Fun • Creativity • Achievement



On April 12th 2021, the Trust Board replaced Local Governing Bodies with Local Advisory Boards. This change was made for two key reasons:

  • The responsibility and accountability for each school no longer rests with Governing Bodies but with the Trust. Therefore, we needed a model that was more aligned to our scheme of delegation.
  • We wanted to create a model of Governance which ensures more community representation, is more linked to the Trust and has more time to focus on each school, it’s priorities and its uniqueness, rather than budgets and school performance data.


The Purpose of the LAB

  • The primary focus of the LABs is to promote the best interests of all the children and their families within their school and the wider Trust. They will provide an opportunity to support the ‘uniqueness’ of each school in terms of learning opportunities available, enhancing school wellbeing and a focus on the needs of the local community. The LAB will enhance community engagement through being a collective channel of communication. The focus of enhancing community engagement reflects the Trust’s values and will be particularly important for the growth of the PHAT.

Parklands Primary LAB Members

Emma Bell – Chair of the LAB

I am passionate about ensuring all children get the best quality education and believe that this needs to be achieved holistically, with the happiness and wellbeing of the child being just as important as their day to day learning experiences.

I am a fully qualified HR Professional, with over 14 years HR experience.  I am currently Head of HR Operations at the Open University and as such have gained valuable experience in the education sector. I am confident that my skills in this area can be utilised effectively to support the strategic aims of the school, as well as ensuring that money is spent effectively. I look forward to playing an active role in supporting the successful development of the school over the coming years.  

Carmilla Cassidy – Principal

I have over a decade’s experience of working within Primary schools across Northamptonshire and Staffordshire. I have worked on different leaderships teams, and I am now in the very privileged position of being Principal of Parklands Primary. I Joined Parklands Primary school in September 2018, I have been a teacher and a leader within the school and one of the things that appealed most, was the very strong sense of community within Parklands.
Since Parklands has joined the Preston Hedges Trust, The embedment of the Trust Ethos of ‘Fun, creativity and achievement’ has made Parklands an even more exceptional place to be. I am passionate about giving children the very best start in their education career and ensuring their school is a very special place, that provides them with incredible experiences.


Shahnaz Zaman – Member of the LAB

Currently a member of staff, Senior Welfare Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Have seen the school convert into an academy and watch the progress. Parent to children who were former pupils at Parklands primary, both had wonderful experiences at the school, and want to continue that support for other children to achieve their full potential. Passionately believe in good education and school experiences for all children and providing opportunities for all.20 year’s experience of working in safeguarding, children services, Judiciary services and community development. Currently serving as Magistrate for Northamptonshire. 

Ellie Coleman – Member of the LAB

I am a Parklands Parent to my son in Year 1.  I grew up in very small schools in the Norfolk countryside. I am passionate about helping to bring some of the elements of smaller school education to a larger school and the incredible experiences provided to me growing up at the hands of our local community. I can see the amazing vision behind the Preston Hedges Trust and I am excited to help contribute towards the development of the school and the trust. My work in Television, specifically in historical documentaries, brings me into contact with an incredible array of people and objects that can be utilised by the school. These personable skills, I hope will be used to engage with the wider school community to work together to provide outstanding education for our children.

Simon Bickers – Member of the LAB

I am a father of two, with our first child just entering reception this year at Parklands Primary School. By day a development engineering manager for Nissan’s engineering centre at Cranfield near Milton Keynes. I’m looking to actively support and influence the growth of the children’s schooling experience through the LAB.I can offer problem solving and pragmatic viewpoint into the group, with my experience from a multi-cultural global company working at many different locations. I want to promote the best education that I believe this school can offer.



We will be recruiting LAB members during May 2021 and will be holding a recruitment evening to share further information. If you have any questions, please contact the Trust Company Secretary on :