Our Leadership

Our leadership has a wide range of skills and experience enabling them to make the best strategic decisions for our academy.

Our Board of Directors (Trustees)

Wendy Hemmingsley

Wendy Hemmingsley

Chief Executive Officer

  • The Mill Academy Chief Executive Officer
  • 23+ years English teacher (11-18)
  • 12+ years Strategic Leadership Teams in three different schools (East Midlands and Oxfordshire)
  • Leadership experience in a range of school contexts (multicultural, areas of high deprivation, city)
  • MA Educational Leadership (Univ. of Nottm), NPQH
  • Chair, West Oxfordshire Secondary Headteachers Facilitator, with John West Burnham, Oxfordshire’s ‘Growing Future Leaders’ programme
James Wymer

James Wymer

Chairman of the Board

  • Experience in business management for large companies
  • Experience in managing large contracts
  • Currently owner & Director of own small local businesses
  • Appointed as Director of The Mill in October 2016
  • Previously involved at Local Governing Body level of Queen Emma’s School
  • Children attend The Mill MAT schools
Gordon Joyner

Gordon Joyner


  • Governor experience over the last 9 nine year including Chair & Chair of various committees at various schools.
  • Been involved in the education sector within Oxfordshire for the last 32 years.
  • Experience of school building planning & construction.
  • Been involved with the development of academy trusts for the last 10 years.
  • Experience of financial planning/monitoring, property services, project management, admissions & appeals and various school legal matters.
  • Joined the Mill as a director in June 2017.

Our Members

James Wymer

Appointed October 2016

Chairman of the Directors

Corporate Member

Appointed October 2015

Diocesan Board of Education Representative

David Jones

Appointed October 2015

Appointed as The Grocers’ Company nominee

Wilfred Stephenson

Appointed October 2015

Nominated by Oriel College

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