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Brentwood Academies Trust

The Board of Trustees



Chris Hearn - Trustee

A qualified accountant since 1992 - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - ACMA CGMA , Chris has worked in senior financial positions throughout his career, specifically as a Regional Finance Director (not a Companies house director) from 2001 to 2009, Academy FD for ten months 2009-2010, and Chief Accountant/Finance Director from 2012 to date. Responsible for Monthly and Annual Accounts, Budgets, dealing with Auditors, etc. 

A part of the Board of Directors developing strategy, monitoring performance and ensure controls in place.Chris worked as Finance Manager at the Girls' Day School Trust, the biggest educational charity in the UK, including two academies, for eighteen months. Responsible for all finance aspects, including monthly and annual accounts.

Chris held the position of Trustee Treasurer of Centre 404 for 4 years to 2013. Centre 404 is a charity for children and adults with learning difficulties. Part of Board that developed long term strategy and ensured financial controls and best use of resources.

Married to Alison since 1991, they have two children who both attended St Martin's School and have subsequently gone on to University to study Business Management and Fashion & Textiles.

Kanta Wild-Smith - Trustee

Kanta spent 10 years working in the field of  adult and children’s mental health before becoming a qualified primary teacher in 1991.  After working 3 years as a classroom teacher she worked in an advisory capacity with schools cross phase throughout Essex. Kanta was President of the National Association of Teachers of Travellers for 3 years. Since 2007 Kanta has worked in the local authority children's services as a multi- agency team manager with a group of schools and agencies in East Basildon and as a Commissioner of parenting and family support.  As a local government officer Kanta has extensive experience of the performance management of staff and managing a substantial budget at a senior level.

Kanta has been a school governor for twelve years, seven of these as Chair and recently completed the Chair of Governors Leadership Development Course. Using skills developed in her professional life Kanta has been involved in the use of pupil, group and whole school data to monitor school and individual performance.

Anthony McGarel - Trustee

Anthony has been a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 2005 and is currently Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College of Further and Higher Education. At the College, Anthony is responsible for all aspects of supporting the College including Finance, HR, IT, Estates, Marketing, MIS and Administration as well as deputising for the Principal. Prior to working in education

Anthony worked for the Law Society Pension Scheme, QBE and CE Heath PLC. Anthony has been a governor at Earls Hall Primary School for four years until 2016 is also currently Chair of Governors at Chase High School.

Stuart Palmer - Trustee

Stuart is a retired senior police officer and experienced school governor. He spent 31 years with the Metropolitan Police rising through the ranks and holding several specialist and interesting roles. As a Superintendent he ran the policing operation to secure Parliament for two years and as a Chief Superintendent he was head of Counter Terrorism Protective Security for London. 

Whilst working for the MPS he volunteered as a School Governor for 7 years. As a life long learner, since completing his Biochemistry and Chemistry degree after school, while working, he studied part time to gain further qualifications such as the PGCE and Diploma in School Business Management. 

Chris Holme - Trustee

Chris is a solicitor, and is a partner at the City law firm Clyde & Co LLP.  He specialises in assisting businesses with all employment and people issues.  He graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class law degree in 1999, and has worked in the law in London since 2000.

Chris has lived in Brentwood for 6 years, and has two young children who take up much of his time, as well as his loves for sport, gardening, and DIY.

He is a passionate supporter of equal treatment for all, and ensuring individual opportunity.  This forms a large part of his working life, and also feeds his support for, and passion for, education.

Billy Haynes - Trustee

Billy is the founder of Miru 3D, a multi-award winning technology company established in 2015, that creates state of the art virtual 3D models and walkthroughs.

Billy attended Nottingham Trent University, 2009-2012, gaining a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He then worked at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a reporter covering basketball. During this time he interviewed some of the worlds biggest sports personalities included LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Billy moved on to the Academy Award winning production company Passion Pictures as a runner but quickly progressed into TV as a producer/director.

In early 2015 Billy took his cameras and went travelling through Asia, experiencing many different cultures as he visited Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. On returning from Asia Billy went into a more corporate role producing video content for a range of global brands including M&S, Barclays, and PwC.

In late 2015 Billy’s experience of the creative freedom associated with freelance work and entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Miru 3D.