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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 / 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 (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 / Roles held at other educational establishments:
– 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 / 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 (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): 30.06.2020 – 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 (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 / 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 / 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 (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 / 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:

N/A.

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 Steve Howlett
Date of appointment: 26.09.18
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.

Members who have stepped down in the last 12 months:

Dr Kafui Tay
Date of appointment: 19.01.2016 to 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)

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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