Members are in effect the ‘guardians’ of the governance of the trust as they sit at the top of the governance structure. The first members were the signatories to the memorandum of association when the trust was formed in 2017. The members hold the trust board to account for the effective governance of the trust. They are tasked with assessing if the board of trustees is performing well, and that the purpose of the trust and its charitable objectives are being fulfilled.
Mark Beamish - Education Welfare Specialist
Marks is passionate about supporting and challenging schools to provide high-quality education for all children.
Mark was employed by North Somerset Local Authority for 12 years in the Education Welfare Department. As an EWO he worked in primary schools, secondary schools and pupil referral units, providing welfare support and holding schools accountable. He was responsible for developing the North Somerset attendance policy, led the persistent absence initiative and was a member of the South Ward Intervention Panel. He has a vast experience of multi-agency working.
Bill Bearsby - Engineer
Bill retired from a senior supplies planning engineer Rolls Royce where he worked regularly in America. Currently chair of Locking Parish Council where he has been a councillor for 37 years.
Bill has also chaired other committees previously including - Parish Council member of the North Somerset Standards Board, Treasurer of the Institute of work study practitioners Bristol Branch and Sports and Social Club
Falcon Bell - Education Specialist
Falcon is a committed education professional who has been, and is still, involved in teaching and learning – serving young people’s educational needs, since 1964. Falcon began in education as an enthusiastic unqualified teacher, followed by a career pathway that progressed through junior management posts to headships and eventually on to becoming a primary adviser for Somerset County Council. Falcon is an experienced Quaker governor and trustee. Falcon’s areas of expertise are around developing high quality teaching and learning particularly in primary mathematics, developing professional discourse on pedagogy, monitoring pupil achievement and attainment to maximise learning, financial management and governance.
Tara Featherstone - HR specialist
Tara is the head of HR for one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK. Managing and leading the HR Business partnering across support functions for a nationwide food wholesaler. Tara has worked within the industry for sixteen years and has a wealth of experience across business support functions from Buying, Finance, IT, Supply Chain, Technical Services, Audit, Fleet, Customer Marketing to overseeing the development and delivery of people plans.
Elouise Huxor - Higher Education specialist in design and engineering
Elouise is a lecturer with the Open University and higher education specialist in design and engineering. Elouise has spent many years within governance, formally Elouise was the Vice-Chair and then Chair at Mead Vale Primary School (part of the ELAN family of schools) from 2013-2021. Elouise also served as a governor and then Chair at a North Somerset secondary school from 2017-2021.
Steve John - Education Specialist
Steve has, throughout his career, been deeply committed to ensuring every child has a positive, rich and high quality experience of school so that they can grow and develop emotionally, socially and academically and in so doing discover their talents and improve their life chances. He has been the Headteacher of two Primary schools, a Leading Adviser for Primary Education in Somerset and has for the past 7 years worked as an Education Specialist working alongside school leaders and colleagues as they strive to do the best they can for all children in their care.
Iain Kilpatrick – Headmaster, Sidcot School
Iain began his career in branch banking before transferring to the Bank's Corporate Finance Division. Iain has been a head for twelve years and led two contrasting schools: a day school in Scotland and Sidcot boarding and day school in England. In each he has implemented considerable change and been successful in raising the number of pupils, academic achievement and profile of both as well as improving their financial performance. He has considerable experience of all aspects of school leadership - including marketing, branding and stakeholder relations – and in developing strategic initiatives that support continuing development in dynamic and challenging markets.