Gloucester Learning Alliance

GLA Members of the Board


The Gloucestershire Learning Alliance MAT is guided by the individual and collective contribution of the Board of Directors. The work of the Board of Directors is the driving force for the success of the Trust and its member academies, and Directors should feel that the job they do is rewarding and satisfying.


What skills and experience do they bring to the Board?

We always strive to have a Board that has a range of skills and experiences, and in the pen portraits in this section, we have outlined what these are. There are however qualities that we expect all our Directors to have, and these are summarised below:

Commitment to education: Able to demonstrate a commitment to seeking the highest standards in all our schools and thereby improve the lives of children and young people

Strategic Perspective: Able to develop a broad-based view of issues and events and to perceive their long-term impact.

Interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team: Able to work positively with others and debate whilst maintaining a constructive atmosphere.

Communication skills and the ability to influence: Able to express ideas/plans in a clear manner and to listen actively to other views.

Planning and Organisational skills: Able to quickly establish an effective course of action for self and others to achieve goals that can be monitored by realistic performance targets.

Determination and Drive: Able to create the required energy/enthusiasm and commitment necessary to be effective, including attendance at scheduled meetings of the Trust Board (66% minimum) and its Committees.

Experience: Expertise in a field which is of relevance to the oversight of the affairs of the Trust. (Some Directors’ roles may require specific qualifications or a particular skill or experience.)

Understanding of governance: Able to demonstrate a full understanding and appreciation of the principles of governance, including collective responsibility, discharge of fiduciary duties and the seven principles of public life (see section 14).

Equal Opportunities: Commitment to equal opportunities

GLA Members - Pen Portraits

  • Ruth Lewis
    Chair of Trustees / Member
  • Jo Duffus
  • Mike Gardener
  • Ruth Kessell



GLA Trustees - Pen Portraits


  • Ruth Lewis
    Chair of Trustees
  • Steve Savory
  • Stuart Allan
    Trustee / Vice Chair
  • Damon Ballinger
  • Robert Bromberg
  • Dermot McNiffe
    Trustee/Chair of Standards Committee
  • Fiona Morris
  • Helen Morris
    Trustee / Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Jonathan Wilson