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Trust Governance Information

DIRECTORS

1) 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 (2017-18): 2 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): Remuneration 0 of 1 meeting; Chairs’ Committee 1 of 1 meeting

2) 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 (2017-18): 0 of 3 meetings
Attendance – Committee Meetings (2017-18): Audit 3 of 3 meetings

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

4) 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 (2017-18): 3 of 3 meetings

5) 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 (2017-18): 2 of 3 meetings

6) Mr David Winkler
Appointed by: Members
Term of office (4-year term): 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022
Business Interests: to follow.

7) Dr Caroline Allen (CEO)
Appointed: 05.04.2013 (Ex-officio)
Business Interests/Roles held at other educational establishments: as listed above
Attendance: Family Board Meetings (2017-18) 3 of 3 meetings
Attendance: Committee Meetings (2017-18) ALL

Directors who have stepped down in the past 12 months:

Mr Roger Mills
Date of appointment: 26.11.2015
Date stepped down: 01.09.2018
Business Interests:
– Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Cygnet IT CIC, School IT and Software Development (interest commenced April 2014)
– Encompass LATC, Non-Executive Director (interest commenced January 2017)
– Trustee – Riverside Community Centre(interest commenced January 2017)
– Sutton Voice CIC, Owner/Founder (interest commenced May 2013)
Roles held at other educational establishments:
– Trustee at Greenshaw Learning Trust, Multi Academy Trust
– Interim Chair of The Local Governing Body of The Link Secondary School (school within the Trust) (September 2017)
Attendance – Family Board Meetings (2017-18): 2 of 3 meetings

MEMBERS

1) Mr Ken Coello (Chair)
Date of appointment: 05.04.2013
Business Interests: NIL

2) 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

3) 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)

4) Steve Howlett
Date of appointment: 26.09.18
Business Interests: TBC.

Members who have stepped down in the last 12 months:

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

Latest News

Deputy CEO appointed

The OHC&AT Board of Directors and some of our pupils, students and staff carried out a competitive Executive Head Teacher/Deputy CEO recruitment and selection process in May. We are delighted to announce that Laurie Cornwell has been appointed to the …

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Safeguarding and Well-being Conference

On 20th June 2019 Orchard Hill College Academy Trust held our first ever Safeguarding and Well-being Conference. It was opened by Dr Caroline Allen, CEO, who gave an account of the benefits of resilience, and some of the developments in …

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Rugby Festival at The Stoop

Students from Carew Academy, Nightingale Academy and St Philip’s School took part in a mixed ability rugby day at The Stoop pitch, home of the Harlequins rugby team. The event was designed to increase participation and make the game more …

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Lights, Cameras, Action!

Pupils and students across the Trust got together for this year’s OHC&AT Film Festival. The event was hosted at Sutton Salvation Army, where visitors were treated to a screening of 15 short films. The entries were an eclectic mix; from …

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