Members of the Quantock Education Trust

There are four members including two foundation members, one of whom is the corporate member. The members are the 'guardians' of the Trust.


They are accountable to the Department For Education and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They are responsible for the appointment of all the Trustees. The members amend and sign off the Articles of Association and the auditing accounts. 


Rev. Ed Moll

Rev. Ed Gregory

Ray Symons

Chris Spencer

Rev. Ed Moll

Ed is the vicar at St George’s Church in Wembdon, Somerset. He has a number of links with Haygrove School. His two children have attended the school and he has always been a very supportive member of the community. His commitment to the annual remembrance service at Haygrove further cements his place in the school community. Ed worked in the chemical industry before moving to full-time church work and Bible teaching, and served churches in Newcastle and Basingstoke before settling in Wembdon.

Rev. Edward Gregory

Edward (Ed) brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Trust. His position as Director of Learning for the Diocese of Bath and Wells allows him to provide Trustees with relevant and up-to-date advice relating to Diocesan policies and procedures. 


Ed has worked in education for 28 years. He has worked extensively in Primary schools in Somerset from being a newly qualified teacher through to headship. In the past 19 years, Ed has held three headships; for a rural Community School of 60 pupils, a Church of England VC Primary of 230 children and most recently at Bishop Henderson, a school of 429 children near the centre of Taunton.


Ed has a strong commitment to the education of children and young people in the context of the Christian Distinctiveness that Church of England schools offer. He has lead a school to an outstanding grading in the Church School inspection process.


A practising Christian, Ed has represented church schools on Somerset’s Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) and been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education for three years.

Ray Symons (BSc Hons, FCCA, MBIAC)

Ray is a retired partner of Butterworth Jones and Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants and held the position since 1984. He was the deputy Audit Compliance Partner as well as the Ethics Partner of that firm.  In addition, he was responsible for a portfolio in excess of 250 clients of all sizes. He has been a Governor at Haygrove School for over 20 years. He was a member of the Committee of the Taunton district of the Federation of Small Businesses and undertook the role of Chair for 3 years and Treasurer for 4 years. He has developed a wealth of experience over the years both from being an owner of a business and from acting for a range of business and personal clients. He will be able to utilise this business acumen for the ongoing benefit of the MAT.

Chris Spencer

Chris is currently Director of Marykit Limited; a large independent department store, whilst also acting in a consultancy role for a large firm of solicitors. Before retiring full time as a Solicitor, Chris was Senior Partner at Pardoes Solicitors, originally having trained and qualified in 1976 having worked in both Rugby and London. Educated at Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School and Lutterworth Grammar School, Chris left school and went on to pursue a career in Law.


Having qualified in 1976 and moved to Bridgwater that year, Chris quickly assumed the role of partner in a local firm of solicitors. Chris is currently a Trustee for Somerset Redstone Trust, recently having taken on a role within the Trusts Steering Group, tasked with assessing and ensuring the future of the Trust moving forward. Over the years Chris has acted as Governor for several educational institutions, including Haygrove School, and Somerset College. Although having moved on from these roles Chris' links to both the local community and business world remain strong.

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