The Trustees of Elmlea Schools’ Trust are both trustees of the charity and directors of the company. Under charity law our Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Trust including being the employer and accountable body, ensuring that it is solvent, well run, compliant with statutory and regulatory functions and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.

Our Trustees are selected for their skills and each brings a professional expertise to the work of the Board.

Adrienne Gallagher

Term of Office 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025
Adrienne was appointed as a Trustee in April 2021. Adrienne is a Programme Manager and works for a large insurance firm, delivering Finance and regulatory change. Adrienne lives in Sneyd Park with her husband and 2 teenage sons. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting their football and rugby matches as well as being a keen runner and cyclist.

Alistair Hill

Term of Office 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025
Alistair became a Trustee in April 2021. He has two sons, one currently in reception. Alistair is a solicitor who has lived and worked in Bristol for the last 8 years. He is a keen runner.

Colin Bird

Chair of Health and Safety Sub-Committee Health and Safety Trustee
Term of Office 5 December 2019 to 4 December 2023
Colin joined as a Trustee in December 2020. Colin has two children, one of which is still in the juniors and the other who is in the local secondary school. Professionally Colin manages several large, highway infrastructure projects in the south west and Colin is able to utilise this experience within the trust by chairing the Health and Safety Committee. Spare time is taken up with plenty of dog walks and cycling.

Gareth Beynon

Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees
Term of Office 21 August 2018 to 20 August 2022
Gareth lives locally and is married to a teacher and has a daughter. He works in education as the headteacher of Chew Valley secondary school. He has worked in various schools in Surrey including a spell working with teacher training before relocating to the West Country and spending twelve years in a senior leadership role at Clevedon School. He enjoys running regularly (slowly!) and following a range of sports.

Hedley Rowlands

Chair of Operations Committee
Term of Office 1 September 2019 to 11 December 2022
Hedley is a chartered accountant with finance, governance and improvement experience in large insurance and telecoms corporates with children at different stages at Elmlea. When time permits Hedley enjoys camping, caravanning, classic cars and Formula 1.

Jon Hollingbery

Term of Office 6 November 2018 to 5 November 2022
Jon joined as an appointed trustee of Elmlea Junior School in October 2014 and remained a trustee following the formation of the Elmlea Schools’ Trust in 2019. Jon has 2 children in the junior school and his youngest has just started in reception in the Infants in September 2014. Jon is a director of his own finance and management consultancy which helps businesses design their finance structures, processes and systems. In his spare time Jon enjoys boot camps and red wine.

Martin Smith

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Term of Office 1 September 2019 to 11 October 2022
Martin is a chartered accountant who moved from London in 2017 where he was Treasurer for a leasing company. He now manages his own investment fund. Martin’s son attends the school. Hobbies include racquet sports, scuba diving and cycling.

Robin Hudswell

Chair of Board of Trustees
Term of Office 8 July 2020 to 7 July 2024
Rob was very happy to join the Trustees in July 2020. He has a son who finished reception in 2020, and a daughter who is expected to start in 2022. Rob has worked in the charity sector as part of the leadership team at Save the Children and in the private sector for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He grew up in Bristol, and spent 20 years away in Leeds, London and Melbourne, before recently returning. He is a keen rugby and cricket fan and enjoys running and long walks.

Sarah Everett-Cox

Term of Office 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025
Sarah is a chartered accountant and currently works at the University of Bristol as a Finance Director. She has one child in the school who started in reception in 2019. Sarah has held previous trustee and governor roles in local schools and brings experience of budgeting and strategic planning within the education sector. Hobbies include reading, (learning) crochet, and jigsaws!

Sarah Martin

Chair of Staffing Committee
Term of Office 5 December 2019 to 4 December 2023
Sarah was appointed as a Trustee on the newly formed Elmlea Schools Trust Board of Trustees in 2019. Sarah has twins who started in reception in 2019. Sarah is from Bristol and lives in Westbury on Trym. Sarah is an HR Consultant, and prior to this she practised as a Solicitor for 11 years, specialising in employment law and she brings this knowledge and experience to the Board.

Simon Coulson

Vice Chair of Elmlea Schools' Trust Joint Local Governing Body
Term of Office 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025
Simon co-founded and manages a global renewable energy business with operations in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Italy. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Imperial College, London and is an avid rock climbing enthusiast, amateur DIY practitioner and proud parent to two precocious boys.

Susan Tetlow

Term of Office 21 August 2018 to 20 August 2022
Susan joined the team of Elmlea Junior School trustees in August 2018. She is a junior doctor, having trained in London she is now specialising in Anaesthetics and works in Bristol. Susan has a son at primary school and enjoys spending her free time cooking, being outdoors and campervanning.