Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

School Strategic Board

As part of the GLF Schools multi academy trust, Hillcroft School is able to benefit from the support and opportunities that are offered by the Trust.  Being part of the Trust allows us to work within a governance structure which is different from a traditional Governing Body model and from September 2017, our local governance body is now a School Strategy Board (SSB).  Our SSB meets once per half term and provides the local governance function for Hillcroft which fits within the overall governance structure of GLF Schools. Further information about governance at GLF Schools can be found here.

The three core functions of governance are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management, including well-being, of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The SSB continues to have parent representatives and representatives from the local community, together with our Head Teacher, Miss Summers,  and representatives from the Trust’s central team.  It remains important that our SSB comprises the right people with the right skills to make appropriate and informed decisions for the school, taking into account the views of students, staff, parents and the local community.

Below are details of our current SSB. SSB members can be contacted via their email addresses below or via the school office.

Liam McGivern - Chair of SSB

I joined Hillcroft SSB at the end of November 2019.  I am an accountant by profession (member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) with wide experience in various roles in finance, including budgeting, performance reporting, internal audit, risk management and governance.

After taking early retirement from full time work, I see this opportunity to use my skills to add value to the governing body and support the school leaders in providing the best possible educational environment for the children.

I live locally and have a daughter who teaches at a primary school in inner London.  At school, my strongest subject was maths which fed my enquiring mind.

I have always liked rugby union since my school time.  I coached youngsters when my daughter was playing (7-11-year olds).  I will often go to watch Harlequins.


I can be contacted by email  or by letter via the school office.

Liam McGivern

Henry Hubbard - SSB Member

I  joined the SSB in December 2018.  I see this as an opportunity to add value to the current governing body and support the school and its leaders.  I am a Chartered Engineer in the construction industry with 20 years experience in building services, energy and sustainability.  My strengths lie in facilities management and the opportunity to reduce ongoing energy costs.

I live locally with two children attending Hillcroft.  My strongest subjects at school were science and maths and I enjoyed playing various sports.  I attended scouts and I still enjoy the outdoors and the seaside. 
I can be contacted by email on or by letter via the school office.
Mr Hubbard

Grant Wallis - SSB Member

I have recently joined Hillcroft SSB, June 2021, to work in collaboration with the school leaders to improve pupil outcomes and support in any which way I can.

As a fairly new resident to the area I also see this position as an opportunity to add value to the local community.

My day job is as a Banker to the Education, Charities and Government Sector based in The City of London which puts me in a great position to add value to the school from a financial perspective.

I would be really pleased if you contacted me by email at should you have any questions or need to raise a concern.

Grant Wallis

Kelly Cardoo - SSB Member

I have recently joined Hillcroft SSB during 2021. I am a Clerk to Governors at a range of school settings within MAT’s, Local Authority and Faith schools in both primary and secondary schools.

Being part of Education, I understand the importance of supporting schools in terms of governance. I have recently moved to the area and would like to strengthen community links within the area for the benefit of the school and all the stakeholders at Hillcroft.

I have two children who are both at Secondary school.


I can be contacted by email

Kelly Cardoo