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Learning in Harmony Trust

Members and Trustees

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

Name Date of Appointment

Pauline Ann Collier


 Heidi Hinchliffe  01.10.2016
 Richard C Matthew  01.10.2016

Paul Hill

Nnenna Urum-Eke





Term of Office (end)

Gary Wilkie



Heidi Hinchliffe

Co-opted Trustee

22nd July 2026

Phil Haslett

Member appointed Trustee,

11th October 2023

Peter Saville

 Member appointed Trustee, Vice Chair

10th December 2026

Lesley Cartmell

Member appointed Trustee 

10th September 2024

Ben Spinks

Member appointed Trustee, Chair

10th September 2024
Chilufya Mulenga

Member appointed Trustee

19th November 2025

Gulbanu Kader

Co-opted Trustee

27th September 2026

Penny Swain

Associate Co-opted Trustee

7th December 2026

Dan Morrow

co-opted Trustee

7th December 2026

Former Trustees

We have had no Trustee resignations in the last calendar year. 

Key Documents

Board of Trustees Attendance Records >>

Board of Trustees Declarations of Pecuniary Interests >> 

Trustee Pen Portraits

Phil Haslett - Member appointed Trustee

Phil is currently the Head of Education Strategy and Development at Gloucestershire County Council.  He has over 20 years experience of working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions both in the UK and overseas. 

Previously 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. 

Phil has also previously worked as a Director for Teach First,  an organisation that focuses on confronting inequality by developing great teachers to work in low-income areas.  As well as being 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.

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 that focuses 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.

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.  

Ben Spinks - Member Appointed Trustee

Ben 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.

Lesley Cartmell (BSc(econ), PGCE, MBA)

Lesley began her professional life as a teacher of economics and mathematics before changing course and moving to the City.  She is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in investment management as both a fund manager and Board member.  

Lesley has been a member of the local governing body at Hartley Primary School for 7 years as well as a member of the LIHT Finance and Audit Committee.   She is also a Governor of the City of London School.   In addition, she is the Director responsible to finance for a ceramics education charity that provides financial support for apprentices and runs a College in Stoke-on-Trent to train studio Potters.

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.

Gulbanu Kader - Co-opted Trustee

Gulbanu is Director of Education – Secondary for TMET and Executive Principal of Rushey Mead Academy and has had a range of experiences in her various teaching posts in her 20 year teaching career. She is also contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector for secondary schools in the East Midlands; in addition to this, she is trained to conduct Pupil Premium Reviews.

Her particular areas of expertise are in whole school improvement, particularly through the effective use of performance information.

Gulbanu believes that a successful school is underpinned by the creation of a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment, driven by high aspirations where children are inspired to embrace challenges, not to give up, make failure the beginning of success and aim for the very top, but at the same time, become responsible, caring and kind citizens. She is an energetic and committed individual, passionate about supporting students to fulfil their potential, regardless of their starting points.

Chilufya Mulenga - Member appointed Trustee

Chilufya is a qualified ACCA accountant with a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Cambridge, she is currently the Financial Controller at Tivian a software development company.

Dan Morrow - Co-opted Trustee

Dan Morrow is Chief Executive Officer of the Dartmoor Academy Trust and was previously the Trust Leader and CEO for Woodland Academy Trust.

Dan has worked as a Senior Leader in Education for 15+ years, in Secondary and Primary settings as well as acting as a Trustee for a number of other charitable organisations and third sector bodies. His is currently completing a MBA to facilitate a strategic focus on national policy and he advises widely at the Department for Education.

Dan is dedicated to supporting children to believe and achieve and for staff to grow and develop. This supports a climate and culture based on excellence for all.

Penny Swain - Member appointed Trustee

Penny Swain is an experienced trustee having previously been a trustee of a Free School in Hackney. A qualified secondary science teacher, she previously worked in mainstream and alternative provision in Kent and Newham. With over 30 years of experience in education, Penny is a company director of a school services group of businesses working with over 90% of MATs across England and supporting with financial, operational and strategic processes and solutions with a current focus on workforce planning and people strategy.

Her previous experience as a trustee has provided her with a solid understanding of the legal and financial responsibilities involved in managing a MAT and has been instrumental in developing effective operational structures, monitoring performance, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

As a trustee, she is committed to promoting the values and ethos of the LiHT, understanding the importance of effective communication and transparency in building trust with stakeholders