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Directors and Pecuniary Interests

 Clive Lees - Chair of Directors and Member

I have been associated with TSPT, or Hayes Primary, since 2009, having started as a volunteer and then moving on to support children with special needs. I became a staff governor at Hayes Primary and subsequently chaired St Mary Cray when it joined TSPT in 2014. I have been Chair of TSPT since September 2015. I am also a Member (the Charity equivalent of a shareholder) of TSPT and of the Wandle Learning Trust, a MAT in Wandsworth.

I have a background in Accountancy and more recently have worked as a counsellor for  children and young people, particularly those who cannot access mainstream education. I live in Bromley with my wife and daughter.

Type of Appointment Member Appointed (Chair of Directors)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 20 Jan 2016 (4 Years)
Attendance Records (2017-18)1 annual: 5/5, summer term 2018: 2/2
Business or Pecuniary Chair, Bromley Little Theatre Playgoers' Club; Member, Wandle Learning Trust
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Jul 2018; Mar 2018
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Robert Taylor - Vice Chair of Directors

I am a parent of a child attending a Trust school and am currently the Vice Chair of Trustees and the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee across the Trust.

I am employed at Credit Suisse and have a good understanding of risk frameworks.  I have a BSc in Mathematics and have previously been employed as a chartered accountant at Deloitte.

I have previous governance experience at Ralph Thoresby High School in Leeds.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed (Vice Chair of Directors)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 24 Nov 2014 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 4/5, summer term 2018: 2/2
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Jo Brinkley - Chief Executive Officer

After graduating in English Literature and Drama from Goldsmith’s College, I was awarded a scholarship to study with the Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris. I lived in Paris for three years, studying and also running theatre and music camps.

On moving back to Britain, I worked as a PA to the Head of Human Resources for the British Railways Board, whilst studying to become a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. I then worked as a leadership development trainer, running outdoor challenge programmes for managers and supervisors across the organisation.

Having children made me realise how important it is to have a very good local school, so I trained to be a teacher. I gained valuable experience working at different kinds of schools and in different roles in Bromley and Lewisham.

As CEO/Executive Head of The Spring Partnership Trust, I am responsible for working with the Trust Board and staff to set and communicate the strategic direction for the schools. I am also responsible for the management of curriculum development, assessment, finance and premises and staffing to ensure the very best education for our children.

Type of Appointment (CEO & EHT)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 23 Sept 2009 (n/a)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 5/5, summer term 2018 2/2
Business or Pecuniary Trustee of BYMT
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) June 2011
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Ian Raitt - Director

Born and educated in Scotland, I am a retired scientific civil servant. My wife and I have lived I Bromley for over twenty five years and our two sons attended local schools. I believe strongly in the importance of good primary education and am pleased to play a part with the other directors in achieving this in the Spring Partnership Trust.

Type of Appointment Co-opted Director
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 19 Mar 2015 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 4/5, summer term 2018: 1/2
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 John Cliff - Director

My working life/career was in the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Market where I specialised as a broker in marine and catastrophe reinsurance, holding various directorships over a 30 year period. I retired in 2002. I have been involved with Leesons Primary School since 2004, as a governor and vice chair up to September 2016. Between 2004 and 2012, with ViCP (volunteers in child protection), I worked as a volunteer supporting various families in Bromley through Children’s Social Services. I was also involved to some small extent with fund raising for the project. Between 2012 and 2014 I sat on the board of trustees of Health Watch Bromley. 2014/15 I sat on the interim board of governors at Mead Road Infants School. I am in my 5th year as chairman of a member’s golf club responsible for strategic direction and financial planning. I enjoy golf, skiing, travel, cooking, food and wine.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  6 Dec 2016 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 3/5, summer term 2018: 1/2
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Spouse: Teacher, Leesons Primary School
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Claire Cousins - Director

I am a parent of a child attending a trust school and a non-executive director of the trust.  I have a keen interest in both children’s education and health and wellbeing.

I’m a chartered management accountant currently employed on the board of an independent PR and digital communications agency as the Finance Director.  I have experience of working in financial and commercial  management roles in in companies ranging from large global companies to owner-owned SMEs.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 30 Sep 2017 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 4/4, summer term 2018: 2/2
Business or Pecuniary Finance Director, Kaizo
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Aug 2012
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Declared2
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Ruth Punter - Director

I am a non-executive director of the Trust.  I live in Beckenham and work for PwC in London, working with multinational corporations to help them manage their employee tax risks and obligations.   I'm a Chartered Tax Adviser and recently graduated from Henley Business School with an Executive MBA, which enhanced my skills in the areas of finance, strategy, people, process, reputation and change, which I hope to bring to my role with the Trust. 

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 30 Sep 2017 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 4/4, summer term 2018: 2/2
Business or Pecuniary Director Director, Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 David Okafor - Director

Bio to follow

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  6 April 2018 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1  annual: 1/2, summer term 2018: 1/2
Business or Pecuniary Director, Ascentia Trading Ltd
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) March 2018
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Lindsay Falk - Director

I have I have one child attending one of the Trust schools. I joined the Trust as a Director in April 2018. 

The majority of my career has been working in Compliance for leading tier 1 financial institutions. I currently hold the role as Chief Compliance Officer for a leading wealth management company. 

I am passionate about children’s education and take a keen interest in the academic and pastoral care that schools provide to ensure children get the most out of their learning  and early life experiences gained through primary school education. 

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 26 Apr 2018 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 2/2, summer term 2018: 2/2
Business or Pecuniary None
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Declared2
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 James Martin - Director

I am an experienced teacher, middle and senior leader having worked in state, independent and international schools since 2001. After qualifying as a History teacher from the Institute of Education, London I worked as a teacher and Head of Department in inner- and outer-London state secondary schools, and an all-through independent school. In 2012, I was part of the inaugural leadership team that opened and established an all-through British international school in Hong Kong. Since September 2017 I have been Deputy Head at Eltham College, London.

I believe strongly that every child should have access to an excellent primary education and I am pleased to work with the other directors in The Spring Partnership Trust, teachers and parents in achieving this.

I am married with two primary aged children at school in Bromley.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 12 May 2018 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1  annual: 1/2, summer term 2018: 1/2
Business or Pecuniary Deputy Head, Eltham College
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) September 2017
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None 

 Corinne Sheehan - Chief Financial Officer

Type of Appointment (Trust Head of Finance/HR)
Date of Appointment 1 Apr 2015 (n/a)
Attendance Record (2017-18) n/a
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) Declared2

 Verity Bolton - Trust Services Manager

Type of Appointment (Trust Services Manager and Co Secretary)
Date of Appointment  1 Mar 2013 (n/a)
Attendance Record (2017-18) n/a
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

 Kate Crossley - Clerk to Trust Board

Type of Appointment n/a
Date of Appointment  n/a
Attendance Record (2017-18) n/a
Business or Pecuniary Declared2
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2017-18) None

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Pecuniary Interests of previous Directors

 Bobbie Simpson - Director

I was originally appointed as a parent governor in September 2012. I have three children in one of the Trust schools.

I have been teaching for the last fourteen years, with a little break when our last child arrived, and it has always been a job which I have found hugely rewarding.

During my career I have had the opportunity to hold a number of responsibilities. In my role as Head of Year I managed the care and academic achievement of a year group as they progressed through the school and all staff within this team. I completed a successful secondment to the senior leadership team and have enjoyed the role of Director of Specialism. I have also had the privilege of mentoring newly qualified teachers and ensuring better learning experiences for students by coaching staff to progress from delivering ‘good lessons’ to delivering ‘outstanding lessons' to pupils.

I currently chair the Achievement and Curriculum committee for the Trust which is a position I thoroughly enjoy.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 1 Sept 2016 (resigned 17 September 2018) 
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 3/5, summer term 2018: 1/2
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Janet Tibbalds - Director

My degrees in psychology and Town Planning were an excellent foundation for the 30 years I had working in the voluntary sector.  I was Chief Executive of Bromley Citizens Advice when I retired.  I continue to be involved in the voluntary sector in Bromley at trustee level and supporting the community as a volunteer.  My professional background, alongside a longstanding interest in child development and education, give me a wide range of experience relevant to the role as a governor.  Both my sons attended local primary schools and they both benefited hugely from the experiences they had in those early years and I am delighted now to be in a position to contribute to the education of the current generation of children in local primary schools

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 26 Apr 2018 (resigned 3 July 2018)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1 annual: 1/1, summer term 2018: 1/1
Business or Pecuniary Director Trustee, Community Links Bromley; Governor, Clare House School; Trustee, Francis Tibbalds Trust
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Nov 13;  1990; July 1994
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) n/a

 Mariana Brighty - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 17 Jul 2017 (resigned 18 Apr 2018)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1  annual: 2/3, summer term 2018: n/a
Business or Pecuniary Director, Croix International Ltd
Consultant, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Nov 2016, Sep 2017, Feb 2015
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Paul Verghese - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)1 1 Feb 2017 (resigned 3 Apr 2018)
Attendance Record (2017-18)  annual: 2/3, summer term 2018: n/a
Business or Pecuniary Managing Director, Induco Group; Managing Director, AMS Rail Limited; Trustee, Citizens Advice Bureau, Elmbridge West
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) May 2016, Sep 2017, Jan 2017
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Sankar Nagappan - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 16 Jun 2017 (resigned 15 Jan 2018)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1  annual: 0/2, summer term 2018: n/a
Business or Pecuniary Dale Solutions Ltd
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) tbc
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Jacqui Nelson - Director

Type of Appointment Founding Member
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 12 Oct 2013 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017-18)1  annual: 1/1, summer term 2018: n/a
Business or Pecuniary Director, Nelson Croom Ltd
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Apr 2017
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Declared2
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Sir Robin Bosher - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 17 Oct 2016
Attendance Record (2016-17) 3 of 5
Business or Pecuniary Director, R&A Bosher; Trustee, Ormiston MAT
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Jun 2016; July 2017
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Spouse: Director, R&A Bosher
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None declared

 Jemma Tagg - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 30 Apr 2015 (4 Years)
Attendance Record (2016-17) 5 of 7
Business or Pecuniary Governor, Henwick Primary School
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Oct 2014
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Martin Gibbs - Director

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 20 Nov 2015 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2016-17) 4 of 7
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None declared

 Karen Arnold

Type of Appointment  Article-Appointed (Chair of Local Committee)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 11 Sep 2014 (4 years)
Date Appointment Ceased 7 Jun 2016
Attendance Record (2015-16) 2 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Head of ICT & Computing, Hayes School, Bromley
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Sep 2006
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2015-16) None

 Neil Holland - Director

Type of Appointment  Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 1 Jan 2015 (4 years)
Date Appointment Ceased 4 Mar 2016
Attendance Record (2015-16) 2 of 2
Business or Pecuniary Trustee and Treasurer of The Friends of Bickley Primary School
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Sep 2009
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2015-16) None

 Kevin Colville

Type of Appointment  Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 24 Nov 2014
Date Appointment Ceased 1 Feb 2017
Attendance Record (2016-17) 1 of 3
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Martin Cousins

Type of Appointment  Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 2 Dec 2016
Date Appointment Ceased 28 April 2017
Attendance Record (2016-17) 3 of 3
Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None

 Julie Covill

Type of Appointment  Article-Appointed (Chair of Local Committee)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 17 Oct 2016 (4 years)
Date Appointment Ceased 25 Jan 2017
Attendance Record (2016-17) 3 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Director, Global Bridging Plc - Director, HS Freehold Ltd - Treasurer, Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground - Treasurer, Moor House School PSA
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Apr 2014 - Apr 2014 - Feb 2010 - Sep 2015
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2016-17) None