Governance

On 1 November 2017 we were granted academy status by the Secretary of State for Education and formed a multi-academy trust, known as the Lighthouse Learning Trust, in partnership with St Vincent College in Gosport.  The Trust is governed by ‘members’ and each Trust academy operates a local governing body, which is appointed by the Trust board.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College Local Governing Body

 

This is a sub-committee of the Trust board, which operates within the context of a written scheme of delegation. It supports and strengthens the leadership of our academy by holding our Principal to account for the performance of students and staff, through challenge and the scrutiny of quality. It upholds and champions the Trust’s values and founding principles and is “the eyes and ears” of the Trust board.   In addition, this body monitors the deployment of, and ensures adherence to, the Trust policies.

Members of our local governing body include:

Ian Golding Chair and Trustee Ian, from Oasis Multi-Academy Trust, brings with him 25 years’ experience in education and is currently Interim Head at Parkfield School in Bournemouth. He was involved in successfully merging two Southampton schools to form Lord’s Hill Academy and led the school to a good Ofsted judgement in March 2016.
Ali Foss Professional – education Ali is Principal at Queen Mary’s College, with responsibility for curriculum and quality. She has lived in Southampton for over twenty years and after completing her degree at Bristol University, she went on to train as a teacher.
Jason Hampton Professional – finance Jason works for HSBC Global Asset Management and is responsible for the delivery of major business change programmes including mergers and acquisitions.
Chris Harrison Staff member Chris graduated with a degree in historical studies. He worked in the finance and legal sectors before studying to become a higher education lecturer at the University of West England. He currently teachers history and politics at our college.
Guy Hindle Professional – IT Guy is a software development team leader for IBM and has worked there for 25 years. He is a passionate believer in the benefits of education and provides support for many local schools and colleges, as a STEM ambassador and practice interviewer for students moving into the workplace.
Ashley James Professional – finance Ashley is a Commercial Relationship Manager with Lloyds Bank.  He has worked in banking for more than 35 years, interpreting complex financial statements and business plans and  advising companies on strategy and finance.
Satvir Kaur Councillor Councillor Kaur represents the Shirley Ward and is Cabinet Member for Communities in Southampton. She is a graduate of both Southampton University and Southampton Solent University, and has a keen interest in tackling deprivation and youth deprivation whilst supporting community projects.
Abdullah Khan Student Abdullah is a second year student. Not only is he a student governor but he is also president of our student union.
Claire Merritt Professional – employment law Claire is an Employment Solicitor with Paris Smith LLP in Southampton and was a former student at our college.
Stuart Randall Staff member Stuart worked in computing and telecommunications at Pirelli in Southampton before joining our college in 1994 as our Management Information and Systems Officer.
Alice Wrighton Principal Alice was one of the first students to join Southampton Sixth Form College for Girls, now known as Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.  After studying History and French at Warwick University she went on to complete her teaching qualifications at the University of Southampton. She held roles at Barton Peveril Sixth Form and Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke before becoming the Principal at Richard Taunton.
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Lighthouse Learning Trust Board

 

The Trust board supports the Chief Executive and Principals in delivering the strategic vision of the Trust.  Other key responsibilities include:

– development and review of strategic plans
– compliance of the Trust with its legal requirements
– delivery of a high quality curriculum
– efficient and effective use of the Trust resources
– delivery of an outstanding education and outcomes for the academies and their communities.

Trustees include:

Sue Dovey Chair Sue has 16 years’ experience of charity sector governance, as a CEO, a trustee and a chair at local, regional and national level. Prior to her career in the charities sector she worked in international finance for 13 years, holding senior positions in the City. She is currently CEO of Hampshire First.
Dan Canham Professional – finance Dan is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has significant experience of working within further education funding agencies. He was previously employed by the Skills Funding Agency, and now works as an Audit Manager for a respected firm of accountants.
Ian Golding Professional – education Ian, from Oasis Multi-Academy Trust, brings with him 25 years’ experience in education and is currently Interim Head at Parkfield School in Bournemouth. He was involved in successfully merging two Southampton schools to form Lord’s Hill Academy and led the school to a good Ofsted judgement in March 2016.
Lyn Graham Professional – finance (retired) Lyn previously served as Head of Audit and Assurance at Portsmouth City Council.
Richard Hall Vice-Chair Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Director at KPMG, experienced in advising on accounting, HR, integration, mergers and finance and budgets.
Martin Kelly Professional – finance Martin is a Chartered Secretary and has 12 years’ experience as a Finance Manager and Clerk to Governors in schools. He has also worked as Head of Governance for a MAT, was a governor of an independent school and also a trustee of the Southampton Sea Cadet Corp. Martin is currently employed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Chafyn Grove School.
Ian Lycett Professional – public services (retired) Ian previously held the role of Chief Executive of Gosport Borough Council. He has extensive strategic management experience and is also a Chartered Surveyor. Ian brings a fresh external perspective to the Trust board as he has not been previously involved with either academy.
Paul Need  Professional – HR (retired) Paul retired from a senior career in HR (with the John Lewis Partnership). He recently worked part-time selling art for an independent gallery.
Matt Atkinson Chief Executive Matt is is the Principal at St Vincent College. He previously held the position of Deputy Principal at Richard Taunton.
Alice Wrighton Deputy Chief Executive Alice was one of the first students to join Southampton Sixth Form College for Girls, now known as Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.  After studying History and French at Warwick University she went on to complete her teaching qualifications at the University of Southampton. She held roles at Barton Peveril Sixth Form and Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke before becoming the Principal at Richard Taunton.

Members

Members provide the top level of strategic oversight for the Trust. They are responsible for agreeing the Trust’s first articles of association and approving any future changes.

The members are:

Lucy Docherty Chair Lucy has worked at a senior and strategic level in the public and voluntary sector and the Church of England for the last twenty-five years. She has extensive governance and leadership and experience of mentoring executives and non-executives. She is a Non – Executive Director for Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, Chair of Governors at St Vincent College, an elected member of the Church of England General Synod and a member of the Corporation of Church House.
Ven. Gavin Collins Archdeacon of the Meon Gavin is an experienced company member of the London School of Theology, a chair of trustees of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust, and has over 10 years’ experience as a Governor of a Church of England Primary School. As Archdeacon of the Meon, he is responsible for supporting and resourcing the work of the Church of England across an area that includes the Borough of Gosport and has close ties across the communities served by the MAT.
Roger Woolley Professional – law Roger is a Solicitor and a Partner of Lester Aldridge LLP. He has considerable experience of running and managing a large business and of advising others, including charities on governance issues.  Roger has also held the position of chair/president for a number of charitable organisations.

Minutes

 

In the interests of openness and accountability, public copies of Richard Taunton minutes are available below:

Richard Taunton corporation minutes

Minutes 20.10.16
Minutes 07.7.16
Minutes 26.5.16
Minutes 14.4.16
Minutes 27.2.16
Minutes 10.12.15
Minutes 22.10.15
Minutes 25.6.15
Minutes 18.3.15

Richard Taunton accounts

Accounts 2015-16
Accounts 2014-15
Accounts 2013-14

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Becoming a Governor

 

Our mission is to ‘Raise the aspirations and achievements of students of all ages and abilities, by providing outstanding education’. Join our Board of Governors and help us to achieve our mission.This voluntary role brings many rewards and we are keen to involve people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, and actively seeks to recruit governors who possess the requisite skills and who reflect the composition of staff, students and community, which we serve.

Committee meetings are usually held during term-time only, and most take place in the early evening. Additional training sessions are held from time to time and Governors are encouraged to take up training in areas including Health and Safety, Finance, Equality and Diversity and Child Protection.

The Clerk to the Corporation, Catherine Jones, is always interested to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a governor or the work of the Corporation. Email jonesca@richardtaunton.ac.uk or phone 02380 514716.