Educational Governance Committee

The Children's Trust School Educational Governance Committee (The Children's Trust School Governing Body) meets termly and is made up of representatives from the community, parents and school staff.

Current members of our Education Governance Committee are:

Governors

Viv Berkeley

Trustee and Chair of Governors responsible for Safeguarding

Viv has 26 years’ experience in the education sector and has extensive knowledge of economic, social and regulatory issues relating to SEND...

Tim Davies

Vice-Chair Trustee and Governor

Chairman of BlueSpark Foundation, a charity supporting the education and development of children and young people...

Mike Donald

Community Governor

Having recently retired after 25 years as headmaster of Warlingham Park School in Surrey, Mike is now an education consultant for online learning in the further and higher education sectors...

Dalton Leong

Chief Executive and Proprietor Governor

Dalton had a 21-year career in the private sector, in financial services and banking. In 1995, he became a founding Trustee of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice...

Toby Mullins

Trustee and Governor responsible for Health and Safety

Principal and proprietor at Mount House School, Barnet. Toby's career history in Education spans 32 years...

Denise Matthams

Trustee and Governor

Independent Nurse Member for a Clinical Commissioning Group in East Sussex, with Chairing responsibilities for the Quality and Safety Committee...

Anne Lloyd, Governor

Anne Lloyd

Local Authority

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Sasha Duffitt, Parent Governor

Sasha Duffitt

Parent Governor

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Viv Berkeley

Trustee and Chair of Governors responsible for Safeguarding

Viv has 26 years’ experience in the education sector and has extensive knowledge of economic, social and regulatory issues relating to SEND.  She is a regular contributor to the SEND policy debate locally, regionally and nationally. Viv is currently the Executive Principal for Ambitious about Autism.

Tim Davies

Vice-Chair Trustee and Governor

Chairman of BlueSpark Foundation, a charity supporting the education and development of children and young people. He was formerly a corporate lawyer with multinational law firm Fieldfisher LLP where he was a partner, head of the corporate department and board member.

Mike Donald

Community Governor

Having recently retired after 25 years as headmaster of Warlingham Park School in Surrey, Mike is now an education consultant for online learning in the further and higher education sectors and is actively engaged in editorial advisory work for a number of publishers and academic institutions. Over the years, he has been heavily involved in sports, both as a player and a coach, and more recently as a cricket umpire. 

Dalton Leong

Chief Executive and Proprietor Governor

Dalton had a 21-year career in the private sector, in financial services and banking. In 1995, he became a founding Trustee of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive in 2004. He was also Vice Chair of Children’s Hospices UK (now known as Together for Short Lives). Dalton then became Managing Director of Charities & Communities at Global (the UK’s largest commercial media entertainment company) where he led the corporate social responsibility programme and the charities of Heart, Capital and Classic FM, amongst others. He is an Ambassador of CharityWorks, the UK non-profit sector’s graduate programme; and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Toby Mullins

Trustee and Governor responsible for Health and Safety

Principal and proprietor at Mount House School, Barnet. Toby's career history in Education spans 32 years, including a former position as Headmaster of Seaford College, a nationally recognised college for SEN education. Toby is a keen sportsman, coaching cricket and more notably hockey.

Denise Matthams

Trustee and Governor

Independent Nurse Member for a Clinical Commissioning Group in East Sussex, with Chairing responsibilities for the Quality and Safety Committee. Also, a Specialist Advisor (children, safeguarding, clinical leadership) for the Care Quality Commission. Former Senior Nurse and Director level roles at Western Sussex NHS Trust, included responsibility for the provision of safe, effective services, most specifically for the Women and Child Health Division.

Anne Lloyd, Governor

Anne Lloyd

Local Authority

Local Authority

Sasha Duffitt, Parent Governor

Sasha Duffitt

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board on the basis of their skills.

Sam Newton

Director of Education

Initially a mainstream teacher, Sam then moved into the field of Special Educational Needs in 1998. She has since held a variety of leadership posts...

Launa Randles

Head of School

Following qualification Launa held teaching positions for twelve years in mainstream education.

Melanie Burrough, Director of Therapies (Interim)

Melanie Burrough

Director of Therapies (interim)

Melanie has spent 17 years working in the NHS, education, and charity sectors. She has led and managed a range of multi-professional teams; at The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust and Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, holding a varied clinical background in paediatric acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental conditions and complex neurodisability.

Sam Newton

Director of Education

Initially a mainstream teacher, Sam then moved into the field of Special Educational Needs in 1998. She has since held a variety of leadership posts across both primary and secondary settings for pupils with a range of needs but most specifically for those Multi Disabled Visually Impaired, Deaf / Blind and with Complex Education, Health and Care Needs. Sam has 20 years’ leadership and management experience with experience in both school education and residential settings.

Launa Randles

Head of School

Following qualification Launa held teaching positions for twelve years in mainstream education.

She taught classes across primary and specialised in  early years being a lead teacher for the London Borough of Kingston and subsequently lecturing in this field.

Following an MA in early years education she moved into special educational needs and further qualified as a teacher of visually impaired where she spent the next 10 years teaching across both primary and secondary ages and across an increasing complexity of need .   

In 2016 Launa moved to the Children’s Trust School in role as Deputy Head , undertook further study to complete a National Qualification in Middle Leadership and in 2019 as Head of School and safeguarding lead. 

During her time at The Children’s Trust she has comments on the ‘privilege to work daily with children, young people, families and external professionals to support the journey of learning for all.’  

Melanie Burrough, Director of Therapies (Interim)

Melanie Burrough

Director of Therapies (interim)

Melanie has spent 17 years working in the NHS, education, and charity sectors. She has led and managed a range of multi-professional teams; at The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust and Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, holding a varied clinical background in paediatric acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental conditions and complex neurodisability.
Melanie has a MSc in Professional Development, with research interests in quality improvement and knowledge translation.  In 2015, she was awarded ‘outstanding occupational therapist of the year’ for a quality improvement service re-design across Camden mainstream schools. She is also Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists School-based occupational therapy clinical forum.

If you would like to contact any member of the Governing Body please e-mail the school office: theschool@thechildrenstrust.org.uk

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