Our Trustees

Within Temple Grove Academy Trust and that of our sponsor Temple Grove Schools Trust there is a structure and network to ensure a successful succession plan for Trustees. This includes a clear network of both educationists and business professionals, to maintain our model of a 50-50 split of business/education on the boards, which we believe contributes to success. Although only a young organisation, given the importance that strong leadership has on long-term performance the Trustees are committed to ensuring that the recruitment and succession of senior leaders is of upmost importance as the Trust grows.

Temple Grove Academy Trust is the employer of all the staff within the schools. TGAT has a board of directors which establishes a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each of its schools, with delegated powers.


Mark Dugdale (Chairman)

Mark Dugdale MA FRSA is chairman and trustee of the Temple Grove Academy Trust and a trustee of the Temple Grove Schools Trust (our sponsor). A pupil of the original Temple Grove school, Mark has made a career in retail, publishing and digital marketing over the last 30 years, operating mainly at chief executive or chairman level. He has started and successfully sold several businesses as well serving on the boards of three publicly quoted companies.

A graduate in history from Magdalen College, Oxford, he currently divides his time between advising small businesses on growth strategy and running his own government accredited wholesale company. Mark has two daughters at school and believes passionately in improving education for all children.

Nicola Denoon Duncan (CEO)

Nicola is an experienced school governor and Chair. In her role, Nicola has worked closely with the education, governance and personnel departments at local and national level and undertaken crucial training in all areas of governance including child protection and safeguarding.

Nicola lives in Kent, is married with three children. She worked in finance in London, and on moving to Kent, retrained to teach IT skills. Nicola’s knowledge of governing body compliance and the governors’ role in supporting through monitoring and evaluation is of enormous benefit to pupils, parents, staff and Trustees of Temple Grove Academy Trust.


Nigel Prescot

Nigel is Chief Executive of an investment company and is Chairman of six companies across a wide range of sectors (energy, logistics, manufacturing & property). Nigel became a trustee of Temple Grove Schools Trust in 2008 and Chairman in 2010. During his tenure the Trust has developed from being a funding charity to being an Academy sponsor and champion of primary education. He brings to the Trust his experience in developing businesses, setting a clear strategy for its activities and devolving responsibility and accountability to the leadership teams.

Nigel believes passionately in the importance of primary education in creating opportunities in life for every child. Nigel has two children of primary age.

Kathie Child-Villiers

Kathie Child-Villiers, MBA, is a trustee of Temple Grove Academy Trust and Finance Director. Kathie has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance advisory, primarily with HSBC and Merrill Lynch. She is currently a non-Executive Director of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets and Constantine Group. Kathie has a BS in Economics from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and a Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.

Kathie was identified as one of the “100 Women to Watch” as part of the Female FTSE report supplement, conducted by Cranfield University. Kathie has two children, one of primary school age. She is devoted to empowering children through excellent education.

Philip Lough

Philip Lough has had a career in education. His father was Headmaster of the original Temple Grove School from 1957 to 1975, and he himself was Head of three independent schools between 1996 and 2016.

He is a Trustee of the Temple Grove Schools Trust, and has been a Governor of a number of maintained and independent schools (currently of three schools, including one as Chairman) since 1998. He currently works as an Educational Consultant, specialising in school leadership issues. He joined TGAT as a co-opted Trustee in January 2018. His wife is also a former Head, and he has three children and six grandchildren.