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
Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong

Director

  • 36 years partner in the John Lewis Partnership for 36 years.
  • Currently Branch Manager at Waitrose in Witney. A retail unit with an annual turnover in excess of £30 million , employing circa 250 staff.
  • Previously have worked in retail outlets in London, Newcastle, Bristol and Edinburgh.
  • Expertise in developing a cohesive motivated team to deliver excellent customer service and profitability.
  • I work with Community Groups and through our Community Matters Schemes have supported over 300 local groups in West Oxfordshire.
  • Community Governor since 2010 and am currently Vice Chair of Governors at Henry Box School in Witney.
  • I have a daughter , a mad cocker spaniel and love walking, theatre and great food.
Charles Chadwick

Charles Chadwick

Director (Diocesan Representative)

  • 1985 Trained for ordination at the Sarum & Wells Theological College
  • 27+ years in ordained ministry.
  • Involved in a wide range of communities and experiences in urban, suburban and rural settings.
  • Currently a Parish Development Adviser within the Diocese of Oxford
  • Part of the team for clergy ministerial development.
Helen Bartlett

Helen Bartlett

Director

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Rod Ireland

Rod Ireland

Director (Diocesan Representative)

  • 35+ years business experience with Xerox and Intel as a Human Resources Director, specialising in International Employee Relations, Organisational Development, Cultural Change, Leadership, Management and Team Development.
  • Qualified Coach (in business and in sport)
  • Governor of Finstock CE Primary since 2006; Vice-Chair since 2007; Chair since 2013
  • Chair of Board of Directors of The MILL MAT in October 2015-October 2016
  • Resident in West Oxfordshire since 1986
  • Life member of CAMRA; lifelong commitment to serially underachieving football club
  • Married with two daughters who attend Wood Green School in Witney
David Gribble

David Gribble

Director

  •  Major transactions lawyer with 15 years’ experience, 13 of them at British Telecom
  •  Experience as counsel for a BT business division, and as commercial director
  •  Led commercial contract negotiations in the UK and around the world
  •  Advised on internal governance and compliance, regulatory, and environmental issues
  •  Oxford D. Phil in Classics, with a published book and a number of other articles
  •  My experience in education includes tutoring at Oxford, and one year as a teacher at a school in Sydney
  •  I live in Oxford with my wife and two children, and until recently was a governor at St Barnabas School, Oxford”
Lisa Miles

Lisa Miles

Director

  • D.Phil. Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Currently Senior Global Medical Advisor for the world’s leading healthcare and consumer goods company
  • 10+ years’ leadership and innovation within multi-nationals GlaxoSmithKline & RB and within a small entrepreneurial start-up (spin-out from Oxford University)
  • Governor of Finstock CE Primary since 2013; Vice-Chair since 2014
  • A Director of The MILL MAT Board from October 2015
  • Led restructure resulting in a thriving Early Years Unit at Finstock
  • Adopts a forensic approach to scrutiny of school performance
  • Challenges the good in the pursuit of outstanding outcomes for all
  • Believer in innovation and original thinking as drivers for strategic transformation
  • Married with two children who attend a school within the MILL MAT

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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