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:

Constitution:

Melissa Farnham

Chair of Governors

Melissa has over 20 years of education experience within the SEND sector across the UK...

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...

Denise Matthams

Governor with responsibility for safeguarding

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

Toby Mullins

Trustee

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

Tim Davies

Vice-Chair

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

Sharon Evans

Local Authority Representative

Check back soon for further information...

Parent Vacancy

Vacant

We currently have a parent vacancy. If you are interested in this role, please do get in touch.

Melissa Farnham

Chair of Governors

Melissa has over 20 years of education experience within the SEND sector across the UK and is passionate about ensuring the SEND landscape meets the needs for all young people and their families whose lives are impacted by disability.  Melissa is currently CEO for COINS Educational Services Social Enterprise, who help to achieve excellent access to Education for young people who are currently forgotten or misplaced by disabilities. She is also Vice Chair of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS).

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. 

Denise Matthams

Governor with responsibility for safeguarding

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.

Toby Mullins

Trustee

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.

Tim Davies

Vice-Chair

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.

Sharon Evans

Local Authority Representative

Check back soon for further information...

Parent Vacancy

Vacant

We currently have a parent vacancy. If you are interested in this role, please do get in touch.

Co-Opted Governors – (Appointed by the Governing Board on the basis of their skills):

Dalton Leong

Chief Executive

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...

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.

Jayne Cooper

Director of Clinical Services

Jayne has been a registered children’s nurse since 1996. She was previously Chief Executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices...

Olivia Rowntree

Head of Audit Risk & Governance / Data Protection Officer

Olivia is an experienced internal audit, risk management, governance, compliance and data protection professional...

Dalton Leong

Chief Executive

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.

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.’  

Jayne Cooper

Director of Clinical Services

Jayne has been a registered children’s nurse since 1996. She was previously Chief Executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, having initially joined them as Director of Nursing. She has also held the roles of Associate Chief Nurse for Integrated Medicine at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust and Head of Nursing for Neurosciences Clinical Unit at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. She was awarded the Florence Nightingale Foundation Children and Young People Leadership Scholarship in 2011.

Olivia Rowntree

Head of Audit Risk & Governance / Data Protection Officer

Olivia is an experienced internal audit, risk management, governance, compliance and data protection professional, with 20 years' experience gained in the retail and telecommunications industries. She began her early career as a graduate at Arthur Andersen and has since held a number of senior roles in large private sector organisations including Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk and Game. Olivia's own son, Harry, attended The Children's Trust School as a day pupil until he passed away in 2016. Olivia is therefore also able to bring to bear her personal experience as a parent of a child with profound and complex needs.

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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