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Members and Trustees

As in other multi-academy trusts, the legal and strategic responsibilities for LiHT sit with our Members and Trustees.

Our members have long-standing relationships with our schools, and are the custodians of our values. As such, they have the power to appoint and dismiss Trustees as well as the responsibility for ensuring the Articles of Association are fit for purpose according to national guidance and governance best practice. 

We are also proud to work with experienced and widely skilled Trustees, who are strongly committed to raising standards in all our schools and ensuring probity. Directors support the Trust in making strategic decisions and hold our senior leaders to account for our financial and academic performance.

Trust Members


Date of Appointment

Pauline Ann Collier


Heidi Hinchliffe


Richard C Matthew


Paul Hill





Term of Office (end)

Gary Wilkie



Heidi Hinchliffe

Co-opted Trustee

8th September 2022

Phil Haslett

Member appointed Trustee, Acting Chair

11th October 2023

Laura Udenwoke

Co-opted Trustee, Vice-Chair

19th March 2022

Robert Keller

Co-opted Trustee

30th October 2022

Peter Saville

 Co-opted Trustee

10th December 2022

Marijke Miles

Co-opted Trustee

8th September 2023

Rosemary Jones OBE

Member appointed Trustee 

1st September 2023

Lesley Cartmell

Member appointed Trustee 

10th September 2024

Ben Spinks

Member appointed Trustee 

10th September 2024

 Trustees Pen Portraits 


Peter Saville - Member appointed Trustee

Peter is an experienced professional having spent most of his career working in the private sector. Peter specialises in complex financial restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency assignments, combining his skills in business turnaround and strategic analysis with a natural aptitude for mediation and collaboration to quickly assess a circumstance and implement effective strategies. Peter is a chartered accountant and a licensed insolvency practitioner.

In addition to his role within the LiHT, Peter is also a founder member and former trustee of a charity which focusses on diversity, inclusion and social mobility (the Z Foundation). For the last three years, Peter has also been working with the Downs Syndrome Association (DSA) to improve access to work via their Workfit programme. Peter spoke on this subject at the DSA’s annual conference at the United Nations in New York in 2018.


Gary Wilkie - Trust CEO and Trust Accounting Officer

Having started his teaching career in Newham in 1989, and after being Head Teacher at Sheringham Primary School from 2000 - 2014, Gary is now the CEO of the Learning in Harmony Trust. Gary was chair of the Newham Head Teachers Association from 2001 to 2014 and has been Newham NAHT Branch Secretary since 2008. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2011 and was a member of the NLE Fellowship in 2015. Gary has spoken at a range of conferences both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from Assessment for Learning to Recruitment and Retention in Multi Academy Trusts.


Heidi Hinchliffe - Member appointed Trustee

Heidi has over 25 years in the education sector, working as a primary teacher both in Australia and Newham, followed by nearly 20 years in the field of education recruitment management. Working in partnership with schools and Local Authorities as well as international organisations, Heidi specialises in ensuring recruitment and retention of high calibre staff. Heidi has been an active member of Sheringham Primary School’s Local Governing Body for over 15 years and has completed the NCSL Chair of Governors Development Programme. She has also been a Board Director since 2014 and a Trust Member since 2016. 

Phil Haslet - Member appointed Trustee

Phil has over 15 years working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions for clients in the UK and overseas. As a Director for Tribal Group’s inspection business, Phil was a key member of the senior management team that developed the business into the largest provider of inspection services in the UK, winning regional contracts that valued over £190m. Phil also helped to develop that business overseas, securing and implementing a contract to develop and deliver an inspection framework for Public and Private Schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Later, as Business Development Director for Best Practice Network between 2012-17, Phil worked with Directors across the business to drive business performance and develop and identify new areas for growth.

Phil is currently a Director for Teach First, which focuses on confronting inequality by developing great teachers to work in low-income areas, and as well as a Learning in Harmony Trustee, he is and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Olympus Multi-Academy Trust. Phil’s core skills include project and programme management; financial management with a proven track record of delivering multi-million-pound budgets; client and stakeholder management; utilising technological solutions to drive business improvement and efficiencies; sales, marketing and business development; and bid management and writing.


Robert Keller - Co-opted Trustee

Robert Keller, BA Hons, MBA, MIEx is currently Hon Treasurer and Trustee at The Institute of Export and International Trade, a Trustee at Blind in Business and is active on the Education and Charity committee of the worshipful company of a World Traders.

Rob’s banking and finance career has spanned over 35 years culminating in senior leadership roles in RBS and ABN Amro where he was the head of a business responsible for license to operate, P and L, strategy and business development. Prior to that he held Senior client facing roles at American Express, JP Morgan Chase and Caterpillar. His areas of expertise include stakeholder management, business risk management, regulatory compliance and license to operate, business management and strategic delivery. Rob has lived and worked in four countries and speaks five languages.

Marijke Miles - Co-opted Trustee

Marijke Miles has 15 years' experience as a Special school headteacher and over 25 years' teaching experience in a variety of settings. She is a member of the National Executive of the NAHT and Chair of their National SEND Council.

She sits on the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education and works with a range of interest groups in promoting and advocating for the interests of children and families with SEND. A facilitator for the NPQ programmes with the University of Winchester she provides leadership coaching and development in schools as well as more specialist advice and consultancy.

Both of her special schools have been social work training units for the universities of Winchester and Portsmouth and she has pioneered the placement of senior social workers within the senior leadership teams of schools in order to harness the benefits of cross-discipline practice and skills.

Ben Spinks - Member Appointed Trustee

Ben’s has over 10 years’ experience in leading services and organisations across the social, public and private sectors. Ben specialises in the leadership of major change programmes, and in the development of sustainable business models in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ben is currently Chief Executive at BDSIP, where he has worked since 2018. A social enterprise owned by 56 schools in Barking and Dagenham, BDSIP delivers professional support services to schools with expertise spanning curriculum development and pedagogy, school improvement, inclusion, governor services, careers, work experience and CPD.

Ben was previously Local Government Market Director at Capita Transformation – the Capita group’s change and consultancy business. Here he was responsible for shaping and delivering major transformation projects with clients across England and Wales. Ben has also been Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Brent, and Strategy & Communications Director at Oldham Council.

Ben is a governor at Sheringham Primary in Newham and at Rose Lane Primary in Dagenham. Ben is also a member of the national advisory committee for Groundwork, a federation of charities delivering anti-poverty and environmental initiatives across the UK.

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