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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

Directors

Helen Coulson (Chair of EHS LGB, Chair of Trustees and Member)

Helen has been foundation governor since 2003 and is currently Chair of Esher C of E High School. Helen holds a BA Hons. Economic & Social History, York University and is Head of Consumer Research at Morpace International, FMMRS and listed in Who’s Who of Professional Women.

In her professional career Helen has held senior leadership positions in a number of major international research firms, specialising in quantitative research, insight and consulting.  She is very conversant with financial accountability, personnel development and accountability and data protection.  Her business responsibilities include governance and oversight of large divisions numbering 100+ staff and divisional budgets in excess of £12m.

She brings to her work within Esher Learning Trust her skills in business across many aspects from data performance, budgeting, financial planning, people development and business and relationship development. 

Helen lives locally and has strong links with the Parish Church in Esher and it’s daughter church in West End, Esher.

 

Leonard Beighton (Director, Member as representative of The Guildford Diocese Educational Trust, EHS LGB governor)

Leonard 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 and is the lead governor on Christian Ethos.

Formerly a senior civil servant, since his retirement he has worked very widely in the voluntary sector, including as a trustee of national and international charities. In particular, for many years he was a governor of a special school for very severely disabled children run by the charity, Livability, of which he was a trustee/director for many years.

Through the experience and training gained in his governance roles, Leonard brings to the Trust a strong understanding of his role.  He is an excellent team player and accepts the shared responsibility an accountability of his roles, keeps a constant focus on what’s best for the students and both  schools by asking probing and challenging questions in a constructive manner and always acts with strong moral purpose, integrity and honesty.

He represents the Diocese as a Member of the Trust, having been an active member of his parish church and secretary of the parochial church council for many years.  Leonard is a strong advocate for the MATs values, philosophy and ethos.

 

Chris Duke was a governor at Esher Church of England High School from 2006 to 2015, and is currently an ELT Director. In addition to his ELT role, he performs two other voluntary roles: Samaritans, and also co-chair of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Her Majesty’s Prison High Down.

Chris’ working life was predominantly in the IT industry in a variety of technical and senior management roles. His skill set includes risk management, project management and operational planning and he understands the importance of strong governance. He also has considerable experience of people management at junior and senior levels in large organisations.

 

Alistair Mann (Director, Chair of St Andrew’s LGB)

Alistair Mann has been a governor of St Andrew’s C of E Primary School since 2009.  He has held various positions on the board and has been Chair of the LGB since 2012.  Alistair has also been a Parent Governor at a secondary school in Herefordshire until moving to Surrey in 2001.  In both schools Alistair served on, and chaired, the Headteacher’s Performance review group.

Alistair has Chaired the Cobham Chamber of Commerce since 2009, which represents about 90 shops & businesses in Cobham, hosts the Cobham Village website as a focal point for the community and organises various community events throughout the year.

Alistair is a Chartered Financial Planner and has run his own Financial Planning business for 19 years, based in Cobham since 2006. Before setting up his own business, Alistair worked in a range of sales, training and management roles for some of the UK’s largest insurance companies and has worked as a senior Project Manager.  Prior to entering Financial Services, Alistair served in the Army for 8 years.

As well as a broad understanding of financial structures and financial management, Alistair’s experience and skills include team-building, Performance Management and problem-solving.

 

Mike Boddington (Executive Headteacher & Accounting Officer) 

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.

 

Members

The Guildford Diocese Educational Trust (represented by Leonard Beighton, see above)

Helen Coulson (as Chair of Directors, see above)

 

Baz Mehta (Member)

Baz lives locally with his wife and two children.  He runs an IT consultancy company specialising in transportation system, working on systems both in the UK and internationally where Baz has set up service teams to manage and maintain the systems. Baz’s company works primarily in the UK, US and Australia. Baz is involved with the strategic recruiting and training, and also working with clients to define service models and supporting innovation and service improvement. 

Baz’s major contracts include the Oystercard and contactless travel in London, the Sydney, Brisbane and New York transit systems, and transport systems a number of other cities. 

Baz was a school governor at Grovelands Primary School in Walton for 8 years, and for most of that period was Chair of Governors. He then joined Esher High C of E Secondary School as governor and was Chair for just under 2 terms.  Baz gained a lot of experience during that time in holding the SLT to account for students’ progress and attainment, financial and resource management of schools and also working alongside staff and other volunteers.

Baz has more recently been volunteering for Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.  He is a firm believer in supporting local organisations in any way he can.

 

Trust Officers

Julie Woodley (Acting Chief Financial Officer)

A qualified accountant (CIMA), Julie worked in a commercial environment before entering the education sector in 2006. During her 11 years at Esher High she became Bursar and completed the Certificate in School Business Management. Julie is now the acting Chief Financial Officer for the Trust.

 

Alison Morgan (Company Secretary and Clerk to the Trust)

Alison worked in commercial banking and the global banking regulatory sector, before moving into education 4 years ago.  She also brings to the role 8 years’ experience as a school governor.  Since taking up the role of Company Secretary and Clerk, Alison has completed VWV’s Company Secretarial Course for Academies and the NCTL Clerks Development Programme.


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