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Clevedon Learning Trust

Clevedon Learning Trust


Alister Christopher, Chair

Alister is an Independent Advisor and Executive Director working at CEO level. His previous roles include Senior Vice President at Gartner Inc. 


In addition to being a Director of the CLT, Alister has been a Clevedon School Governor for four years.

John Wells

John is an experienced headteacher and National Leader of Education with over 20 years experience of taking schools on their journey to Outstanding. He mentors and coaches MAT leaders, headteachers, working with secondary and primary schools across the region in his role as a School Improvement Adviser.

Clive Wiggin

Clive is a sales professional for a large Yorkshire based manufacturer. He has been an active governor for over 20 years in three different schools and has worked through the many changes within education. Clive specialises in safeguarding, policy, procedures and pay and has completed in-depth training in these areas.


In 2014 Clive was appointed to represent the Diocese of Bath & Wells, Board of Education, as a Director on the CLT. His main role is to ensure that the CLT respects and develops the unique Christian nature of its Church Schools.


Clive passionately believes that every child should be given the best possible education and supports this from within the CLT.


Clive is also currently Chair at Tickenham Church of England Primary School and a Foundation Director. He is married with four grown up children.

Paul Kennard

Retiring from the Royal Air Force in 2015 after a 23 year career,  Paul served as an helicopter pilot, including operations in many of the world’s trouble-spots.  When not in the cockpit, Paul served stints in Research & Development, Test & Evaluation and Acquisition, gaining an exposure to broader issues than many of his peers.  He has been responsible for the delivery of risk assessments in operational, trials flying and commercial scenarios.  Since leaving the RAF, Paul has established his own Consultancy company, where he continues to provide advice and guidance to MoD, Industry and the broader NATO community, and he is also a contributing editor to a helicopter magazine.  Paul has been a member of the LGB at Puriton for the last decade, and is proud of the small contribution he has made to improving standards at Puriton.

Kaye Case

Kaye has spent all her working life in Education.  She taught in many Primary Schools throughout Cheshire, Avon, Bristol and North Somerset.  Kaye held the Headships at Banwell Primary School, Mary Elton Primary School in Clevedon and latterly The Virtual School in North Somerset. The Virtual School oversees the education of all Children in Care to the local Authority.  Kaye currently works as an Education Consultant to The North Somerset Adoption Team. Kaye lives in Portbury and has three grown up children and is a very hands on Grandma to some of her ten grandchildren and step grandchildren.

Roger Grinyer

Roger began his career as an education journalist at Times Newspapers. He then became Head of Information Services at Lancaster University where he also became Chair of Governors at Carnforth High School. He later moved to London and then relocated to Bristol as Head of Communications at the Higher Education Funding Council for England which has now become the Office for Students. With three children attending Clevedon School he became a parent governor completing a three year term. He was then invited to join the Clevedon Learning Trust as an independent trustee.

Hilary Neal 

Retired as a Senior Civil Servant in 2011, Hilary had a long career in advice and administration for a wide variety of Government policy areas, particularly the environment, local government and biodiversity conservation. Most recently, as Deputy Director at the Government Office for the South West, she was responsible for managing the strategic relationship between central Government and local partners, particularly in Bristol and its surrounding area.  She has been Chair of Governors at Mary Elton Primary School since 2013.  She chairs the Board of Trustees of Curzon Cinema and Arts and has a number of other strategic responsibilities supporting and representing the charitable and social enterprise sectors in the region.  She moved to Clevedon with her husband and children in 1991.

Chris McFall

Chris is National Education Development Manager for Apple UK, where he manages and directs various education programmes and initiatives. Previously he worked as ICT Strategy Lead for North Somerset Council. Chris brings a wealth of education experience to the team, as well as strong project management and strategic skills.

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