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Godmanchester Community Education Trust is now Orchard Learning Trust


Orchard Learning Trust is formed of people who have a commitment to learning and improving the education provision for the children of Godmanchester.

Trust Members:

Steven Penman - Chair person & Trust Member

Appointed as a Trust Member in June 17, previously acted for many years as a local governor.

Paul Askew - Trust Member

An experienced national public sector manager and government regulator, Paul’s specialisms are in performance, strategy and governance.  That experience is across a range of sectors including policing, housing and education.   "

Rob Bridge - Trust Member

CEO of Welwyn & Hatfield Council, Rob was initially a Board member and was subsequently appointed as a Trust Member in June 2017.

John Hladkiwskyj - Trust Member

A parent & local governor for Godmanchester Community Academy for many years, John was appointed as a Trust Member in June 2017.  John is Managing Director of a clinical research organisation and is also involved with other community ventures including local sea scouts.

Eleanor Deem - Trust Member

Eleanor was a Community Governor for 2 years before joining the Board of Directors. Eleanor was instrumental in the formation of the Trust as a MAT, before stepping down in 2018, but remaining to support the Trust as a Member.

Eleanor is an experienced HR consultant, owner of two businesses and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has extensive experience advising business owners on employment law, contracts and policies and people management issues.


Board of Directors:

Phil Mackay - Interim Chief Executive Officer

Phil was Chairperson of the Board of Directors from the creation of the Trust in 2015, and was a Local Governing Body member from 2007 to 2015. He became Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Trust in 2018. He has a keen interest in the provision of exceptional and exciting primary and secondary education.

Formerly the Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union, with responsibility for organisational strategy, company and charity administration and governance, Phil is now  also Chief Executive Officer for Thedwastre Education Trust in Suffolk.

Teresa Hicks - Board of Directors

Teresa is Head of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships, Volunteer Fundraising for Cancer Research UK. She has over 14 years commercial marketing & sales experience both in the private and charity sector. She has extensive experience of operating at a senior level in large and complex organisations.

Stephen Warburton - Board of Directors

Stephen's profile will be updated shortly

David Holdsworth- Board of Directors (Chairperson)

David is a qualified accountant with a broad base of experience. Firstly as a finance director in the private manufacturing sector in the East Midlands, before moving into the world of education; fulfilling the wide remit of director of finance & operations at two further education colleges and lastly as director of operations for a successful multi-academy trust from 2011 to 2019.

During his time in education David has reported to and been an active member of boards of trustees, working closely with that body in his last position to expand viably the multi-academy trust from two to eight schools (mostly primary). David now works three days per week for a mental health charity in Cambridgeshire

David took up the role of Chairperson of the Board of Directors from 1st September 2019.

Charlotte Oldwood- Board of Directors

Charlotte Oldwood graduated from Essex University in 1991, and moved to Godmanchester in 1995. Charlotte has 4 children, all of whom have attended/are attending Godmanchester Community Academy.

Along with the children, working as a Freelance Event Producer keeps her busy, but in her spare time she likes to sing in a local choir, run with the Godmanchester running club and read.

Kerry Moyles - Board of Directors

Kerry joined the Board of Directors in December 2018.

Kerry has worked in communications and change management for the past 20 years. She is currently working as a Change Manager at Anglian Water, but before this spent 12 years at the BBC working as a radio producer at Radio 2 followed by a two year stint in the corporation’s Continuous Improvement team.


Kerry has two children - one of whom attends Godmanchester Community Academy with the other due to start primary school this coming year. She’s a passionate podcast consumer and member of the local Rock Choir.