The Vines Academy Trust

“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” John 15 v 4

Members and Trustees

Members of The Vines Academy Trust

Members are responsible for appointing Trustees to ensure that the Trust's charitable aims are carried out.  They also approved the annual report on the performance of the Trust and its accounts.  


The Members are: 


Diocese of Leicester Education Trust (Carolyn Lewis, Diocese Director of Education)

Bishop of Leicester (Rt Rev Martyn Snow)

Archdeacon of Leicester (Richard Worsfold)

Professor Rose Griffiths 

Stephen Wadsworth - Chair of Governors, Hope Hamilton CE Primary School



Trustees are the charity Trustees and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust.  The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all schools within the Trust and as such must:

  • ensure there is a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the Trust and its schools
  • hold the Headteacher Board to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance of staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.


The Trust Board delegates responsibility for the day to day operations of the Trust to the Chief Executive Officer.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee of The Vines please email the clerk to the trust:


The Trustees are:

Anne Marlow - Interim Chair of Trust Board

Leicestershire is my home and I have a large family living here.  Learning has enriched every part of our lives and I want to play a part in developing the Vines as a community where children and staff are able to enjoy learning, support each other and be proud of what they achieve.

Much of my working life has been in the NHS where I served as HR and OD Director for 30 years.   I now have a small business providing HR services, as well as a teaching role at De Montfort University, where I lead on apprenticeships in leadership and management. 

I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing and volunteer at the local Open Hands Charity, serving people at times of particular need.  I also facilitate carer support within CAMHS.

I look forward to sharing any of my skills and experiences that are helpful to the Vines and also to learning from others.


Marian Driver

I have been a primary school teacher for many years; 25 of those years working in Leicestershire schools. On retirement I was the Headteacher of an outstanding church aided primary school in south Leicestershire. I also worked as a church school inspector (SIAMS) for more than 10 years. Since retirement I have worked as an Ofsted inspector and a Raising Attainment Partner in Leicester city schools. More recently I have been involved in voluntary work as Church Warden of St. Mary’s Anstey, a Homestart volunteer and a Foundation Governor at Hope Hamilton school. I have also been Chair of Governors at Richard Hill. I am really looking forward to moving from my governor role to trustee as I find working with schools very interesting.  It is also exciting to be in at the beginning of the formation of the new Vines academy.


Stephen King

With my home in South Leicestershire, I am a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with a business in Market Harborough, founded some 20 years ago. I bring a business perspective to The Trust gained from many years’ experience in the property sector and running the financial elements of a multi office practice. I was drawn to the Trust by a desire to assist in the future education of young people in the region.


David Little

I currently work as a civil servant in local government.

Before becoming a trustee, I was a parent Governor at Richard Hill Primary School. Part of my role at the school was to chair the finance committee. Since moving to Leicester 18 years ago I have spent time volunteering in primary and secondary schools around Leicestershire. I have spent many hours in the classroom and on trips away from the school including attending residentials for years 4 and 6.

I initially wanted to be a school Governor to help ensure my children got the best all round education. I soon realised it wasn’t just about my children’s education but all children at Richard Hill. The opportunity to become a Trustee has given me the chance to help ensure that all the schools in the MAT perform to the best of their abilities in all areas.


Simon Frith Interim Vice Chair

I have lived in Leicestershire for nearly 40 years. After university, I worked in industry before a social work MA at Leicester University. I then spent most of my professional life working in Northamptonshire. Initially I was a probation officer but worked with younger offenders in Restorative Justice before joining Youth Justice and Youth Offending Teams. I gained a great deal of experience working in and leading multi-agency teams and became very familiar with the challenges and dilemmas facing education professionals. In 2005, I returned to casework as a senior social work practitioner working with complex cases at an adolescent mental health facility. In parallel I was a social work practice teacher for 26 years and was latterly teaching at Northampton University in the Department of Social Work. I hope that some of my experience will help support the Vines Trust, its staff and pupils.


Minaxi Patel

Minaxi works for Local Government. She was a parent governor at Houghton on the Hill Primary School and sat on the Safeguarding Committee and the Finance Committee. She is firmly committed and passionate about making a difference to young people through education. Minaxi believes in supporting young people with the opportunity to develop skills knowledge and confidence for the future and help them to develop into model citizens. These values are at the heart of the Trust that inspired her to join and support.


Ralph Wood

Ralph has taught and led in schools ranging in size from 70 to 320 pupils. He spent 14 years as a headteacher, 4 years as a deputy headteacher and 25 years as a governor. He holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  He formerly worked for The Leicester Diocesan Board of Education, facilitating church school inspections (SIAMS) and establishing a group of Leading RE (Religious Education) Teachers. He is recently retired from his role as Associate Headteacher at RISE Multi-Academy Trust where he supported school leaders to maintain effective practice and procedures that enable children and adults to flourish and succeed. 


Rev Robert Miles

I am the Rector of the Cornerstone Team of Churches, based in Thurnby, Stoughton and Houghton on the Hill. I have been here since 2011 and was previously a governors (and parent) at Houghton CE Primary School. Church life has taken me to Northampton and Johannesburg, prior to arriving in Leicestershire; and before going into Christian ministry full-time, I spent eight years as a secondary school teacher.


Jan Knox - Chief Executive Officer 


Keri Harvey - Chief Financial Officer 

Keri was appointed as the Chief Finance Officer for The Vines Academy Trust in July 2018 with responsibility for ensuring the financial accountability and long-term viability of the academy trust. Keri has gained a wealth of experience over the past 15 years’ working in education finance across both Primary and Secondary schools. Prior to becoming the CFO at The Vines Academy Trust, Keri worked as a peripatetic bursar providing financial services to a number of schools and academies in Leicester & Leicestershire.


Keri is a qualified Accounting Technician (MAAT) and is currently studying towards the CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership. Keri is also a member of the Institute for School Business Leadership (ISBL).

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