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College Governance Information

DIRECTORS

Mr Peter Lauener (Chair)
Term of office (4-year term): 01.09.2018 – 31.08.2022
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Governors, Newcastle College Group
– Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board
– Non-Executive Board Member, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
– Chair, Student Loans Company (SLC)
– Trustee, Educators International
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2019-20:
Remuneration 1 of 1.

Mr Rama Venchard (Vice-Chair)
Term of Office (4-year term): 31.07.2020 – 30.07.2024
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director at Silica Associates Ltd (Management Consultancy) provision of Project Management services to OHCAT (interest commenced February 2013)
– Chair of Trustees, Step Academy Trust (Multi Academy Trust)
– Vice-Chair of Trustees, Westfield Academy (Secondary School)
– Member, Activate Learning Trust (Multi Academy Trust)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2019-20:
Audit 2 of 2.

Ms Julie Stockdale
Term of Office (4 year term): 25.03.2019 – 24.03.2023
Appointed by: Board
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: Nil.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 0 of 2 meetings

Mr John Prior 
Term of office (4-year term): 09.06.2020 – 08.06.2024
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
–  Spouse is a headteacher of a maintained special school in Surrey;
–  Sister is Head of Governance in OHC&AT
–  Brother-in-Law is the Health & Safety Advisor for OHC&AT.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings.

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

Dr David Watkins
Term of Office (4-year term): 31.07.2020 – 31.12.2020
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Son is Principal at Carew Academy, a school within the trust (since September 2016)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings 2019-20:
Audit 1 of 2.
Remuneration 1 of 1.

Mr Mark Whitby
Term of office (4-year term): 01.09.2019 – 15.06.2020
Appointed by: Board
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Trustees, Education for the 21st Century (Multi-Academy Trust)
– Director, Acuity Trust.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 1 of 1 meetings.

Ms Asha Patel
Appointed by: Board
Term of office (4 year term): 14.12.2019 – 05.06.2020
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Founder, Innovating Minds CIC.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 0 of 0 meetings.

MEMBERS

Mr Peter Holmes (Chair)
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Governors, Cirencester Sixth Form College (interest commenced January 2017)
– Governor, Nailsworth Primary School, Gloucestershire (interest commenced September 2010)

Mr John Brown
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Owner, J Brown, SEN educational consultancy
– External Examiner, Newcastle College Group (interest commenced March 2019)
– External Examiner, Rathbone UK

Mr Darren Coghlan
Date of appointment: 14.12.2018
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Trustee Bosco College / CEO and Principal (interest commenced 2015)

Mr Roger Mills
Date of appointment: 25.03.2019
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Non Executive Director and Chair, Cygnet IT CIC
– Non Executive Director, Encompass LATC
– Trustee and Chair, Greenshaw Learning Trust
– Trustee, Riverside Community Association.

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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