Our Trustees


Hayley Yendell


Trustee appointed 18/09/2020



School Improvement


Hayley is currently the Headteacher of a maintained nursery school in Hertfordshire and the co-Headteacher of another nursery school. Prior to embarking on Headship, she spent four years as a teaching and learning Adviser for Herts for Learning (HfL), a provider of school improvement services. In this role she developed a specialist role as lead adviser on the effective use of the Early Years Pupil Premium. She has vast experience of improving educational outcomes for children in the Early years. Hayley has a specific focus within the Early Years and has extensive experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances to improve outcomes.

Claire Kemp


Trustee appointed 03/11/2016

Human Resources


Traveller Support


Claire has previously worked in Marketing, taking responsibility for running teams and managing large scale projects. She has had extensive experience with HR and Finance within this role. In her current role within the Local Authority, she ensures access to Education for a vulnerable group; acts as a lead professional for safeguarding; and works in collaboration with the Police, Social Care, Schools and other professionals across the County . Claire has been a Governor for Eleven years and has developed a wide range of expertise in governance in this period. She has been the Chair of Governors at Camps Hill for five years.

Robert Staples



Appointed 03/11/2016




Robert has been in post as the headteacher of Fairlands since April 2007 and CEO of The Claxton Trust since April 2017. During this time, he has led transformational change, building the school from a two-form entry ‘school causing concern’ to a three-form entry school achieving a ‘good’ at the last inspection in September 2021. He is committed to ensuring all children in Stevenage achieve the best outcomes in relation their starting points, regardless of social or economic barriers. Robert has considerable expertise in relation to school finance, having the role as accounting officer within the trust. He is the vice chair of Hertfordshire’s Primary Heads Forum and has made a significant contribution to collaborative working across the broader family of Hertfordshire schools, working closely with the local authority & county council on a wide range of task and finish groups; working parties and reference groups. He is currently a member of an interim executive board of another local primary school.

Emma Flawn


Vice CEO

Appointed 03/11/2016

School Improvement

HR /Personnel


Emma has been in post as Headteacher of Camps Hill for seven years. During this time the school has moved from a school ‘causing concern’ to achieving ‘good’ in the 2015 Ofsted. Camps Hill is known for its outstanding provision for its large number of PPG and CLA children and has been used as an exemplar case study by Herts LA. Emma has been recognised within the local authority for her work with safeguarding, representing Education in the Diamond group in a recent MACIE. She sits on the DSPL board, Behaviour Steering Group and is a Governor of a local PRU.  Before coming to Hertfordshire, Emma worked as a school improvement advisor for Merton, working in schools that needed support with strategic planning, rebuilding teams and implementing teaching and learning/assessment systems. Whilst working in Merton, Emma was a deputy headteacher at an outstanding school in Wimbledon with an ASC Base for six years (the school gained this after moving from RI to outstanding within her first two years of her and the headteacher’s appointment). During this time she was seconded to consult for a business, which developed websites for schools, and presented at BETT. She was chosen by the National College for the first ‘wave’ of the intervention; ‘Succession Planning for Headship’ and spoke at national events about the experience.  Prior to this, Emma worked as an acting deputy headteacher and held other leadership positions in Wandsworth, and was involved in the first stages of planning for the opening of the first bilingual maintained school in the country. Emma was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders (NPQEL) in July 2020.

Geraldine Louch


Member appointed 03/11/2016

School Improvement


Geraldine has been involved in education for over fifty years, since she qualified as a teacher in 1970.She has taught in a number of schools, been a deputy headteacher and a headteacher in that time. Later she joined the Hertfordshire Advisory Service, working in Schools Causing Concern. These schools faced a number of challenges and it was a privilege to work alongside staff and governors to resolve the issues they faced. Geraldine has been a trustee of the Claxton Trust since its inception and enjoys working with senior managers and other trustees to ensure the children receive a positive educational experience.

Gordon Rumsey


Member appointed 06/07/2018



Gordon has been a governor at Camps Hill Primary School since 2017. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the governors at Camps Hill, he is a trustee of the trust and is also the chair of the finance and audit committee.   

As a parent of 3 children that have all been very happy throughout their time at Camps Hill, having seen and developed an understanding of how much hard work goes into teaching and how hard the children work, he wanted to give back to the school and the trust and offer support to the staff and children.    

Due to having worked in finance for nearly 30 years, Gordon takes a keen interest in the budgetary constraints and problems facing schools and is always keen to develop and gain knowledge in governance to help the trust further.   

Gordon currently owns and heads up a team of advisers in a mid-sized accountancy practice in Saffron Walden, Essex. Within his role in the practice he deals with new to well establish businesses as well as individuals to help take them to the next step in their business progression. He has an understanding of accounting practices, and is always keen to give an objective opinion based on the information that is at hand.    

Claire Peacock

Member appointed



Risk Management


Claire is a Senior Risk Manager at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) with her primary role supporting change in the Community Bank branch network. Claire has worked for LBG since 2003 and has a track record for supporting large scale change including organisational redesign, technology deployments and role evolution. Claire achieved a 1st class honours degree in Business Management and uses this knowledge along with her work experience to support the schools in their strategic decision making. Claire joined the local governing body at Fairlands Primary school in May 2017 and is the Chair of Governors at Fairlands.


Trustees whose term has ended in the past 12 months:

Deby Pepé - Term ended on 17/06/2022