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Trustees

Meet our Trustees

 

 

Louisa Davies, Chair of Trustees.

 

Louisa has over a decade's experience in education & governance. She first became a governor at Lydney C of E in 2008 and then joined Aylburton Governing Body. She has been a Chair since 2014. Louisa is a Local Leader of Governance and provides both formal & informal support to other Chairs and Governing Bodies in the area.

Louisa is a qualified teacher and has worked with children and young people in many roles, giving her good knowledge of a range of different educational settings including working with children with SEND, Children in Care, at academies, state schools, faith schools and Further Education. She currently teaches at a Secondary Academy in South Gloucestershire.

 

 

Rachel Dare, Chief Executive Officer

Rachel has been a headteacher and executive school leader in different local authorities in England & Wales. After a first headship in Monmouthshire, she became Executive Headteacher in Gloucestershire in 2013, leading the schools to form the successful Severn Federation. Rachel was proud to open the Severn Federation Academy Trust in January 2021. Rachel is passionate about supporting schools to provide excellent education and providing creative school support solutions.

Qualifications include:

B.Ed hons Educations (specialism Music), M.Ed Child Psycology, NPQH; and in 2018 was designated as a National Leader of Education.

Lesa Cooksley

I have been a governor for Severnbanks Primary School since 2017. My roles included Finance Officer (Internal Assurance), monitoring EYFS and Starlets and was Chair of the Finance Committee. 

 

I am a qualified accountant with 25 years' experience.

 

I have four children, two in primary school, one in secondary and one grown up. I have fostered children and young people over a period of ten years, retiring when I became an adoptive parent.

Trustees Information

NameAppointed ByCommitteeResponsibilityRegister of Interests / Declaration of Pecuniary InterestGovernor of another SchoolTerm of Office
Miss Louisa DaviesMembers

Ethos & Education Committee

 

HTPM

 

Pay Panel

Chair of Trustees (12.09.22 to 11.09.23)

 

Chair of Ethos & Education Committee (12.12.22 to 11.12.23)

 

Equality & Diversity

Member of SFAT, Local Leader of GovernanceNo20.11.20 to 19.11.24
Mrs. Rachel DareMembers

Ethos & Education Committee

 

Finance Committee

 CEO of SFATNoN/A
Mr. Mark HigginsonMembers

Finance; Audit & Risk Committee

 

Ethos & Education Committee

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee (10.01.22 to 09.01.23)

 

Health & Safety

Child at a SFAT schoolNo20.11.20 to 19.11.24
Mrs. Lesa CooksleyMembersFinance; Audit & Risk

Vice Chair of Trustees 

(19.10.22 to 18.10.23)

Chair of Finance Committee (07.03.22 to 06.03.23)

 

Finance

Director; Severnside Properties Ltd.

Sole Proprietor; Accounting Services

Trustee, Severnbanks School:

End of Term 01.03.2022

07.02.22 to 06.02.26
Mrs. Pamela HowellDiocesan Corporate MemberFinance; Audit & Risk 

Director of School Improvement and Support Ltd.

 

External Supplier of Consultancy for SFAT

 16.12.22 to 15.06.24

 

RETIRED TRUSTEES

 

NameAppointed ByCommitteeResponsibilityRegister of Interests

Governor

of another School

Term of Office
Mr. Maurice BloomfieldMembers

Finance;

Audit & Risk Committee

Chair of Finance CommitteeTrustee of Bledisloe New Zealand Memorial TrustNo

20.11.20 to 16.12.21

 

RESIGNED

16.12.21

Mrs. Nicola KnightMembersFinance; Audit & Risk Committee Child at SFAT school, employee of GCCNo

20.11.20 to 31.03.22

 

RESIGNED

12.04.22

Rev. Christopher MaclayDiocesan Corporate MemberEthos & Education Committee

Christian Distinctiveness

Wellbeing

Joy for Children and Communities,

PCC of St. James' Church Bream,

Member of Diocesan Board of Education

No

20.11.20 to 27.06.22

 

RESIGNED

27.06.22

Miss Hannah Straine-FrancisMembers

Ethos & Education Committee

HTPM

Pay Panel

Chair of E&E Committee

(01.03.22 to 28.02.23)

 

Safeguarding

Children in Care

NoneCo-opted governor, St. Helens, Alveston

20.11.20 to 19.11.24

 

RESIGNED

06.09.22

Ms. Elizabeth JenkinsMembersFinance; Audit & Risk CommitteeLocal Academy Committees LinkNoneNo

20.11.20 to 19.11.24 

 

RESIGNED 21.10.22

Mr. Scott BowenMembersEthos & Education Committee 

Director of  HPJV Solicitors,

Law Society Council Member,

Spouse of an employee of SFAT

No

31.03.22 to 30.03.26

 

RESIGNED 21.11.22

 

 

 

Trustees Attendance

Board of Trustee Meetings

2022/2023

 

 12.09.2219.10.2221.11.2213.02.2327.03.2322.05.2317.07.23TOTAL
L. DaviesYYY     
R. DareYYY     
L. CooksleyYYY     

S. Bowen

(Resigned 21.11.22)

AbsentY-------     
M. HigginsonAbsentYY     

E. Jenkins

(Resigned

21.10.22)

YY------     

 

Board of Trustees Meetings

2021/2022

 

 

 

15.09.21

(EGM)

27.09.21

(cancelled)

11.10.2113.12.2114.03.2223.05.2218.07.22TOTAL
L. DaviesYXYYYYY6/6
R. DareYXYYYYY6/6

M. Bloomfield

(Retired 16.12.21)

YXYY--------------------------3/3
M. HigginsonYXYYYYY6/6

N. Knight

(Retired 31.03.22)

ApologiesXApologiesYApologies---------------1/4
L. JenkinsYXYYYApologiesY5/6
H. Straine-FrancisYXApologiesYApologiesApologiesApologies2/6

C. Maclay

(Retired 26.06.22)

ApologiesXApologiesYYY-------3/6

L. Cooksley

(Appointed 07.02.22)

------------------------------YYY3/3

S. Bowen

Appointed 31.03.22)

--------------------------------------YApologies1/2

 

Finance Committee Meetings

2022/2023

 

 26.09.2207.11.2209.01.2306.03.2315.05.2310.07.23TOTAL
Lesa CooksleyYYY    
Mark HigginsonYYY    
Rachel DareYYY    

Pamela Howell

(Appointed 16.12.22)

-------------Y    

Elizabeth Jenkins

(Resigned 21.10.22)

Apologies------------    

 

Finance Committee Meetings

2021/2022

 

 26.01.2207.03.2209.05.2227.06.22TOTAL
R. DareYYYY4/4
L. JenkinsYApologiesYY3/4

L. Cooksley

(Appointed 07.02.22)

------YYY3/3
M. HigginsonYYYY4/4

S.Bowen

(Appointed 31.03.22)

--------------Apologies

------

0/1

N. Knight

(Retired 31.03.22)

ApologiesApologies---------------0/2

 

Audit & Risk Committee Meetings

2022/2023

 

 26.09.2207.11.2209.01.2306.03.2315.05.2310.06.23TOTAL
Mark HigginsonYYY    
Lesa CooksleyYYY    

Pamela Howell

(Appointed 16.12.22)

-----------Y    

Elizabeth Jenkins

(Resigned 21.10.22)

Apologies-----------    

 

Audit & Risk Committe Meetings

2021/2022 

 

 

10.01.22

07.03.2209.05.2227.06.22Total

N. Knight

(Retired 31.03.22)

YApologies-------------1/2
M. HigginsonYYYY4/4
L. JenkinsApologiesApologiesYY2/4

L. Cooksley

(Appointed 07.02.22)

-------YYY3/3

S. Bowen

(Appointed 31.03.22)

-------------Apologies------0/1

 

Ethos & Education Committee Meetings

2022/2023

 

 

03.10.22

(POSTPONED)

12.12.2217.04.2313.07.22TOTAL
Louisa DaviesX    
Rachel DareX    
Scott BowenX    

 

Ethos & Education Committee Meetings

2021/2022 

 

 24.01.2201.03.2216.05.22

27.06.22

(Cancelled)

Total
H. Straine-FrancisYApologiesYNA2/3
R. DareYYYNA3/3
L. DaviesYYYNA3/3
S. Bowen---------------NANA

C. Maclay

(RETIRED 26.06.22)

YYY---------3/3