Our Trust Board

The legal powers and responsibilities of the Trust are held by the Board of Trustees who are accountable to the DfE. The Board set the overall strategic direction of the Trust. They scrutinise, challenge and support our educational and operational performance data, stability and emerging risks/opportunities. Accordingly, the Board delegate certain powers and duties to our Academy Councils (as defined in our Scheme of Delegation). Academy Trusts are charitable companies; the Trustees are Company Directors and must comply with company law requirements. The Trust Board is constituted of up to 12 Trustees appointed by the members (normally based on recommendations from the Chair).

John Allan2

John Allan

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 01/10/2015

 

 

ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:

  • Board Trustee (currently Chair)
  • Trust Member
  • Governor at The Grove Primary School for 22 years
  • Chair of Governors at The Grove Primary School for 10 years

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
An IT Consultant with managerial, technical and system analysis and design experience across many business areas including manufacturing, finance, human resources & payroll and sales.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
Reading, music and walking the dog.

Debbie Andrews2

Debbie Andrews

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: July 2016

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:
I have been a Trustee since July 2016, and currently hold the position of Joint Vice Chair. I was asked to join the Trust Board when Holly Lodge decided to begin the process of joining the Kite Academy Trust. I had been a Governor in the primary and secondary sector locally for over ten years and trained as an Advanced Skills Governor. My experience has been with schools on different journeys including a school that was in special measures. I am a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I started my career in Mortgage Finance and House Building. In 1998 I started a property company which I have run since then, specialising in property management and acquisitions, I also manage a pension fund as a Trustee, ensuring that our investment plan will allow us to meet future liabilities. Alongside my business, I Chair the Board of a group of companies; my main role is overseeing the performance of each individual area and strategic direction of the whole group.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
When I’m not working I like to spend most of my time planning my next holiday. As a family we love to travel and try to always go somewhere new. I enjoy watching most sport but my favourite is football and I’m lucky enough to have season tickets for my favourite team! As a family we are involved with the charity Guide Dogs and board dogs while they are completing their advanced training.

Karen Findlay2

Karen Findlay

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 18/09/2015

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:

  • Joint Vice Chair of the Trust Board
  • Member of Safeguarding & Community and Pay Committees

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Karen is the owner / Director of a Consultancy business specialising in the Consumer Goods industry. Having spent much of her career working in sales and marketing for blue chip organisations such as Procter & Gamble, she has experience in leading businesses and developing teams. 


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
Karen lives in Frimley Green with her husband, 3 children and Alfie the dog.
She loves being by the sea, baking and the theatre.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 25/03/2019

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:
I’m a non-executive Trustee. My focus within the Board is teaching and learning, with an interest in science, engineering and the impact of deprivation on learning. I am a member of the Teaching & Learning and Pay Committees.


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I am a Policy Advisor in the Education and Learning Team at the Wellcome Trust; a charitable foundation with the aim of improving world health. I was a science teacher for eleven years in schools and colleges. Since then I have managed a range of largescale, national and international programmes focusing on Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational learning and digital learning content, for charitable and commercial organisations. I studied for a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Applied Toxicology at Portsmouth Polytechnic. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education for the University of East Anglia.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
My main interests are climbing and mountaineering, gardening and photography. I live in Normandy with my wife and young son.

Mike Kershaw2

Mike Kershaw

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 18/03/2019

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:
I’m a non-executive Trustee and a member of the Safeguarding & Community Committee. My main role so far has been to start the process of attracting more children to the Kite, to ensure that as many children as possible can benefit from our excellent Academy Trust. As a member of the Marketing Advisory Team, we are busy constructing the marketing strategy for the Trust to ensure our outbound messaging is clear and compelling.


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I spent most of my career in the events and leisure industry, building a large events services group that spanned catering, venues, event production and structures. Having sold that company, I now work as an advisor to small and medium size businesses, helping them grow and develop. I have also been Chairman of the Governors at Wyke Primary for 4 years.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
Keen sportsman, golfer, cyclist and occasional mountaineer. Married with three children and living in Normandy, Surrey.

Judith Langley

Liam Quinn2

Liam Quinn

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: November 2017

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:
I’m a Non-Executive Trustee. My focus within the Board is to look at how technology can be best used within the Trust to help it to continue to develop and grow. I’ve helped to create the ICT strategy for the Trust which is built around providing a foundation infrastructure that all the academies can use and will ensure that all Trust business requirements are met and supported. I am a member of the Safeguarding & Community Committee.


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I’m IT Director for Richmond Events who are the pioneers of one-to-one, pre-scheduled business forums which match buyers and sellers to generate new business, learn from each other and network. I’ve held this position for 9 years, although I’ve been at Richmond for 21 years. I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bath University and I have an MBA from Aston University.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
I’m passionate about the Cloud and how it can improve the way organisations can develop, grow and operate anywhere in the world. My free time is taken up with helping develop young people within Molesey, Surrey. I am Scout Leader for 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts and Treasurer for the Friends of St Albans Primary School.

Matt Rees2

Matt Rees

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 18/03/2019

 

 


ROLE WITHIN THE KITE ACADEMY TRUST:
I have been a Governor since 2011 at The Grove, one of the academies in the Trust, and have been its Chair since 2015. I have therefore been part of the journey of our academies from when they were maintained schools through to the formation of the Trust and beyond. My primary focus within the Trust is that of Finance and I currently Chair the Finance Committee. I am also a member of the Pay Committee.


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I'm a Systems Accountant for Clear Channel, an out of home advertising company. Before this I was a contractor, implementing finance systems for various companies. I have been a qualified CIMA accountant since 2005. I studied Accounting and Finance at Brighton University and a few years ago got a Psychology degree from the Open University.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:
I live in Frimley with my partner, young son and two cats. I love music and as part of that I write songs and play guitar in a band. I also enjoy baking whenever I get the time. I'm trying to improve on my GCSE French, but that is proving rather tricky! 

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