The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

The ultimate accountability for St Cedd’s Church of England Primary School lies with the Board of the Trust. Through the scheme of delegation most of the responsibilities are delegated to a Local Hub Board appointed by the Vine Schools Trust.

Find out more about the Vine Schools Trust Board.


Linda Hughes (Vine Schools Trust Appointed )

Linda spent 36 years teaching in a range of primary schools in Essex. My career as a headteacher began in 1997 in a primary school in North East Essex and I subsequently moved to become headteacher of a primary school in Chelmsford.  I spent the final 7 years of my teaching career as headteacher of a very large junior school in Chelmsford in which Ofsted judged leadership and management to be outstanding.  I was also seconded to the Essex Advisory Service as a School Improvement Adviser specialising in mathematics and later trained as a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader and Professional Partner. In these roles I supported several schools’ leadership teams and newly appointed Headteachers. I have recently served on the IEB of a school in NE Essex and have enjoyed seeing the progress and accelerated improvements to the education of children in the school.

The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted via the school office

Tosca Boothman (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Tosca Boothman has worked across schools in Southend, Essex and Hertfordshire providing independent advice and support. She has been a Governor for 13 years at a large Infants School (which acquired academy status in August 2011), four of which were as COG. Wealth of experience serving on several IEBs across Essex. Vice Chair of Essex School Governors’ Association and a member of the South Essex Children’s Partnership Board. Director/Trustee of an Academy Trust since its inception in 2014. The MAT is currently responsible for four primary schools in Mid/South Essex.

Paul Hughes (Trust Appointed)

Paul Hughes is a qualified teacher of physics having taught in schools in Peckham and Hackney before becoming a science adviser based at King’s College. He then taught in several Essex schools prior to joining the Essex local authority. During his twenty years with Essex, Paul held a range of responsibilities as a senior school improvement manager and link adviser to primary, secondary and special schools. Inspection experience has been through Ofsted and the local authority having originally qualified with Ofsted in 1997. He holds the professional qualification for school inspectors and his most recent experience has been inspecting primary schools in the eastern region. Paul is an experienced school governor having been a member of primary and secondary school boards in Essex and now with the Vine Trust.

Misha Roughley

I have three children, and my eldest attends St. Cedds. I run a bookkeeping and payroll company in Burnham on Crouch which I started up in 2012. I am an Associate of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, and I co-run a Local Business Clinic once a month in Burnham which gives free business advice to anyone who needs it. I am also the treasurer for the Burnham Chamber of Commerce. When I have a minute I like baking and knitting.

Rev. Steven Poss (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

After working for 20 years in London developing Apprenticeship programmes across the UK in different areas of finance such as Banking, Insurance, Accountancy and Investments, I received a call to ministry. I studied a degree in Theology with St. Mellitus College and then served a four year Curacy in Leigh on Sea. During my time in Leigh on Sea, I also studied an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission. Education is close to my heart and I believe is transformational, so I am keen to work in this role within school and communities.