The trustee board sets The Learning Curve’s strategic direction, ensuring we continue to raise standards and strive for excellence in everything we do. They meet on a regular basis to:

  • set future plans and respond to the needs of learners, the community and local employers
  • decide policies
  • watch how we spend our money
  • look at how we are providing our services and check we are meeting the standards that we should

The trustee board sets the Learning Curve’s strategic plan and annual business plan and agrees them with the Selwood Housing group board, they then monitor progress against the plan throughout the year.

Jeanette Howells (Chair)
Started 9th June 2015

Jeanette is a company director at Oaklands Resource Management Ltd where she provides consultancy advice and training services. Jeanette brings substantial experience in learning & development and organisational strategy development to the role of Chair, with key strengths including project management, leadership, communication and presentation, assessment and quality assurance. In addition to a successful professional career, Jeanette is a school governor and has served as a parish councillor.
Andy Gilson (Vice Chair)
Started 27th January 2016

Andy is on the Selwood Housing Group Governance Committee, who has previously worked as a senior director for Vauxhall Motors and has significant experience within marketing, corporate strategy and customer experience. His career with Vauxhall began in 1989 after graduating from Bath University with a first class degree in business administration and lasted over 25 years, including placements in Germany and California. Andy’s key strengths are building relationships and developing strong customer focus within organisations.
Jenny Budgell
Started 21st May 2013
A management accountant with thirty years of experience, Jenny was appointed as trustee with The Learning Curve in 2013 and brings a wealth of knowledge around finance and accounting to the role. Jenny is an associate member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is the sole director and shareholder of Natural Numbers Ltd, a company she set up in 1993. Jenny also uses her skills and experience within the voluntary sector, having volunteered for various charities and mentoring with Wiltshire Early Help Service. Jenny is on the Selwood Housing Group Audit and Risk Committee.
Jo Reese
Started 27th January 2016
Jo specialises in working with companies to drive business growth through people. Her background is in learning and development, and she has an M.A. in Human Resource Management. Jo has previously run her own business, coaching managers and executives for business growth. Her skills include strategy and strategic planning, financial management, stakeholder engagement, and governance. Jo has previously volunteered as a fundraising trustee for Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

Barry Hughes
Started 18th May 2016
Barry Hughes is in charge of the overall organisation. He is responsible for making sure that it runs smoothly and that we deliver the targets and plans set by the board of directors. He manages the leadership team and has direct responsibility for our customer support, neighbourhood services, development and enterprise teams.
Barry graduated from Cambridge University with a maths degree.  He trained as a management accountant and worked in media for 10 years. He later became finance director for Metro Newspaper and the Evening Standard.

Margaret Haylock
Started 12th September 2016
Margaret has extensive knowledge of business administration, human resources and health & safety from working in the NHS and with the local authority in Essex. She takes an active role in the selection and appointment of board members to the group and has achieved a post-graduate diploma in human resource management (CIPD). Margaret is vice chair of the Group remuneration and governance committee and a tenant of Selwood Housing
Sue Eley
Started 12th September 2016
Our head of finance, Sue Eley, is responsible for budgeting across the business to ensure we have the finances available to reach our goals. Sue is currently covering the role of group finance director. Caroline Bee is covering the head of finance role