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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.



Appointed by




Committee membership

Declarations of Interest

Meeting attendance 2019-20

Simon Dean


Co-opted by Board




Chair of Trustees


Safeguarding link

Finance, Audit & Risk cttee, Pay cttee, Headteacher’s Performance Appraisal

Director at Specialist Recruitment Services UK Ltd, Director. Relative owns flooring company.


Dean Harrison






Vice Chair of Trustees


Health & Safety link

Finance, Audit & Risk, Pay cttee, Headteacher’s Performance Appraisal



Glenn Garrett


Co-opted by Board




Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee


Finance, Audit & Risk cttee, Pay cttee

Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), holds residential property lettings


Joanna Marie Wyle





Special Educational Needs and Disability link




Joanna Lower





Deputy Headteacher


Relative employed by C T Construction


Mary Susannah Gill





Pupil Premium Grant link




Noreen Coral Marion New





Parents & the Community link


Councillor for Rugby Borough Council

Trustee of Fareham Youth Partnership


Susan McGonagle

Trustee & Accounting Officer



Not recorded





Luke Peachey


Co-opted by Board







Chris Allen


Co-opted by Board





Employed by Natwest bank



The governing body shall consist of 1 Member-appointed Governor, between 2 and 5 Parent Governors, 1 Headteacher, up to 2 staff Governors, up to 3 community Governors and up to 3 co-opted Governors


 Simon Dean - Academy Trust Chair , Parent Trustee

Since moving to Cawston in June 2013 I have really come to value the community and feel it is a great place to live and bring up my young family.  As a parent governor I currently have one child at the school but am hoping to have all 4 at the school in the coming years.  I have run a Recruitment and Careers Company for the past 10 years and have been able to help and support over 5,000 people in to work and accredited learning during this time.  As a genuine people person I am looking forward to my role as the governor responsible for engaging parents and the local community and I look forward to meeting with many more of you in the coming years.

Glenn Garrett -  Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee - Co-opted Trustee

I was elected as a co-opted governor in 2014 and work with my fellow governors to promote a school environment where all pupils receive the best education possible from the school. I have lived in Cawston since 2010 and am a father of two school age children. As a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the Gas and Electricity industry I have experience of a wide range of governance matters and helping to ensure that wise decisions are made.

Sue McGonagle, Headteacher and Trustee (ex officio)
* Governor since 2002

* Sit on Curriculum and Standards Committee and Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

* Experienced governor having served on four schools' governing bodies.

Jo Lower - Deputy Headteacher/ Staff Trustee representing teaching staff

I have been a member of the governing body since September 2013. I am SENCo.  I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Mary Gill - Parent Trustee

I have lived in Cawston since 2013 but have lived in Rugby all my life. I have two sons, one of whom goes to the school and the other we hope will join him when he's old enough. I am a Business Analyst for a Professional Body, and have been a local Parish Councillor. I am the governor who looks particularly at how SEN pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are catered for to ensure they are able to achieve the very best they can.

Noreen New - Staff Trustee

I have worked in education for over 20 years in various roles between EYFS and Year 6 and have been a Rugby Borough Councillor since 2005. I am also a trustee of the Fareham Youth Trust.

My role as Child and Family Support lead gives me the opportunity to engage and support children and their families with a wide range of issues. I am also an Early Help Lead and work with external agencies to support families if they experience a crisis.

I hope the experience I have gained through working with families, children and the wider community will enable me to support our staff and the governing body.

Joanna Wyle - Parent Trustee

I have worked in the IT industry for 19 years spending the last 3 focusing in on management. I am on my second year of a business management degree with the Open University and hope to be able to use all of these skills in my role.

I have three children; a daughter in blue strawberry and two sons who attend Cawston.

I am focused and committed to assist the school in achieving its goal of becoming an Ofsted Excellent rated school and look forward to all the work over the next 4 years.  

Dean Harrison - Vice Chair, Member Appointed Trustee

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 - Member appointed trustee


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 - Member appointed trustee


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


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



Financial Accounts 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014

Value for Money Statement 2013 - 2014