Former Priory directors appear in court over fraud charges

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Two former senior members of staff at the Priory Federation of Academies – which includes Grantham’s Priory Ruskin Academy – are to appear in court again in January to face charges.

Richard Gilliland, the former chief executive, and Stephen Davies, the former finance director, are both accused of fraud.

Gilliland was excused from attending a brief hearing at Lincoln Crown Court this morning (Thursday) when Judge John Pini QC set down a timetable for the progression of the case.

Gilliland, 63, formerly of Collingham, Nottinghamshire, but now living in Moraira, Spain, faces a total of six charges.

Davies, 57, of Abingdon Avenue, Lincoln, appeared in the dock and was granted unconditional bail. He is accused of three charges of fraud.

Both men were ordered to appear back before Lincoln Crown Court on January 30, when a plea and case management hearing is due to take place.