Members of the River Learning Trust
Details on the role and duties of Members can be found in our Trust Constitution.
Ms Sally Addis
Sally Addis is a business lawyer with more than 23 years of experience. A graduate of the University of Sussex, she started her legal career in London working for city law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She then moved as an Associate to Deacons, a leading international firm in Hong Kong where her clients were based in many different jurisdictions, including China. She is qualified to advise on English and Hong Kong law. On her return to London in 2000 she headed up the legal department at Investment Property Databank Limited, recently sold to MSCI. She set up Addis Law in 2011. Addis Law currently acts for a wide range of clients, from companies listed in the USA and Japan to start ups, charities and private individuals. She has been a governor at The Cherwell School for 7 years and has held senior positions in that capacity. She has also been a trustee of a small charity.
Dr Deborah Gill
Deborah Gill holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and has more than 30 years' experience in medical research. She is currently an Honorary Lecturer and Associate Professor of Gene Medicine at Oxford University, developing new genetic treatments for lung diseases. She also has oversight of the academic progression and training of post-graduate students in Medical Sciences. She has been a school governor for more than 15 years, with experience of being the Chair of Governors at both primary and secondary level. She has been involved in all aspects of teaching and learning, analysing exam performance data and liaising with teaching staff. She also has expertise in the induction of new governors and the training of governing bodies for maximising impact.
Ms Kirsten Robinson
Kirsten Robinson is a qualified CPFA accountant with over 20 years of experience and is a member of the Institute of Management. She is currently a bursar of a college at the University of Oxford and has had a career in national audit and local government finance, procurement, performance management and governance, university finance, management and governance. She has experience of chairing governing bodies at both primary and secondary schools, and of being a non-executive board member on a Housing Association board, a small charity trustee and company secretary. In June 2016 she became a National Leader of Governance for the NCTL, a role that provides support to school Chairs of Governors to improve school performance.
Diocesan Board of Education
As a mixed multi-academy trust with both community and Church of England schools the Diocesan Board of Education acts as a Member of the Trust in a corporate capacity through the Diocesan Director of Education or otherwise as it shall direct. Further details about the Diocesan Board of Education can be found here: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/schools/