Milestone School Performance

Our team

Our Members

Matthew Wolton

Independent Member

Matthew is a partner within the Education Team at Veale Wasbrough Vizards. An education specialist lawyer recognised nationally for his Academies expertise, Matthew has advised academy trusts and school governors through numerous government education schemes since 2008, supporting them to embrace change. His particular speciality is working with multi-academy trusts, helping them grow and improve, and he has a number of high-profile clients throughout the country. He speaks frequently at local and national events and is a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement.


Scott Harvey

Member - Resources Committee

Scott had a long and varied main career with the civil service, with a range of jobs including operational management, HR strategy, skills and workforce management, along with programme, project and change management in a number of challenging scenarios.  Scott has a wide range of qualifications from MBA to NLP practitioner.  He is a Chartered Manager, Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Fellow of  the Royal Society for the Arts. Scott is Vice Chair of a large secondary academy and a co-opted member of an FE College Board.


Neil Spurrier

Independent Member

After university, Neil completed a PGCE and taught for a couple of years before embarking on a 32 year IT career. This encompassed many roles over the years,  including a strong emphasis on data and change management.

Neil has for many years coached sport to children; initially this was at a local rugby club, but since retirement in school voluntarily; more recently he has also coached for Hockey Fever on a professional basis.

Neil became a governor at a large local secondary school in 2003 and then in 2006 Chair of the board for 12 years, during which time the school converted to an Academy. Last year Neil stood down as a Trustee there but remains a Corporate Member

Jo Bewley

Independent Member

Jo is an Owner, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Property Services at BPE Solicitors LLP.

Jo has the day to day management of the largest division in the firm as well as being Training Principle in charge of the training programme of the Trainees with the firm in addition to her wider duties which are firm-wide.

Jo’s legal specialisms over and above the standard commercial property work is within the healthcare sector and in particular GP super surgery developments and the finance for such schemes.

Jo works for a number of the firms biggest clients and has been involved in several Gloucestershire based super surgery developments.

Our Trustees

Lyn Dance

CEO, Executive Head Teacher and Member of all SAND AT Boards/Committees

Appointed – 4th July 2019

Lyn Dance has extensive experience of special education over 37 years.  Lyn has been a class teacher, head of department, deputy head and, latterly, the head teacher at The Milestone School for 16 years.  Lyn is Ofsted trained and a School Improvement Partner and new Head teacher mentor for several schools locally and in other Local Authorities.  She has proven experience of supporting schools to improve and has led The Milestone School through 3 consecutive Ofsteds with a grading of outstanding and a successful application to form The Coney Hill and Milestone Teaching School.

Lyn’s leadership style encourages innovative working and developing leaders for the future. Lyn is outward looking in her quest for continuous school improvement and is part of several collaborative working groups with both special and mainstream schools including GSP, G15, GASSH and SWALSSs.

David Ellis

Chair - Audit & Risk committee

Appointed – 22nd April 2019

David has worked in the voluntary sector for over 35 years, both overseas and in the UK. This has involved Director level and Chief Executive appointments with a number of national disability charities.

David has recently retired as the Chief Executive at National Star, a national charity working with and for young people with complex disabilities. He had held this position since 2010, during which time the charity gained ‘Outstanding’ awards from both Ofsted and CQC for the services offered. He also oversaw an increase in the scale of the charity’s service delivery from £14million p.a. to £35million p.a.

David has held a number of non-executive roles during his career in the voluntary sector, including most recently as a Trustee of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), the umbrella group for disability charities across the UK.

Antonia Noble

Quality of Education and Audit & Risk committee member

Appointed – 22nd April 2019

Antonia has been a barrister for over 22 years, practising for a number of years in London at criminal bar and undertaking civil litigation and immigration tribunal work before joining the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review suspected miscarriages of justice.

Antonia founded Carter Noble Independent Safeguarding in 2013 is to make expert knowledge and experience more user-friendly and available to everyone. Carter Noble protects organisations and people with support, advice and training including and in particular, data privacy and GDPR.

Kerry Brimfield

Chair of Trustees

Appointed – 20th October 2020

Kerry has 21 years of experience within education, 10 years in the academy sector.  She has extensive experience in school, academy and multi academy trust business services and educational leadership.  Kerry played a key role in improving educational standards by transforming the monitoring, evaluation, review and collection and use of data to drive forward school improvement. Kerry is a strategist with highly developed skills in coaching, negotiation, change and project management.

Kerry held the role of COO (and interim CEO) of a newly formed MAT where she was responsible for creating and implementing the funding model and all other business aspects of the growing Trust including managing numerous academy conversions. She has worked with and advised local governing bodies on the process of conversion, what should be considered whilst undertaking due diligence and led the TUPE process.

Kerry was the lead SBM Advocate for the National College of School Leadership, was a member of an education practitioners group advising the DfE in the implementation of policy and has delivered key note speeches both nationally and internationally.

Beverley Williams

Quality of Education committee member

Appointed – 20th June 2022

Awaiting further details.

Melanie Henry


Appointed – 8th August 2022

After graduating in Law from the University of East Anglia, Mel pursued a couple of different career options before deciding on the field of HR. She is a fully qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has more than 30 years generalist HR experience. This has been gained in large corporate organisations, most recently in Marsh Commercial a large commercial insurance brokers and a subsidiary of the global professional services firm Marsh McLennan.
As a strategic Senior HR Business Partner, Mel was part of a senior leadership team, working closely with Board members of Marsh Commercial.  Specific areas of her experience include talent management and development; succession planning; development of resourcing strategy, business transformation and restructuring, and provision of advice on complex Employee Relations issues. She also has experience of leading teams and developing the potential of other professional staff.

Chloe Sellick


Appointed – 3rd October 2022

Awaiting further details

Coral Peutrill


Appointed – 2nd November 2022

Coral graduated in Law in 2013 and has since gone on to a career as a qualified solicitor at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. She specialises in Education law, and helps to support schools through academy conversions, MAT expansions and academy transfers.

She also has experience in managing the issues and concerns which academy trusts face on a daily basis, from behaviour issues to parental complaints and exclusions, and the particular challenges which special schools face.

Coral also has experience and understanding of key trust documents, such as the Funding Agreement and Articles of Association.

Our Governance Professional

Kate Shepherd

Governance Professional & Executive Assistant to the Trust

Kate started clerking in 2012 and has vast governance experience in maintained schools, academies and special schools. She started with SAND Academies Trust at inception in 2019 and has helped shape and develop the governance structure with the Trust.

Kate also currently clerks for the Gloucestershire Association of Special School Headteachers (GASSH) – a role which complements the work she does at SAND.

In the academic year 2020/2021, Kate trained with the Chartered Governance Institute and successfully completed the Level 4 certificate in Academy Governance in 2021.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Lyn Dance

CEO & Executive Head Teacher

Lyn Dance has extensive experience of special education over 37 years. Lyn has been a class teacher, head of department, deputy head and, latterly, the head teacher at The Milestone School for 16 years. Lyn is Ofsted trained and a School Improvement Partner and new Head teacher mentor for several schools locally and in other Local Authorities.

Louise Morgan

Finance Director

Louise Morgan MAAT started her Finance career in 2010, as an accounts assistant in the commercial world and progressed to accounts manager before leaving in 2014. During this period of time Louise undertook professional studies with the association of accounting technician’s, gaining her full qualification status, which also enables her to hold her own Practice License.
From 2014 to 2018 she was the Finance Manager of Berkhampstead Independent Prep School in Cheltenham, where she developed her knowledge and understanding of school business management. Due to family involvement with special educational needs in 2018 Louise was drawn to an opportunity at The Milestone Special School and became the Finance Officer for the School. Louise was instrumental in developing Financial processes and systems for the development of SAND Academies Trust and,after a short maternity break, Louise returned as Trust Lead Finance Officer. She was subsequently promoted to Trust Accountant in the Summer Term of 2021.

Lynn Campbell-Davies

Operations Director

Lynn joined in 2014, after a successful career in the private sector, working for the world’s largest Logistics provider.

After graduating with a MSc Operations Management (Distinction) degree from Glasgow University in 1998, Lynn relocated to London where she moved from a theoretical appreciation of operations management to the fast-paced world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods, where her skills in operations management were developed. Examples of Lynn’s roles within the commercial sector include; Regional Operations Manager for Ikea and M&S Home Delivery and being part of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for long term planning and day to day running of a distribution centre. Project delivery, People and resolution management, P&L ownership, along with a passion for people were the key areas of focus for Lynn over a period of 12 years.

Lynn took a break from her career in 2007 to look after her young family and was appointed to an administration role at the Milestone School in 2014. Lynn has been promoted within the Trust and, by applying the principles which Lynn had learned in her previous roles in the private sector, she has been able to support the growth of the MAT, delivering not only against critical tasks to develop and standardise processes, but to also focus on personal development. Lynn also gained a Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers.

In 2022, Lynn was promoted to the position of Operations Director.

Our Previous Trustees / Members

David Young

Trustee - resigned 19th October 2022

Born and educated in Edinburgh, David attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and spent 8 years as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Military Police.
He has a Law Degree from Bristol University.
Following a serious leg injury David left the Army and built a career in the Security Industry.
He has over 30 Years Senior Management experience within the G4S Group

Retiring in December 2014 David’s final role was as Senior Vice President within G4STechnology, responsible for all technical sales at P & L level in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

David has extensive experience in Strategic planning & implementation, Financial management and budgeting, Organisational development, service & process improvement, Change management and Business restructuring,

David is currently a Parish Councillor for Up Hatherley and Chair of Governors at Lakeside Primary School in Cheltenham.

Bob Pattenden

Trustee - resigned 9th October 2022

After a musical training at Trinity College of Music, London, Bob trained as a Primary school teacher and was soon bitten by the bug. Following teaching posts in East Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire he was a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for 27 years in a number of schools. In various posts he held responsibility for two Children’s Centres and a special unit for pupils within a mainstream school.

Bob has wide experience as a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader and a Consultant Head, supporting schools on a wide range of leadership and management issues. For three years he was a member of Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education. He was also seconded for two years to the National College as Regional Leader, working with schools, Local Authorities and Trusts across the South.

Bob currently works as a School Improvement Adviser, principally for the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.

Chris Haslam

Trustee - resigned 11th August 2022

Chris is a recently retired chartered surveyor with over 40 years experience encompassing the whole development process on a range of projects. He has also have experience in asset management and making strategic property decisions .Chris was Commercial Property Director of Robert Hitchens Homes for 30 years, directing a wide variety of major projects.

Chris has been instrumental in the design and delivery of the Chamwell Centre at the Milestone School.

Benjamin Burch

Trustee - resigned 20th June 2022

Ben is an Audit Manager who has worked in the accountancy sector for the past 9 years.

He qualified initially as an Accounting Technician with the AAT and soon after gained Chartered status with the ICAEW.

His sizeable and varied audit portfolio includes a number of academies schools and MATs, many of which he has audited and advised since their inception.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys travelling when possible with his fiancée, and keeps busy on the weekends as a keen, albeit amateur, cricketer and golfer.

Russell Bevan

Trustee - resigned 3rd May 2022

Appointed – 29th March 2022

Awaiting information.

Jane Bee

Trustee - resigned 5th April 2022

Jane has worked in Safeguarding and Child Protection for 17 years and was the manager for Safeguarding in Education for Gloucestershire as well as the senior LADO. Prior to this, Jane worked in Special Educational Needs for the Local Authority and has a long history with special schools in the county.

Jane is currently the Director of Jane Bee Safeguarding Ltd, delivering training on all kinds of safeguarding subjects including Safer Recruitment and DSL training. She chairs the South West Safeguarding in Education Group.

Jane is an accredited Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) lead reviewer for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (previously Serious Case Reviews), undertaking these across the country. Jane is also an experienced safeguarding auditor, carrying out various audits for schools, charities, health trusts and religious groups.

Wendy Gray

Trustee - resigned October 2021

Wendy has recently joined the Trust bringing with her a wealth of experience as a business consultant across a range of industry and business fields from property development, project management, motor industry, manufacturing, sales training and management and latterly owner of a successful estate agency.  Her strong work ethic, enthusiasm and positivity has been her most valuable tool in her business life, and was clearly demonstrated when in her last corporate role, she took a failing estate agency region to top position within one of the largest estate agency groups in the UK.

In 2009 Wendy decided to put her strong business attributes to good use by purchasing the liquidated assets of a failed business and turned it around within 12 months and is now proud of its achievement to have secured industry awards and operate in profit year on year with a high market share and excellent reputation for professionalism.  The business is now family owned with both her sons involved.

In the past Wendy has been a volunteer at Milestone School with Young Enterprise and is delighted that she can once again offer some support and time to this sector of education which is very close to her heart.

When time allows and the weather is fairer, Wendy can be found on the golf course or at the local park with her adorable grand-daughter.