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Governance

ELT is governed by a board structured as laid out below.  All our governors and officers are highly experienced in the governance of educational establishments as follow:

Trust Members and directors

HELEN COULSON (CHAIR) 

Helen Coulson has a day job as Head of Consumer Research in Europe working with multinational clients in London. When not problem solving for her clients she spends much of her spare time supporting work in the local community. She was appointed a governor to Esher Church of England High School in 2003 and has been involved in and supportive of the progress the school has made during this time. She lives locally in Walton‐on‐Thames and has strong links with the Parish Church in Esher and it's daughter Church at West End, Esher. 

LEONARD BEIGHTON 

Leonard Beighton has been a Foundation Governor of Esher Church of England High School since 1999 during which time he has had a very wide variety of roles in the governance of the school. Today he is on the Admissions and Teaching & Learning Committees, Chairman of the Christian Ethos Committee, the link governor for Religious Education, and a Director of Track Education Ltd.

He is also a governor at the Victoria Education Centre in Branksome, an independent specialist school for the most severely disabled children run by the Christian disability charity Livability (of which he is also a trustee/director).  

PAT PRICE 

Pat Price has been a governor at Esher Church of England High School since 2007. Previously she was a governor of a local infant school for seven years. She is a Cipfa qualified accountant and has worked in local government for over thirty years and she is currently working at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. As well as being a member of the Governing Body, she is also Vice Chair of the Provision Committee and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. 

CHRIS DUKE 

Chris Duke was previously a governor at Esher Church of England High School from 2006 to 2015.  During his professional career Chris’s time was spent predominantly in the information technology industry. Since retirement Chris has, in addition to school governorship, taken on other voluntary roles including Samaritans, and also serving on the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for a local category ‘B’ prison.

Chris had no direct connection with Esher High prior to becoming a governor but hopes to have made a positive contribution from both his business and life experiences. Chris is currently Chair of Track Education Limited board of trustees whose aim, through this registered charity, is to generate additional funding for Esher High for the betterment of its students.

MIKE BODDINGTON (EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER) 

Mike Boddington has been in the education sector for over 20 years. He is currently Executive Head Teacher at Esher Church of England High School.  His career spans both Anglican faith schools as well as secular schools, whose locations ranged from inner cities to suburban settings in London and Surrey.  This experience has given Mike insights into the huge diversity of the educational system and equipped him with invaluable knowledge including direct experience of Teaching and Learning, Senior Leadership, management and recruitment of staff as well as broad knowledge of pastoral support.  Mike has worked as Head of a large Sixth Form and as such understands what it takes to prepare Pupils for their life in a Sixth Form.

Trust Officers

NICOLA BUCKLAND (CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER)

Nicola Buckland has worked at leadership level in both primary and secondary maintained schools in Surrey over the last 18 years.  She has direct leadership experience of School Administration, Finance, Personnel, Facilities Management, Capital Projects (both refurbishment and new builds), Statutory Testing and Health and Safety. Most recently she has led on the academy conversion of Esher Church of England High School, working closely with Surrey County Council and Diocese of Guildford, and as such she has immediate working knowledge of the legal requirements involved in the conversion process.