for Lampton SCITT, for the EEF on an EAL in the mainstream project and since 2014 for Schole on school improvement in Kenyan and Ugandan schools following the local curriculum. Jacquie continues to train emerging middle leaders for Researchers in Schools and coach senior leaders in London schools.  Additionally she is responsible for some of the training for SENCOs undertaking peer review on WHOLE education’s SEND support programme.  Jacquie has considerable personal experience of SEND - as the parent of an adult daughter with Dravet's syndrome which led to autism and severe learning disabilities. 

TRACEY HEMMING FCCT

Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Middlesex Learning Partnership. She has experienced Headship and Executive Headship,  primarily in schools in challenging circumstances. Her record has been one of success with underperforming schools improving outcomes and securing strong good Ofsted grades. She has experience of working in a large Trust and has bought to Middlesex Learning Partnership an approach, specifically tailored towards local community needs, high expectations and a belief in the importance of collaboration.

She is supporting the Challenge Partners organisation by taking on a lead practitioner role in the Extending Leading Practice Programme and is a broker for the GLA/CP Get Ahead London Programme. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.

Clerk to Trust Kate Boulter can be contacted via kboulter@mlp.org.uk


 

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