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Trustees (Governors)

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that Cleves School provides a high standard of education and care for every pupil.

The Trustees do this by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Structure

All Trustees are directors and Trustees of the Academy Trust. The Trust’s three members are Susan Foster, Doris Neville-Davies and Jim Graham. Four committees meet regularly. The Children’s Achievement and Well-being committee (Chair, Simon Mathews); the Resources committee (Chair, Elaine Jones); the Admissions committee and the Personnel, Performance and Pay committee (Chair, Doris Neville-Davies). Below is a brief profile of each Trustee:

 Please click here for Trustees Roles and Responsibilities

Susan Foster - Chair of the Board of Trustees (chair@cleves.co.uk)

Susan joined the Board of Trustees in January 2012 and became Chair in November 2012. She has two children, who previously attended Cleves. Susan worked for over 25 years as a policy civil servant in several Government Departments, including the Department for Education, before taking early retirement. 

Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones joined the Board of Trustees in December 2013, and has two sons who previously attended Cleves. Elaine has been a qualified accountant for more than 25 years and worked in the City as an accountant and project manager before starting a small accountancy practice locally in 2002.

Doris Neville-Davies

Doris Neville-Davies joined the Board of Trustees in October 2013 having previously been a Trustee in seven schools over a period of 27 years. She is a National Leader of Governance and one of Surrey's Additional Skills Governors, both of which involve supporting governing bodies according to their particular needs.

Hilary Bennett

Hilary joined the Board of Trustees in December 2017.  Before moving to Surrey in 2016 she was a School Governor at a small village school in Somerset.  The majority of her working life was spent as a Civil Servant in Commercial Management at the Department for Work & Pensions, and she now works part-time at the Royal Holloway University of London Library.  She has two grown up sons, the youngest teaches in Leeds, and her eldest son is married to a teacher who works at a local junior school in Surrey.  Hilary believes in children being given every opportunity at school to receive a full education and also opportunities to develop socially and take part in extra-curricular activities. She brings enthusiasm and dedication to the role, and offers a range of skills, experience and knowledge, making a positive contribution to the school and pupils.

Alistair Nelson

Alistair became a staff Trustee in March 2018. He joined Cleves in 2014, and is responsible for overseeing PE and Sport. Alistair has 3 children, with one currently at Cleves. Having retrained to move into teaching, Alistair has a background in business and recruitment.

Rebecca Flaherty

Beccy became a Staff Trustee in November 2014.  She joined Cleves in 2009 and is currently Year 6 leader and Computing Coordinator. Beccy has two daughters in secondary education. Prior to joining the teaching profession, Beccy was a Research Scientist working on the development of the brain in academic institutions in London, New York and Edinburgh.

Wayne Giddens
 

Wayne joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017. He has lived in Weybridge for the past 10 years and has three children, one currently at Cleves and two younger children. Wayne is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for various organisations in travel, education, events, advertising and recruitment over the past 25 years. He is committed to helping the school continue to thrive and improve over the coming years.

Simon Matthews

Simon joined the Board of Trustees in December 2013 having previously served as a governor at Burhill School.  He runs his own business process and information technology consulting firm, and brings his business, technology and big data experience to the Cleves Board of Trustees.

Emma Calow

Emma joined the Board of Trustees in September 2016 after having been an Associate Trustee on the Resources committee for the previous year. Emma moved to Surrey in May 2015 having spent over 10 years living and working in various European countries. She works locally for a major oil company.

Jim Graham

Kathryn Taylor

Moya Tytherleigh

Moya became Clerk to the Board of Trustees in December 2013. She has two daughters, one of whom is at Cleves and the other at secondary school.  Moya has over 20 years of admin experience and provides advice to the Board of Trustees on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as helping support and organise the Trustees with their busy timetable. 

Associate Governors

We have Pupil Associate Governors who have half termly meetings with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and attend full Board of Trustee meetings for the first hour. Their job is to reflect on strategic issues for the school and to give the pupil perspective.  Pupil Associate Governors are invited to serve at Cleves for their first year at Secondary School.

Governor Information

Name
Role

Responsibility

Term Of Office

Appointed By

Committees & Panels Serving On

Meeting Attendance In The Last 12 Months (2016-2017)

Other Institutions Served On

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests

Mrs Susan Foster
Chair of Board of Trustees

Children’s Centre Link Trustee

November 2019

Members

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing
  • Personnel, Performance and Pay
  • Admissions
  • Headteacher’s Performance Panel

6/6 FGB

3/3 CA&WB

3/3 PP&P

2/2 Admiss’ns

2/2 HTPP

Governor at Grovelands School

Managing and letting properties in the local area

Mrs Doris Neville-Davies
Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Child Protection Trustee

July 2021

Members

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing (Vice Chair)
  • Personnel, Performance and Pay (Chair)

6/6 FGB

2/3 CA&WB

3/3 PP&P

Director of London Diocesan Board for Schools

 

Governor at Grovelands School

Employee of Runnymede Borough Council

National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations

Parentkind UK 

Mr Chris Hodges

Headteacher

 

Ex officio Governor

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing
  • Resources
  • Admissions

6/6 FGB

3/3 CA&WB 5/5 Resources

2/2 Admiss’ns

None

None

Mrs Elaine Jones

Lettings Trustee

December 2021

Members

  • Resources (Chair)
  • Personnel, Performance and Pay

6/6 FGB

5/5 Resources

3/3 PP&

Governor at Grovelands School

Director of TaxAssist Accountants

Mr Simon Matthews

Data Trustee

December 2021

Members

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing (Chair)

6/6 FGB

3/3 CA&WB

Governor at Three Rivers Academy

None

Mrs Beccy Flaherty

Looked After Children Trustee

November 2018

Staff Elected

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

6/6 FGB

3/3 CA&WB

None

None

Ms Emma Calow

Responsible Officer

July 2020

Members

  • Resources

6/6 FGB

4/5 Resources 

None

None

Mr Jim Graham

Safeguarding Trustee

November 2022

Parent Elected

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing 

5/5 FGB2/2 CA&WB

 None

 Director at RSS

Mr Wayne Giddens

Training Trustee

November 2021

Parent Elected

  •  Resources

4/5 FGB3/3 Resources

 None

 None

Mrs Hilary Bennett

Health & Safety Trustee

Chair of Pupil Associate Members

December 2021

 Members

  • Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

 3/4 FGB2/2 CA&WB

 None

 None

Mr Alistair Nelson

March 2022

Staff Elected

  • Resources

3/3 FGB1/1 Resources

None

None

 

Our Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are therefore welcome to attend and observe but cannot take part in meetings. We would ask members of the public who wish to attend, to give 14 days notice to the Clerk to the Board of Trustees: mtytherleigh@cleves.co.uk 

Click here to see a chart of the Trustees' Roles and Responsibilities.

All Trustees have signed and adhere to their Code of Conduct, and conduct business in accordance with their Operating Statement.

All Trustees have signed a conflict of interest disclaimer

All Trustees follow the following professional negligence and confidentiality statements:

Professional Negligence Statement - advice given by Trustees at the school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not given in their professional capacity.

Confidentiality StatementTrustees will respect the confidence of those items of business which a board of trustees decides and not disclose what individual trustees have said or how they voted within a meeting.

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