The Glyn Learning Foundation

Schools Strategy Board (Governors)

Danetree Primary School Strategic Board

Danetree Primary School is part of GLF Schools, a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) made up of Primary and Secondary schools.  The governance structure of the trust had been developed to support both the culture of GLF Schools and the effective management of a growing organisation. GLF Schools recognises the individuality of each school and that each school has its own distinct character and culture that is respectful of its community and context.

The Trust Board is accountable to the Secretary of State for all schools within the MAT and responsible for compliance with government and EFSA requirements, company law and charity law. Whilst the Trust Board will always remain accountable, there is delegation of decision making where appropriate. Further information on GLF governance arrangements can be found  here

Each school within the MAT has a School Strategy Board (SSB) to provide the local governance function, to which the Trust Board delegates.

In all schools, governance, should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management, including well-being, of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Each SSB has nine members, comprised of: voluntary members of the community, elected parent representatives, the Headteacher, the School Business Manager and members of the GLF central team. The members discharge their duties through: twice termly board meetings, monitoring visits and contributing to other working groups and committees within The Trust.  Members also attend training to improve understanding of their role and to keep up to date in the ever-changing educational world.

Mr G Hunnisett

Mr G Hunnisett (Community SSB Member)
Chair of Governors
Gary has headed up new business development for Smart Training for the last 18 months. Prior to that he spent three years as Head of Operations and 10 years as a Business Development Manager serving major blue chip companies in the food and drink retail sector. During this time, Gary spent three years working on a half a billion dollar start up company, gaining a unique insight enabling him to support any new business. To support him with his roles he completed a two year senior management course and MBA level, supported by Mars, BMW and several Government bodies. He has a strong proven record of: investing in people linked to reward and recognition, driving change through strategic planning, developing a true customer focused business, maximising sales through targeted marketing and competitor analysis. 

Ms J Humberston Ms J Humberston (Parent SSB Member)
Safeguarding Governor
Ms Joanna Humberston has just been elected to join the governing body of Danetree School as a parent governor. She currently has a son in Year 5, and her youngest son will be joining Year 3 in September 2016. Having spent her professional life in secondary education, she is currently involved in the delivery of modern foreign languages in the primary sector in several schools and is overwhlemed by the enthusiasm and the motivation of the youngest learners. Since her son joined Danetree in 2013, the nurturing of curiosity and a deep-rooted love of learning have unreservedly impressed her. She attributes this to the refreshing, innovative vision of the school; ensuring that the themed learning is purposeful, creative, kinesthetic and enjoyable for all and she looks forward to being involved as Danetree enters its exciting new phase. Her interests include music, drama, and dance.
Mrs Katherine Taylor (Governor)

Mrs Taylor (Parent SSB Member)

Kate Taylor is a parent SSB member and SEND governor with two children in year 6 at Danetree school. She has worked for a large retail company for 19 years in a number of varying roles which has given her extensive experience in operational management , event organising, service strategies, budget planning,  recruitment and performance management.  She is currently an Executive Assistant to a senior Board Director working in central London.   Since her children joined Danetree school Kate has been delighted with their progress and always keen to work with teachers to progress their learning and development. As an advocate for Danetree kate looks forward to supporting the school even further in her role in the SSB

Martin Burke (1)

Martin Burke (Community SSB member)

Martin is a former chief executive of a housing association. He also served on the board of a large Croydon based housing association.
Now retired he devotes most of his time to education and charitable activities. He is a board member of GLF Schools and chairs the Resources Committee. He is a governor at West Hill school in Leatherhead and is working on the development of a new free school for children with special needs which is due to open in 2021.
Away from the world of education he is a trustee of AGEUK East Sussex and an ambassador for Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity.

Full GLF SSB Representatives

Name Role Appointed Expires Appointed by

Gary Hunnisett

Community SSB member

LGB on skills

Joanna Humberston

Parent SSB member

elected by parents/carers 

Bethan Smith

Headteacher, Danetree

ex officio
GLF Board

Louise Buckley

School Business Manager Danetree

ex officio Headteacher, Danetree
Joanne Freeman
Education Partner GLF Schools

ex officio
GLF Board
Kate Taylor
Parent SSB member 01.09.17 ex officio LGB on skills
Martin Burke Community SSB member 01.09.17 ex officio LGB on skills


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