Meet the Directors

A list of the Directors of the Trust can be found here.  However, below is a quick outline of the Directors' skills and abilities as these relates to their role.  Names are in alphabetical order; for information about dates of appointment, please see the list of Directors.

Rebecca Allott is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trust, having been the Headteacher of Cheam High School from 2001 - 2017.  She has, during her time as Headteacher, overseen significant growth and development within the school, including its conversion to an Academy in June 2011.  Under her leadership, Cheam High School has achieved three Outstanding Ofsted judgements (2015, 2010, 2007) including Outstanding outcomes from a Mathematics Ofsted Inspection (2012).

Her qualifications include: 1st in Mathematics from Cambridge; PGCE in Mathematics; M Ed in Mathematics Education; NPQH; PQSI (Distinction).     She plays an active role in local education being part of the Schools’ Funding Forum and Formulae Review Group, has chaired the Borough’s Inclusion Review Proposals Group and is a member of the Local Authority’s Vulnerable Pupils’ Panel.  She also was on the Management Committee of the local behavioural PRU, which holds Ofsted Outstanding status (March 2015), chairing the teaching and learning committee for many years.  She holds the schools' inspection qualification (PQSI) required for Ofsted inspectors.  She has been a primary governor in the past, chairing the Performance Committee at that time.

Her particular areas of expertise include: school improvement; leadership and management, school budget setting and finance systems; sixth form provision; data analysis, tracking and interventions, teaching and learning, Inclusion strategies.

Richard Beer is currently Chairman of the Trust. He has experience of school governorship spanning over 10 years.

He is a qualified accountant, ACMA, with 30+ years of experience, holding a BSc in Psychology.  He is an experienced finance professional, having held a variety of Finance Director Roles in Financial Services and Housing related businesses.  He has also held the post of Company Director within a Blue Chip Company for a number of years.

He has used his broad experience of working in a regulated industry with high standards of governance to support the development of the Trust; he has also held Commercial Director and Director of Group Purchasing roles during his career.  His experience of management includes leading large teams of 100+.

Jane Etheridge has been a school governor for twelve years in both primary and secondary schools. She holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and worked in Research and Development and Design before gaining a PGCE in Mathematics. She taught Maths in secondary school for eight years, six of them as second in charge of department.

She was a member of the executive of the Sutton Afasic Society and also the Kingston branch of Potential Plus, formerly the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a trustee of the Federation of Children's Book Groups, a national charity promoting reading, having held the posts of treasurer and conference organiser and currently being the Vice Chair and Child Protection Officer for the Federation.  She has particular strengths within the areas of Mathematics, school performance measures and support for various student groups including: MAGT, Pupil Premium and SEN.

Brian Goldie has many years of experience in school governance; he has also advised on several major scale capital school projects and has a keen interest in health and safety. 

He has a BSc honours in Chemistry from Glasgow University and is a chartered chemist (CChem) and chartered scientist (CSci) and a professional member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  After 25 years in research and development with an international oil company, where he also provided guidance on protection of offshore and onshore facilities, he has been working as a consultant to the global Surface Protection industry.  He provides technical and market advice, has been involved with technology transfer on a global scale, and been a lecturer on MSc courses at Hull and Sheffield Universities.  His strengths are in estate and building maintenance and safe working practices within the school and wider environment.

Sue Lyden is an HR professional with 35 years experience within the education and children's social care sector including support to schools and FE colleges. She is a qualified Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.   Her areas of expertise include pay and terms and conditions, employee relations, managing performance, recruitment and retention, disputes resolution, policy development and safeguarding including compliance with the relevant checking processes such as DBS and education specific requirements.  She also has experience of leading and managing teams of staff and is a member of the Multi-agency HR Safeguarding group across two boroughs which reports in to the Local Children's Safeguarding Board.

Barbara Rayment was Director of Youth Access, the national membership association for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services, for many years. She has had extensive school governance experience.

With a degree in law and post- graduate qualifications in careers guidance, counselling and training management, she has had over 30 years’ experience of working in and championing services for young people.  This included working in and managing frontline services, as well as undertaking training, writing good practice guides and leading national developments.

Over the years, she has been a member of various national forums and committees and a number of Government advisory and working groups. Her most recent work included being a member of the Department of Health Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being Taskforce; membership of NHS England’s Expert Group on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies to Children and Young People and a DfE Expert Group on school counselling. She also has also been Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

Dr Rosemary Satchell has been a school governor for over 30 years, having experience across two different secondary schools and has led the Governing Body at Cheam High School through three successful Ofsted Inspections.  

She holds a BSc First class in Chemistry, PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry and was a senior lecturer in Chemistry at King’s College London.  She was the Chairman of the Science Board of Examiners during this time, Admissions Tutor for Chemistry and Senior Course Advisor to the Physical Sciences.  She has also worked as a Research Chemist for BP.  She has published over 200 articles/research papers/reviews.

Her expertise lies in: Leadership and Management; Curriculum; Performance Analysis; Science; Admissions; Governance Regulations.