Founding members of the Trust
They have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have power to appoint and remove the Trustees. They have ultimate control over the direction of the Academy Trust decisions.
Eileen Patching OBE (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
Eileen is passionate and committed to the provision of and continuous improvement in good quality education and takes an active role in primary education in Basildon. She is a founding governor member on the Basildon Excellence Panel and is now a Trustee of the new Basildon Excellence Partnership. Eileen has been a school governor of Merrylands Primary School for over 15 years and Chair of Governors for the past eight years. As a senior civil servant she leads a division of 120 staff in a range of policy and technical professional roles, risk management and customer service roles. Eileen has extensive experience of governance in challenging and assuring performance/interventions/development/handling of issues or cases involving millions of pounds. Her work involves analysis of complex data and financial information in order to make informed
A retired managing director, from the banking and insurance sector with broad experience of leading rapidly growing business through periods of change. With a passion for teaching and learning he is able to work collaboratively with small and large groups and is able to use his calm communication skills to explain strategy and individual roles clearly. He has been involved at The Willows as a governor since 2009, in a number of roles including Chair of Governors and is currently Chair of Finance. Colin enjoys challenging those around him to achieve excellence.
Margaret Marshall (October 2016 to May 2018)
Margaret is a qualified teacher and has spent 19 years working in education and has served as a Governor of a primary school for 21 years, mainly focussing on curriculum and pupil related matters. She is a member of Manor Mission Church in Laindon and her husband and son are Trustees. She takes the lead in providing a Sunday school for children who attend the church. The church funds and provides a mobile youth club based in a bus for local teenagers once a week. Margaret is responsible, on another evening, for the activities offered to the children within the church where the focus is games, crafts and a short spiritual element which enables her to get to know the children and their specific needs. As a church member she also assists with lifts for the elderly, catering for social events and liaising with local schools for the use of the church.
Having spent five years in banking at the start of his career, Patrick was relieved that teaching offered more scope for creativity as it should be seen. He taught in Northampton, Hull, China and London – moving from economics to careers, and then teacher training to partnership work. Patrick became a TVEI Advisor specialising in partnership work, and as part of this development, founded and set up the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership in 1991. Following secondment to Business in the Community for two years in the mid ‘90s, Patrick set up the Newham EAZ before moving onto Greenwich EAZ and Excellence in Cities at the turn of the millennium. Patrick took the opportunity to take a sideways step in 2007 to set up the Greenwich Olympic Office and Unit in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. He then went back to his educational roots and worked with a large secondary school and a sixth form college on partnership strategy. He was recruited by Nord Anglia to set up a major gifted and talented programme in the Middle East in 2008 and spent several months in Saudi Arabia as Project Director for the Mawhiba National Programme designed to open up Saudi schools to a more relevant and challenging curriculum and teaching methods. Patrick opted to return to the UK to work and developed the Basildon Education Services Trust (BEST) as a charity vehicle for school collaboration across a range of school improvement and whole-school issues. He then worked with partnership bodies to set up the Basildon Excellence Panel, with Sir Mike Tomlinson as the independent Chair.