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Bill Harwood – Chair of The Board

Bill is one of the founding members of the Primary First Trust and is the Chairman of our Board of Trustees.  He has a background in effective governance and as a governor worked with the local authority and other stakeholders to establish a successful school partnership model to enable schools that were struggling to succeed.  Bill has professional qualifications in portfolio, programme and project management and a breadth of experience in managing large budgets, building high performing teams and developing strategic vision.  He has expertise in leading business change at scale and is an Academy Ambassador.  Bill is probably best known, however, for his passion to improve outcomes and life experiences for children.



Andrew Spearman

Andrew is a qualified solicitor and is a Partner and founder of a niche City law practice.  He leads their Family & Private Client teams, but has been distinguished in the sector for his specialism in international surrogacy law and modern family structures.  He is frequently in the High Court and Court of Appeal on cases and representing clients for their children.

Andrew has experience as a governor for two primary academies and was appointed by the Secretary of State of Education to be the Chair of an IEB for a school in difficult circumstances, overseeing public consultations, OFSTED inspections and rapid improvement drives to raise standards in primary children’s education and their accelerated progress.  



Steve Rumbles

Steve has spent almost 30 years of his career working in the financial services industry both for BlackRock and T. Rowe Price (2 large US investment management firms).  He has also owned his own business for 3 years offering his pensions knowledge on a consultancy basis.  Steve has held various directorships including BlackRock’s Life Company (over 10 years) which is responsible for managing £70+bn of client assets.



Sandra Connington

Sandra is an experienced human resources professional working at senior and board level positions within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She held an HR Director role within a large exam board and also brings a wider business perspective through working with many differing sizes and types of organisations dealing both with UK and International teams. As a human resources consultant Sandra supports and advises small to medium sized businesses, schools and academy trusts in the south east of England. She has experience as a chair of governors and governor for two local authority primary schools in Thurrock. She was an IEB Board Member for a local school that was judged to be in urgent need of improvement and oversaw plans to raise standards and progress, Ofsted inspections and parent engagement resulting in the school now being graded as ‘good’.



Paul Stingmore

Paul is a Management Consultant who works with the public and private sector to lead and embed change in large organisations. Paul started his career in Programme Management before moving into the people side of change. He has led significant organisational transformations and adopts a hands on approach to helping organisations and their leadership teams make change stick. Paul has spent many years working with looked after young people as a respite foster carer.


Working in partnership with


  • The Primary First Trust
  • The White House, Clifton Marine Parade,
  • Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0DY
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  • The Primary First Trust Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee
  • registered in England and Wales number 08738750 and an Exempt Charity
  • Registered Address: The White House, Clifton Marine Parade, Gravesend DA11 0DY