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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.

Elizabeth Jenkins

Liz is a retired teacher who worked in inner city Bristol for 16 years. Liz has lived in Lydney for the last 34 years and has two grown up daughters who attended Lydney C of E Primary, during which time she was a governor for the school. As a National Leader of Education and Head of a Teaching school, Liz contributed to Early Years policy and practice at a national level. Liz also worked as an Ofsted Inspector inspecting schools in the South West for four years. 

 

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 (14.03.22 to 13.03.23)

 

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

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
Mr. Scott Michael BowenMembers

Finance; Audit & Risk Committee

 

Director of  HPJV Solicitors,

Law Society Council Member,

Spouse of an employee of SFAT

No31.03.22 to 30.03.26
Ms. Elizabeth JenkinsMembers

Finance; Audit & Risk Committee

Vice Chair of Trustees (14.03.22 to 13.03.23)

 

Local Academy Committees

Provides WGSP trainingNo20.11.20 to 19.11.24
Mrs. Lesa CooksleyMembersFinance; Audit & Risk

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

 

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

 

 

 

Trustees Attendance

2022/2023

 

 12.09.2221.11.2213.02.2327.03.2322.05.2317.07.23TOTAL
L. DaviesY      
R. DareY      
L. CooksleyY      
S. BowenAbsent      
M. HigginsonAbsent      
E. JenkinsY      

 

 

2021/2022

 

 

15.09.21

(EGM)

27.09.21

(cancelled)

11.10.2114.03.2223.05.2218.07.22TOTAL
L. DaviesYXYYYY5/5
R. DareYXYYYY5/5

M. Bloomfield

(Retired 16.12.21)

YXY--------------------------2/2
M. HigginsonYXYYYY5/5

N. Knight

(Retired 31.03.22)

ApologiesXApologiesApologies---------------0/3
L. JenkinsYXYYApologiesY4/5
H. Straine-FrancisYXApologiesApologiesApologiesApologies1/5

C. Maclay

(Retired 26.06.22)

ApologiesXApologiesYY-------2/4

L. Cooksley

(Appointed 07.02.22)

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

S. Bowen

Appointed 31.03.22)

-------------------------------YY2/2

 

Board of Trustees Meetings 20/21

 

 

09.12.20

 

11.01.01

(EGM)

27.01.2129.03.21

31.03.21

(EGM)

24.05.2114.07.21Total
L. DaviesYYYYYYY7/7
R. DareYYYYYYY7/7
M. BloomfieldYYYYYYY7/7
C. MaclayApologiesApologiesYYYYY5/7
L. JenkinsYYYYYYY7/7
H. Straine-FrancisYYYYApologiesYApologies5/7
N. KnightYYApologiesYApologiesYApologies4/7
M. HigginsonYYYYYYApologies6/7

 

Finance Committee Meetings 2021/2022

 26.01.2207.03.2209.05.2204.07.22TOTAL
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 21/22

 

10.01.22

07.03.2209.05.2204.07.22Total
R. DareY-----------------1/1

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

 

Finance; Audit & Risk Committee Meetings 20/21

 

 01.03.2104.05.2121.06.21Total
M. BloomfieldYYY3/3
R. DareYYY3/3
M. HigginsonYYY3/3
L. JenkinsYYY3/3
N. KnightYYY3/3

 

Ethos & Education Committee Meetings 21/22

 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

 

 

 15.03.2110.05.2128.06.21Total
H. Straine-FrancisYYY3/3
R. DareYYY3/3
L. DaviesYYY3/3
C. MaclayYYY3/6