Board of Governors

As detailed in the Academies Financial Handbook, the terms “Governors”, “Trustees” and “Directors” are interchangeable.

Deputy Head in a mainstream school and KS1 Moderator across Hampshire.

Specific experience of Safeguarding, curriculum development, Teaching and Learning, and English standards.

Rob Burton* Parent Governor
Works at Southampton Solent University, running the Sport and Outdoor Management department.

Specific experience of develop curricula and quality assurance.

Zoé Evans Head Teacher
25 years in Special Education, working with both PMLD and SLD learners. Served as Governor in other schools, and currently trustee of two preschools.
Colleen Grice* Governor
Worked in Health Services for 32 years, the last 12 as an Occupational Therapist.

Specific experience of physical and mental disabilities, functional illnesses (depression, anxiety, dementia, cognitive impairment) and Health and Therapy.

Georgie Knight Staff Governor
Started as a volunteer 12 years ago, and after training is now a qualified teacher.
Liz McCaughey* Chair of Governors
MemberCo-opted Governor
Paediatrician for over 30 years.  Specific experience of the local Child Protection service, Safeguarding and medical issues.
Vicky Morgan Staff Governor
A Learning Assistant, with many years’ experience of working at Rosewood.
Kate Pearson Co-opted Governor
Trained as a teacher straight from school but spent most of her working life in administration, a great deal of it in academia at various levels including university. She became a Clerk to Governors for Southampton City Council in 2002 and has worked in a variety of schools, both mainstream and SEN junior/primary through to secondary.
Clair Smith Director of Finance and Operations
Co-opted Governor
CIMA qualified Accountant.

* donates members

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Name Position Name of Organisation Nature of Interest Date interest was registered Date interest ceased Notes
Rob Burton Parent Governor None
Zoé Evans Head Teacher Rosewood Married to headteacher of Great Oaks September 2015
Colleen Grice Governor None
Georgie Knight Staff Governor Rosewood Teacher at Rosewood
Liz McCaughey Member None
Vicky Morgan Staff Governor Rosewood Learning Assistant at Rosewood
Clair Smith Co-opted Governor Rosewood Director of Finance and Operations at Rosewood School

Register of People with Significant Control

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Please see this link for Meeting Attendances – Governors Attendances

Term of Office

Liz McCaughey Chair –  term of Office as Chair one year and as a Governor until 2022 Governor type Co-opted

Rob Burton Vice Chair – term of office as vice one year and as a Governor until 2020 Parent

Kate Pearson  – term of office until 2022 Co-opted

Liz Murray – Safeguarding Governor term of office until 2022 Parent

Colleen Grice – term of office until 2022 Co-opted

Vicky Morgan – term of office 2021 Staff

Georgie Knight – due for re-election staff

Governance Structure for SSET

There are three layers to the Governance:

  • Members – Responsible for overseeing the work of the Trustees
  • Trustees – Responsible for appointing Headteachers, finance across the schools,  Headteacher’s performance management, reporting to the Department for Education and overall standards across the schools
  • Governors – Each school in the Trust has its own set of Governors responsible for monitoring teaching and learning within the school, pupil outcomes, behaviour, safeguarding, school leadership and individual school budgets

The current make-up of each group is highlighted below


Liz McCaughey – Paediatrician for over 30 years. Specific experience of the local Child Protection service, Safeguarding and medical issues.

Phil Orchard – Secondary school teacher and Church Pastor and more recently involved in delivering person-centred planning to people with various disabilities.

Nick Vaughan (Chair) – Senior LLP Partner and Head of Charities and Education at Paris Smith LLP, Solicitors.

Tony Boyle –  Chartered architect who runs his own design company in Southampton.  Parent of pupil who attends Great Oaks College.


Tony Boyle – Vice Chair and Chartered architect who runs his own design company in Southampton. Parent of pupil who attends Great Oaks College

Susan Williams – Worked in Education in Southampton for 27 years and for the last 15 years was responsible for SEN at the School where she worked.

Nicola Caroline Le Prevost – Nick qualified as a doctor in 2004 and has been working in community paediatrics since 2010.   Since 2013 she has been a governor of a mainstream primary school where she has taken an active role as link governor for safeguarding and special educational needs.

Andy Evans – Headteacher at Great Oaks School.

Zoe Evans – Headteacher at Rosewood School.  Accounting Officer/CEO.

Liz McCaughey – Paediatrician for over 30 years.  Specific experience of the local Child Protection service, Safeguarding and medical issues.

Juno Hollyhock – Juno’s background is with a range of charities and local authorities, supporting the children and young people’s agenda. Her recent role was with the Learning Through Landscapes charity where they worked to support as many children as possible in range of settings to experience the benefits of the natural environment in their learning and play.

Scott Ashmore

Malcolm Smith


more info on our SSET  website