There are currently five Trust Members. One member, Joanna, is involved with the day-to-day governance, leadership and management of the academies. The other four members are not as involved as Joanna, their role is to ensure that the fundamental vision and values of the trust are respected, valued and safeguarded.
They also have key duties under the terms of the trust’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, including deciding on the membership of the Board each year.
The current Trust Members are:
Steve has been involved in school governance since 1991 and has served on many governing bodies across all phases of education.
He is currently chair of Collingwood College Academy Trust, chair of Bagshot Infant School, vice chair at St Jude’s C of E Junior School in Englefield Green and a Member of EEEA.
His background is in marketing and advertising working for a number of multinational organisations in the health and beautycare industry. He ran his own international marketing consultancy for ten years before devoting all of his time to governance.
Steve currently is Head of Governance Consultancy at Babcock 4S. He is a nationally recognised expert on school governance, has had many articles published on the subject and is a regular speaker on governance at conferences around the country.
Better Governor, an online support and development service for all involved in school governance is Steve’s brainchild and he is the editor in chief for the service.
Steve is a qualified performance coach and an accredited coaching trainer. He is also an accredited trainer for the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Steve is also a trustee and the CEO of Harry & Ed’s Aspiration Raising Trust (HEART) a charity that works with schools to support children and young people in accessing opportunities which will raise their aspirations.
David founded and runs allianceHR Ltd, a consultancy creating and operating pre-competitive collaborative programmes to drive systemic human rights improvements in supply chains. These programmes include
Stronger Together, a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative supporting organisations to tackle modern slavery within their businesses and supply chains.
Fast Forward, a next generation compliance programme to build legal and ethical labour standards continuous improvement in supply chains.
Association of Labour Providers, a trade association promoting responsible recruitment practices in the UK consumer goods supply chain. Clearview, a global responsible recruitment social compliance certification scheme for labour suppliers.
Responsible Recruitment Toolkit, a web based toolkit to support supply chains to adopt responsible recruitment standards.
David’s three children all attended Ravenscote and received an outstanding education for which he is truly grateful to all those who played a hand. David is pleased to offer his support to all the inspiring professionals and dedicated volunteers committed to maintaining and enhancing the great work of the Engage Enrich Excel Academies to keep true to their values and ensure that every year, at every school, every child receives the best education possible to provide them with the best chances in life.
David runs a bit, likes rugby, music, time with friends and family – and is on the hunt for new hobbies and the key to finding work/life balance.
Joanna Brill is a professionally trained coach and trainer with over 10 years' experience working with executive, business and life coaching clients from around the world. After a 10 year career as a marketing communications professional in telecoms and investment management she successfully certified as a coach and has run her own coaching and training practice since.
Joanna has trained many managers to develop their own leadership and coaching skills. She also works with the Surrey Based Youth Charity, Eikon supporting their initiatives for the development of resilience and emotional well being for all young people in Surrey.
Joanna previously served as Chair of Governors for Ravenscote School and is currently the Chair of Directors for EEEA. She is a mother to two teenaged children and passionate about improving outcomes and opportunities for all children in the Trust.
Tom is a Solicitor specialising in Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, and Property Law.
Having been an Associate Partner with a Legal 100 Firm, Tom then established in partnership and now a Consultant Solicitor with a firm based in Camberley.
He has lived in the local area since 1970, and married with two teenage children. Tom served as a Governor of Ravenscote Junior School since 2012 and took up the appointment as a Director of the Academy Trust in 2014 and became a member in 2018
Bob is a highly effective and hands on, business focussed Programme Manager, with a proven background in HR Transformation and Transition Programmes. He has an incredibly high level of enthusiasm and drive, coupled with exceptional stakeholder management, team leadership and communication skills.
Bob is experienced in multiple sectors, including Media, Telecoms, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail and Government, and has managed budgets ranging from £500k to £100m.
Bob has previously held the positions of Governor and then Chair of Governors of Ravenscote Junior School when the school achieved its Outstanding Ofsted status. In addition, Bob helped the school become an Academy by taking on the role of Chair of the Board.