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Governors

The Governors are the Directors of the Dunraven Educational Trust, the charitable company which runs the school (as a converter academy) and the governing body has a wide range of responsibilities - clearly defined by law. Governors aim to support the staff team to ensure that the standards of student achievement remain high and help to steer the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.

Following a reconstitution of the Governing Body in 2014/15, we can appoint up to 12 Governors, consisting of 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 8 community governors and The Principal. The Governors may also appoint up to three associate governors who bring additional skill and expertise the Board.

Governors have 4 full meetings each academic year and an Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Spring Term. Governors need to be able to prioritise their diaries to attend these meetings as well as one sub group which meets 4 times per year and our Strategic Planning Day held on a Saturday in the summer term.  Governors also need to support the school at other meetings and activities often held during school hours in term time.

Governors have to agree to be DBS checked and annually sign up to our Code of Conduct.  Governors will be evaluated each year on their support and contribution which could affect their place on the Governing Board. The evaluation is based on our Expectations (Click here to see a copy of this document)

Community Trustees

Cathy Harvey – Chairs of Governors

Untitled 4879Formerly a technical sales specialist with IBM and then a local political organiser, Cathy is now a Citizens Advice adviser. She has been a school governor for 19 years, during which time she has been secretary of Lambeth Governors’ Forum, chair of governors at an outstanding local primary school as well as chair of Dunraven Educational Trust, where she is part of the team that steered the school through academy conversion.

 

Term of Office – December 2016 to November 2020

Committees – Member of Standards and Curriculum, Resources Committee, Audit Committee 5/5

Attendance 2015/16

Full Board – 4/4

Resources 3/3

Audit 2/2


Paul Thomas - Vice Chair, Chair - Resources

Dunraven governors 7701Paul worked at a large specialist Housing Association for 26 years where he was a director for the last 15 years. He now runs a land management and forestry company. Paul has been a governor at Dunraven Educational Trust for three and a half years where he is currently vice chair of governors.

Term of Office – May 2015 to April 2019

Committees – Resources

Attendance 2015/16

Full Board – 4/4

Resources 3/3


Mel Nieuwenhuys

Dunraven governors 7709Following a successful career as a film and television editor, Mel moved into education; first as a film tutor at a drama college and currently as a Learning Support Assistant at a local primary school. Committed to child-centred comprehensive education that serves the whole local community, she considers it a privilege to be the link governor for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mel has been a governor at DET since 2011.

Term of Office – May 2015 to April 2019

Committees – Standards and Curriculum 5/5

Attendance – Full Board 4/4


Jenny Pick – Chair, Standards and Curriculum

Dunraven governors 7746Jenny taught for over 30 years, and worked as a SENCO and then in senior leadership roles in inner London schools, latterly holding a number of fixed-term headships transforming schools in challenging circumstances; she went on to work with the SSAT. She brings this significant experience of raising student achievement and supporting staff performance to her role as a governor at Dunraven for the past eight years; she currently chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee. She now volunteers with a local charity working with educationally disadvantaged young people and acts as its safeguarding officer.

Term of Office – May 2015 to April 2019

Committees – Standards and Curriculum, Audit

Attendance

Full Board 2/4

Audit 3/3

Standards and Curriculum 5/5


Helen George – Chair, Audit

Dunraven governors 7762An experienced manager and academic Helen spent 23 years in higher education holding senior management roles in both Academic Development and Student Services at London South Bank University where she led several major cross-institutional projects as well as serving 6 years a Staff Governor. Helen has been a school governor for 17 years, serving 5 years as chair of governors at Dunraven and overseeing the establishment of the 6th Form, she is currently Chair of Audit. Helen served for 6 years as a governor representative on Lambeth Schools Forum. Since retiring in 2013 Helen has undertaken volunteering roles with local charities; 4All in West Dulwich, where she is on the Management Committee and Lambeth Mediation Service where she is a Board Member and Trustee.

Term of Office - January 2016 to December 2019

Committees – Audit, Standards and Curriculum

Attendance 2015/16

Full Board 4/4

Resources 2/3

Audit 3/3

Standards and Curriculum 4/5


Tom Hanman

Dunraven governors 7690A qualified Chartered Accountant and Assistant Vice President within the combined Risk and Finance function at Barclays Plc.  Tom has been a Community Governor at DET since the start of 2016, and brings with him previous experience of auditing single Academies and Multi Academy Trusts for a global professional services firm, as well as a holding a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education.

Term of Office - January 2016 to December 2019

Committees – Resources, Audit

Attendance

Full Board 2/2

Resources 2/2

Audit 2/2


Raymond Chan

Image1 2A practising solicitor in the financial services sector providing legal advice to companies and financial institutions on financing and general corporate matters.   Raymond has been a community Governor at DET since August 2016 and has experience of advising boards on the options available to deliver the best possible outcome.  Raymond is keen to give back to his local community by becoming a school governor.

Term of Officer – August 2016 to July 2020


Nicholas Hargreaves

As a Governor, Nicholas brings an important perspective as a teacher and employee to the decisions made by the Governing Board.  He is committed to the role of Governor and to the development of the school as it grows and brings an excellent understanding of the students and staff at Dunraven. In addition to teaching, Nicholas is the Chairperson of CISV Great Britain the British branch of an international charity organising non-formal educational programmes for youth and adults. Nicholas' work with CISV has given him direct experience of strategic planning, financial overview, risk management and the evaluation of impact.

Term of Office – August 2016 to July 2020

Parent Trustees

Gail Dawson

Governors2013 2177Formerly a Further Education lecturer and adult educator in community education, Gail worked for the Workers' Educational Association for 10 years as the Curriculum Area Leader for Schools and Parenting. She now manages a project for the Charity First Step Trust which supports people with mental health conditions and other disadvantages.  Gail has been a school governor for over 15 years at both a primary school, serving as chair of the Curriculum Committee, and at a secondary school which has undergone Academy Conversion.

Term of Office - December 2013 to November 2017

Committees – Standards and Curriculum

Attendance

Full Board 3/4

Standards and Curriculum 4/5


Dr Ranjeet Brar

Dunraven governors 7713Ranjeet is active in the local community.  His eldest son was among the first intake to Dunraven's primary phase, and will journey Dunraven’s hallways as an 'all through’ pupil over the coming decade. Ranjeet has worked in the NHS since 2002 and is now a vascular and endovascular surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital, serving the community of Lambeth, and our neighbouring boroughs. He has been involved in medical and scientific research and is a qualified teacher. He is a passionate believer in the public provision of services and an active supporter of the NHS.

Term of Officer - December 2013 to November 2017

Committees – Standards and Curriculum

Attendance

Full Board 1/4

Standards and Curriculum 1/5
 

Staff Trustees

David Boyle

Dunraven governors 7767David has been an English teacher in London schools for 29 years. He has been in senior leadership for 19 years, the last 12 of which have been as Principal of Dunraven School. He became involved with school to school support formally as a Local Leader of Education from 2009, then as a National Leader in 2011. He has been involved in governance directly for 18 years, as a teacher governor in his first school, as a local authority governor for a primary school and now as Principal of Dunraven.

 

Term of Office – ex officio

Committees – Standards and Curriculum, Resources

Attendance

Full Board 4/4

Resources 1/3

Standards and Curriculum 4/5

Associate Governors

Pat MacMahon

Dunraven governors 7699Pat taught art for many years in both secondary and all-through establishments, and then followed this by running a successful antiques business for 25 years. Pat is an active local community participant and in that role has sat on various local police and community health boards over many years.

 

 

 


Katherine Tunnadine

Katherine is a Regional Manager at The Brilliant Club, an award-winning social enterprise working to get more children from non-selective state schools into top universities by training and placing doctoral and post-doctoral students into schools to deliver university-style modules about their research. Prior to her employment at The Brilliant Club, Katherine taught History for five years in secondary schools in London. She left the classroom in 2014 to undertake a MA in Public Policy at King’s College London, whilst also working as a freelance researcher for the Education Endowment Foundation, and completed her dissertation on the regional variation of pupil premium outcomes. 

Clerk to Governors

Elsa Wright

Elsa started her career in the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Employment Department and then the Department for Education.  She worked on schools, FE and HE policy as well as internal HR and pay policies before becoming Private Secretary to David Blunkett supporting the passage of the Schools Standards and Framework Act through parliament and the implementation of the Dearing Review into Higher Education.  She worked at the European Commission and in international finance policy at the Financial Services Authority. Elsa has been Clerk at Dunraven for 9 years and has also provided clerking support to a local special primary school. She was one of the first cohort to complete the NCTL's National Clerks’ Development Programme.

Dunraven Education Trust – Founding Members

David Bryan

Member of the National Council for Arts Council England and the chair of Working with Men, David has previously been a successful small business owner, director of Brixton Village Community Arts Centre, board member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and director of Community Foundation Network. He has worked with several charitable trusts such as Comic Relief, Barings Foundation, the City Bridge Trust and Trust for London in a variety of roles including grant panel member and grant assessor. At Camelot Foundation he was vice-chair of the board.  David designed and delivered the Arts Council England's training on Equality and Diversity for many years and has also held a number of lecturing posts at Birkbeck College, London South Bank University, Goldsmiths College and City Lit Institute.


Cathy Harvey – Chairs of Governors

Untitled 4879Formerly a technical sales specialist with IBM and then a local political organiser, Cathy is now a Citizens Advice adviser. She has been a school governor for 19 years, during which time she has been secretary of Lambeth Governors’ Forum, chair of governors at an outstanding local primary school as well as chair of Dunraven Educational Trust, where she is part of the team that steered the school through academy conversion.

Term of Office – December 2016 to November 2020

Committees – Member of Standards and Curriculum, Resources Committee, Audit Committee

Attendance 2015/16

Full Board – 4/4

Resources 3/3

Audit 2/2


Pat MacMahon

Dunraven governors 7699Pat taught art for many years in both secondary and all-through establishments, and then followed this by running a successful antiques business for 25 years. Pat is an active local community participant and in that role has sat on various local police and community health boards over many years.

Company Secretary

Dunraven governors 7686Micon Metcalfe, BA, ADSBM: Micon is an experienced School Finance and Business Professional who advises other schools regularly in her role as a Specialist Leader of Education. She has particular expertise in Financial Management, HR and Procurement, as well as large-scale building programmes. She is a Fellow of the National Association of School Business Managers (FNASBM) and holds the Level 6 Advanced Diploma in School Business Management.  

 

Trustee Meetings

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Documents

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Annual Report and Financial Statements 2... 03rd Apr 2017 Download
Complaints Procedure.pdf 03rd Apr 2017 Download
Funding Agreement Annexe.pdf 03rd Apr 2017 Download
Governors and Senior Staff Register of I... 03rd Apr 2017 Download
Memorandum and Articles of Association.p... 03rd Apr 2017 Download
Signed Funding Agreement.pdf 03rd Apr 2017 Download
2016 Annual Report and Financial Stateme... 07th Jun 2017 Download