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College Governance Information

DIRECTORS

1) 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 (2017-18): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): Remuneration 1 of 1 meeting; Audit 3 of 3 meetings

2) 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 (2017-18): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): Audit 2 of 3 meetings

3) Mr Staynton Brown
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.15 – 27.01.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests:
– Employee/Associate Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust (interest commenced January 2011)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2017-18): 0 of 3 meetings

4) Mr Eamonn Gilbert
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 27.01.2019
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 (2017-18): 0 of 3 meetings

5) 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

6) Dr Caroline Allen(CEO)
Term of Office (4-year term): 28.01.2015 – 27.01.2019
Appointed by: Members
Business Interests/ Roles held at other educational establishments: as listed above
Attendance – Board Meetings (2017-18): 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): ALL

7)  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: TBC.

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

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)
Attendance – Board Meetings (2017-18): 1 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): Remuneration 1 of 0 meeting; Chairs’ Committee 0 of 1 meeting

MEMBERS

1) 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)

2) 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)

3) Dr Caroline Allen (CEO)
Date of appointment: 28.01.2015
Business Interests:
– Employed by the Trust, Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) (since 1995)
– OHC Director (interest commenced January 2015)
– OHCAT Employee (since January 2013) and Director (interest commenced November 2013)
– Niece is Head of Marketing at OHC&AT (since 2006)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Member, YPES Board, London Councils (interest commenced December 2012)
– Son undertakes voluntary work placement at Orchard Hill College one day per week

4) 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)

5) Mr Roger Mills
Date of appointment: 25.03.2019
Business Interests:  TBC.

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 OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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