Board of Trustees

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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; Director of TTSS (Transform Trust Support Services) and Director of Inspiring Leaders Ltd
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Allenton Community Primary School

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

Professor Qing Gu | Vice Chair

Qing Gu is Professor of Leadership in Education and Director of the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education. She is the Past Chair of the British Association of Comparative and International Education(BAICE) and Co-Editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. ​

  • 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

Dennis Jones | Trustee

Dennis is a former Nottingham City Councillor and was a Lecturer in Further Education for 30 years before becoming the examinations officer at Oakwood Academy.

He has been a school governor since 1983 until recently was Chair of Governors at Parkdale Primary School. He is now Chair of Governors at Highbank Primary School and is a GCSE and GCE exams inspector of the Joint Qualifications Council.

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/21
  • Term of Office: 12 months
  • Appointed by: Chairs of Governors
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Governors Highbank Primary & Nursery School & Governor of LGB at Parkdale Primary School

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

Dame Susan Jowett | Trust Director

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: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Gemma Savidge | Trust Director

An experienced Finance Director with over 20 years post-qualification experience in a range of sectors, including 14 years within the Higher Education Sector. My current role is Finance Director of PPL PRS Ltd.

After completing a Doctorate in 2015, I have particular interest of the impact of primary education on children’s long-term outcomes and social mobility.

I live in the city of Nottingham with my husband, two daughters and two dogs.

  • Date of Appointment: 14/10/20
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed by: Members of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Company Secretary, Louvre Pro Ltd
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None

Trust Board – Clerks

Trust Board

  • Steve Cox - Chief Finance Officer: Business and Pecuniary Interests: Director of TTSS Limited (Transform Trust). Wife is the Office Manager at Bradgate Education Partnership, Wreake Valley Academy, Parkstone Road, Syston, Leicestershire, LE7 1LY. Other Roles: Governor at Ashbrook Junior School. Ensures the Board is compliant with the appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks (ESFA, Companies House and Charity Commission).
  • Jill Wilkinson - Chief Operating Officer / Data Protection Officer: Business and Pecuniary Interests – None. Other Roles: Chair of Governors at Pear Tree Junior and Ravensdale Junior Schools; Governor at Breadsall Hill Top, Robert Shaw and Zaytouna Primary Schools. Supports the Chair with organisational advice on governance, and prepares the minutes of the Trust Board meetings.

Board Committees

  • Mary Farmer – provides administrative support to Trust Board Committees and prepares and ensures the appropriate checking of Committee minutes.