Val was the previous Headteacher of Ad Astra Infant School, but is now undertaking the role of 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 plays an active part in the Local Authority and sits on various working groups ranging from budgeting to school improvement. Val takes a particular interest in the Professional Development of teachers and Chairs the Management Board of Poole SCITT. SCITT stands for `School Centred Initial Teacher Training` and is a teacher training organisation which trains local people for the primary phase of education. Val lives in Wimborne and is married with one daughter, who attended Corfe Hills School.
Kate Carter is the Executive Headteacher over the four schools within the TEACH Trust. 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. She is also married to a teacher and they have two lovely sons.
Chas Rowling – Vice Chair of the TEACH Trust. Chas is also the joint chair of Governors or Ad Astra Infant School and Haymoor Junior School. Chas hails from Bournemouth, attending Bournemouth Grammar School and playing both soccer and cricket for Dorset. He has worked in both private and public sectors which included working in Human Resource Management supporting local schools. Chas obtained a Masters Degree in HRM during this time. In latter years, Chas was Operations Manager for Poole Library Service with a focus on staff, budget, project and change management. Currently Chas is employed as Community Development Manager for the BoP. Chas has a daughter, now aged 16.
Sandra sits on the TEACH Trust Board as a Director. 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.
Dr Chris McCall
For 30 years I was a GP in Broadstone and Corfe Mullen and more recently been chair of the locality group of the local NHS commissioning group (Dorset CCG) that covered the area of Poole North of which Canford Health is part. I am keen to see further close working between the local health services and education services to achieve the best possible outcome in potential for children.
Wendy is the Trusts Chief Finance Officer. She has lived in Bournemouth all her life. She attended local schools in Bournemouth and studied for her accountancy exams at Bournemouth College. Previous to this new role Wendy has had over 20 years working experience in industry and finance. Wendy started with Poole Borough Council as a Finance Officer at Hillbourne School in September 2004, soon becoming the School Business Manager, then moving to Canford Heath Infant And Junior School in October 2012. With the move to Academy status in April 2015, she has responsibility for the design, delivery and integration of all financial systems across the four TEACH Poole MAT. Wendy is married and has two children who attend Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne.
Greg is Chair of the TEACH Trust. 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 is a director on the TEACH trust board as well as the Co-Chair of Governors of Ad Astra Infant School and Haymoor Junior School. 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. David has experience of working within management in the food industry and now works in Early Years Childcare.