Trustees

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, Jim Graham); 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


S
usan 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.

Francesca Pierce
Francesca joined the Board of Trustees in February 2020. She has lived in Weybridge for seven years and has one son at Cleves and another at Oatlands. Francesca is a chartered accountant and has worked at Sky in various senior finance roles for the last 14 years. She is passionate about continuous improvement and is committed to helping the school flourish. 

Sarah Trinder
Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in February 2020.  Her son is a former pupil at Cleves and now at secondary school.  Her daughter will soon start infant school.  Sarah is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director for MSci/BSc Biochemistry at the University of Surrey, as well as an External Examiner for Imperial College.  As an academic she has a passion for education in its broadest sense and hopes to utilise her experience of tertiary education to a primary environment.   

Jim Graham
Jim joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017 and is Chair of the Children's Achievement and Well-being committee. He has lived in Weybridge for the past 7 years and has two children, one currently at Cleves and one soon to be joining. Jim has a background in engineering and leading major programmes, and currently works on defence and space projects in the UK and Europe. 

Harriet Naylor
Harriet joined the Board of Trustees in May 2019. She qualified as a lawyer in 2014 and has become a school governor so that she can use her career skills in a voluntary capacity in her local community. Harriet is an Associate Member reporting to the Resources and Admissions committees as well as being the trustee responsible for health and safety.

Penny Alford
Penny has worked in comprehensive secondary education in London, Hampshire and Surrey since 2003 and is passionate about levelling the playing field for disadvantaged students. As the Head Teacher for Hoe Valley School she set up a new school from scratch which is currently over-subscribed and received a grading of outstanding from Ofsted.  Penny is an English teacher and firmly believes that literacy and oracy are the way to improve the life chances of all students. She has also been a Senco and is an advocate for personalisation in the classroom at all levels. Penny is currently an Executive Leader for the Bourne Education Trust and works with a range of primary, secondary and specialist schools.

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.

Sam Cotterell
Samantha joined the Board of Trustees in February 2021. Samantha is an Investment Partner for a London based Wealth Management company and has worked in finance for over 20 years, mostly in investment management but also at Pearson, a leading global education company, for a few years in their South African direct education business.  Sam strongly believes in the power of quality education to impact and improve young people's lives and is a member of the Children's Achievement and Well-being Committee and the Admissions Committee.

Kathleen McDougall
Kathleen joined the Board of Trustees in 2021 as the Responsible Officer.  Kathleen sits on several other community and county boards, bringing her experience of over 25 years of working in Financial Services. 

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 trusteee, 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.

Moya Tytherleigh
Moya became Clerk to the Board of Trustees in December 2013. She has two daughters at secondary school.  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. 

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 - Autumn 2021

Name

Role

Responsibility

Date of Appointment/End of Term of Office

Appointed By

Committees & Panels Serving On

Meeting Attendance In The Last 12 Months (2020-2021)

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

End of term
23.11.2023

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Personnel, Performance and Pay

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

7/7 BOT

6/6 CA&WB

3/3 PP&P

2/2 HTPP

Local Leader of Governance

Admission and transport appeals presenting officer for Surrey County Council

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)

7/7 BOT

3/3 PP&P

3/3 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

6/7 BOT

6/6 CA&WB

5/5 Resources

2/3 Admiss’ns

3/3 PP&P

2/2 HTPP

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

7/7 BOT

5/5 Resources

3/3 PP&P

3/3 Admissions

 None

Director of TaxAssist Accountants

None

Sarah Trinder

Pupil Premium Trustee

Looked After Children Trustee

Appointed
04.02.2020

End of term
04.02.2024

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Headteacher's Performance Panel

7/7 BOT

6/6 CA&WB

2/2 HTPP

None

Director for BSc

Biochemistry at University of Surrey

None

Francesca Pierce

Appointed
04.02.2020

End of term
04.02.2024

Members

Resources

7/7 BOT

5/5 Resources

None

Parent of child at school

None

Jim Graham

Safeguarding Trustee

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

7/7 BOT

6/6 CA&WB

2/2 HTPP

None

Director at RSS

Parent of child at school

None

Harriet Naylor 

Associate Member with voting rights at committee level

Health and Safety Trustee

Appointed
07.05.2019

Reappointed as associate
09.02.2021

End of term
09.02.2022

Members

Resources

Admissions

3/3 BOT

4/5 Resources

None

None

None

Penny Alford

SEND Trustee

Appointed
14.05.2019

End of term
14.05.2023

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

6/7 FGB

6/6 CA&WB

Member of Fulham College Academy Trust

Headteacher at Bourne Education Trust.

Parent of a child at school

None

Pete Matthew

Mental Health & Wellbring Trustee

Appointed
21.02.2021

End of term
21.02.2025

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

3/3 BOT

3/3 CA&WB

None

Pastor for Family Life at Kings Church Walton

None

Kathleen McDougall

Responsible Officer

Appointed
21.02.2021

End of term
21.02.2025

Members

Resources

3/3 BOT

2/2 Resources

None

Wealth Manager at JP Morgan

None

Sam Cotterell

Data Trustee

Appointed
21.02.2021

End of term
21.02.2025

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Admissions

3/3 BOT

3/3 CA&WB

None

None

None

Emma Bird

Safeguarding Trustee

Appointed
08.03.2021

End of term
08.03.2025

Parent Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

3/3 BOT

3/3 CA&WB

Governor at Manby Lodge Infant School

Parent of 2 children at school

None

Sophie Matthews

Appointed

08.02.2022

End of term
08.02.2026

Staff Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

 

 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

 

None

Parent of child at school

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' Trustees Strategic Priorities 2021-2024

Learning Together