Trustees of the Gallery Trust

Kay Willett – Chief Executive Officer

Kay Willett has worked in special and mainstream education for over 25 years, and was Head Teacher of Iffley Academy, Oxfordshire’s largest special school, since 2003. Kay combines her role as CEO with that of Executive Head Teacher of Iffley Academy. Iffley Academy received an Outstanding Ofsted judgement in January 2015 and February 2019. Kay is a National Leader in Education, working alongside colleagues in schools to effect positive change, and has a strong track record of providing school to school support. As a coach for ‘Women Leading in Education’, Kay mentors Head Teachers and aspiring school leaders. Kay has served as Chair of Oxfordshire Special Schools Association, chaired High Needs funding block reviews, and works with Oxfordshire County Council on the SEND provision map and growth strategy.

Sian Rodway – Chair of Trustees

Sian Rodway has a rich and varied background in Education and Childrens’ Services. Sian has worked as a secondary school teacher, Education/Schools Officer, special needs officer, Strategic Lead for Performance at Oxfordshire County Council Children Services Directorate, and as Governor Services Manager at Oxfordshire County Council. In her role as Governor Services Manager, Sian completed numerous governance reviews for Oxfordshire schools and was a member and chair of task groups set up by the Local Authority as a consequence of schools being identified by the Local Authority or Ofsted as requiring improvement.

Stephen King

Stephen King is a Human Resources professional with 38 years’ experience and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Stephen has held various senior roles in industry, including Personnel Director of Ferguson Limited and HR Director for a UK subsidiary of Prudential, before starting a consultancy business specialising in HR management in 2001. Stephen has worked in senior HR roles for a number of local authorities and other public bodies.

Karen Shaw

Karen has an extensive interest and knowledge of SEN and as Link Trustee for SEN, Karen reports regularly to the Board on SEN research and development, policies, processes and SEN issues. Karen has extensive commercial and business knowledge gained through the property sector.

Gary Thomas

Gary has recently retired from the Army where he served in a range of roles in a senior capacity for almost 40 years, including several overseas deployments in conflict zones. Gary brings to the Board experience and knowledge in areas including project management, management of teams, logistics, organisation, and leadership and his excellent team working skills promote effective working and a collaborative approach.

Chris Scrivener (Vice Chair)

Chris has worked in education throughout his professional career, both in the UK and internationally. Chris is a trained Ofsted inspector and has worked for many years as a School Improvement Partner, supporting Local Governing Bodies with the performance management of Head Teachers. As a teacher, Chris has worked in a range of inner city, suburban and rural schools, including over 15 years in senior leadership roles. Following his teaching career, Chris joined Oxfordshire County Council as a Schools Adviser, and as a senior adviser leading a team of curriculum specialists, Chris specialised in supporting effective leadership and management of schools in challenging contexts.

Matthew Willis

Matthew is an electronic engineer with 35 years’ experience in hi-tech companies, including over 20 years at board level. He is a Chartered
Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and is now owner/director of a design consultancy.

Matthew’s involvement in education includes being a governor at Bardwell School, where his son was a former pupil, and serving on an advisory
board of the Research Council UK. Matthew has 15+ years experience of charity trusteeship and governance, and is currently a trustee of a small grant making charity for young people.

Katherine Moss, FCA, DChA, IACert

Kath is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience, including 12 years as an external audit partner in a large national firm. In 2010, she joined the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and set up a consultancy company which provides administration and advisory services to charities.

Kath’s involvement in education includes being a governor at Bardwell School (where her son was a pupil). Kath has been working professionally with the charity sector for over 20 years; and in a personal capacity by volunteering as a Trustee during the last 11 years.