About our Members and Trustees

Martin Swainson - Chair of Members

Bruce McGlashan - Member
I live in Chartham Hatch with my wife and children; my daughter and son have attended Petham Primary since Reception Class. I was a parent governor at Petham until shortly before the school joined The Village Academy, when I became Chair of Governors. When Petham joined the Village Academy in 2013, I became a Trustee and Director. My career is in the fresh produce industry - I have enjoyed working as a non-academic in The Village Academy and helping it evolve into an ambitious organisation. It continues to have the welfare and success of the pupils and staff in its schools at the heart of all it strives for, and I look forward to developing this further through my role as a Member of the Village Academy Governance.

Revd. Steve Lillicrap - Member  I am Rector of the Parish of Kingsdown and Creekside, which includes the villages of Lynsted and Norton. I originally became a community governor of Lynsted & Norton School in 2008, and a Foundation Director of The Village Academy when it was formed until March 2017. I remain a Foundation representative Member of the Academy. I believe in schools providing the best education for all children and it is for that reason I am a Member of the Academy. Having seen my children go through their schooling, I now have the privilege of watching my grandchildren experience their schools in different parts of the country.

Mike Lea, Trustee
I am the Head of Planning at the Education & Skills Funding Agency where I have worked for the past 2 years. Prior to this, I held a number of senior positions and bring significant experience of working in public sector planning environments, including education. I am delighted to be part
of the new Trustee team and look forward to visiting the schools and meeting staff as part of his new role with The Village Academy.

Franz McCoy, Trustee
I am the Deputy Divisional Director of Retail Accounts (SW & Central) for Santander. I have a wide range of experience of financial management, including auditing and risk management and am looking forward to my new  role as part of the new Trustee team, working to support the schools in delivering the best education we can for every pupil.

Quentin Roper, Foundation Trustee and Chair of Trustees (Appointed by the Diocese)
I am Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury and lead its work in relation to ministry with children, schools and young people.  I am responsible for developing and articulating vision and strategy, managing a team that supports and resources schools, deaneries and parishes. 

Having studied at the University of Durham, graduating with a BA(Ed) Hons. degree in Education, I then went on to complete an MA in Leadership and Management for Learning at Canterbury Christ Church University and am presently at the thesis stage of a Doctorate in Education.  I have experience as a class teacher and senior leader, enjoying eight years as headteacher of a Church of England school in East Kent, and hold a number of governor positions in both the maintained and independent sector.

Justin Smith, Trustee
I am the Chief Executive Officer of The Primary First Trust; a successful MAT with schools across Medway, North Kent and Bexley. I am an experienced CEO with a long and well-established career in delivering improved outcomes for pupils as well as business management. I am also currently at the thesis stage of my Doctorate in Education. I am delighted to have been able to join as a Trustee, and in being able to continue to work with the Trust.

Hayley Spedding, CEO and ex-officio Trustee
I joined The Village Academy in November 2017 following a long and successful career in Kent Police, retiring from a senior leadership position. Having had a wide ranging and diverse career in senior leadership roles, including improving the life chances of children and young people, I was delighted to be appointed as CEO of The Village Academy in August 2018. I am proud to be working with a committed and talented group of staff, who are focused on improving the educational experiences and outcomes for all pupils through high standards of teaching and effective business management.