Governance Arrangements

Athena-GEP is a company limited by guarantee, without share capital and with charitable status.  It is based in Guildford, Surrey UK and serves children of compulsory school age within the local communities in the management and development of schools offering a broad and balanced curriculum.

Members - Register of Interests

Current 2020-2021

Fiona Boulton

Date of Appointment: 5 February 2018

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Board member at Epsom College (1.11.09), Hoebridge Prep School (26.01.12), St Ives Prep School (15.07.13); Head within the United Learning Group.

Gareth Hicks

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2021

Donald Hirsch

Date of Appointment: 5 February 2018

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Stephen Ravenscroft

Full name: Stephen Howard Ravenscroft

Date of Appointment: 5 February 2018

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Stone King LLP London EC1, Partner (5/2006); Bridewell Royal Hospital Godalming, Trustee (3/2015)

Linda Wilding

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2021

Historical (within last 12 months)

Paul Martin

Date of Appointment:  5 February 2018

Date stepped down: 1 December 2020

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

Board of Trustees - Membership

Current 2020-2021

Fergal Roche, Chair of the Trust Board

1/9/2021 - 24/4/2025   

Fergal is a former teacher and headteacher, with 16 years’ subsequent experience of taking senior roles in business. In 2007 he set up The Key, which is now used by more than 50% of the country’s schools. He chaired the board of a maintained secondary school in Lambeth for 6 years, during which time numbers grew, GCSE results improved by 200% and the school went from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. He lives in Guildford and now serves as an adviser to a number of businesses and executive coach to several CEOs. Two of his three children attended GEP schools. He has chaired the GEP board since May 2016.

                                                                       

Fergal Roche GEP

 

Andrew Isherwood, Vice chair of Trust Board
1/1/2020 - 31/12/2023 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021*

Andrew is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Andrew was an officer in the Royal Navy and then re-trained as an accountant with a global Pharma company. He subsequently worked as a Director of an international consultancy firm advising banks, investment banks and other financial services companies on transforming their operational performance.

With two children attending local schools, Andrew is passionate about enabling young people from across the area to achieve their potential. Most recently, he was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Guildford College Group where standards improvement was critical and achieved.

In his spare time, Andrew coaches juniors at Guildford Rowing Club.

Andrew Isherwood

 

Kathy Ashford, Trustee

1/1/2020 - 31/12/2023 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021*

Kathy Ashford served on the Governing Body of Guildford County School for many years, latterly as Vice Chair of Governors. This was a period of significant change, covering the initial bid for Specialist Status in Music, the conversion to Academy Status, several Ofsted inspections and the recruitment of a Headteacher. Throughout her time as a Governor, Kathy was employed as manager of a local confederation of schools, and she remains in this role to this day.

Earlier in her career, Kathy worked in the Communications sector, notably as Director of Communications at the University of Surrey. She also has experience in change management and is a published children’s author. Kathy is a registered psychotherapist, currently working both in private practice and within a university setting.

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Jonathan Coles, Trustee

1/10/2018 - 30/9/2022 / 4 meetings attended 2020-2021*

Jon Coles is Chief Executive of United Learning, a group of 60 independent schools and academies established 130 years ago.

Prior to this, he spent four years on the Board of the Department for Education as Director General for Schools and then for Education Standards.

A qualified secondary teacher, Jon also wrote various Green and White Papers, took the 2002 Education Act through Parliament and was responsible for implementing the 1997 infant class size pledge.

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Jon Cox, Trustee

   1/9/2021 - 3/5/2025

Dr Jon Cox has been Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School (RGS) since 2007.  Prior to his appointment he held various leadership roles including Second Master, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Housemaster at Whitgift School.  He was educated at the University of Southampton (PhD Biochemistry, BSc Physiology & Pharmacology) and the Royal College of Music (Certificate of Advanced Performance). During Dr Cox’s leadership of the RGS, he has developed and strengthened partnerships with GEP Academies, working closely with George Abbot School and Kings College, Guildford.

                                                                                   

Headshot Jon Cox

 

Joanne Harper, Trustee
28/09/21 - 27/9/2025

 


Andrew Scanlan, Trustee

1/8/2018 - 31/7/2022 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021*

Andi has lived in the Stoughton area of Guildford for over 20 years. He is married with three boys of secondary-school age.

Andi has worked for British Airways for over 20 years. He currently works in the airline’s Business Transformation team as a Process Effectiveness Manager, managing a team which helps all areas of the airline improve the way they do things whilst being sensitive to the impact these changes have on both colleagues and customers.

Andi has been a governor at Stoughton Infant School since 2007 and has been Chair of Governors since 2010. He was initially a member of the Children & Learning Committee but in recent years has been a member of the Finance & Resources committee, the Strategy Committee and the Head Teacher’s Performance Management committee.

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Paul Smith, Trustee
                       

Paul Smith is Professor of Composite Materials and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey.  He is an engineer by background and has been working on the mechanical properties of materials for over 30 years. Paul also has a strong interest in education.  He holds a PGCE, with mathematics as his primary subject.  He also served on the governing bodies of two schools in Guildford (Merrow Infants and Bushy Hill Junior) including a term as chair.

                                                                  
Paul Smith

 

Anne Turner, Trustee

Formerly a governor at Kings College, Guildford.  Resigned on 15 March 2021.

                                                                                          
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Suzanna Woodhouse, Trustee

1/8/2018 - 31/7/2022 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021*

Suzanna has lived in Pirbright for 15 years and has three school-aged children.  Before joining the Board of Trustees, Suzanna was a governor at Pirbright Village Primary School where she served two terms of office between 2009 and 2018.  During her time as a governor at Pirbright, Suzanna's roles included Chair of the Children & Learning Committee and Vice-Chair.  

Suzanna is a practising lawyer specialising in Real Estate.  She currently works in the City but has also worked in the local area where she gained experience of advising schools on development projects and land issues.

 

 

Geoff Wyss, Trustee

Dr Geoff Wyss has been a school governor for 20 years, starting when his children were at Holy Trinity Junior school and then for the last 14 years with George Abbot School. He has been heavily involved with taking George Abbot through the process of becoming an academy and subsequently with the formation of GEP Academies. He has recently completed the National College of Teaching and Learning Leadership Development programme for Chairs of Governor’s and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor. In this role he provides support for other schools in the Guildford area. By training and profession Geoff is an engineer in high technology systems and was for many years a Director of a local systems engineering company before becoming an independent consultant. He has recently retired.

                                                                                          
Geoff Wyss

 

Historical (within last 12 months)

There have been no changes in board membership in the last 12 months

 

Susan Smillie, former Trustee
1/8/2018 - 10/3/2021 / 3 meetings attended 2020-2021* Susan Smillie

 

Trevor Grant, Trustee
1/8/2018 - 31/8/2021 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021* Trevor Grant

 

Campbell Livingston, Trustee
1/1/2020 - 31/8/2021 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021* Campbell Livingston

 

John Julian (Jack)Mayhew, Chief Executive, Trustee
1/8/2018 Ex officio / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021* Jjmayhew

Chetan Modi, Trustee
1/1/2020 - 31/8/2021 / 5 meetings attended 2020-2021* Chetan Modi

 

Michael Uzielli, Trustee
1/10/2018 - 31/8/2021 / 6 meetings attended 2020-2021* M Uzielli

* Attendance – in 2020/21 the Board of Trustees met six times in total.

Note: All Trustees are appointed by the Athena-GEP Members.

 

Board of Trustees - Committees

Trust Board Committee Chairs 2020-2021

Education Standards Committee  Suzanna Woodhouse, Chair

Finance Committee  Chetan Modi, Chair

Joint Governance Council Rob Edwards, Chair 

 

Education Standards Committee 2020-2021 (Meetings attended 2019-20)

Suzannah Woodhouse (4/5)
Jack Mayhew (5/5)
Kathy Ashford (3/3)
Andrew Isherwood (3/3)

Historical - last year's Education Standard Committee also included:

Trevor Grant Meetings attended 2019-20: 2/2
Andi Scanlan Meetings attended 2019-20: 1/1

Historical - this year's Education Standard Committee 2020-2021 also included:

Susan Smillie Meetings attended 

Finance Premises and Compliance Committee 2020-2021 (Meetings attended 2019-20)

Andi Scanlan (5/5)
Jack Mayhew (5/5)
Michael Uzielli (4/5)
Campbell Livingston (3/3)
Chetan Modi (1/3)

Historical - last year's Finance Premises and Compliance Committee also included:

Susie Smillie Meetings attended 2019-20: 3/3
Trevor Grant Meetings attended 2019-20: 2/2

Board of Trustees - Register of Interests

Andrew Scanlan, Chair of Trust Board

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Worpleston Rangers FC (Team manager, Chairman with effect from 2012, 2017)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
King’s College (Guildford) Football Foundation (Member of project steering group with effect from 12/2018)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Stoughton Infant School (Spouse is a school employee with effect from 2014)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
British Airways (Employee with effect from 2014)

 

Trevor Grant, Vice chair of Trust Board

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
No relevant interests recorded

 

Katherine Ashford, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
The Howard Partnership Trust (Multi Academy Trust) (Employee with effect from February 2006)

 

Jonathan Coles, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
United Learning Trust -Independent School and Academies Group (Chief executive (Trustee) with effect from 1/2012 (1/2014))

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
ULT Projects Ltd, ULT Trading Ltd. (Director, with effect from 1/2012 (1/2014))

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Princes Teaching Institute (Trustee, with effect from 4/2014)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Church Schools Trading Company Ltd (Director, with effect from 1/2012)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Priory School (Banstead) Trust (Director, with effect from 4/2017)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
King's College (London) (Independent Member of Council, with effect from 7/2019 )

 

Andrew Isherwood, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Guildford Education Partnership (Multi Academy Trust) (Relative is employed by the Trust with effect from January 2020)

 

Campbell Livingston, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Halow Project (Charity) (Employee with effect from 30/1/2020)

 

Chetan Modi, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
No relevant interests recorded

 

John Mayhew, Chief Executive,Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Guildford County School (Executive Headteacher with effect from 9/2018)
Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies) (Chief Executive Officer with effect from 6/2020)

 

Michael Uzielli, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Schools Group – Cogita Ltd (Chief Financial Officer, Director with effect from 6/2016)

 

Suzanna Woodhouse, Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
No relevant interests recorded

 

Patrick Overy, Chief Finance Officer

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Institute of School Business Leadership (DfE-Accredited independent SMRA with effect from 3/2019)

 

Register of Interests - Historical (within last 12 months)

Fiona Davidson, former Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
FMD Consulting Ltd (Director with effect from 6/2000)

 

Safraj Ismail, former Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
No relevant interests recorded

 

Susan Smillie, former Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
British Airways (Employee with effect from 4/1987)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Rushmoor Sycronised Swimming Club (Management Committee member with effect from 5/2018)

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Swim England (ASA Official with effect from 3/2017)

Trust Accounting Officer - Register of Interests

Accounting Officer: John Julian (Jack) Mayhew

Register of Interests

Executive Head Teacher

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Guildford County School (school, with effect from 1 Sept 2018)

Executive Head Teacher and Trustee

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Athena Schools Trust (multi academy trust, with effect from 1 Sept 2018)

Chief Executive Officer

Name of organisation (and nature of business, date)
Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies) (multi academy trust, with effect from 1 June 2020)

Relationship to Pupils, Staff of Governors

None

Contracts with SCC

None

Date Registered

September 2018

Local Governing Bodies - Registers of Interest & Attendance

Academy Local Governing Bodies

School

Chair of Governors

LGB Registers of Interest

Boxgrove Primary School

Matthew Parris

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Fullbrook School

Paul Ballard

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George Abbot

Nicola Mead

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Guildford County School

Jennifer Obaditch

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Guildford Grove Primary School

Julie Smaller

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Kings College Guildford

Mick Michel

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Loseley Fields Primary School

Andrew Shovelton

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Northmead School

Konstanze Hild

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Pirbright Village School

Julia May Douetil

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Sandfield Primary School

Melanie Liv Hancox

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Shalford Infant & Nursery School

Sarah Hardcastle

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Stoughton Infant School

Nicola Buchan Click Here

 

Note - All Chairs appointed to serve for the current academic year.

For expanded details of the Trust's academies' Local Governing Bodies, their full details, their Registers of Interests and their attendance records, please follow these links to each individual school site

Performance Tables

Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements)

Schedule 2 (information to be published) of The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017  for the academic year 2019-2020:

Relevant union officials

Total number of Athena Schools Trust employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

Guildford County School: 4 (full-time equivalent employees:4)
Pirbright Village Primary School: nil
Northmead Junior School: nil
Shalford Infant and Nursery School: nil
Stoughton Infant and Nursery School: nil
 

Percentage of time spent on facility time

Four employees, who were relevant union officials during the relevant period, spent 1%-50% of their working hours on facility time. 

 

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

Total cost of facility time: £3,600
Total pay bill:  £10,595,297
Percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as:
(total cost of facility time ÷ total pay bill) x 100 = 0.034%

 

Paid trade union activities

As a percentage of total paid facility time hours, the number of hours spent by employees (who were relevant union officials) during the relevant period, on paid trade union activities: 100%


 

 

Meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

The ‘Data Publication’ information, as outlined in ‘Meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target’ (2018), for the Athena Schools Trust academies (31 March 2020), is as follows: 

  • The number of employees whose employment in England by the body began in the reporting period in question: 336
  • The number of apprentices who began to work for the body in that period and whose apprenticeship agreements also began in that period: one
  • The number of employees employed in England that the body has at the end of that period: 336
  • The number of apprentices who work for the body at the end of that period: one
  • The number of apprentices who worked for the body immediately before that period: one
  • A headcount on the day before the first day of each reporting period in the target period: 336
  • The number of apprentices who began to work for the body in that period and whose apprenticeship agreements also began in that period, as a percentage of the number of employees whose employment in England by the body began in the reporting period in question: 1/336 = 0.3%
  • The number of apprentices who work for the body at the end of that period as a percentage of the number of employees employed in England that the body has at the end of that period: 1/336 = 0.3%
  • The number of apprentices who began to work for the body in that period and whose apprenticeship agreements also began in that period as a percentage of a headcount on the day before the first day of each reporting period in the target period: 1/336 = 0.3%