There are currently four Trust Members. One member, Stephen, is involved with the day-to-day governance, leadership and management of the academies. The other four members are not as involved as Stephen, 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 has been Chair of Trustees for EEEA. She is a mother to two teenaged children and passionate about improving outcomes and opportunities for all children in the Trust.
Stephen’s career has been built on creating and maintaining strong relationships in investment banking, corporate trust and corporate services. He has been a successful client relationship director and board member within a professional services firm, leading growth through robust relationships with, and professional service delivery, to clients across multiple jurisdictions, and has been a director of over 50 client companies.
His early career was spent in banking with a specific focus on property and asset management, and he has an in depth knowledge of debt capital markets having acted as trustee and director in multiple successful debt restructuring, within the UK, and in the USA and South East Asia. Throughout his career he has mentored junior colleagues and team members, supporting them in their career choices and learning development.
He has built his career expertise through a practical application of relationship building, knowledge gathering and leadership. He is a former President of The Association of Corporate Trustees, and has a longstanding interest in promoting and developing best possible corporate governance which he is now applying to the education sector as a trustee and non executive director for charities including Villiers Park Educational Trust (which focusses on the importance of social mobility, a longstanding passion) and Goldsmiths Students’ Union. He is a Consultant for Independent Directors and Trustees Ltd, which offers expert directorship services to the corporate sector.
A keen if untalented cricketer, he has latterly turned his attention to cricket spectating (for which he has more of a talent), and to the more leisurely (if nonetheless challenging) sport of bowls, and to running a dining club.
As a parent and a grandparent he is keen to apply the enthusiasm and commitment which feature prominently in his personal and business life to optimally contribute to the work of EEEA, and to support all of these connected to it.