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Trustees

The Trustees of the Consortium Multi Academy Trust  are the Charity Trustees (within the terms of Section 177(1) of the Charities Act 2011), and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.  The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all the schools within Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.

The Trustees are appointed on a skills basis and initial appointments made following scrutiny and approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner.  We have a strong and diverse Board of Trustees with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Some Trustees are Senior Governors from our founding schools; others are key community influencers with a strong connection to our vision and ethos of education within  rural community primary schools:

Dawn Carman-Jones (Chair)
Steve Martin (Vice Chair)
Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne (CEO & Principal)
Alan Williams
Margaret Sillis
Martin Aylett
Darren Williams
Toby Slater-Robins

Please see our Trustee Biographies below:-

Members

The Members of a Multi Academy Trust are in a position of oversight.  Their objective is to appoint Trustees who will ensure that the Trust’s vision and ethos are upheld throughout all activities and developments.

From a legal perspective, Members are signatories to the Memorandum of Association and for agreeing the Trust’s Articles of Association.

Consortium Multi Academy Trust is in a position of having four Members who have strong connections to the founding schools and are people who have been instrumental in setting the vision and ethos of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust.  The initial appointments were made following scrutiny and approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner:

A fifth Member was appointed in 2018.

Dawn Carman-Jones (Chair)
Darren Williams
Damian Wraight
John Beckett


Please see our Members Biographies below:-

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Members

  • Mrs Dawn Carman-Jones, Chair of Members & Trustees

    Founder and Director of Mercatus Marketing Ltd

    Following a 6 year period of marketing management positions in Further Education Colleges in Norfolk, Dawn set up Mercatus Marketing in 2000 to provide business development, research and impact evaluation, and event management in the wider education environment and SME businesses within East Anglia.  During this time Dawn chaired the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association; held the positions of Education and PR Officer for the Suffolk Branch of the Institute of Directors; been a Judge, Organiser and Compare for the East of England Business Woman of the Year Awards; and the Conference Organiser for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (East of England).

    Dawn was a driving force in the research and modelling of the MAT structure and worked closely with Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne to ensure that there was a clear, viable and sustainable model tabled.  Her interest in pursuing the concept of responsible delegation within the MAT model comes from her determination that small schools play a vital part of community life and as such, should retain control over their futures.  Since 2013, Dawn has combined her business and consultancy experiences with her governance knowledge and has been deployed by Suffolk County Council to support governing bodies.  In this capacity, she has sat on Interim Executive Boards, been appointed as Chair of Governors, Associate Governor, Additional Governor and Governor Advisor, as well as providing mentoring support for new Chairs of Governors.  Dawn is regularly requested to sit on Hearing and Appeals panels as an independent experienced governor. In a wider context, she sits on Admissions Appeal panels and carries out Independent Investigations commissioned by schools and local authorities.

    Further experience and knowledge has been gained through her governance clerking and tutoring roles in Norfolk and Suffolk and Dawn has written course materials to support governor training.  This is further extended as she is regularly commissioned to carry out External Reviews of Governance in schools of concern, or as a direct result of OFSTED Inspections.

    Dawn has completed the Eastern Leadership College course ‘Leadership Development Programme’ and has completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and First Aid Instructor Qualifications, allowing her to develop and deliver her own core package of education and training provision.  Outside of school governance, and her business consultancy work, Dawn is married to her husband Chris, has two children still in education, and is an active member of the Scout Association. 

    Dawn can be contacted at:  chair@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr Damian Wraight:

    Senior Project/Contract Manager for United technologies (Otis UK division) 

    Following 22 years’ service as a UK Armed Forces Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineer, Damian has been the Senior Project and Contracts Manager for United Technologies (Otis UK division), for the past 25 years.  In this role, Damian is responsible for profit & loss in over 11 counties throughout the East & South of the UK, including ground operations, financial control, debt recovery and personnel for there Elevator New Equipment department, with a budget of £5m. 

    Damian has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of construction business sector operations at a multi-million pound level. Damian was previously a school governor at Mendham Primary School and latterly at the newly formed Waveney Valley Partnership Federation for around 7 years. During this time he had many roles including Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Quality of Teaching, and Staff Committee. 

    Damian and his wife live in Mendham with there two children, Aimee and Ted. Damian is actively involved in the local community and is Treasurer for a local children`s Charity.  Damian is a family man, and enjoys living close to there wider family relations who have lived in the Waveney Valley for 400 years; he enjoys the Broads National Park for sailing and wild life, as well as cycling around Norfolk & Suffolk and the local engineering club.

    Damian can be contacted at:   d.wraight@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr Darren Williams

    Property and Finance industry specialist

    Darren has worked in the property & finance industries for over 25 years, with specialist experience in property development and management, giving him a good understanding of all aspects of property building and development.

    More recently, Darren has worked as a consultant for a local Housing Charity, tasked with rebranding the organisation and developing a strategic plan for growth, and delivering barrier free housing solutions for the regions homeless. 

    Through this work, the charity was recognised nationally by the Big Issue and the developed model adopted throughout the county. Working to build strategic partnerships with several Local Authorities throughout East Anglia has provided Darren with a good understanding of LA working practices and protocols.

    Through his own consultancy and ongoing work, Darren appreciates the key importance of understanding the clients needs and meeting expectations through delivered results and communication; something which he feels many organisations fail to address effectively. Darren has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and through launching a number of successful ventures over the years, has the ability to create effective marketing and market research, to ensure ongoing viability of whatever project he is involved with.

    Darren has previously been a school governor with specialist responsibilities at Glebeland Community Primary School and held this position for a number of years. Darren’s knowledge has provided the school with assistance in a number of areas, not limited to buildings advice and marketing, which introduced of a pre and post school breakfast and homework club, resulting in a dramatic increase in school pupil numbers.

    Darren lives in Kessingland with his wife Clare and there 9-year-old daughter Matilda. Darren has a keen interest in music, both live and recorded, as well as a passion for modern classic cars of which he owns two.

    Darren can be contacted at:  d.williams@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr John Beckett

    Chartered Chemist, Electricity Generation

    John qualified in Chemistry whilst working, initially in electronic component manufacturing, and then in electricity generation where he was for the remainder of his career, eventually retiring as the head of Chemistry, and Environmental Coordinator at Sizewell A Power Station. He is still an active Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, having received an Award for Service to the Society, and serves on the East Anglia Section Committee where he organises an annual science competition for schools in Norfolk and Suffolk.


    John has been a school governor for a number of years, including Chair of Governors for the Kingfisher Federation Schools (Southwold and Barnby & North Cove Primary Schools), and was therefore actively involved with the conversion of the schools by their joining the Consortium Multi Academy Trust.

    John believes in the value of community primary schools and in the aim to raise the aspirations of pupils, especially in rural areas, and wants to see the quality of education enhanced through an innovative and broad curriculum. He appreciates how valuable his own education has been and wants pupils to be given the chance to feel the same in the future. John is keen to see pupils engaged by the sciences as part of their primary curriculum.

    Born in Norfolk, John has lived in Wrentham for the past 30 years with wife, Vivienne, and now enjoys grandchildren, as well as photography, which he has practised since school days. 

 

Board of Trustees:

  • Mrs Dawn Carman-Jones, Chair of Members & Trustees

    Founder and Director of Mercatus Marketing Ltd

    Following a 6 year period of marketing management positions in Further Education Colleges, in Norfolk, Dawn set up Mercatus Marketing in 2000 to provide business development, research and impact evaluation, and event management in the wider education environment and SME businesses within East Anglia. 

    During this time Dawn chaired the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association; held the positions of Education and PR Officer for the Suffolk Branch of the Institute of Directors; been a Judge, Organiser and Compare for the East of England Business Woman of the Year Awards; and the Conference Organiser for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (East of England).

    Dawn was a driving force in the research and modelling of the MAT structure and worked closely with Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne to ensure that there was a clear, viable and sustainable model tabled.  Her interest in pursuing the concept of responsible delegation within the MAT model comes from her determination that small schools play a vital part of community life and as such, should retain control over there futures.  Since 2013, Dawn has combined her business and consultancy experiences with her governance knowledge and has been deployed by Suffolk County Council to support governing bodies.  In this capacity, she has sat on Interim Executive Boards, been appointed as Chair of Governors, Associate Governor, Additional Governor and Governor Advisor, as well as providing mentoring support for new Chairs of Governors.  Dawn is regularly requested to sit on Hearing and Appeals panels as an independent experienced governor. In a wider context, she sits on Admissions Appeal panels and carries out Independent Investigations commissioned by schools and local authorities.

    Further experience and knowledge has been gained through her governance clerking and tutoring roles in Norfolk and Suffolk and Dawn has written course materials to support governor training.  This is further extended as she is regularly commissioned to carry out External Reviews of Governance in schools of concern, or as a direct result of OFSTED Inspections.

    Dawn has completed the Eastern Leadership College course ‘Leadership Development Programme’ and has completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and First Aid Instructor Qualifications, allowing her to develop and deliver her own core package of education and training provision.  Outside of school governance, and her business consultancy work, Dawn is married to her husband Chris, has two children still in education, and is an active member of the Scout Association. 

    Dawn can be contacted at:  chair@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, Principal and CEO

    Educational Leader

    Andrew has been an educationalist since 1999 and established the Trust whilst Executive Headteacher of the Waveney Valley Partnership, for Suffolk County Council.  Previous appointments include Deputy Headteacher at Greenacre Primary School and Deputy Headteacher at Bignold Middle School, both maintained under Norfolk County Council.  Andrew gained the National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2010.

    Andrew has achieved a strong track record of school improvement, supporting both Greenacre Primary School and leading St Edmund’s Primary School at Hoxne both out of Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ schools.  Delivering quality outcomes for pupils is Andrew’s passion and as a former Local Authority Challenge Partner, had been deployed to several schools to support the existing school leadership.

    School to School support and partnership working is fundamental to Andrew’s ethos, having previously headed a group of six rural primary schools in Suffolk, as Family of Schools, where best practice, resources and headteacher support was shared; monitoring, mentoring and moderating forming the backbone of our collaborative work.

    Prior to teaching, Andrew worked for a bio-medical research organisation as a Staff Cytogeneticist, trained in environmental sciences and gained a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Biology.  During this period Andrew also served with the Territorial Army & Volunteer Reserve as a Commissioned Officer and has a background in local government, sitting on Norwich City Council for 12 years as an elected Member and served four years as the Cabinet Member for Public and Support Services.

    Drawing on these vast experiences and training, Andrew was awarded Fellowship in the Institute of Leadership and Management in 2011.

    On the 1st November 2017, Andrew was appointed by the Regional Schools’ Commissioner to sit on the Headteachers Panel for the East of England and North East London area.

    Andrew is a passionate believer in community involvement and engagement and has also worked as a Primary Head Teacher on the UK Advisory Group for Youth Social Action Education.  This work has overlapped with his main outside interests as a volunteer within the Scout Association as Group Scout Leader/Trustee, District Training Advisor and District Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Advisor within the Southern Norfolk Scout District, heading up a Scout Group of around 150 members in the local area.

    Married to Donna, they have two grown up sons and grandchildren, and all live locally within the Waveney Valley area.  Rest and relaxation is important leisure time, with gardening, keeping fit and being active and outdoors as much as possible are there main pastimes, with there mantra - show us a mountain and they will climb it!’

    Andrew can be contacted at:  principal@consortiumacademy.org

  • Margaret Sillis,

    Health & Safety and public health professional

    Margaret has had a career as a senior health professional for 40 years and, before her retirement in 2009 was Lead Consultant Virologist for Norfolk, providing services to the Norfolk Primary Care Trust and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust; as well as an honorary consultant for the Norwich Mental Health Care Trust.

    Margaret was also responsible for liaising with public health professionals (now Public Health England), local veterinary and environmental health professionals over management of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

    Margaret achieved a PhD from the UEA, Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists as necessary qualifications for her role. During her career, health provision underwent major changes and Margaret received excellent training in management of organisational change, employment law, project management and leadership skills from a 6-month course set up by the Public Health Laboratory Service and University of York.

    During her career Margaret has been an active trades’ unionist, acting as staff representative on local and national consultative committees to promote fairness and justice in employment, which has enhanced her negotiating and influencing skills. Margaret was also a founder member of a national Clinical Scientists’ Network, which fought for proper recognition of that staff grade. Having gained the IOSHH qualification, Health and safety issues have always featured highly on Margaret’s agenda and she has sat on committees in various roles for the past 30+years.

    As well as having an active career in research resulting in over 60 peer-reviewed publications, Margaret has lectured nationally and internationally on her areas of specialist expertise. She was also a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at UEA for more than 20 years and than became a Recognised Teacher for 10 years when the new medical school opened at UEA, for which she had to have Associateship of ILT.

    Margaret has always had a particular interest in promoting H&S and education throughout her career.  For many years acting as a national assessor for state registration of clinical scientists and also as an assessor for Clinical Pathology Accreditation, currently assessing medical laboratories for United Kingdom Accreditation Service (Similar to OFSTED).

    Margaret has been a school governor for more than 20 years, originally as a community governor, with particular interests in health and safety and staff wellbeing.  She is driven to ensure that the children are involved within the communities of our local villages and, to that end, engaging them in community heritage projects initiated by the Hoxne Heritage Group, of which she was a founder member.   

    Having lived in Hoxne with her husband for many years, previously being a city dweller, Margaret has come to realise the importance of a village community in our very rushed lives and believes that village life should be protected, and that our rural schools are the lifeblood of tomorrow’s communities and should be retained and celebrated as much as possible.

    Margaret can be contacted at:    m.sillis@consortiumacademy.org

  • Dr Martin Aylett:

    Lead Network Design Consultant at BT

    Martin joined what is now B.T., with a Combined Honours degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1979, initially performing research on compound semiconductor materials. Having gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from London University, while working for the company, moved within B.T. to roles covering research across the entire software development lifecycle, and than joined a small team designing the core infrastructure of B.T.’s global data network. 

    Throughout his career, Martin has always been learning and updating his knowledge and skills, and believes that developing a love of learning and a willingness to try new experiences is extremely important for children growing up in today’s fast-changing world. 

    Martin has been a union representative for Prospect, the union for professionals, since 1990, again seeing this as an opportunity to develop skills and expertise across a broad range of subjects, including negotiation and data analysis. He is now one of the most senior lay reps in B.T., chairing Prospect’s B.T. Committee and taking part in negotiations at B.T. Group level on the whole range of employment issues including pay (and equal pay), pensions, grading structures, TUPE, performance management and employee engagement. Martin is also an appointed member of Prospect’s National Science, Engineering and Sustainability Advisory Committee.

    Martin has been a school governor at Mendham Primary School, now the Waveney Valley Partnership which included periods as Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors. He has served on committees dealing with curriculum and finance, ensuring that there was a supportive and challenging dialogue with the school leadership. Martin also took on delegated responsibility for Science within the Partnership Governing Body, and believes strongly that education is vital to the future success of our children and indeed the UK, being particularly so in Early Years and Primary education.  During his time as a governor, Mendham Primary School formed the Waveney Valley Partnership with St Edmund’s Primary School in Hoxne, Martin believed that the move to a Multi-Academy Trust would be an opportunity to further strengthen all of the schools in the MAT, in the interest of all the children at all of the MAT schools.

    Martin is married to Liz. They have two sons who both attended Mendham Primary School and who are now married and have families of there own. Martin is an active Christian, serving as a Deacon at his local Baptist Church in Fressingfield, as well as being the Deputy Chair of B.T.’s Christian Network, since it was established 10 years ago.

    Martin can be contacted at:    m.aylett@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr Darren Williams

    Property and Finance industry specialist

    Darren has worked in the property & finance industries for over 25 years, with specialist experience in property development and management, giving him a good understanding of all aspects of property building and development.
    More recently, Darren has worked as a consultant for a local Housing Charity, tasked with rebranding the organisation and developing a strategic plan for growth and delivering barrier free housing solutions for the regions homeless. 

    Through this work the charity was recognised nationally by the Big Issue and the developed model adopted throughout the county. Working to build strategic partnerships with several Local Authorities throughout East Anglia has provided Darren with a good understanding of LA working practices and protocols.

    Through his own consultancy and ongoing work, Darren appreciates the key importance of understanding the clients needs and meeting expectations through delivered results and communication; something which he feels many organisations fail to address effectively. Darren has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and through launching a number of successful ventures over the years, has the ability to create effective marketing and market research to ensure ongoing viability of whatever project he is involved with.

    Darren has previously been a school governor with specialist responsibilities at Glebeland Community Primary School and held this position for a number of years. Darren’s knowledge has provided the school with assistance in a number of areas, not limited to buildings advice and marketing, which introduced of a pre and post school breakfast and homework club, resulting in a dramatic increase in school pupil numbers.

    Darren lives in Kessingland with his wife Clare and there 9-year-old daughter Matilda. Darren has a keen interest in music, both live and recorded, as well as a passion for modern classic cars of which he owns two.

    Darren can be contacted at:  d.williams@consortiumacademy.org

  • Mr Alan Williams:

    Former Headteacher, Glebeland Primary School

    Alan has worked in education for over 38 years, teaching children in a variety of schools in Birmingham, Worcestershire, Germany, Norfolk and Suffolk, and adults at GCSE mathematics evening classes in Germany. Currently, he works as Interim Executive Principal at Dell and Elm Tree Primary School in Lowestoft.

    Before taking the Interim Executive Principal role at Lowestoft’s Dell and Elm Tree primary schools, Alan was Head Teacher at Glebeland Primary School, near Beccles, a position held since Easter 2002.

    Glebeland developed from an extremely vulnerable institution, having gone through a period of immense turmoil, to one which is considered to be very successful and popular, with increasing numbers of children on roll.

    As a small local primary school at the heart of the community, it's successes included the awarding of the Artsmark, Healthy Schools and International awards. Alan has strong links with schools in Africa and several European countries, exposing Glebeland's pupils to cultural understanding of, and joint working with, there peers in other places.

    He also jointly held the title of 'Cluster Lead' for the thirteen schools in Norfolk's London Cluster, facilitating joint working between, and offering support to, colleagues in these establishments. In addition, Alan is one of Norfolk's System Leaders - schools working together for the mutual benefit of pupils and staff members, is one of his passions.

    Alan is currently leading an international research project about schools' learning environments, initially involving nine Norfolk school leaders, with a focus on the Flanders area of Belgium, the Trondheim region in Norway and Norfolk. As part of this, twelve Belgian headteachers visited Consortium's Glebeland Primary in September 2017.

    Alan's interests include travelling, both to places within the United Kingdom and beyond. He is treasurer and membership secretary of ESTA (East Suffolk Travellers' Association), the local public transport lobby and promotion organisation, a one time member of the TUCC (Transport Users Consultative Committee) for Western England and, until recently Haddiscoe's station adopter under the Greater Anglia station adoption scheme. Alan is also a trustee and the treasurer of a local charity, which supports the education of children at a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is treasurer of the local Raveningham Community Magazine.

    Raised in a village post office and stores, at the heart of the community, Alan is passionate about the place of local schools and other facilities within such communities and carries this vision through his passion for education, particularly in schools such as those in the Consortium Multi Academy Trust.

    He lives in South Norfolk, near Beccles, with his wife and three sons, one of whom is at university and the others (twins) in there A level year at a local high school.

    Alan can be contacted at:  a.williams@consortiumacadem.org                                    

     

  • Mr Steve Martin

    Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) Aviva and Southern Norfolk District Scout Commissioner

    Born in Norwich and educated at Wymondham College, Steve left school mid A Level to start his own business as the franchise owner for the 'King Cube' modular shop fitting system. Building the business over 10 years to include exhibition stand design and construction, signage, as well as TV sets for Anglia Television, Steve eventually launched the first Norwich Motor Show, House & Home Exhibition and Wedding Show.

    At the age of twenty eight, Steve decided to follow his passion for accountancy and returned to Norwich City College to take an A Level in Accountancy before completing a one year Accountancy Foundation Course and securing a Chartered Accountancy Training contract with Larking Gowen in Norwich.

    Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1996, Steve became an Accounting Senior with portfolio specialising in small business development, launching the Larking Gowen small business development team, delivering business advice to small SME companies in Norfolk and establishing one of Norfolk's first Business Breakfast Clubs out of their Dereham Office.

    In 2004, he left Larking Gowen to work for AVIVA on the UK's first Telematics Insurance project, developing the proposition and launching to market over four years, from a standing start. The role progressed from being part of the original project team to Financial Director for the inaugural telematics business unit.

    For the last four years Steve has been the Financial Director for AVIVA's UK Direct Business Unit. Initially responsible for supporting the UK Direct Marketing function, the role has progressed to that of Financial Director to the Commercial Director. With responsibility for over £600m in turnover and end to end performance, the role has recently expanded to also include AVIVA's 'Quote Me Happy' £450m a year, Price Comparison website distribution Business Unit. As a result, Steve is now Financial Director with responsibility to deliver annual turnover of over £1bn and £150m of annual profitability within Aviva PLC.

    Outside work Steve has been actively involved in The Scout Association for nineteen years, holding a number of volunteer roles from Cub Scout Leader through District and County adult and Finance roles. This includes directorate positions for the 2006 & 2010 International Jamborees, controlling the full £750,000 budget, and in 2014 running and delivering Norjams first Culture Zone for over 5,500 young people. Steve currently holds the volunteer role of District Commissioner for Southern Norfolk, supporting the provision of Scouting for over 1,000 young people by 180 volunteer adults.

    Married for thirty years to Karen, they have two children, Elizabeth and Jonathan; Steve is a proud father who, as well as enjoying supporting his children's achievements, enjoys his own hobbies of golf and watching, as a season ticket holder, Norwich City Football Club.

    Steve can be contacted at:   s.martin@consortiumacademy.org

  • Toby Slater-Robins,

    Trustee & Governor Advisor

    Toby has 12 years experience as a School Governor. Initially a co-opted Community governor, he has been a Chair, Vice Chair and Interim Executive Board Member. Toby also acts as a Governance Advisor and Consultant on behalf of Suffolk County Council, and has worked alongside many governing bodies in both maintained and faith schools. 

    He has wide experience in all aspects of school governance including Headteacher performance management, recruitment and strategic development. Toby has lead and contributed to boards that have been judged to be ‘Outstanding’, and also assisted those that aspire to be, despite there current challenges.  Toby has a particular interest in school recovery following educational and organisational difficulty or failure, and has highly developed skills in transformational and strategic leadership.  As a qualified Action Learning facilitator, he is able to build highly effective teams that share purpose and motivation.  An experienced and effective presenter, he has co-developed numerous innovative strategies for governor development and recruitment.

    Toby strongly believes in the fundamental moral and social purpose of education, and it’s vital contribution to community and societal development.  As a determined, dynamic and restless thinker, Toby always seeks the less obvious solution and is known to be fiercely independent.

    With an unconventional and diverse background in the creative industries, he has been a tutor and mentor in the post-compulsory education sector, a coach to many professionals and a passionate advocate of creativity in schools.  Toby is also a jazz pianist, sculptor and furniture maker and has a degree in Composition and Harmony. 

    He is an active fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and of the Royal Society of the Arts.

    Toby can be contacted at:   t.slater-robins@consortiumacademy.org

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