Posted on: February 14th 2018

Message from the Chair of the Williamson Trust

A statement on behalf of Michael Costello, Chair of The Williamson Trust:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Mr Gary Vyse, the Chief Executive (CEO) of The Williamson Trust, which oversees the running of six academies in Medway.  Mr Vyse passed away at home on Monday, 12th February.

We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of such a strong and influential leader. Gary was an extraordinary individual with a passion for education, and a real drive to do the best for the Trust, its staff and its students.  Gary had been part of the Trust since its inception in April 2011.  He was always dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for the children of the Trust.”

The Williamson Trust’s board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team will help guide our schools as we come to terms with the loss of Gary.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary's family and friends.”

A statement on behalf of Cllr Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services:

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by today’s tragic news about Gary.   As well as being someone I valued as a professional friend and colleague, Gary had been a leading light in driving real improvement in education in Medway and in shaping the way we educate our young people.

His track record, drive and energy in championing education was outstanding and he will leave a lasting legacy for which we are very grateful.  Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his family and all the students and staff of The Williamson Trust family who we know will miss him greatly.”

A statement on behalf of Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner, South East and South London:

“I am deeply saddened by this news.  We always had the utmost respect for Gary’s dedication to improving the life chances of children at The Williamson Trust.  Our thoughts are with his family and those who knew him.”