The School is governed by the Trustees of the St Edward’s School Cheltenham Trust (registered charity no. 293360; company limited by guarantee, registered no. 1961978).
The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the governance of both the Preparatory and Senior Schools. Trustees take an active part in the daily life of the Schools; they attend school functions, staff briefings, open mornings and chair numerous committees which cover the following areas – Education, Safeguarding, Finance, Ethos, Land & Premises and Health & Safety, in addition to their statutory duties as Board members.
The Trustee’s contribution to both supporting the teaching and learning function and to financial/HR/resource management is essential, and we therefore aim to appoint Trustees from a wide variety of backgrounds and professional areas. When recruiting our Trustees we try to ensure a wide field of expertise: educationalists; HR specialists; experts in the law, marketing and finance, professional medical personnel and Architects. Some of the Members are, or have been, parents of children at St Edward’s, and some are now grandparents of current pupils. Some Trustees live in the Cheltenham area, and their local expertise is invaluable, whilst others travel many miles to attend meetings and other events. Whatever their background, the Trustees are all keen to use their talents and time to support children and staff in their learning and development, and to continue to uphold the values and ethos which underpin life at St Edward’s.
Miss Zena Drew is the point of contact for those wishing to get in touch with individual Trustees.
If you would like to contact the Board of Trustees please write to:
Miss Zena Drew
Clerk to Trustees
St Edward’s School
252 London Road
Email Clerk to the Trustees
Or contact Miss Zena Drew by telephone via the main office on (01242) 388031.
Dr Susan Honeywill – Chair
Susan is a former general practitioner and surgeon. She lives in Charlton Kings and now works as a music teacher in several local primary and secondary schools. Her three children attended St Edward’s. Susan chairs the Trustees’ meetings as well as holding several key posts: she is responsible for overseeing Safer Recruitment, Safeguarding/Child Protection and Prevent procedures in both Schools. She also sits on the Finance & General Purpose Committee.
Mr Andrew Newland – Deputy Chair
Andrew has lived in Gloucestershire all his life. For the past 15 years he has been heavily involved within transformational IT projects for Central Government and a number of high profile independent schools. Andrew is Chair of the Health & Safety Committee. He has two children who attend the Preparatory and Senior schools.
Mrs Caroline Findlay
Caroline is a former pupil of St Edward’s School and a parent to two current pupils at the Senior School. She is a Chartered Accountant and serves on the Finance & General Purpose Committee.
Mrs Gill Greenwell
Gill is a qualified solicitor and compliance professional providing strategic input into legal and regulatory matters. With over 20 years experience working in financial services, previously as Head of Legal at Chelsea Building Society and latterly as UK Head of Compliance at Ageas Insurance, she has regularly advised large businesses on legal, regulatory and governance issues. Gill was previously Deputy Chair of Governors at an academy school and chairs the Conduct Regulation Committee of the UK Association of British Insurers. Gill’s daughter attended the Prep and Senior school. Gill is Chair of the Finance & General Purpose Committee.
Mrs Jane Jones
Jane retired as Head of Science at St Edward’s School in 2016, having been a member of staff for 14 years. Her daughter, Helen, attended the Prep and Senior schools and is now a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Warwick Medical School. Jane is the current Chair of the Charlton Kings Community Players and also volunteers at the Wilson Gallery. Jane is Chair of the Education Committee.
Mrs Jane Penny
Jane retired from GCHQ in October 2016 after a very varied career of 41 years served in the UK and overseas. She has lived in Charlton Kings since 1986 with both of her sons attending Charlton Kings Infant and Junior schools. One son then went on to attend Dean Close and one attended Balcarras. Jane volunteers at the Cornerstone Community Centre in Whaddon and at The Butterfly Garden at Bamfurlong.
Mr Ray McGrath
Ray is a professional leadership coach and business execution specialist. He has over 25 years experience working with both executive and management teams worldwide, enabling them to lead strategic change in their businesses. His son attended the Senior School.
Mr Paul Potts
Paul, an ex-Whitefriars pupil, joined the Board in 2014 and has already used his expertise as an Architect in the local area to advise on building maintenance and energy efficiency. Both his son and daughter are past pupils. Paul is Chair of the Land & Premises Committee.