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Trustees

Board Trustees

The current Board of Trustees are:

Joanna Brill (Chair of the Trust)

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 the Trust for EEEA. She is a mother to two teenaged children and passionate about improving outcomes and opportunities for all children in the Trust.

Keith Smith

Keith is a Director at CGI with over 25 years’ experience of successful project, programme and bid management which is built on a solid foundation of people, financial and risk management skills. Keith has previously employed his skills and experience to good effect as a Governor at Ravenscote Junior School, being part of the journey to achieve the Outstanding Ofsted rating, through taking on roles of ICT Governor, Chair of Buildings and Finance, Vice-chair and Chair of the Full Governing Body.

With two daughters now at secondary school, Keith has seen the impact that excellent Primary education has on the development of children, their preparation for the next step in education and their place in the community. Keith believes that every child deserves this opportunity and hopes to achieve this through EEEA.

In his spare time, Keith tries to play golf, is a UK Athletics qualified Field Judge and likes to spend as much time in the garden as possible.

Nathan Elstub

Nathan has spent the last 25 years working as a Venture Capital investor and entrepreneur. He has set up, invested in, sat on the boards of and worked with a wide range of high growth companies from start-ups to large international businesses. Some of these did fairly well and have become successful household names, and whilst he wouldn't claim any credit for their success, he observed and learned a lot from his mistakes and other people's achievements about the challenges of developing organisations and teams as they grew.

Since 2010 Nathan has been exclusively working with businesses that are specifically seeking to make a positive impact on society. He is Managing Partner of Nesta Impact Investments, one of the leading social enterprise investors in the UK supporting start-up businesses active in the fields of education, health and sustainability. Nathan has a particular interest in innovation in Education; Nesta is currently Europe's most active start up education technology investor and Nathan is additionally on the Board of Emerge Education, Europe's leading ed-tech accelerator program, and the Advisory Board of UCL Knowledge Lab’s Educate programme developing an evidence base for effective use of technology in education.

He has learned about some of the practical aspects of education through seeing his two daughters' experience of school. They were lucky to have some amazing teachers and support during their time in education and he is proud to admit that as a result both are smarter than he is. One is currently studying education and psychology and the other is in sixth form working out how she is going to change the world.

In the very distant past Nathan was an engineer and played with model aeroplanes in wind tunnels before he became a chartered accountant and got boring. When he is not working Nathan spends too much of his time playing (and sometimes building) stringed instruments, particularly banjos, of which his wife claims he has too many, sometimes riding his bikes (ditto) and when it rains, trying to remain upright in his kayak, (not all at the same time).

David Johnston

David is a very experienced senior executive and his career covers a range of multinational businesses across industrial sectors. This includes over 25 years' experience at Board level. He has a track record of delivering sustainable performance improvement.

He is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has been Finance Director of organisations with revenue in excess of £750m.

David is an expert in change management and has led broad programmes to implement corporate wide organisational change, often in the context of post-merger integration. He holds an MBA from the University of Surrey and his studies focussed on strategic change management.

David has held the position of Group Director of Strategy at FTSE 250 level and has for many years led mergers and acquisitions activity (M&A) with an extensive list of completed transactions around the world.

David also has a deep knowledge of Procurement, HR, IT and Risk Management having been responsible for these functions and teams.

He is now focusing on Non-Executive and advisory work and is a member of the Board and Audit Committee of the Single Source Regulations Office which regulates Ministry of Defence procurement.

David's motivation for being involved in EEEA is to bring the benefit of his skills and experience to an ambitious organisation committed to improving educational outcomes. He supports the ‘Inspiring the Future’ programme.

Ian Rennie

Ian has lived and worked in Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Lisbon, Munich and São Paulo. He has a BSC Hons Degree in Human Physiology (University of Aberdeen), is a keen nature, outdoors and sports enthusiast, and speaks Portuguese.

His professional career has been in Logistics, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Gas – where Operations Leadership, Sales and Account Development, and Worldwide Governance have been his areas of responsibility.

Ian is inspired by great leadership and world class communication – as such he identifies strongly with Teaching and Education and with those professionals who are committed to careers in the same. He is excited to be involved with the School and is determined to complement his colleagues’ efforts in providing simple, measurable and positive outcomes for all involved.

Justine Green

Justine is an HR Director for an IT Services Company and comes with over 10 years’ experience working both at grass roots level and at strategic level. Justine has mentored and trained senior managers to ensure that they are delivering people success throughout their divisions and provides guidance and strategy on HR issues and topics.

Although Justine is an HR Generalist, she comes with a solid background in Employment Law and TUPE. Justine has helped guide businesses through legislation and then interpretation, looking at both strategic and individual risk for HR issues.

Justine previously worked in both recruitment and account management, and was responsible for relationships and service delivery for key clients.

She is delighted to be part of this multi primary school trust and is passionate about ensuring excellent educational opportunities are available for all children.

Lauren Heywood

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996, Lauren Heywood has been working as a finance manager for most of the last 20 years. She has gained extensive experience of financial planning, controlling and reporting during that time, as well as team management and development.

Lauren has lived and worked in the local area for over 10 years. She is married with two daughters who attend Ravenscote Junior School, where she served as Governor from 2016 to 2017.

Lauren has a strong belief in the value of life-long learning. She is delighted to be a part of a growing primary Multi-School Trust, improving opportunities for all children in the Trust.

John Lovell

Until recently John was the Group Pensions Director for Coats Group plc a FTSE 250 company and has held similar roles at FTSE100 companies such as Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. He now provides consultancy services for companies and pension trustees including being Interim Head of Pensions at Manchester Airport Group. He holds a degree in law and is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Through the management of multi-billion pound pension arrangements John brings a wealth of financial, operational and risk management skills and knowledge of working with Trustee boards.

John has lived in Camberley for forty years and both he and his two daughters attended the local schools, including Ravenscote Junior School, and so he is excited to be able to contribute to the work of EEEA for the benefit of the children.

Vince Scannella

Vince is Deputy Principal for Curriculum and Innovation at The Sixth Form College Farnborough one of the largest and most successful colleges in the country with over 3700 full time 16-19 students and designated by Ofsted as outstanding.

His main roles are to oversee the curriculum and all aspects associated with its delivery and quality including financial oversight of the circa £11m staffing budget. In 2017 the college value added score was 1 (top 1% of institutions in the UK) for AS and 2 (top 10%) for A level and vocational courses – particularly impressive in the context of a college with the highest 16-18 A level entry of any institution in the country.

He also appoints and is responsible for the professional development of the 186 teachers at the College who produce these fantastic results. For many years, Vince has encouraged research engagement as the primary strategy for developing and maintaining a restless and informed exploration of teaching and learning. In recognition of this, the College was the first to be awarded the ‘Research-engaged status’ accolade by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Vince is a biologist by training and applies this to his interest in improving learning and especially in how emotions can be managed to this end. To ‘walk the walk’ he has undertaken his own Action Research project to put into practice the ideas that have influenced the development of pedagogy at the College – something which he has talked about at several national conferences with offshoots attracting press coverage in the Times Educational Supplement and Guardian newspapers.

Previously Vince has worked for the Nuffield Foundation as author and Consultant Editor for science teaching materials and in his non-professional time enjoys gardening, wildlife watching and walking his dog!

David Harris (Chief Executive Officer)

David is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and has extensive experience in education. David has over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership in different settings. David has completed the NPQH and the Professional Qualification for Schools Inspectors.

David has been a Headteacher in two different settings. David has taken a school from special measures to good with outstanding features. David works with school leaders to empower them to drive and embed positive change. As an NLE and National Support School David and his team have worked with over ten schools, locally and nationally, to improve outcomes and build leadership capacity. David’s current school is graded outstanding and his leadership was recently described as ‘innovative, passionate and inspirational’.

David has a passion for running and has completed a couple of marathons, including the London Marathon. When David is not running he enjoys watching and coaching rugby.

David is the CEO of Engage Enrich Excel Academies and is working with the board to build a primary trust built on trust, support and corporate responsibility. David is passionate about education and is passionate about improving the hopes and dreams of every child, employee and family connected with EEEA.

 

EEEA Board Committees

The following committees enable us to operate our governance functions:

  • Audit and Risk
  • Education & Well Being
  • HR/ Personnel

The EEEA Strategic Team will consist of all the Headteachers of the Trust and will be the driving force to ensure the Directors aims and objectives are achieved. All Headteachers have a place on the Excellence Board.