All our Trustees and officers are highly experienced in the governance of educational establishments. You can find out about their extensive experience here;
Helen Coulson (Chair of Trustees/Director)
Helen has been foundation governor since 2003. Helen holds a BA Hons. Economic & Social History, York University and is Head of Consumer Research at Morpace International, FMMRS and listed in Who’s Who of Professional Women.
In her professional career Helen has held senior leadership positions in a number of major international research firms, specialising in quantitative research, insight and consulting. She is very conversant with financial accountability, personnel development and accountability and data protection. Her business responsibilities include governance and oversight of large divisions numbering 100+ staff and divisional budgets in excess of £12m.
She brings to her work within ELT her skills in business across many aspects from data performance, budgeting, financial planning, people development and business and relationship development.
Helen lives locally and has strong links with the Parish Church in Esher and its daughter church in West End, Esher.
David Neaum (Trustee/Director)
David is an ordained priest in the Church of England, and is currently a tutor within Durham University’s Common Awards scheme for Guildford Diocese's Local Ministry Programme. Previously he was Dean and Chaplain of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge and has also ministered in a variety of parochial contexts. David holds a Ph.D. in Divinity from Cambridge University.
In his professional career David has experience of strategic leadership and governance as well as a deep understanding of the values and ethos that shape the Church of England’s vision for education. He is strongly committed to extending excellent educational opportunities to all, regardless of background or belief, as a means of improving their life chances and enabling them to live fulfilled lives. He is also keen to ensue clarity of strategic vision, effective governance, and a supportive professional environment for those who dedicate their working lives to education.
Despite working within the Diocese of Guildford, David does not represent the Diocese as a member but is sympathetic to their role and aims while providing critical distance in support of the strategic aims, governance and ethos of ELT.
Debra Mason (Trustee/Director)
Debra has been a governor since 2005 with experience of both primary and secondary schools. She is currently Chair of Governors at a local secondary school.
She lives locally and has 3 children, two of whom are currently at University and one at Esher High School.
In her professional career Debra spent 20 years working at The Coca-Cola Company where she held varying positions of responsibility within European IT as a Program Manager and latterly in Building Management and Facilities.
Debra also volunteers at the Princess Alice Hospice.
Mike Boddington (Executive Headteacher & Accounting Officer)
Mike Boddington has been in the education sector for over 20 years. He is currently Executive Head Teacher at Esher Church of England High School.
His career spans both Anglican faith schools and secular schools, whose locations ranged from inner cities to suburban settings in London and Surrey. This experience has given Mike insights into the huge diversity of the educational system and equipped him with invaluable knowledge including direct experience of Teaching and Learning, Senior Leadership, management and recruitment of staff as well as broad knowledge of pastoral support.
Mike has worked as Head of a large Sixth Form and as such understands what it takes to prepare pupils for their life in a Sixth Form.
Helen Coulson (as Chair of Trustees, see above)
Baz Mehta (Member)
Baz lives locally with his wife and two children. He runs an IT consultancy company specialising in transportation systems both in the UK and internationally where Baz has set up teams to manage and maintain the solutions. Baz’s company works primarily in the UK, US and Australia. Baz is involved with the strategic recruiting and training, and also working with clients to define service models and supporting innovation and service improvement.
Baz’s major contracts include the Oystercard and contactless travel in London, the Sydney, Brisbane and New York transit systems, and transport systems a number of other cities.
Baz was a school governor at Grovelands Primary School in Walton for 8 years, and for most of that period was Chair of Governors. He then joined Esher High C of E Secondary School as governor and was Chair for just under 2 terms. Baz gained a lot of experience during that time in holding the SLT to account for students’ progress and attainment, financial and resource management of schools and also working alongside staff and other volunteers.
Baz has more recently been volunteering for Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. He is a firm believer in supporting local organisations in any way he can.
The Guildford Diocese Educational Trust (represented by Leonard Beighton)
Leonard has been a Foundation Governor of Esher Church of England High School since 1999 during which time he has had a very wide variety of roles in the governance of the school. Today he is on the Admissions and Teaching & Learning Committees and is the lead governor on Christian Ethos.
Formerly a senior civil servant, since his retirement he has worked very widely in the voluntary sector, including as a trustee of national and international charities. In particular, for many years he was a governor of a special school for very severely disabled children run by the charity, Livability, of which he was a trustee/director for many years.
Through the experience and training gained in his governance roles, Leonard brings to the Trust a strong understanding of his role. He is an excellent team player and accepts the shared responsibility an accountability of his roles, keeps a constant focus on what’s best for the students and both schools by asking probing and challenging questions in a constructive manner and always acts with strong moral purpose, integrity and honesty.
He represents the Diocese as a Member of the Trust, having been an active member of his parish church and secretary of the parochial church council for many years. Leonard is a strong advocate for the MAT's values, philosophy and ethos.
Alison Morgan (Company Secretary & Clerk to the Trust)
Alison worked in commercial banking and the global banking regulatory sector, before moving into education 7 years ago. She also brings to the role 8 years’ experience as a school governor. Since taking up the role of Company Secretary and Clerk, Alison has completed VWV’s Company Secretarial Course for Academies and the NCTL Clerks Development Programme.