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Trustees and Pecuniary Interests

 John Cliff - Chair of Trustees and Member

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 members' golf club responsible for strategic direction and financial planning. I enjoy golf, skiing, travel, cooking, food and wine.

Type of Appointment Member Appointed (Chair of Trustees)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  2 December 2020 (4 years)

Attendance Record

TB1 - annual 2021/22: 6/6; spring term 2022: 2/2

FARCO3 - annual 2021/22: 5/5; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None

 Robert Taylor - Vice Chair of Trustees

I am the parent of two children attending a Trust school and am currently the Vice Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Resources Committee.

I am employed in financial services 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 Trustees)
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 24 Nov 2018 (4 years)

Attendance Record

TB1 - annual 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 2/2

FARCO2 - annual 2021/22: 5/5; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None

 Ruth Punter - Trustee

I am a non-executive Trustee.  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. I am Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office) 30 Sep 2021 (4 years)

Attendance Record

TB1 - annual 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 2/2

HR3 - annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  None
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None

 David Okafor - Trustee

Being a father of two young boys piqued my interest in the development and education of young children. 

After serving as a mentor in my son’s grammar school, I decided to do more in this area, by becoming a non-executive Trustee.

My background is in information technology management and international business. I completed a Master of Research degree, in International Business at Birkbeck University and have over 22 years of industry experience in information technology. 

My career as a technology management consultant has involved assignments at the Home Office, ABN Amro/RBS bank, Barclay's bank, Unilever, John Lewis, BMW, and Walgreens Boots Alliance. 

My technology specialisms are in the strategic implementation & management, of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Cloud solutions. I am currently involved in founding an exciting start-up in the Pharmaceutical Industry. 

My interests are in ensuring the correct use of new technology in education, travelling, personal development, Alumni mentor, keeping fit and novice-golf-playing.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  6 April 2018 (4 years)

Attendance Record

TB1 - annual 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 0/2

HR3 - annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 0/1

Business or Pecuniary IO NextGen Technologies (12576902); Ionica Property Services Ltd (12649098); Blue Star Ecommerce Limited (12742486); IO Digital Supply Chain Ltd (13585792)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) April 2020; June 2020; August 2021
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None  

 Carolyn Barenbrug - Trustee

I am a partner with Gardiner & Theobald LLP in London, one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property consultancies. I have an engineering degree and an MBA and have built my career in project management and strategic consultancy. This means I can be both macro and micro in approach depending on what is needed. I also understand buildings, estates and construction. I am a mental health first aider at my workplace – an initiative recently introduced to help and support any staff member who may need some help and to direct them to the appropriate resources. I have an energetic and sporty son and I live locally in Bromley.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  27 February 2019 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 1/2

FARCO2 - 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary Partner, Gardiner and Theobald LLP (OC307124)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) April 2013
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None  

 Ralph Barlow - Trustee

I was brought up in Orpington and began my career as a Maths teacher in a large comprehensive in Bristol.  Both of the following two schools were all-age – I was a Head of Department at King’s Gloucester and Deputy Head at Birkenhead School, followed by Sherborne School in Dorset as Interim Head and Senior Deputy.  Recent work in leadership consultancy has covered both maintained and independent schools, and schools with wide age-ranges, so I am interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities facing a primary MAT.  Aside from my interests in education and mathematics, I spend a lot of time enjoying making music, increasingly with our three young children.

Type of Appointment Co-opted Trustee
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  1 April 2019 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 0/2; spring term 2022: 2/2

ACC4 - annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  Teacher,  Trinity School (The Whitgift Foundation, 312612); Member, South Orpington Learning Alliance (SOLA, 07943613); 

Member, Local Governing Body, Darrick Wood Primary School, part of SOLA (07943613)

Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Nov 2018, Dec 2020, Dec 2020
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21)  None

 Alan Blount - Trustee

I was brought up in Croydon and after graduating from the University of Exeter, I began my teaching career as a Science Teacher at a large comprehensive school in Surrey. I have always taught in SE London/Surrey and am now the Headteacher at Newstead Wood School in Orpington.  

I am passionate about STEM and especially increasing the entry of women in STEM careers. As a school leader, I believe strongly in the importance of an outstanding education for all. My particular areas of interest are Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, developing effective teams and great leaders and safeguarding. 

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  13 January 2020 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 2/2; spring term 2022: 2/2

ACC4 - annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  Headteacher,  Newstead Wood School (United Learning Trust. 04439859); Management Board, Bromley Tennis Centre (owned by Newstead Wood School)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Sep 2018; Sep 2018
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21)  None

 Bunmi Brookman - Trustee

I am an HR and OD Business Partner and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).  My professional experience has mainly been in the National Health Service working within different health settings.  I have also worked as the country HR Business Partner in the media industry with one of the largest media agencies in the world; Dentsu Aegis Network.  My expertise covers change management, organisational development, employee engagement and workplace mediation.

I am interested and passionate about using my skills and experience to assist children to access an optimum education experience.   I have previously led a youth club and volunteer for the Inspiring Young People a mentoring programme.  In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors: tending my garden, walking and cycling

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  8 December 2020 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 1/2; spring term 2022: 0/2

HR3- annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary Boomfields Ltd (04491535)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) 14 Sep 2012
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members Spouse: Boomfields Ltd (04491535) appointed 1 Aug 2002
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21)  None

 Wendy Cartwright - Trustee

My background is in HR and corporate services in both public and private sectors. I typically work in organisations undergoing transformational change – for example, within major construction and infrastructure projects - and currently have a portfolio of project advisory and non-executive roles.

I have a keen interest in effective governance, organisational culture, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and wellbeing. I have a MA in Employment Strategy, awarded by the University of Greenwich, and have been made a Chartered Companion of the CIPD, which is the UK’s professional body for HR.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  8 November 2021 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 1/1; spring term 2022: 1/2

HR3 - annual 2021/22: n/a; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  Director, Curzon Court Ltd (05714424); Member and Chair, Advisory Board, Global Diversity Practice; Strategic People Provide, New Hospital Programme; Advisor, National Flagship Programme; Trustees, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Ltd (1177627)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Aug 2008; Apr 2010 (member), Jan 14 (chair); Nov 2021; Mar 2021; Feb 2018
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21)  n/a

 Daniel Terry - Trustee

I have worked in education for over 20 years in a range of positions across Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham and Dartford, my present position is as a Deputy CEO of a Multi Academy Trust. I passionately believe that all children, including SEND pupils should be supported to achieve their goals and that this is achieved when we invest in high quality staff professional development. I have always lived in the local area and feel it is important to give back to our local communities.

I have previously had the opportunity of being a parent governor, when my children were at Primary School.

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  23 November 2021 (4 years)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2021/22: 0/1; spring term 2022: 1/2

ACC4 - annual 2021/22: n/a; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary  Deputy CEO, Cygnus Academies Trust
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) April 2016
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21)  n/a

 Corinne Sheehan - Acting Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

Type of Appointment n/a
Date of Appointment 1 Apr 2015 (n/a)
Attendance Record 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 (2020-21) None

Gulcin Sesli - Acting Chief Executive Officer 

Type of Appointment n/a
Date of Appointment n/a
Attendance Record 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 (2020-21) None

 Verity Bolton - Chief Operations Officer and Company Secretary 

Type of Appointment n/a
Date of Appointment  n/a
Attendance Record 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 (2020-21) None

 Kate Crossley - Clerk to Trust Board

Type of Appointment n/a
Date of Appointment  n/a
Attendance Record n/a
Business or Pecuniary Declared5
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020-21) None

 Trust Board, 2Finance, Audit and Resources Committee, 3Human Resources Committee, 4Achievement and Curriculum Committee, 5See file copy, 6Stepped down from Committee

Pecuniary Interests of Former Trustees 

Kelly Hawker - Trustee

Type of Appointment Member-Appointed
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  4 Dec 2018 (resigned 23rd July 2021)

Attendance Record 

TB1  - annual 2020/21: 4/6; summer term 2021: 1/2

ACC4 - annual 2020/21: 4/4; summer term 2021: 2/2

Business or Pecuniary Head of School, Shenstone School (The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), 07348231)
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) Sep 2014 
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None

 Jo Brinkley - ex officio Trustee

Type of Appointment ex officio Trustee
Date of Appointment (Term of Office)  n/a (resigned 3rd May 2022)

Attendance Record 

TB1 - annual 2021/22: 6/6; spring term 2022: 2/2

FARCO2 - annual 2021/22: 5/5; spring term 2022: 1/1

HR3 - annual 2021/22: 3/3; spring term 2022: 1/1

ACC4 - annual 2021/22: 4/4; spring term 2022: 1/1

Business or Pecuniary None declared
Date Interest Acquired (Ceased) n/a
Relevant Business Interests of Close Family Members None declared
Gifts or Hospitality Received (2020/21) None