"At sport, your pupils are excellent in everything they do, their characters and how they behave and conduct themselves on the pitch is exemplary - sportsmanship, confidence and polite camaraderie."

Governance of the Academy

Members 


Academy trusts are set up as charitable companies and as such have members. Members have a have a similar role to shareholders of a company limited by shares. The members of an academy trust are the guardians of the governance of the trust.  They hold the trust board to account for the effective governance of the trust but have minimal involvement in running the trust.  Members’  ensure that the academy trust’s charitable objectives are being met;  maintain an overview of the effectiveness of the trust structure and have the power to appoint and remove trustees.  It is the trustee board, not the members, who are the organisation’s key decision makers. There are, however,  some critical decisions that sit with the members, especially if the trust is failing. 

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 five Members are Susan Foster, Doris Neville-Davies, Jim Graham, Emma Calow and Kim Bergamasco. Four committees meet regularly. The Children’s Achievement and Well-being committee (Chair, Sarah Trinder); 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 the link below for Trustees Roles and Responsibilities.

Trustees Roles and Responsibilities

Susan Foster - Chair of the Board of Trustees, c/o School (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 MBE
Doris Neville-Davies joined the Board of Trustees in October 2013 having previously been a governor in seven schools over a period of 27 years. She was a National Leader of Governance and one of Surrey's Additional Skills Governors, both of which involved supporting governing bodies according to their particular needs.

Jim Graham
Jim joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017. He has lived in Weybridge for the past 10 years and has two children, whom have been through Cleves and now at secondary school. Jim has a background in engineering and leading major programmes, and currently works on defence and space projects in the UK and Europe. 

Pete Matthew
Pete joined the Board of Trustees in February 2021. He moved to the area in 2020 to be one of the ministers at King’s Church, Walton.  He is married to a teacher and has twin children.  He has been involved in schools over many years in governance and chaplaincy roles.  He is particularly interested in helping schools develop a pastoral mindset and to ensure they encourage all children, of all abilities, to do their best.

Hannah Ramsay
Hannah Ramsay joined the board of trustees in December 2022. She has lived in Weybridge for almost 8 years and has a son starting infants school in 2023. Hannah is currently global Vice President of HR for Technicolor Creative Studios and has over 15 years experience in Sales and HR roles, including 7 years at Pearson - a global learning company. She holds an MBA from The Open University and believes strongly in the importance of life-long learning on widening opportunities.

Emma Bird
Emma joined the board of trustees in March 2021. Emma has two children at Cleves and one child at Manby Lodge.  In addition to being a Cleves trustee, Emma is the safeguarding governor and chair of the children and resources committee at Manby Lodge. Emma has over 20 years experience in banking and is well versed in corporate governance.  Emma is currently a managing director at UBS bank.

Sophie Matthews
Sophie became a staff Trustee in February 2022. She joined Cleves in 2011 and has been the Year 6 leader and Head of Sport. She has recently qualified as a dyslexic specialist teacher and currently works part time due to having 3 young children.  Sophie has a background of working with disabled adults. She is passionate about everyone achieving their full potential and the health and wellbeing of all.

Dr Amelia Au-Yeung
Amelia was elected by the parent body to join the Board of Trustees in March 2022.  Her daughter is a former pupil at Cleves and is now in secondary school. Her son studies at Cleves currently. Amelia is a university academic specialisinges in international business and has been the Deputy Dean at Claude Littner Business School of the University of West London for the last seven years. She is passionate about developing people and creating an inclusive environment and opportunities where learners, regardless of their background, could achieve beyond their perceived limit through nurture and challenge. She believes there could be cross fertilisation between the higher education sector and the primary school sector, and the different stages in our education system could be better joined up. She also serves on the Children's Achievement and Well-Being committee.

Jenni Herriott
Jenni joined Cleves as a teacher in 2015. She has a young son and works part time. Previously, Jenni has worked in a Farnham primary school and has experience in teaching KS3. She strongly believes that children should be given equal opportunities and that we teach a balanced curriculum that represents all walks of life. She is serving on the Children's Achievement and Well-being Committee.

Pippa Marks
Pippa joined the board July 2023. Pippa is a Chartered Accounted. Through her time at PwC (over 11 years within their Audit Practice), and more recently through her role as Head of Internal Audit at Formula 1, she has worked with a wide range of multinational companies and particularly specialises in Internal Control and finance transformation initiatives.

Theresa Sherry
Theresa joined the Board of Trustees in July 2023. She has lived in Weybridge for six years with two children at Cleves and one starting at Oatlands School. Theresa was a financial journalist in Tokyo for several years before stepping back to focus on raising her family. She is passionate about understanding the spectrum of needs within schools, and strives to give every child access to the environment that will enable them to thrive.

Adam Watkins
Adam joined the Board of Trustees in October 2023 and is a member of the Children's Achievement and Well-being Committee (CAWB). Adam has lived in Elmbridge all of his life, attending school and college locally before obtaining an MA from the University of Oxford. Having held senior posts in an acute hospital trust and in NHS England, predominantly focused on improving experience and quality, he currently works as a senior manager in the NHS, within the integrated health and care system in Surrey, with responsibility for Long Term Planning Delivery. Adam has a keen interest in education and working with people and communities. He has volunteered in local primary schools for a number of years, and is keen to help ensure that all children have access to high quality education and are able to thrive in an environment that encourages them to be the best that they can be.

Terence Ngai
Terence joined the Board of Trustees in October 2023. Terence moved to the area almost four years ago and has two young children expecting to start infant school in 2024.  He is a professional in the aviation industry with a background in the field of Air Traffic Management, regulation and policy development.  Terence has a strong interest in STEM and is keen to contribute to the local community and Cleves with his experience and skillset.

Moya Tytherleigh
Moya became Clerk to the Board of Trustees in December 2013. She has two daughters, one at secondary school and the other at 6th Form college.  Moya has over 30 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. She also supports the administration of partnership working with the infant schools and is Clerk to the Governing Body of Oatlands School.

 

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.

Trustee Information - Spring 2024

Name

Role

Responsibility

Date of Appointment/End of Term of Office

Appointed By

Committees & Panels Serving On

Meeting Attendance In The Last 12 Months (2022-2023)

Other Institutions Served On

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests

Relationship Between Governors & Members of the school staff

Susan Foster

Chair of Board of Trustees

Chair of Pupil Associate Members

Appointed
23.11.2011

Reappointed
14.11.2015
15.11.2019            23.11.2023

End of term     23.11.2027

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Personnel, Performance and Pay

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

6/6 BOT

3/4 CA&WB

6/6 PP&P

2/2 HTPP

Local Leader of Governance

Managing and letting properties in the local area

None

Doris Neville-Davies MBE

Vice Chair of Trustees

Child Protection Trustee

Appointed
09.10.2013

Reappointed
11.07.2017
06.07.2021

End of term
09.10.2025

Members

Admissions (Chair)

Personnel, Performance and Pay (Chair)

6/6 BOT

6/6 PP&P

4/4 Admiss’ns

None

Employee of Runnymede Borough Council

Member of The Parochial Church Council of St. Nicholas Church

None

Chris Hodges

Headteacher

 

Appointed
01.09.2014

Ex officio

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Resources

Admissions

Personnel, Performance and Pay

5/6 BOT

4/4 CA&WB

5/5 Resources

3/4 Admiss’ns

5/6 PPP

None

None

None

Elaine Jones

Lettings Trustee

Appointed
02.12.2013

Reappointed
02.12.2017
02.12.2021

End of term
02.12.2025

Members

Resources (Chair)

Personnel, Performance and Pay

4/6 BOT

5/5 Resources

6/6 PP&P

 

 None

Director of TaxAssist Accountants

None

Jim Graham

Vice Chair of Trustees

Appointed
07.11.2017

Reappointed
07.11.2021

End of term
02.12.2025

Parent Elected Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Headteacher's Performance Panel

4/6 BOT

3/4 CA&WB

2/2 HTPP

None

RSS

REDU Operations Services S.A.

QinetiQ Space N.V

None

Pete Matthew

Mental Health & Wellbeing Trustee

Appointed
21.02.2021

End of term
21.02.2025

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Admissions Committee

6/6 BOT

4/4 CA&WB

4/4 Admiss’ns

None

Pastor for Family Life at Kings Church Walton

None

Emma Bird

Safeguarding Trustee

Appointed
08.03.2021

End of term
08.03.2025

Parent Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

4/6 BOT

3/4 CA&WB

Governor at Heathside

Parent of 2 children at school

None

Sophie Matthews

Training Trustee

Appointed

08.02.2022

End of term
08.02.2026

Staff Elected

Resources

6/6 BOT

4/4 Resources

 None

Teacher at school

 None

Amelia Au-Yeung

Appointed

21.02.2022

End of term

21.03.2026

Parent Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

6/6 BOT

4/4 CA&WB

None

Parent of child at school

None

Jennifer Herriott

Appointed

14.11.2022

End of term

14.11.2026

Staff Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

 

5/5 BOT

3/3 CA&WB

None

Teacher at school

None

Hannah Ramsay

Health & Safety Trustee

Appointed

29.11.2022

End of term

29.11.2022

Members

Resources

2/4 BOT

2/4 Resources

None

Technicolour Creative Studios

None

Theresa Sherry

SEND Trustee

Appointed

05.07.23

End of term

05.07.2027

Members

Children's Achievement and Wellbeing

 

None

Parent of 2 children at school

None

Pippa Marks

Responsible Officer

Appointed

05.07.23

End of term

05.07.2027

 Members Resources   None Head of Risk Internal Audit and SOX Compliance at Formula 1 None

Adam Watkins

Pupil Premium Trustee 

Looked After Children Trustee

Appointed

03.10.2023

End of term

03.10.2027

 Co-opted Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing    None NHS None
 

Terence Ngai

Data Trustee

 

Appointed

03.10.2023

End of term

03.10.2027

 Co-opted Resources    None 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 

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 Statement - Trustees 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.

Files 

Standing Orders - Operating Statement

Code of Practice

Cleves' Strategic Intents 2021-2025

Learning Together