Gordon Smith

Chairman of the Board, CHTA Director

Gordon is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust which currently runs Riddlesdown Collegiate, Croydon’s largest secondary school, and one of its highest achieving, where he was Principal from 2006-2015. He has held leadership roles in London schools for 25 years, 18 as a senior leader including 14 as a Head / Principal. His successful experience spans the development of teaching and learning, raising standards, complex financial management and significant restructuring and capital projects. He is also Chair of Governors at Croydon College.


I am proud to lead an organisation – The Collegiate Trust – which recognises the importance of collaboration within education. My role as Chair of Octavo means that I can help to build further partnership working, encouraging experts across Croydon and beyond to come together professionally to benefit all of our children and young people.