Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

“The trust board, which is the executive level of governance, is very effective in holding leaders to account. Its ambition and high expectations have been instrumental in raising standards throughout the school.”

“Trustees evaluate the impact of their support rigorously. They work in close partnership with the headteacher to raise standards.”

Allenton Ofsted, 2017

Rebecca Meredith CBE | Chief Executive

Chief Executive Transform Trust and Teaching School Alliance

Rebecca is an experienced proven Head, National Leader of Education (NLE) and CEO with over 15 years’ experience of providing the vision and leadership required to ensure high quality outstanding education for all children. Rebecca is an ambitious and imaginative leader constantly striving for improvement with success for the whole school community.

Rebecca arrived at Sneinton as Head in 2002 when the school was in Special Measures and took it on an improvement journey to Outstanding.  Building from this, Rebecca founded the Transform Teaching School with initially 10 member schools in Nottingham City, her aim to share and develop school to school support across like minded professionals. Transform Trust was then founded in 2013, based on the sharing principles of the Teaching School. Rebecca has a proven track record of successfully leading and managing people & resources to improve educational outcomes where the child is at the centre of the provision. It remains Rebecca’s commitment to deliver to the child an enriched broad based education as an enabler to achieving their full potential.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/01/15
  • Term of Office: Ongoing
  • Appointed by: Transform Trustees
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Paid to perform role of CEO by Transform Trust
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Peter Munro | Chair of Trustees

Brocklewood’s partnership with Transform began after an Ofsted judgement of serious weaknesses in April 2014. Governors chose to work with Transform because of the clear commitment to work with the current school leadership and to recognise that the school identity would not be lost or diluted. Our learning curve has been steep and rapid but Governors are confident they made the correct decision. Chair of Governor Involvement on the Trust Board is essential to ensure the Transform ethos and expertise is maintained and developed to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, teachers, parents and carers in the Transform family.

I became Chair of Governors of the new Governing Body when Brocklewood Primary School was created from the existing Infant and Junior Schools in September 2012. Before that I was a Governor at Brocklewood Junior School. Before retirement and becoming a Governor I was a teacher and Headteacher in primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. My final post was as Headteacher of a large infant and nursery school in Ilkeston. For me, to be a primary Headteacher was the best possible job. The joys always outweighed the hassle! The Governor role is clearly different but shares the same focus.

Retirement has given me more time to spend on activities at my local church, at the City Ground, Trent Bridge, the gym, teaching advanced driving, and enjoying our grandchildren.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Educational Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions:
  • • Trustee of Nottingham High School
  • • Chair of Governors at Brocklewood Primary School

Professor Qing Gu | Vice Chair

Former Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. She is vice-chair of the British Association of Comparative and International Education (BAICE) and member of the Editorial Boards of four high impact international journals in educational development and school leadership. Has contributed to a range of international and national research projects including for DfE, for example the Evaluation of Teaching Schools, Why Teachers Leave and Return.

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Sneinton St Stephen′s C of E Primary School (Trust school)

Joanna Luxton | Trust Director

Joanna started her working life in the legal arena as a solicitor specialising in Employment law dealing with a broad spectrum of work including representing clients at the Employment Tribunal.

She then went on to work for 16 years as an EL and Hr Consultant for the RBS plc working with the bank’s commercial and not – for profit clients in all aspects of HR including strategic reviews, projects, dispute resolution, training, coaching, recruitment and preparation of relevant documentation.

Joanna now runs her own HR Consultancy, Forward HR Ltd, together with a former colleague.

One of her interests is alternative dispute resolution and she is a qualified mediator.

She is passionate that excellent primary education in its broadest sense is a key building block to a child’s capacity for lifelong learning and in turn to fulfilling their potential. She enjoyed working as a volunteer reader at her local primary school for 2 years (2015 – 2017).

  • Date of Appointment: 26/10/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director Forward HR Ltd
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Roger Periam | Trust Director

Direct Diocesan appointee to Trustees, Roger has extensive governance experience in education, having been Chair of Governors at Emmanuel (secondary) and South Wilford (primary). He oversaw the building of Emmanuel school, a £20m project. Roger is also Director of SNMAT (Diocesan MAT). Following early retirement due to ill health, Roger was previously employed in industry, working for multi-national corporations in the technology sector (Mitel, GEC, Plessey Telecom, Marconi and Ericsson) which included managing major financial budgets. Originally trained as a science teacher at The Institute of Education in London

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Director of Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham MAT

Professor Toby Greany | Trust Director

Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. Previously Professor of leadership and innovation and head of the London centre for leadership in learning at the Institute of Education, London. Previously Director of Research and Policy and Executive Director of Leadership at the National College for School Leadership for 7 years.

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Vernon Lloyd | Trust Director / Safeguarding Trustee

Chair of Governors at Sneinton for many years, supporting its journey to an Outstanding school. He continued to support the development of school to school support across Nottingham City by supporting the advent of Transform Teaching School and then Transform Trust. Former Chair of the Trust Board, Vernon continues to provide a strong link with the roots of Transform as well as the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

  • Date of Appointment: 10/12/18
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director of Transform Teaching School Alliance Ltd.
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors Sneinton St Stephen′s C of E Primary School

Alex Taylor | Trust Director

Alex is Chair of Governors at South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School and has recently been elected to be chair of the Chairs Forum.

“I decided to become a Governor at South Wilford School because I felt it would be a good opportunity for me to support the school in continuing to provide a great education for children in the local community. My own children have both experiecned fantastic education here, academically, spiritually and holistically so I wanted to be part of helping continue that opportunity for other children into the future. I am passionate about education and the importance of developing life skills in children. Having worked most recently as a teacher and previously in the private sector, I try to bring skills from all aspects of both my professional and personal life to help the Governing body as team”

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/18
  • Term of Office: 1 Year
  • Chair of Governors of Trust Schools
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors at South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School (Trust School)

Dame Susan Jowett | Trustee

Susan is a retired Chief Executive Officer and an education adviser.

Until retirement in August 2017, Susan was the CEO and Trustee of The Spencer Academies Trust, which was then a group of ten primary and secondary schools including the high-performing, outstanding George Spencer Academy.
As a system leader, Department of Education Adviser and National Leader of Education (NLE) she has provided advice to government education departments, regional local authorities and Trust Boards. She was the Chair of the Teaching Schools national network for science leaders and a Senior Partner of Challenge Partners focussing on effective collaboration for school improvement and international benchmarking. She has had a local, national and international impact on primary and secondary education, helping to turn around under-performing schools and supporting others on their school improvement journey. She worked with the Department for Education in Melbourne, Australia and Education Leaders in Kenya.

As a passionate advocate of teaching as a profession, she chaired the Boards of George Spencer’s centre for initial teacher training and the teaching schools alliance. Her commitment to continuous professional development, reflected in her master’s educational research, ensured the school became a license holder for leadership development programmes and she personally helped with the original design and implementation of the programmes.

Susan’s dedicated service to education over 41 years was recognised in January 2016 when she was awarded a Damehood, DBE.

  • Date of Appointment: 30/01/19
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: TBA
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None