Key staff

The staff community is a diverse one made up of over 100 teaching staff and over 80 non-teaching. All staff are required to support the Christian ethos of the school – however their own backgrounds are wide ranging.


The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors which is made up of local Church of England representatives, the chairs of school governing bodies, elected staff representatives, elected parent representatives and the Executive Head Teacher. Currently the Chair of the Board is Mr Andrew Bickley, an Ealing Deanery Director. You can view details of Directors and their entries in the Register of Interests here (PDF, 245KB).

The day-to-day work of the Trust is managed by an Executive Group comprising:

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Dame Alice Hudson - Executive Head Teacher

Alice HudsonDame Alice is a member of the Trust Board of Directors and works closely with the other Directors to provide strategic leadership for the organisation.

After graduating with an English degree from Oxford University, Alice took up a career in teaching English and Religious Education. Before becoming Executive Head Teacher of the Trust she was Head Teacher of Twyford Cof E High School for 11 years.

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Karen Barrie - Associate Head Teacher

Karen BarrieKaren is Associate Head Teacher with Responsibility for Twyford CofE High School.

After graduating from the University of Manchester, Karen took up a career in teaching Maths. Before taking up her current post Karen was Deputy Head Teacher at the school for 9 years.

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Keir Smith - Associate Head Teacher

Keir SmithKeir is Associate Head Teacher with responsibility for William Perkin CofE High School.

Keir's teaching specialism is Geography and before taking up his current post he was Deputy Head Teacher of Twyford CofE High School for 10 years.

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Richard Lane - Director of Finance & Operations

Richard LaneRichard is responsible for the central Trust functions of Finance, HR, ICT, Estates, Administration and Information.

He is a qualified CIPFA accountant and has previously held senior finance positions in an FE college, a housing association and the NHS.

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Revd John Seymour - Trust Chaplain

Fr JohnFr John joined Twyford in 2009 as its Chaplain. His work on ethos, liturgy and social engagement prepared the Twyford Trust to open William Perkin with an open admissions policy. Since 2012 he has led the chaplaincy across both schools as Trust chaplain.

Originally a doctor, Fr John qualified in medicine at the University of Bristol before working in hospital medicine for 3 years. He came to faith in 1992. He became a pioneer member of St Paul’s Cathedral’s Lay Community from 2001 before training for priesthood in Cambridge and Rome, matriculating through Trinity College for the Theology and Religious Studies Tripos. He also has degrees in Biochemistry (Bristol) and Philosophy and Religion (Heythrop College London). His title post was as curate in the Parish of Poplar in the East End of London.

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