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Cawston Grange Primary School

Excellence, Respect, Friendship

Academy Trustees

An academy trust is a charitable company set up to run an academy and is responsible for the strategic direction of the academy. Academy trusts have 2 layers of governance: the members of the trust and the board of Trustees. At Cawston Grange Primary School the board of Trustees meet at least 4 times a year. Some functions are delegated to the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and the Pay committee. There may also be ad hoc working groups from time-to-time, like during the academy consultation and conversion process.


Members -The members are similar to shareholders and have ultimate control over the direction of the academy trust. They ensure the charitable company achieves its objectives, sign off the financial accounts and annual report, and appoint some of the trustees.


Trustees - The trustees are responsible for the 3 core strategic functions (strategic direction, holding school leaders to account for educational performance and overseeing the financial performance of the school).


Our trustees bring a wide range of skills and experience to the table ranging from accountancy to education to industry. The Trust Board comprises of the Headteacher, staff, parents and representatives of the community or people co-opted onto the Board because of a particular skill, e.g. finance. The term of office for governors is four years.

Current Academy Trust Members

MemberTerm of office start dateInterests declared
Mary Gill11/10/2021Employed by WCC
Alison Kunze08/02/2021Employed by local Academy
Jacqueline Day06/08/2023None
Jean Sinclair06/08/2023None
Charles Robards






Current Trust Board Members






Term of Office



Declarations of Interest   

Meeting attendance 2022-23

Kate WorthingtonEx-officio by virtue of office


Accounting Officer

 01/09/2021ongoingNone12 of 12

Dean Harrison

Member appointed


Chair of Trustees


Health & Safety link

FAR, Pay



Employed by Network Rail, spouse employed by the DfE (non-operational).

11 of 11

Martin Guerrieria

Parent Election

Pupil & staff wellbeing link P&S, Pay, HTPR



None10 of 10

Jean Shaw

Member Appointed

Safeguarding linkP&S, HTPR



None7 of 9
Tom ReedParent Election  01/03/202328/02/2027Employed by DfE, spouse employed by Examination board4 of 4
Gwion RussellCo-opted   18/04/2023


None3 of 3
Dean RichardsCo-Opted  01/03/202428/02/2028  
Jacqueline BrookCo-Opted  14/03/202413/03/2028  


Previous Board Members



Term of Office from


Declaration of Interests

Meeting Attendance 2022- 2023

Ashley RaynorMember appointed15/04/202118/12/2023MD of children's clothing company, partner is a financial controller for RBS & NatWest Bank and owns a Consulting company.5/5
Joanna Marie WyleParent Trustee12/03/201912/03/2023Director of IT company5/5

Simon Dean

Parent appointed by Board (no other candidates)14/11/201813/11/2022Director of Specialist recruitment 1/1



Dean Harrison

Originally from Yorkshire, I moved to Cawston in 2016 with my wife and son who currently attends nursery. I work as a Policy & Assurance Manager for Network Rail and hold a professional qualification in Risk Management. I have been a member-appointed governor since March 2018 and sit on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.  I am responsible for ensuring that the Board of Governors is appropriately trained and has the necessary skills available in order to provide effective governance.


Martin Guerrieria

After moving to the area in 2016 I now have two children at the school, and both are clearly benefiting from the wealth of learning and personal development available.  Cawston is a fantastic community and I’ve been inspired to get involved and support the governance of a school clearly central to the identity of the neighbourhood. I bring a questioning scientific background as part of my own education, and currently work in the market research industry, helping clients establish successful brands and improve their communications; skills that I hope will benefit the school and governance structure.

Jean Shaw

I have lived in Cawston since 2014 and am recently retired having worked in the field of Human Resources for some 35 years.  I have worked in a variety of different sectors: private, public, and not for profit including working for the British Government on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic in the role of HR Executive for some 3 years. I also have experience of teaching and administration within educational establishments albeit at secondary and tertiary level. My last role has been as a lecturer in Human Resource Management at Warwickshire College which has enabled my students to achieve the professional qualifications required for membership of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) an essential status for progression within this field.


Tom Reed

My wife and I live locally and we have two children in years 1 and 3.  I’d like to think that means I have a good sense of school life and what matters to parents/carers and our community.  In my professional life, I’m a civil servant that helps Further Education Colleges improve their education outcomes and finances.  As a parent elected trustee I will always be interested to speak with and represent parents. I can be contacted via

Gwion Russell

I have over 8 years experience of teaching in KS1 and KS2. After graduating I soon became a leader of KS1 in Northamptonshire and quickly learnt to maximise children's attainment and progress and help them reach their potential. I became a Trustee for Cawston Grange as I want to give back to the community and help shape the lives of young individuals in my local area. In the past year I have firmly discovered how passionate I am about teaching and learning and believe good quality Education is the stepping stone to success.






The Academy trust can confirm that no school employees have a gross annual salary of over £100,000.

The Academy trust can confirm that no school employees have a gross annual salary of over £100,000.

The Academy trust can confirm that no school employees have a gross annual salary of over £100,000.