The activities of the Project are organised and implemented by a Director (currently Revd Gordon Parry - the former headmaster of a maintained comprehensive school) and an Administrator (currently Paul Hansford). The operational base of SCALA team is currently at The University of Chichester, Bognor Regis Campus.

An Introduction

As an educational charity, SCALA is overseen by a team of Trustees, whose role is to ensure that the charitable aims of the Project are pursued within a sound financial framework and a coherent strategic plan.

The Board of Trustees brings together school heads from both independent and maintained sectors, pastoral leaders and chaplains - all of whom are committed to SCALA approach.

  • The Director

    The Director

    The Project's activities are led by the Director, The Revd Gordon Parry, whose role is to design the Project's programme of events, to lead Project courses and consultancies, and to liaise with others in the educational world who are interested in the Project's aims and its areas of work.

    The Director currently works on a part-time basis but can always be contacted via his email address at

  • Administrator


    Much of the weekly initial contact with member schools and individuals is handled by the Administrator, Paul Hansford who works part-time for the Association and he can be contacted via his email address or through his office telephone 01243 812134

The Trustees

The Trustees currently comprise the following people:

  • Dame Alice Hudson Educated at Oxford University (St Hilda’s College) and Institute of Education – London University. An English teacher she became a Head in 2002.   Twyford Church of England Academies Trust – Executive Headteacher  (Acton, London) Trustee of: Villiers Park Education Trust  and SCALA   Photograph
  • Mr Rob Pavis Chair of Trustees Deputy Head (Pastoral) Gordon's School. Gordon's school is a non-selective state boarding school in the heart of Surrey.  
  • Revd John Thackray Vice-Chair of trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee   Presently Rector of St Mary at the Elms Ipswich Formerly chaplain at King's School, Rochester and former chair of the Schools Chaplains Association committee. John was also the Convenor of Chaplaincy Central.
  • Revd Anthony Buckley Chaplain of Alleyn's School, Dulwich and former committee member of the School Chaplains Association.
  • Revd Juliett Hulme Chaplain of Wells Cathedral School and former committee member of the School Chaplains Association
  • Revd Joy Hawes Chaplain of the Blue School, Wells and former committee member of the School Chaplains Association.   Joy Hawes – Bio In April 2008 I became the first Chaplain to The Blue School in Wells, Somerset, and have had the privilege and pleasure of developing the role from a blank canvas as it were.  The Blue is a Church of England comprehensive school and in 2012 became an Academy.  The school and I have developed together as we work out what it means to have a Christian ethos and provide appropriate spiritual care to the whole community, regardless of personal faith.  It is a large community, nearly 2000 people with students and staff and the school serves a diverse rural area.  In the early days of my chaplaincy I came across the Bloxham Project and then the School Chaplains’ Association and found the support and fellowship from both organisations invaluable.  The conferences and twilight meetings provided inspiration, challenge and encouragement and it was particularly beneficial to network and share with other school chaplains from a range of educational establishments.  Much has happened in the last few years, including being ordained in the Church of England in 2017; undoubtedly my experience of chaplaincy in school was a formative part of discerning this vocation.
  • Revd Peter Sutton Chaplain of Loretto School, Edinburgh and former committee member of the School Chaplains Association. Ordained in the Church of Scotland in june 2017 After ten years as an Infantry Officer in the Black Watch during which he was ordained as an Elder in the Regimental Kirk Session in Hong Kong, Peter left the Army to become Chaplain at Loretto. He then set up a Chaplaincy at the Perse in Cambridge whilst also running the RS Department. A return to Scotland saw him move to Gordonstoun followed by a Headship at Ardvreck Prep School. As a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge he continues with research into children's spirituality and delivered INSET whilst Training Officer of the School Chaplains Conference.
  • Revd Jim Gascoigne The Rev’d Jim Gascoigne has been a teacher for forty years and a United Reformed Church Minister for thirty.  With specialist degrees in the emotional and behaviour difficulties of adolescence and the interface of religion and education, Jim’s career in the maintained sector included being Head of Department, Faculty and Year Group as well as the Inspection and Advisory Service of a London Borough.  He went on to be Chaplain of an independent school in East London for just over a decade.  Now he is in local ministry part-time (Abbey Lane and Newport, Saffron Walden) and involvement with the School Chaplains’ Association firstly as Editor for the termly newsletter and later as Secretary has led on to his involvement with SCALA as a Trustee          
  • Mr Jeremy Walker Jeremy Walker is Principal of King's School, Rochester.  Previously he was Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth, Hertfordshire, and before that he was a Housemaster and Head of RS and Theory of Knowledge (IB) at Ardingly College, West Sussex.  His first teaching experience was at Bishop Stopford School in Northamptonshire.  He represents the South East on the HMC/GSA University Committee and has served in an advisory capacity to the Woodard Corporation, a group of forty-two schools educating over 30,000 pupils across the independent and maintained sectors.  Jeremy was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset and Worcester College, Oxford.  He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education, UCL.

Further details about the Project's Trustees and finances are available on the Charity Commission website,