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College Governance Information

DIRECTORS

Dr David Watkins
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 27.01.2019
Appointed by: Members
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)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 2 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2018-19):
Remuneration 1 of 1 meeting;
Audit 3 of 3 meetings

Mr Rama Venchard
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 27.01.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Director at Silica Associates Ltd (Management Consultancy) provision of Project Management services to OHCAT (interest commenced February 2013)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 2 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2018-19): Audit 3 of 3 meetings

Mr Peter Lauener
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
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 2 of 3 meetings

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: to follow.
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 1 of 1 meeting

Mr Mark Whitby
Appointed by: Board
Term of office (4-year term): 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2023
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Chair of Trustees, Education for the 21st Century (Multi-Academy Trust)
– Director, Acuity Trust.

Ms Asha Patel
Appointed by: Board
Term of office (4 year term): 14.12.2019 – 13.12.2023
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Founder, Innovating Minds CIC.

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

Dr Caroline Allen(CEO)
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 31.08.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: as listed above
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 3 of 3 meetings

Mr Staynton Brown
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.15 – 31.07.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Employee/Associate Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust (interest commenced January 2011)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 0 of 3 meetings

Mr Eamonn Gilbert
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 31.07.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Employee of Achieving for Children (AfC) (since May 2016)
– Royal Borough of Kingston Local Authority – commissioning of LLDD placements Post 16 / Co-owner of AfC (interest commenced May 2016)
– London Borough of Richmond Local Authority – commissioning of LLDD placements Post 16 / Co-owner of AfC (interest commenced April 2016)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Kingston Adult Education: Governor (interest commenced March 2016)
– Kingston College Governor on behalf of AfC and Kingston LA (interest commenced October 2015)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2018-19): 1 of 3 meetings

Mr Darren Coghlan (Chair)
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 27.01.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
Trustee Bosco College / CEO and Principal (interest commenced 2015)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
Governor, Bacons College (interest commenced 2010)

MEMBERS

Mr Peter Holmes (Chair)
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests:
-Trustee, Tourettes Action (interest commenced April 2008)
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:
– Sole Trader, SEN educational consultancy (interest commenced Sept 2014)
– External Examiner, Newcastle College Group (interest commenced March 2019)

Mr Darren Coghlan
Date of appointment: 14.12.2018
Business Interests:
– Trustee Bosco College / CEO and Principal (interest commenced 2015)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Governor, Bacons College (interest commenced 2010)

Mr Roger Mills
Date of appointment: 25.03.2019
Business Interests:
– 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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