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Lighthouse Learning Trust 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 Lighthouse Learning Trust is strongly committed to achieving excellence in its governance and our Trustees have made this an explicit objective and responsibility of the Trust Board. To find out more about our approach, our structure and our members and trustees please follow the links below:

Our approach to governance

Our structure

Members & trustees

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 Head of College 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:

Martin Kelly – Chair, Local Governing Body and Trust Vice Chair

Martin is a Chartered Company Secretary and Governance Professional 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, is a governor of an independent school and also a trustee of the Southampton Sea Cadet Corps. Now retired, Martin does occasional consultancy in Education finance and governance and has recently completed an MA in Naval History at the University of Portsmouth.

Tom Cleary – Local Governor

Tom specialises in Stress and Anxiety Management, Mindfulness, ACT and Clinical Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. He works actively to support young people who are struggling with anxiety, worries, and stress.

Ali Foss – Local Governor

Ali is Principal of Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke and is also a Trustee of the North Hampshire Education Alliance. Having graduated from Bristol University, Ali trained as a teacher and has lived in Southampton for many years.

Jason Hampton – Local Governor

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 Governor

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 teaches history and politics at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

Satvir Kaur – Local Governor

Satvir is a Southampton City Councillor for the Shirley Ward, and Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture. She is a graduate of both Southampton University and Southampton Solent University, and has a keen interest in tackling deprivation by supporting community projects.

Claire Merritt – Local Governor (Vice Chair)

Claire is an employment solicitor and Partner at Paris Smith LLP in Southampton. She is a former student of Richard Taunton College.

Paul Need – Local Governor

Paul retired from a senior career in HR with the John Lewis Partnership and is a long-time supporter of Richard Taunton College. Paul also serves as a member of the Lighthouse Learning Trust Governance & Audit Committee.

Stuart Randall – Staff Governor

Stuart worked in computing and telecommunications at Pirelli in Southampton before joining Richard Taunton College in 1994 as a Management Information Systems officer.

Orla Sheehan Pundyke – Local Governor 

Orla is a professional higher education administrator, specialising in quality assurance. She is a Chemistry graduate of the University of Southampton and also began her career in higher education at the University of Southampton.

Leanne Edwards – Local Governor

Tamara Smith and Flynn Martienssen – Student Governors

Both students have been appointed as Student Governors and provide the Local Governing Body with regular reports regarding student issues and feedback.

Register of Interests

Meetings Attendance

Governor Appointments and Terms of Office

For full details about the appointment of governors and their terms of office please take a look at the Get Information About Schools entry for Richard Taunton College.


Further accounts for the trust, since 2017, are available on the Lighthouse Learning Trust website.