Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust

Members and Directors


What do Members and Directors (Trustees) do?

The Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust (P&WDAT) is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education and Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Board of Education for the performance of those academies which form part of the Trust. This is with particularly with regards to standards of education, financial performance and fulfilment of other legal requirements, including the employment of staff and health and safety.


The 3 Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint the directors (trustees) and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association.

Operational accountability is discharged by the Trust’s Directors who are also accountable for ensuring that the Trust meets its obligations under both the Companies Act and relevant Charity Commission frameworks.


The Members appoint the Directors. The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.

This useful document provides further information about governance in multi-academy trusts:

The Trust has established two sub committees:


Education and Standards

This sub committee monitors the effectiveness of educational provision including standards, of attainment and progress, attendance and exclusions, ethos and Christian distinctiveness in Trust academies. The sub-committee meets half-termly and is chaired by Graham Exon.



This sub committee monitors how effectively resources including finance, people and buildings are used to support the Trust’s work. The Trust has developed policies and procedures in order to comply with the Academies Financial Handbook. A link to the latest edition of the handbook can be found here: The sub-committee meets half-termly and is chaired by Keith Atton.


A Scheme of Delegation is in place with each individual Academy, in order to discharge some duties and responsibilities to Local Governing Bodies, their respective sub-committees and individual Academy Principals:



Further details about our governance arrangements can also be found on Get Information About Schools:

Trust Members and Directors (Trustees)


The  Directors named below are appointed by the Members.

The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.

Members and Directors interests can be found in the information section:

Members and Directors attendance at meetings can be found on the information section:


Dr. Keith John Atton: Sponsor Director

Keith is recently retired, after a long career in education. Most recently, Keith has been a school improvement partner to ten different schools, across four different local authority areas. Prior to this role, Keith worked as the Headteacher of a secondary school in Berkshire having previously been an acting headteacher, deputy headteacher, head of history and head of economics. Keith has also been a consultant for NCSL and for Workforce Reform and held the role of Branch Secretary for ASCL for 10 years.

Chair of P&WDAT Resources sub-committee

Date of appointment: 25/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 24/08/2020


Ven. Gavin Andrew Collins: Sponsor Director

Gavin is Archdeacon of the Meon and as such is responsible for the strategic direction, pastoral support and managerial and financial oversight of half of the mainland parishes in Portsmouth Diocese. 

Gavin brings considerable previous Trustee experience, most recently having served 9 years as a Trustee of the London School of Theology.  Prior to ordination, Gavin was a solicitor in the City of London, and so also brings legal and financial experience and an aptitude to his work with the Trust. Gavin is a member of the Resources sub-committee.

Date of appointment: 28/06/2016. Date term of office ends: 27/06/2020


Ven. Dr Joanne Grenfell: Sponsor Director

As Archdeacon, Joanne oversees and supports the clergy and parishes in the Archdeaconry of Portsdown. From her past experience as a Director of Ordinands in Sheffield Diocese and, amongst other employments, as a lecturer in English in Oriel College, Oxford, Joanne has always been familiar with the issues surrounding education. Joanne is also currently Chair of Governors at Charter Academy in Portsmouth.

Date of appointment: 30/01/2018. Date term of office ends: 29/01/2022


Mr Graham Arthur Exon: Sponsor Director

With some 20 years experience in school governance, Graham has had significant involvement in both the maintained and independent sectors and is designated a National Leader of Governance. He is currently Chairman of the Governing Board at Talbot Heath Independent Girls School (ages 3 to 18) and chairs Bournemouth Schools' Forum. Graham is Chair of Bournemouth Septenary Trust, the Umbrella Trust of seven primary academies, having previously served as Chair of Governors at St Michael's Primary CE (VC) School, Bournemouth. He sits on admission appeal panels and is a member of the Strategic Board of Linwood Teaching School Alliance. He also works with the Diocesan Board of Education as part of the Associate Education Staff (Governance). Following a successful career in banking Graham was appointed Chair of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and has served as a non-executive director of a number of local companies. He has significant experience within senior management and of corporate governance. Graham has also acted as a consultant to boards and trustees on dispute resolution and business planning.

Chair of P&WDAT Education & Standards sub-committee

Date of appointment: 25/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 24/08/2020


Mrs Jennifer Catherine Hollingsworth: Member

Date of appointment: 13/04/2018. Date term of office ends: N/A - Member


Canon William Piers Maximilian Hughes: Member/Sponsor Director/Chairman and Safeguarding Director

Will has been in parish ministry since 2001. He has been involved in Infant, primary and secondary schools since then, as well as independent schools, where he has taught RE and been a governor. Will has been a governor of state schools since 2005, including a period as a chair of governors.

Will has served on the Diocesan Board of Education and its committees since 2006, and has a particular focus on relating Christian character to all aspects of school life. 

Chairman of the P&WDAT, member of the Education and Standards sub-committee and Safeguarding Director.

Date of appointment: 30/10/2017. Date term of office ends: 29/10/2021



Mr Martin James Leamon: Sponsor Director

Martin has been a Governor at St James' Academy for the last three years and has two boys who attend  there. Martin is currently the LGB Chair having previously been Vice Chair and Chairing the Education and Standards sub-committee. Martin attends St James' Church on a regular basis and says that his faith enables him to play an active part in the community as a Foundation Governor.

Martin’s background is in the commercial world, in marketing and advertising. This has included assisting large sales organisations navigate times of significant change through a shift from offline to online media. Martin is numerate and highly organised with deep leadership experience. Martin believes that he brings a pragmatic approach to problem solving and confident decision making abilities.

Martin is a member of the Education and Standards sub-committee.

Date of appointment: 01/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 31/07/2020


Mr Andrew Ronald Robinson: Member

Andrew Robinson was appointed Chief Executive of the Diocese of Winchester in 2008. Working alongside the Bishop of Winchester, Andrew shares in the policy formation and leadership of the Diocese. He has a key role advising on strategy, policy and resources. He is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the staff employed by the Board across all of its business areas.

Since 2000 Andrew has been a commissioned officer in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and has undertaken a variety of roles and operational deployments; between 2013 and 2017 he was the Naval Equerry to HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO. In 2017 Andrew was appointed to head-up leadership strategy and development within the RNR.

Andrew is a Governor of Winchester University, an elected member of the Diocesan Secretaries Liaison Group, a Director of Winchester Social Enterprise, a member of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, and Chairs the Local Authority funded Hampshire Good Neighbour Network. Andrew was appointed a lay Canon of Winchester Cathedral in 2012. Andrew has previously been a Director of an academy trust.

Date of appointment: 24/05/2018. Date term of office ends: N/A - Member


Mr Clifford Gerald Taylor: Sponsor Director - Currently awaiting pre-appointment checks

Cliff was a secondary school teacher early in his career, for 3 years at a large comprehensive school in Hove, and for 2 years in a small international school in Kenya, where he was appointed Acting Head during his second year. Since that time, he has spent more than 25 years in multinational companies, mostly in Human Resources. Cliff and his family have lived in several countries, including Kenya, Austria, the USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore, during which time Cliff has held roles with responsibilities across several countries in different regions. Cliff believes he brings experience and passion for coaching and developing people to be successful leaders, and in helping people across organizations in managing change for themselves and for others. He also has experience with governance across many organizations in many countries and different cultural settings, and is keen to learn how to apply this experience for the benefit of the Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust. He is a member of the Resources sub-committee.

Vice Chair of the P&WDAT

Date of appointment: 04/06/2018. Date term of office ends: 03/06/2022


Each academy within the Trust has 2 Parent Directors on their Local Governing Bodies, which therefore meets the governance regulations.