Val Arbon

Val was the previous Headteacher of Ad Astra Infant School and until April 2018, was the Chief Executive Officer for the Trust. She trained to teach in Lincoln at Bishop Grosseteste College, where she achieved a First Class Education Degree. Val was a local Headteacher for over 25 years. She played an active part in the Local Authority and sat on various working groups ranging from budgeting to school improvement. Val is now retired but remains a Trustee. She lives in Wimborne and is married with one daughter, who attended Corfe Hills School.

Kate Carter

Kate Carter is the Executive Headteacher over the four schools within the TEACH Trust and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for the Trust from April 2018. Kate was previously Headteacher for both Canford Heath Junior School and Canford Heath Infants. She graduated as a teacher from the University of Reading in 1998 and has been teaching for many years in Poole and Bournemouth. Her specialism is in English, and she has worked on many English development initiatives – nationally and locally, including work for the National Strategies; leading the Poole Schools’ School Improvement Support Group for English and training new teachers in SCITT programmes. Kate has two lovely sons who attend Bournemouth University and Poole Grammar School.

Sandra Moore

Sandra is now a TEACH Trust member and a Trustee.  She became a governor at Canford Heath Junior School in 2000; she later joined governors at Canford Heath Infant School and continued as a governor following the merger of the two schools into a Federation.  She was born in Bournemouth, has lived in Poole for over 40 years and in Canford Heath for the past 15 years.  Sandra is a local councillor and represents Canford Heath East on Poole Council.  She is married with one son and two young grandsons who are not yet old enough to go to school.  Sandra supports the Teach Trust because she believes it will enable local families to access the best possible education for their children.

Paul Squire


Paul has been a TEACH Trust Trustee since November 2019. He has lived in Canford Heath all his life and attended Canford Heath Infant School, Canford Heath Junior School and Ashdown School. Paul has 2 children who currently attend Ad Astra Infant School and Haymoor Junior School. He is a senior leader with 20 years’ Risk and Control Management, Audit and Compliance experience, mostly within the Financial Services industry in the UK and Overseas, he has also held governance roles as a member of Audit & Finance and Risk Committees and has a post graduate qualification from the Institute of Risk Management. Paul is keen to support the Teach Trust schools by focusing on the education of children first so that they can all achieve the best possible outcome through their school journey.

Emma Hall


Emma is the Chair of the TEACH Trust. Emma has been a governor of the TEACH Trust since being elected by parents and carers in December 2014. She’s now a Trustee and lead governor for Pupil Premium, as well as, the Chair of the Standards Committee. Emma’s a Marketing Manager at LV=, looking after customer documents and working to improve customer experience. Emma was born and educated in Poole, returning to family and friends after four years at University. She’s been married to David for 12 years; they have two children who attend Canford Heath Infant and Junior Schools. Emma is passionate about supporting the Trust to improve education for all children and families in the Canford Heath area. She’s particularly interested in improving outcomes for children with additional educational needs.

Greg Neilson

Greg is a TEACH Trust member. He has lived in Poole since early childhood and attended Poole schools for all of his education. He is a software developer by profession, and after many years working both in the UK and abroad is now Technical Director of an IT company whose head office is on the Nuffield Industrial Estate. Greg has been involved in school governance since 2007, as a governor at Ad Astra Infant School (serving for a year as chair in 2009) and later as a governor at Ashdown/Magna, and Old Town Infant School. Greg has lived on Canford Heath since 1995, is married and has two daughters who have attended Ad Astra and Haymoor schools and are now at Magna Academy.

David Pawling

David is a TEACH Trust board member and Trustee. David moved to Poole with his family in 1997 from Orpington and has two daughters currently at St. Edwards. He became a Governor at Haymoor Junior School in 2006 and Chair of Governors in 2015 before he became a Trustee until April 2018. David has experience of working within management in the food industry and now works in Early Years Childcare.

Anne Jolliffe

Anne Jolliffe sits on the Teach Trust Board, since arriving in Poole 17 years ago Anne has been involved working within the community and schools in the area and sees it as an important part of my role as General Manager at Tower Park in Poole. Anne has been in involved in property management for over 30 years including a spell in central London. The volunteering and working with community has involved working with schools and pupils in particular the Young Enterprise programme. Anne is keen to support Teach Trust she believes we need to give our children the best opportunities to achieve at all times.

 Linda Duly

Linda has worked in many different settings from a school nursery, nanny, a children’s co-ordinator in a leisure facility and owning and running her own nursery in Germany for 13 years before returning to the UK in 1997. Linda has owned and operated a nursery in Poole since 1999 and have always been very proactive in all spheres of the childcare sector. Cuddles has gone from one very small setting to 3 settings over the last 22 years. Linda has represented providers on Poole Early Years subgroup for about 17 years and more recently on the BCP Early Years Providers group. She is also one of the two representatives who sit on the Schools Forum where decisions are made with regard to the Dedicated Schools Grant and has always been very passionate about childcare and early education.



John White


John is deputy CEO of a Multi Academy Trust and also provides executive leadership to a number of special and alternative provision schools.  John has extensive experience of school leadership in secondary, special and alternative provision settings. He is trained in school inspection and has a particular interest in system development, strategic thinking and planning, leadership of SEND, behaviour management and coaching and mentoring.  He is a TEACH Trust Board member for the same reason that he works in education – because he believes that high quality education is essential in achieving long term success and happiness.

Sean Frampton

Sean has been a Governor at Haymoor Junior School since 2014 when his son attended the school, in 2018 he became a Trustee.  He has recently retired from the Fire Service, after almost 31 years, where he was Head of Operational Training for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Sean has used the skills and knowledge gained through his career and has been able to apply them to his role as Governor and now Trustee.  This has included the management of Health and Safety across the trust  schools, an overview of the requirements for premises improvements and examining the financial aspects of the schools.  He has a passion for learning and developing others and sees being a Trustee as the opportunity to give something back to the community, assisting in the lifelong learning and developing a growth mindset of our children in a safe and inspirational environment.