Trustees

Our Trustees oversee the strategy and direction of the trust and ensure that the professional staff work in the best interests of the charity.

In addition to their scheduled meetings the trustees regularly meet on special projects and to provide advice and guidance to the chief executive, principals and senior staff.

Duties:

  • To set the vision, values and approve strategic direction

  • To ensure quality of educational provision across its schools

  • To challenge and monitor performance

  • To oversee management of finances and property

  • To ensure compliance with charity and company law

  • To ensure operation in accordance with the funding agreement

  • To approve finance procedures

  • To approve the Annual Accounts and Reporting

  • To determine and approve corporate policy (including payscales)

  • To receive reports from committees

  • To appoint committee chairs

Reporting:

  • To Members via AGM and Board performance review.

  • Produce financial statements and annual report

  • To Department for Education as required

Term of office: Four years

Governed by: Articles of Association, Academy Trust Handbook, Master & Supplemental Funding Agreements and the Governance Handbook

Meetings: Six per year

Trustee details and Declarations of Interest:

Michael Buchanan

Other roles: Chair of Board of Trustees

Relevant Interests: Family member training at Folkestone Academy (Sep 2022)

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 6/6

Appointed: 09/07/2019

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Mike is the founder of Positively Leading, a coaching consultancy for leaders. He is an Associate Coach for LSC Education and contributor to the degree programmes of the National College of Education.

Mike was the Executive Director of HMC, the professional Association of Heads of the world’s leading independent schools and has held a variety of school leadership posts. He helped to establish three state-funded schools. He has been a Governor of several leading independent schools, a trustee of a children’s charity, a Reporting Inspector, a National Leader of Education and a qualified Executive Coach, he plays at being a farmer.

Mike’s interests are in school culture and climate, coaching, leadership, inspection, character development and the use of positive psychology in education. He writes periodically for national newspapers including the TES and speaks on all of the above at conferences and more.

gary cottle

Other roles: member of Trust Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Relevant Interests: None

Attendance 2022/23: 1/2

Attendance 2021/22: 5/6

Reappointed: 01/02/2022

Appointed: 01/02/2018

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Gary is a highly experienced international executive leader who brings expertise in property development, financial and risk management.

Gary is the CEO of a market leading software platform that helps understand and optimise building's environment, maintenance, usage and health.

Gary attended the predecessor school to Folkestone Academy and went on to obtain a BSc in Mathematics, MSc in Computational Statistics and PhD.

He has 21 years’ experience in recruiting, training and mentoring graduate and MBA students and has a close involvement with a South West Universities campaign to introduce more students to mathematics courses.

Jessica hynes

Other roles:

Relevant Interests: None

Attendance 2022/23:

Appointed: 13/12/2022

Appointed by: Trustees

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Jessica is an actor, writer and director who has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre.

Jessica lives in Folkestone and looks forward to engaging the diverse local arts community with Turner Schools.

prof helen james OBE

Other roles: Vice Chair of Board of Trustees, Local Governor Turner Free School

Relevant Interests: Chair of the Education and Skills Board - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (01.01.22), member of the Education Committee - Royal Society (2021), member of the Strategic Industry Advisory Board - Engineering Design Growth & Enterprise Hub - Kent and Medway (2018)

Attendance 2022/23: 1/2

Attendance 2021/22: 5/6

Appointed: 09/07/2019

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0

Helen is a Professor (Emerita) for Canterbury Christ Church University advising on STEM and the Kent and Medway Engineering Design Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub. She is Chair of the Education and Skills Board and member of the Education Committee, Royal Society. She was Deputy Vice-Chancellor until 2022.

Helen is passionate about holistic and inclusive institutional strategies for leading change, widening participation and student retention and success.

She was awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to Higher Education. In particular, for championing women and diverse students into science and engineering, as well as helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds to access Higher Education.

dean jones

Other roles: Lead Safeguarding Trustee

Relevant Interests: CEO Inspira Trust (April 2021)

Attendance 2022/23:

Appointed: 19/12/2022

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0

Dean has over 17 years experience in school leadership including 2 Deputy Headships, 2 Headships and an Executive Headship, leading schools from RI to securely good. He holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers.

He has set up and created a multi-academy trust and is a Kent Leader of Education and CEO of an Academy Trust in Canterbury, Kent.

Dean has coached experienced and newly appointed Headteachers, supported schools with self-review and works closely with the local authority in supporting schools with school improvement. He is one of the Canterbury district representatives on the Kent Association of Heads board and works collaboratively with other local Headteachers.

Dean is passionate about inclusion and curriculum creativity in schools ensuring all pupils receive the best, well rounded education possible. He is Chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers SEND Group and is a lead Designated Safeguarding Lead.

tracy luke MBE

Other roles: Chair of Turner Free School, Local governor Folkestone Academy

Relevant Interests: Member of Folkestone Grammar School for Girls Trust from September 2020, Trustee of the Friends of Folkestone Academy.

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 6/6

Reappointed: 01/09/2022

Appointed: 01/09/2018

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £148.20 Travel Expenses (£72.20 Dec 18, £76 Dec 19)

Tracy has 35 years’ experience as a teacher and leader within schools. She has served at all levels within a range of comprehensive, selective and boarding schools. She has been a Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Principal and Executive Principal.

Tracy has been a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector.

Tracy has experience as an Academy Trust member and governor at an independent school, a Pupil Referral Unit and a number of secondary schools.

seamus murphy

Other roles: CEO, Accounting Officer

Ex-officio Trustee by virtue of position of CEO

Relevant Interests: None

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 6/6

Appointed: 23/03/2020

Remuneration for services as Chief Executive and Accounting Officer: within the £120,000 – £130,000 banding for 2021.

Expenses Claimed: £0


Seamus is an experienced leader of schools in challenging circumstances. He started his career in London as Head of History before taking up a number of senior leadership roles in challenging schools. He worked as a London Challenge partner in two schools prior to getting his first headship in Kent. He led the school from Special Measures to a Good judgement in 13 months. Seamus was then recruited as an OFSTED inspector to work with schools in challenging circumstances.

After two years, Seamus joined Swale Academies Trust as an Executive Head where he led five secondaries through successful Ofsteds.

Seamus’s areas of expertise include school improvement, raising standards especially for disadvantaged pupils, provision for SEND pupils and leadership development. He is passionate about the arts, music and the sea.

mark taylor

Other roles: member of Trust Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Relevant Interests: Director – AGBIS & Independent Schools Council, Director – King’s School & AES Tring Park Schools Trust

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 5/6

Appointed: 07/10/2020

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Mark worked in the City before starting his career as a Bursar in 1993. He has been the Bursar at King’s School, Canterbury since 2010.

He joined the Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA) Committee in 2007 and was Chair from 2013 – 2016. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA) in 2008 and is a Governor of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.


Mark has sat on the Boards of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Independent Schools Council and the Boarding Schools Association as a Director and is currently an ISI Compliance Inspector.

Mark was elected as Chair of The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) in March 2019 and appointed Vice Chair of the Independent Schools Council in December 2020. He is Chair of the East Kent Schools’ Together Partnership Finance Committee.

Lynnette Turner

Other roles:

Relevant Interests: Member of Aquila Trust (Aug 2020) and Dover Christ Church Academy (Apr 2019)

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 4/6

Appointed: 01/02/2021

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Lynnette is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to this Lynnette was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University, a position she held for 5 years. She has held senior leadership positions at Newcastle University and Oxford Brookes University.

Lynnette brings an understanding of Initial Teacher Education and the ITE policy landscape, she is committed to supporting schools to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

grahame ward

Other roles: Chair of Trust Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Relevant Interests: Trustee – South Kent Mind (Jan 2022)

Attendance 2022/23: 2/2

Attendance 2021/22: 1/1

Appointed: 13/07/2022

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses to date: £0


Grahame retired after 25 years as Director/Senior Manager at Kent County Council. The majority of this time was spent in Education as the Director of Resources where he was responsible for c450 staff.


Grahame managed revenue budgets of over £100M and Capital budgets of £300M. He delivered 3 PFI contracts as well as the Kent Building Schools for the Future programme.


He managed the delivery of the Council's first Investors for People Award covering c7000 staff.


Grahame has served as a governor/Board member at University, College, schools (Primary, Secondary, Special and a MAT). He is a Trustee of South Kent Mind.

Minutes can be requested via governance@turnerschools.com

Trustees WHO HAVE LEFT IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS:


john bushby

Position: Trustee, Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, Trust Safeguarding Lead and Chair of Folkestone Primary C&CC

Date of Leaving: 31/10/2022

Relevant Interests: Trustee & Treasurer of Folkestone Primary PTFA.

Co-Chair of Stowting CofE Primary Board (from 01.09.20)

Attendance 2022/23: 0/1

Attendance 2021/22: 5/6

Appointed: 30/10/2019

Appointed by: Academy Members

Remuneration and expenses: £0

TANIA MCCORMACK

Position: Trustee

Date of leaving: 04/04/2022

Relevant Interests: None

Attendance 2021/22: 0/4

Attendance 2020/21: 0/2

Appointed: 22/03/2021

Appointed by: Trustees

Remuneration and expenses: £0