The Island Learning Trust
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Chief Executive Officer: Debbie Wheeler

Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Ryan Driver

Chief Finance Officer: Jeanette Read

Chair of the Trust Board: Howard Fisher


Governance Structure of The Island Learning Trust




Mr Matthew Cheesbrough

Time served engineer mainly within the Pharmaceutical industry, working at technician and engineer levels. Currently working on new product integration and process improvement projects meaning that I have to use skills, knowledge and experience to get existing equipment to run differently or design new processes to manufacture new products. Involved in meetings with all members of the Senior Leadership Team and project managing all parts of the project, including contractors, team members and financial aspects.

I have mentored, worked alongside and trained new apprentices and employees, right through from interviewing through to completion of induction and apprentice qualifications.

Sheppey Rugby club player for various teams and a youth coach for U7 and U8's, as well as a "guest" specialist coach for the older groups based on playing history and experiences.

Skills: Creative problem solving in an engineering and business process context, Business Process Improvement, Leadership, People Management, Communication. Good understanding of Finance/Accounts and Management Performance Information.

Mr Lee Havill

Lee is the managing director of his own thriving and growing Funeral Services business operating on the Isle of Sheppey. Lee is a passionate and driven business man with a wide variety of skills all transferable although cultivated in a specialist industry.

Lee is community minded and sponsors a range of sports teams on the Island: Sheppey Rugby Club, Sheppey United Football club.

Skills: financial, marketing and PR, people management, business growth and development, health and safety, operations management, communication, leadership, succession planning

Mrs Heidi Pye

Currently Learning Support Manager at a local secondary school, I have worked in administration in schools for nearly 20 years. I line manage a team of 15 Teaching Assistants and coordinate Access Arrangements for public examinations.

I am a musician (though I only play my trombone occasionally nowadays). In the past I have been in bands, choirs and also led the children’s / junior choir at church for 13 years.

In my spare time I enjoy making soft furnishings, quilting, knitting, crochet and a bit of baking. 2 young grandchildren also keep me busy!

Skills: Leadership, people management, time management, communication.

Good understanding of finance/accounts and school performance data

Mr Nick Pye

38 years working in the Automotive Industry. Initially in distribution but for the last 20 years as a Regional Sales Manager. My experiences are in Sales Management, Team Building and latterly in Training and Presentations.

Although work takes up much of my time, my other interests are all sports and most importantly my family which includes 2 grandchildren with a 3rd on its way.

Skills: Leadership, sales, PR and marketing, people management, time management, communication. Good understanding of finance/accounts.




Mr Kenneth Ingleton

Retired Company Director and Manager, 30+ years’ experience. School Governor since 1984: 20 years as COG and 20 years as Chair of Finance. Current COG Minster Primary School. Interests include: Local Government, past member and current Mayor of Swale Borough Council, now a Parish Councillor with Minster on Sea Parish Council. Community Facilities as Trustee of Friendship House and of Thistle Hill Community Centre, Member of Minster on Sea Rotary Club and President of Minster WM Club. Education in Local History as Trustee of Minster Gatehouse Museum.

Skills: Performance Management and Business Process Improvement, Leadership, People Management, Communication. Excellent understanding of Finance/Accounts and Management Performance Information, Community Relations, Corporate Governance

Mrs Hannah Truelove

Hannah Truelove is a qualified barrister, currently working as an in-house lawyer for HMG, where she advises on various issues of public law.  Hannah's background is at the self-employed bar where she practiced in general common law, acting for both prosecution and the defence in the criminal courts (with significant experience in working with defendants in the Youth Court), handling cases in tribunals (including education tribunals) and with a specialism in extradition.  Hannah has experience of appearing in front of courts of all levels, from magistrates’ courts to the Supreme Court.

Skills: Leadership, people management, communicating and influencing, coaching, strategic thinking, performance management, planning and delivery.

Mr Howard Fisher (Chair)

Educated at Anglia Ruskin University; Howard completed his four year BEd (Hons) in maths before entering the teaching profession in Harlow, Essex. His first school was a tough council school in the heart of Harlow, a deprived area with high social needs. Rising quickly to be key stage manager for the infant department, he went on to teach in a private school in Hertfordshire catering from nursery to eighteen. Here he studied for his first post graduate qualification in Special Educational Needs with a focus on children’s literature and a study of ‘why do boys fail?’ Moving here to the East end of London he worked in a multicultural school in Walthamstow; the school at the time having been just failed by an inspection team, he quickly worked with the Head Teacher to bring about change. From here he accepted a deputy headship to Sheerness in Kent; a very deprived school with severe social challenge; completing here his national qualification for headship. His four year tenure prepared him well for his first Headship on the Romney Marsh in a new school with severe problems. Here he studied for his second post graduate qualification in Faith in Education. Moving this school to good with outstanding features; he then decided to take the challenge of building and opening a new school on Sheppey in Kent. Restructuring the school and working with an architect within a time frame of just eight months; the school has grown from strength to strength receiving an Outstanding inspection from the Diocese recently. Howard is now studying for a Theology degree and has taken the school into an Academy with the Diocese, he is in his fourteenth year of headship.

Dr Ashok Rehal


I was born in Kenya, of Indian parents and have lived in the UK since 1968. I am married with 2 grown up children and 2 grandchildren. We have also lived and worked in the USA. I am a practising educational psychologist, working independently. I was the chief educational psychologist in an inner London Borough. I have been involved in all aspects of education throughout my life. I was first elected a school governor in around 1987 and have been a governor on and off since. I have chaired a Secondary school governing body as well as a Primary school governing body. I am an elected serving chair of our local Parish Council. I passionately believe in education entitlement for all. My fundamental belief is equal opportunity for all. I have represented parents as well as local authorities in Special Educational and Disability Tribunals.


Chairing / Non-Executive Experience, Change Management, Child Welfare/Safeguarding, Community Relations, Corporate Governance, Education System, Finance, Monitoring Performance/Quality Assurance, Negotiation/Mediation, Problem Solving, Project Management, Strategic Leadership, Management, Teaching/Learning Curriculum

Mr Ian Fidge

Self-employed Education Consultant. I have recently retired from a career in Primary Education. I became a teacher in 1991- the headteacher of a small rural school in 2001 and the CEO of a multi-academy trust in 2010. I have extensive experience of finance, leading teaching and learning, change management, governing bodies and trust boards. I sit on 3 trust boards and am passionate about improving education and outcomes for young people.


Chairing / Non-Executive Experience, Change Management, Child Welfare/Safeguarding, Community Relations, Corporate Governance, Education, Finance, Monitoring Performance/Quality Assurance, Negotiation/Mediation, Problem Solving, Project Management, Strategic Leadership, Management, Teaching/Learning Curriculum

Mr Jeremy Bede-Cox

Current employment: Chief Operating Officer at Kingston University

I am an enthusiastic and experienced manager with 25 years management experience within the education sector in leadership roles. Currently I have worked closely with the Vice Chancellor on issue of professional services restructure and creating a service culture to enhance the academic endeavour. I chair a number of university and faculty committee to improve services and manage change in the organisation. At Kingston University I am Chief Operating Officer at one of the best arts schools in the country and have in my time there improved my understanding of how and arts and humanities faculty runs alongside my experience of running a social science and science faculty. As a senior manager I influenced strategy and manage change.

Skills: Audit, Buildings, Career Development, Chairing, Change Management, Corporate Governance, Finance, Health & Safety, Income Generation,  Employment management, Monitoring, Negotiation, Problem Solving, Procurement, Performance Management, Strategic planning and leadership, Child Welfare

Mr Gary Jeffery (Vice Chair)

My full name is Gary Raymond Jeffery, 55 years of age and a real local, having lived on the Isle of Sheppey for all of those years, progressing through the then Primary (Rose Street), Middle (St Georges C E) and the Sheppey Comprehensive educational structure. I am passionate about improving life chances for students.

I currently have a Sole Trader Business involved in Garden Maintenance, which has been in operation for four years, mainly servicing and transforming domestic and commercial areas in the Sheppey and Sittingbourne area. Prior to this I have 20 plus years in operational management at D S Smith, including seven years of General Manager role reporting to Group CEO, driving a direct report operational team of 6 to success on a variety of fronts – Finance, Health and Safety, Operations, Service and Team Performance. This role was National, culminating in an annual budget of £40m and staff number accountability of over 400.

I am of analytical nature, like attention to detail and am of a non-personalised direct nature, striving and demanding of success, good performance and standards.

Whilst truth is in the eye of the receiver, I am of the belief that I am also of approachable, understanding and supporting nature, and believe the above mix of business exposure, personal attributes and local interest will support TILT well.

Skills: Performance Management and Business Process Improvement, Project Management and delivery, Leadership, People Management, Communication. Good understanding of Finance/Accounts and Management Performance Information.

Mr Aaron Janes

I am currently a senior engineer looking after a team of engineers delivering connection projects across south London ranging from small service upgrades in individual properties to multi million pound developments such as the Shard and London Bridge redevelopment programme.  I work for the electricity board (UK Power Networks).  I joined them (London Electricity as it was then) in Aug' 1999 as an apprentice cable jointer. I have a HNC in Electrical engineering and a NEBOSH diploma in Health and Safety.  I am currently in my final year of a part time 3 year master’s degree studying leadership and management.

An experienced Governor with over 15 years’ experience: Vice Chair for 3 years, Chair currently at Eastchurch CEP School (have been for 2 years).

Experience with HT recruitment panel, staff discipline panel and expulsion panel. Chair of finance committee for four years so experienced with school budgets.

Experienced with DATA analysis. Currently serve on the executive committee for the Kent Governors Association representing SWALE governors, working with Governor services and holding them to account for support functions available to Kent Governors. Trained in Safer Recruitment.  Recently attended the DFE programme for School Governance leadership.

Skills: Finance and budget management, leadership, project management, change management, people management, communication, Health & Safety

Trust Information

The Island Learning Trust,Brecon Chase, Minster, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 2HX

The Island Learning Trust is a company registered in England and Wales.

Company registration no. 10296549. Registered office: The Island Learning Trust,Minster In Sheppey Primary School, Brecon Chase, Minster, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 2HX