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Trust Governance Information

DIRECTORS

Mr Jay Mercer (Chair)
Term of Office (4-year term): 03.04.2017-02.04.2021
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests: Nil.
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2019-20):
Remuneration 1 of 1 meetings
Chairs’ 1 of 1 meetings.

Mr Kevin Finnigan
Term of Office (4-year term): 17.03.2017-16.03.2021
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Managing Director of KF Associates (Education Improvement)
Attendance – Board Meetings Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 1 of 2 meetings.

Mr Stephen Lawes
Term of Office (4-year term)17.03.2017-16.03.2021
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Employee Lewisham/Southwark College (Senior Management)
– Director, Langley House Trust
– Director, Kainos Community
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2018-19):
Remuneration 1 of 1 meeting;
Audit 2 of 2 meetings.

Ms Yolande Burgess
Term of Office (4-year term): 30.06.2016 – 29.06.2020
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Employee of London Councils(interest commenced April 2010)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Governor at Ambitious College, specialist FE College (interest commenced June 2015)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 0 of 2 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2019-20):
Audit 0 of 1 meetings.

Mrs Barbara McIntosh
Term of Office (4-year term): 12.05.2017- 11.05.2021
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Trustee, HFT, Learning Disability provider (interest commenced 2008)
– Trustee, Richard James Trust, Mental health and LD Provider(interest commenced 2005)
– Director, Healthwatch, Sutton-Health regulator (interest commenced 2013)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Local Governing Body of Nightingale Community Academy (school within the Trust)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 2 of 2 meetings

Mr David Winkler
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022
Business Interests: Nil
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2019-20): 1 of 2 meetings

Mr John Prior (CEO)
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 17.09.2019 – 16.09.2023
Business Interests:
–  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 Caroline Allen (CEO) (Ex-officio)
Term of office start: 05.04.2013
Term of office end: 31.08.2019
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments: as listed above
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2018-19) 3 of 3 meetings.

 

MEMBERS

Mr Jay Mercer
Date of appointment: 03.04.2014
Business Interests:
– Director Collective Wisdom Ltd, education and design consultancy (interest commenced 2007)
– Spouse is also Director

Dr Kafui Tay
Date of appointment: 19.01.2016
Business Interests:
– Director, Off the Record, youth counselling, Croydon (interest commenced April 2014)
– Director, The Change Foundation, youth charity (interest commenced June 2015)
– Director/owner, Catalyst Risk Consulting Ltd (interest commenced October 2017)

Mr Steve Howlett
Date of appointment: 26.09.18
Business Interests:
– 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 David Watkins (representative for Orchard Hill College)
Date of appointment:
Business Interests:
– Son is Principal at Carew Academy, a school within the trust (since September 2016)
– Member of RSPH Qualifications Governance Committee (non-remunerated) (interest commenced April 2013)

Members who have stepped down in the last 12 months:

Mr Ken Coello (Chair)
Date of appointment: 05.04.2013
Date stepped down:  27.09.2019
Business Interests: NIL

Mr Richard Carter
Date of appointment: 05.04.2013
Date stepped down: 31.08.2018
Business Interests: NIL

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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