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Governance

Governance Structure at Tonbridge Grammar School

As an Academy Trust our governance requirements are set out in our Articles of Association. These state that we must have two layers of governance; Members and Trustees.

Members

We have four Members whose role is similar to a company’s shareholder - they sit above the Board of Trustees and have a largely hands-off role.

They have some specific responsibilities relating to appointing Trustees and amending the Articles of Association. Members of the Trust also have an important role to play in overseeing and holding the Trustees to account for the general governance of the Trust.

Our Members are:

  • Mr Mark Davis
  • Dr Annette Doherty
  • Mrs Sally Dyson
  • Mr Clive Gillmore

Background details for our Members will be added in due course.

Trustees

To see the work that the trustees do, please click here

Background details for our Trustees can be seen below.

CHAIR: Nigel Stratton, MBE

Term of Office Ends:
March 2022

After schooling in Hampshire, I studied law at the University of Birmingham and trained to be a solicitor in London, before moving to Kent in 1982. Having practiced as a private client lawyer for 30 years, the last 12 as managing partner of my firm, I retired in March 2018, initially working on a consultancy basis one day a week and have now fully retired.

I have been a Rotarian for over 25 years and twice past president. Involved with Age UK and its predecessor organisations since 1983, I am chairman of Tunbridge Wells Age UK. I am also a Parish Councillor. I was honoured to be awarded an MBE in 2014, for services to the community.

I was appointed to the Governing Board in April 2018. I have previously been a school governor, mostly of primary schools, including in Sevenoaks and North Kent.

I am a keen gardener; I sang for 10 years with a Sevenoaks choir and love classical music. I enjoy reading, especially political biographies and autobiographies, and modern history.

Emily Francis

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Term of Office Ends:
August 2023

I became a Trustee of Tonbridge Grammar School in September 2019. I serve on the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and I am vice-chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

I am a Senior Manager in the Group Financial Reporting team at Burberry plc. After achieving a first-class BSc honours degree from the University of Exeter, I joined PwC where I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. I spent seven years at the company, where I managed the audits for a wide range of clients, whilst also leading the office tutoring and graduate programmes.

I joined the Burberry finance team in 2019 and I am responsible for ensuring accurate reporting across significant and judgmental areas, and I lead several projects relating to sustainability and climate change.

I volunteered as a Trustee as I passionately believe that all young women deserve the chance to succeed, and that young women’s futures should not be predetermined by their circumstances. I believe in supporting young people to grow into ambitious adults with strong core values, confidence in their own abilities and a pride in being visionaries and leaders.

I live in Tonbridge and have a golden retriever.

Fiona Conlan

 

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Term of Office Ends:
February 2023

My introduction to TGS was when it became my local polling station: while waiting to vote I read the work displayed around the school and this made me think about ways in which I could support the students. I joined the board in 2019 and currently sit on the Curriculum and Staffing and Audit and Risk Committees, with special responsibility for advising on school trips and for diversity and inclusion.

I graduated from the University of Leicester in Modern Language Studies (specialising in French and Italian and including semesters abroad at l’Università degli Studi di Verona and La Sorbonne Nouvelle) before completing a postgraduate certificate in Marketing.

My professional career has focussed on international and higher education and I am currently Head of Global Academic Engagement at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During my career at a range of UK and US universities, I have undertaken many duties that provide useful insight as a trustee, including university admissions and interviews, marketing and recruitment, course and programme design, academic quality assurance and pastoral support. I am a proactive advocate for inclusivity. Education opened many doors for me and I am keen to ensure that other young people have similar opportunities in order to fulfil their potential, lead their best lives and contribute to society. 

Suzy Hughes

 

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Term of Office Ends:
September 2022

I have been a member of the Tonbridge Grammar School board since 2018. I am responsible for the oversight on the school’s SEND provision, as well as sitting on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee, the Admissions Group and the Audit and Risk Committee. I am passionate about the provision of equal opportunities for all through education and am a strong believer in the values of TGS.

I have a background in Law with an Honours degree from Durham University, plus post-graduate qualifications in French and Business. I worked for many years all over Europe as a bi-lingual Management Consultant, across a broad range of industries in both private and public sectors. Since my having my children, I have stayed in the UK and run my own business as a Private Client Asset Manager, looking after a portfolio of property businesses in Europe and London on behalf of the owner.

My personal passion lies in renovating period properties which I have done for as long as I can remember. More recently I have turned this hobby into a local business in Tunbridge Wells. This means that when I am not at my desk, I can always be found up the nearest block of scaffolding!

Shami Iqbal

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Term of Office Ends:
January 2023

I joined the Board of Tonbridge Grammar School in 2018 and serve as a Trustee on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee, I chair the Leadership Pay Review Committee and am governor with special responsibility for diversity and inclusion.

I was born and brought up in Kent, attending Sevenoaks School before studying Law at King’s College London and qualifying as a solicitor specialising in sports and media law. Having changed career, I now lead the UK business of the leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart where I work with organisations on talent, governance and culture issues. I also lead a variety of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives.

My wife is a local architect and we live in Sevenoaks with our three daughters, two of whom are at TGS. I am passionate about education and enabling all children to have the opportunity to become the best that they can be.

In my spare time I am an avid sports nut - both playing and watching. I have held various playing and committee roles at Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club including helping to establish the girls’ section. I am also a member of the MCC and Knole Park Golf Club.

 

Rosemary Joyce


 

I have been Head Teacher of Tonbridge Grammar School since April 2005.  

Having studied Religion and Philosophy along with History at the University of Stirling - where I developed a long standing intellectual interest in Eastern Philosophy - I completed a PGCE and a Masters in Education at the University of London, Institute of Education.  I began my teaching career in 1988 teaching Religious Studies, Philosophy and History at comprehensive and selective schools in Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire before becoming Deputy Head at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam in 2000.

I am very proud of Tonbridge Grammar School and all who are part of our community.  It is a real privilege to serve such a wonderful school full of students inquisitive to learn and staff who are so passionate and committed to support our students to success.  I am particularly proud that alongside our academic reputation the School has strong core values and is committed to providing an enriching educational environment that develops character and supports them to make a strong contribution to the community through leadership and service.

Work keeps me pretty busy but aside from that I like to spend time pursuing my interests in modern art and gardening.

 

Mark Lavenstein

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Term of Office Ends:
February 2025

I was elected to the board as a Parent Governor in February 2016. My wife and I have lived in Tunbridge Wells for over 20 years. My daughter spent all of her secondary education at TGS before going to university and greatly benefitted from the excellent education given at the school. My son was at The Judd School, is through university and now working in London.

I have a background in the energy industry, initially as a Chemical Engineer in the UK and US and more latterly as a Crude Oil Trader with a focus on West African oil markets. I have led business development and growth strategies in these roles and help to provide support and challenge to the school’s leadership team.

I am very interested in education at all stages and have a lay person’s appreciation of wider educational matters, informed by being married to a secondary school teacher. I strongly believe in the transformative value of a good educational experience on young people’s lives and the influence it bears upon the subsequent development of good citizens. I sit on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee and am the Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding.

 

Claire Lindridge

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Term of Office Ends:
September 2022

I've sat on the governing board since 2018 having been elected as a parent governor when I had two daughters at TGS. I've been a supporter of grammar schools since attending Cranbrook School in Kent and have lived in Tonbridge for around 20 years. My daughters attended a local primary school where I was treasurer of the PTA and volunteered in the classroom, mainly working with children gifted in maths.

I read Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, where I worked for nearly 11 years, latterly specialising in designing and delivering the training curriculum for the firm. I have worked at the Financial Reporting Council since 2006 in a number of different roles, currently as Director of Audit Market Supervision.

I chair the Audit & Risk committee and sit on the Finance & General Purposes committee.

 

Richard Pryce

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Term of Office Ends:
January 2023

I grew up in Kent and studied A-Levels at Bexley Grammar before finding a job in The City. After periods spent working in both Zurich and New York I settled back in Kent and have been living in Bromley since 2007. My job with a European bank involves managing a global business: devising strategy, setting budgets, monitoring costs and promoting staff growth.

My daughter attends Tonbridge Grammar School and I wanted to become a member of the board in order to help her and her schoolmates learn in a challenging, creative and supportive environment. I believe schools should foster trust and collaboration and provide real-life learning that prepares students for the modern world, not only in traditional academic subjects but with an eye towards the future.

I am currently a member of my company’s Charity and Diversity and Inclusion Committees and my interests include live music, walking and running.

I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and serve on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Jeremy Timms

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I have been running my design, web and marketing agency, Torpedo Juice, in Tunbridge Wells since 2005, working with a collaborative team of other creatives. During this time, I established two of the largest networking groups in the area, giving small businesses and creative talent an environment in which they feel comfortable. Before this, I was Group IT Manager for Auto Data Network, a NASDAQ listed automotive software supplier with 12 sub companies spread over four continents. I began my career as a Barrister’s Clerk in London.

I was part of a charity fundraising team that helped raise over £150,000 for terminal children's Alzheimer's disease. I created the website, the tracking software for runners and social media campaigns and provided help and support during the six-day event from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

As a Trustee I aim to bring knowledge of local businesses and the people within them, and so an understanding of how to approach fundraising and engagement with the local community. I have a strong sense of community, often offering services pro bono: I hope that this combines positively with my marketing expertise and commercial know-how to create an effective contribution to Tonbridge Grammar School.

Julia Wheeler

Term of Office Ends:
August 2022

I am a journalist by profession and have spent much of my career working for the BBC. I was the BBC Gulf Correspondent based in the Arabian Peninsula for ten years covering news, business and sport for TV, radio and online. During this time I also wrote a book, ‘Telling Tales,’ about the history of Dubai. I am now a writer and journalist and I chair events at Literature and Science Festivals and other book-related events.

I grew up in Canterbury where I attended Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar. I am passionate about the ethos of schools inspiring life-long learning. I read Economic and Social History at University followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.

My husband and I have two children and I became a Parent Governor in October 2012 when our daughter was attending TGS. I am Joint Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of the Curriculum and Staffing Committee and was Chair of the ‘Play Your Part’ Fundraising Campaign which raised money for the IBarn, the Music and Art Departments and the sports facilities. I also sit on the Development Steering Group and the Admissions Group and am a link trustee for careers.