The role of the Trustee Directors
The Trust is a charitable company and so Trustees are both charity Trustees (within the terms of section 177(1) of the Charities Act 2011) and company Directors. As Trustees are bound by both charity and company law, the terms 'Trustees' and 'Directors' are often used interchangeably.
The Trustee Directors are accountable to the Secretary of State and the Trust Members for the operational performance of the Trust. They are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust, and in accordance with the provisions set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association and its funding agreement, are legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions, for the performance of the the Trust, and must approve a written scheme of delegation of financial powers that maintains robust internal control arrangements. The Trustee Directors have the right to review and adapt the governance structure at any time, which includes removing delegation for committees.
In addition they must carry out the three core governance functions:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Hold the executive to account for the educational performance of the Trust and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent
Register of Interests
The Register of Interests for Members and Trustee Directors can be found here.
Please see individual academy websites for the Register of Interests of local committee members.
The Board of Trustee Directors is chaired by Mr James Friend who can be contacted here.
Felicity Mackrory is Head of Governance and provides guidance and support to the Trust Board and who can be contacted here.
The Company Secretary for the Trust Board is Felicity Mackrory, who can be contacted here.
Trust Board Committees
The Trustee Directors may establish committees to carry out some of their governance functions which may include making decisions, although any decisions made will be deemed decisions of the Trust Board. They are the only people who can form committees. The membership and responsibilities of board committees are set out in the committee's terms of reference, which can be found in our governance handbook.
Currently the committees comprise:
1. Education - monitoring the effectiveness of educational provision in the Trust. The committee Chair is Mrs Claire-Louise West.
2. Resources - monitoring how effectively resources including finance and buildings are used to support the Trust’s work. The committee Chair is Revd James Hanson.
3. People, Appointments and Remuneration - monitoring the effectiveness of resources including people and pay. This committee is chaired by Mrs Yvonne McLeod.
4. Risk and Audit - monitoring the effectiveness of the Trust's approach to risk management and preparation for the annual auditing process. This committee is chaired by Mr John Simcox.
Meet the Trustee Directors
The Trustee Directors are appointed by the Members, hold their term of office for 4 years, unless otherwise stated and may be re-appointed by Members.
Mr James Friend
Appointed: 12th October 2022. Chair of the Trust Board.
James Friend is an executive leader in the NHS with a track record of success in delivery and strategic transformations, innovation and improvement. With previous experience in UK and International Financial Services and in leadership roles at a number of NHS Acute trusts and service commissioning organisations in London and the South East of England, James is currently the NHS England – London Region Director of Digital Strategy championing the use of digital tools and data at scale to simplify clinical workflows, align capacity with demand and accelerate patient treatment. Away from the NHS James has deep political experience both through Local Authority leadership and undertaking a national role, with a personal interest in resident wellbeing and environmental use of resources. Living in the Surrey Hills, James is Churchwarden at St John the Evangelist Church Wotton, a trustee of a number of local charities and has previously led Governing Bodies and a Local Committee within the Good Shepherd Trust.
Mrs Yvonne McLeod
Appointed: 16th January 2018. Re-appointed 4th December 2019. Re-appointed 4th December 2021. Co-Vice Chair of the Board (Governance), Chair of People, Appointments & Remuneration Committee and member of the Education and Risk & Audit Committees. Director with responsibility for Governance.
Having completed a BEd (Hons), Yvonne worked in distribution and logistics management and latterly in change management. Yvonne became a governor when her children started school and became an Additional Skills Governor (ASG) for Surrey County Council, supporting many schools for eighteen years and then became a Local Leader of Governance (LLG) from September 2020 . Yvonne has led and developed governance in challenging circumstances and has helped governance committees to develop a strategic understanding of their role in school improvement which leads to a positive impact on the future life chances for every child. In 2013 Yvonne became a National Leader of Governance (NLG), was reappointed in October 2021 and has used her skills to support schools beyond Surrey. Yvonne continues to share her governance expertise across maintained schools and academies.
Revd Derek John Holbird
Appointed: 8th April 2020. Member of the Education and Risk and Audit Committees. Director with responsibility for Christian Character.
Derek is a teacher by profession and has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools in Surrey and London. He was Headteacher of Soho Parish School for 14 years and served London Diocese as a manager for courses aimed at aspiring heads and deputy heads. He was appointed Diocesan Director of Education for Guildford Diocese in 2001, leading a department that served 86 schools and colleges, as well as children’s and youth work in the parishes. He served a term on the Archbishops’ Council’s Education Committee, and on the C of E’s working group for Higher Education. Derek was a founder member of the Grove Books Education Series and also chaired the group that organised the National Conference for Christians in School Leadership. For over 30 years Derek was part of the leadership of Three Counties Church in Haslemere, later becoming a Lay Canon of Guildford Cathedral. In 2018 he was ordained priest and now serves as Curate in St Alban’s Church Hindhead.
Ms Alison Louise Pollock
Appointed: 6th May 2019. Re-appointed: 5th May 2023. Co-Vice Chair of the Board (Strategy, Growth, Communications & Marketing), Member of the Education, Resources and People, Appointments & Remuneration Committees.
Alison (Louise) started out in new product development before working as an economist in Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT). She has been Head of Operations for a Private Equity House and a Non-Executive Director of one of the largest nursing agencies in the UK. She now works as a private strategy consultant and coach to Boards and senior executives. This has included working with a public sector pension fund to assist in the development of the strategy that led to the creation of a £10bn fund. She has a business, Disruptive Coaching, aimed at helping individuals and teams to develop and evolve. She has an Honours degree in Economics, a Masters degree in Finance and is currently studying for another Masters Degree in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at Kings College London. She is trained as a children’s mindfulness teacher.
Revd James Hanson
Appointed: 12th October 2022. Chair of Resources Committee and member of the People, Appointments & Remuneration Committee.
James is a lifelong lover of education, having completed Masters degrees in Mathematics, Zoology, Education and Christian Leadership during his career. He is currently loving being the Curate of the parish of Alfold and Loxwood, having recently been called to full-time parish ministry. For most of his previous career, he has been a teacher; initially in secondary schools and more recently as founding Head and then Headmaster of an independent prep school. In recent years, he set up a small consultancy practice, advising schools on well-being, Safeguarding, boarding and auditing school ethos and culture, which has taken him to work with school leaders across 4 different continents. James is a local leader of governance for the Surrey Alliance for Excellence (SAFE), and been a governor of 3 different schools in Surrey; Vice-chair and Chair of Resources committees. He has served on national boards including the Institute for Mathematics, the Boarding schools' association and most recently has been elected as a member of the Diocesan Board of Education in Guildford.
Mrs Mary Lewis
Appointed: 12th October 2022. Member of the Education and People, Appointments & Remuneration Committees. Director with responsibility for Safeguarding.
Mary has recently retired from the role of Statutory Lead Member for Children on Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. She previously held the Education portfolio. For over twenty years, Mary was a teacher of English and History at secondary level, both in Surrey and overseas. She held various positions of responsibility in the pastoral sphere and in the Sixth Form. Prior to teaching, Mary was a marketing manager in the Arts and FMCG sectors. Mary is married with three grown up children. She is a member of the congregation at St Mary’s Stoke d’Abernon and proud to be a church guide in Surrey’s oldest church.
Mr John Simcox
Appointed: 12th October 2022. Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee and member of the Resources Committee.
John has spent most of his career working in the technology sector. Initially he worked as software engineer before moving into sales and marketing roles. In 1991, John became a Management Consultant providing advice and assistance, primarily to IT and Telecom vendors on understanding the market, the opportunity it presents and how to exploit that opportunity. In addition, John has also provided consulting services to Local and Central Government as well as the European Commission and market due diligence to the private equity and venture capital sectors. In 2022 John became a freelance consultant working with a number of clients in the technology sector.
John has a Combined Honours degree in Macromolecular Chemistry and Industrial Studies and is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Mrs Claire-Louise West
Appointed: 27th September 2023. Chair of the Education Committee and member of the Resources Committee. Director with responsibility for Quality Teaching and Metrics.
Claire-Louise brings extensive experience of strategic leadership and school improvement from her work as a Regional Education Director for GLF schools and a Local Leader of Education.
Mr Edmond McCudden
Appointed: 10th October 2023. Member of the Risk and Audit and Resources Committees. Director with responsibility for Infrastructure and Health & Safety.
Edmond is a Chartered Engineer and Builder and after 35 years, has recently taken early retirement from Kier PLC where he was Regional Preconstruction Manager, specialising in healthcare and education. He is also Chair of Governors at Springhallow SEN school in West London, having been a Governor for the past 8 years and brings a wealth of experience in construction and education to the GST. Most notably, over the past 4 years he was responsible for the preconstruction delivery of £230m worth of projects for Frimley NHS Foundation, Master Planning for Northwick Park Hospital and Ealing Hospital and various other health care projects in the South of England. He was also responsible for the delivery of £150 m worth of schools’ projects for LB of Harrow from single classroom extensions to a new £43m secondary school and two new secondary schools for the Dioecies of London at the Twyford Academy Trust. Edmond is a committed Christian and has recently undertaken the Alpha course for the second time. He is also a father and grandfather spending lots of time with his family and helping to teach his grandsons rugby.
Resignations in the last 12 months
Mr Stuart Zissman - Appointed 1st September 2023. Resigned from post on 28th November 2023.
Mrs Katharine Crouch - Appointed: 1st April 2019. Term of office ended on 31st August 2023
Mr Glenn Carmichael - Appointed: 6th May 2019. Term of office ended on 5th May 2023.
The Very Revd Dianna Lynn Gwilliams - Appointed: 9th June 2015. Re-appointed 8th June 2019. Resigned 17th May 2023.
Mr Simon Harold Walker JP - Appointed: 22nd October 2014, Re-appointed 22nd October 2018. Term of office ended on 21st October 2022.
Become a Trustee Director
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee Director contact us.
Further details concerning the governance of The Good Shepherd Trust can be found here
Non Executive Director Recruitment
Opportunity for non-Executive Directors
The Good Shepherd Trust, a multi-academy Trust serving Surrey and north-east Hampshire is looking to appoint new non-executive Directors to the Board. The Members of the Trust appoint applicants following a selection and interview process.
Are you someone who:
- Enjoys working with others?
- Understands the strategic role and responsibilities of non-executive Board members or is willing to learn more?
- Enjoys the responsibility of governance and could bring skills in accountancy, business, human resources, or school leadership?
- Supports the ethos and values of The Good Shepherd Trust as a Church of England multi-academy trust?
- Has the time to commit to the work of the Board? This would be in the region of 6 -8 hours per month.
In addition to opportunities for non-executive Directors, the Board will be seeking a Chair to succeed the current Chair starting during this next academic year 2022-2023 and this may also be of interest. If you’d like to consider this role further, or like any more information please contact any of the following Trustee Directors:
Yvonne McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Pollock at email@example.com,
For more information about the role please click here