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Board of Trustees

The Trustees of BOAT are appointed by the Diocese of Chichester Education Trust

Jenny Barnard-Langston JP BA (Hons), MA, DipCouns, NLG - Chair of Trustees

Bishop Otter Academy Trust aims to provide an exciting environment for children to enjoy a holistic education founded on Christian principles.  Jenny is passionate about equity of education for all youngsters, offering them the optimum life chances; she has a thirty-year history of involvement in education provision in Sussex, as a policy maker.  

Jenny has served as a chair of governors in primary, secondary and special schools and FE colleges, and is designated by the DfE as a National Leader for Governance (NLG) and Regional NLG Advocate covering Sussex, Brighton & Hove & Surrey.  She uses her skills to support Chairs of Governors and develop capacity within governing bodies; she also serves as a Magistrate on Sussex Central Bench.  

Jenny is a founder Trustee of a Sussex based charity, Tony Barnard Foundation (TBF), which seeks to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with Learning Difficulties and where appropriate, their carers.  She enjoys life to the full, seizing opportunities to share her skills and encouraging others to have opportunities to extend themselves and their quality of life.

Christine Bartley

Christine Bartley: Christine has 15 years’ experience as a governor of a primary C of E school, and was Chair for 8 years. She is a Local Leader of Governance in Brighton and Hove.  Christine has a background in policy development and is currently Head of Finance in an IT company.  She has co-ordinated successful bids for government funding.

Christine is committed to the Christian ethos of CofE schools which includes a responsibility to provide an inclusive education for local children.  She also recognises the importance of schools working together in partnership to bring about school improvement and initiated termly meetings for Chairs of Deanery schools to increase collaboration.

Matt Davis

Matt Davis: Matt is the Chair of Shoreham Community Trust, joint Chair of Adur Churches Forum and Lead Pastor at Emmanuel.  He has a wealth of experience in Project Management, Communication & PR and Strategic planning.  Matt is also knowledgeable about Charity governance.  Matt has recently formed a consortium to begin to develop a concept for another community / educational centre in the Shoreham area, in partnership with many community groups, businesses and potentially the proposed St Clement CE Primary Academy.   

As a pastor at Emmanuel, Shoreham, Matt is acutely aware of the importance of Safeguarding, welfare and accountability and developing good relationships with other churches and community groups.

He has a personal interest in the care and welfare of disadvantaged children, and Matt’s passion is to see these children have access to high quality care and education across Brighton and Hove and beyond.

Lesley Hurst

Lesley works for the Diocese Education Team, focusing on school governance, business, Project Management, recruitment and budgets.  Lesley is experienced in formulating and implementing a strategic approach.  She has worked with government funding from both the Department of Education and The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is therefore aware of the need for accountability in terms of showing how funding has been used. 

Lesley is a governor at a special educational needs school and a Church of England primary school, and has been involved in conversations around a potential merger or federation with another school in line with the local council’s plan to rationalise SEN provision across the city.

Revd Martin Lloyd-Williams

Revd Martin Lloyd Williams became Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes, and moved to Sussex with Jackie and Ben, in 2015.  He was ordained in 1994.  Martin has a wide experience of parish ministry having worked in Bath for 18 years, a city where all traditions of church flourish, and was also Rural Dean of Bath for four years.  He has been instrumental in developing the diocese’ vision and growth strategy over the last few years. He can occasionally be found at the Amex Stadium in the winter, at Hove County Ground in the summer or on the South Downs with the dog.

Stephen Paynter

As a long-standing governor at St Nic’s and St Mary’s CE Primary School, Stephen has a vast amount of experience and knowledge of church school governance.  He is Chair of the Worship & Ethos Committee, a member of the Finance & Personnel Committee and vice chair of the governors. 

Stephen is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technician, a member of the Institute of Financial Accountants and also a tax advisor. 

Stephen in his day job heads up the finance team for one of the top 100 accounting practices in the UK and his knowledge and experience as a business professional has enabled him to support the school’s senior leadership team, whilst providing focus and challenge.  This has ensured the school provides a high level of education supporting the school community within the resources made available.