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Trust Governance Information

DIRECTORS

Mr Jay Mercer (Chair)
Term of Office (4-year term): 16.03.2021 – 15.03.2025
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director, Collective Wisdom Ltd (Education Consultancy)
– Director, Kinder Living CIC (Sustainability consultancy and training)
– Spouse is also a Director of Collective Wisdom and Kinder Living
– Governor, St Andrew’s Primary School, Nuthurst (Primary School)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2020-21):
Remuneration 1 of 1 meetings
Chairs’ 1 of 1 meetings.

Mr Kevin Finnigan
Term of Office (4-year term): 16.03.2021 – 15.03.2025
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Managing Director of KF Associates (Education Improvement)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 2 of 3 meetings.

Mr Stephen Lawes
Term of Office (4-year term): 16.03.2021 – 15.03.2025
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director, Langley House Trust (Supported Housing)
– Trustee, Clean Sheet (Ex-Offender Employment Services)
– Trustee, Amen Corner Trust (Supporting Advancement of Christian Faith)
– Director, Aldsworth Manor Farm Ltd (Farming / Property)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2020-21):
Remuneration 1 of 1 meeting;
Audit 3 of 3 meetings.

Ms Yolande Burgess
Term of Office (4-year term): 30.06.2020 – 29.06.2024
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Employee of London Councils (interest commenced April 2010)
– Trustee, London Funders (Charity)
– Governor at Ambitious College, specialist FE College (interest commenced June 2015)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2020-21):
Audit 2 of 3 meetings.

Mrs Barbara McIntosh
Term of Office (4-year term): 11.05.2021 – 10.05.2025
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Local Governing Body of Unified Academy (since 2020)
– Vice-Chair, LB Sutton Health and Wellbeing Board (since 2019)
– Member, LB Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board (since 2016)
– Chair, Healthwatch Sutton (since 2020)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 3 of 3 meetings

Mr John Prior (CEO)
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 17.09.2019 – 16.09.2023
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 (2020-21): 3 of 3 meetings

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

Mr David Winkler
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 01.01.2019 – 24.06.2021
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director, DOCS UK Ltd (Dental Practice)
– Arbour Vale Local Governing Body member (school within the Trust)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2020-21): 2 of 2 meetings

MEMBERS

Mr Jay Mercer
Date of appointment: 03.04.2014
Business Interests:
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director, Collective Wisdom Ltd (Education Consultancy)
– Director, Kinder Living CIC (Sustainability consultancy and training)
– Spouse is also a Director of Collective Wisdom and Kinder Living
– Governor, St Andrew’s Primary School, Nuthurst (Primary School)

Mr Simon Vines
Date of appointment: 01.09.2021
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments: Nil.

Ms Julie Stockdale (representative for Orchard Hill College)
Date of appointment: 24.02.21
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: Nil.

Members who have stepped down in the last 12 months:

Mr Steve Howlett
Resigned: 01.09.2021
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair, London & South-East Education Group
– Chair, LSE College
– Advisor, Transport for London
– Board Member and Chair, Orbit Housing Group
– Trustee, Open City
– Executive Committee Member, Greenwich Society.

Dr Kafui Tay
Term ended: 31.12.2020
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Director/owner, Catalyst Risk Consulting Ltd (interest commenced October 2017)
– Trustee, British Science Association
– Co-opted Committee Member, YMCA England & Wales
– Co-opted Committee Member, National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Dr David Watkins (representative for Orchard Hill College)
Resigned: 31.12.2020
Business Interests / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Son is Principal at Carew Academy, a school within the trust (since September 2016)

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