Governors / trustees

Governors / trustees

There are eight Trustees on the UTC Board, all registered with Companies House.
The Chair and one of the two Deputy Chairs are nominated by the University of Westminster, and the other Deputy Chair is nominated by the UTC’s Employer Alliance. Together, the University and Employer Alliance nominees form the majority of Trustees
Both nominees of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation (SSMF), the UTC’s co-founder and charity partner, have a Local Authority background with expertise in governance and children’s education.

The UTC operated in shadow governing body mode prior to September 2017 when the UTC opened. In Autumn 2017 elections were held for parent governors and the staff governor, and an induction programme has been designed for them.

Sir Simon Milton Foundation nominated UTC Trustees

  • Andrew Christie, Tri-Borough Executive Director for Children’s Services to May 2016; now Commissioner
  • Duncan Whitfield, Strategic Director of Finance and Governance, Southwark Council

UTC Employer Alliance nominated UTC Trustees

      • Bill Templeton, Apprenticeship Development Manager, Network Rail; Deputy Chair of UTC Trust to January 2016; lead Trustee for Marketing Group.
      • Jeremy Lucas, Qualified Solicitor (retired) with extensive experience in the City of London working in corporate finance and Mergers and Acquisitions with Morgan Grenfell, and subsequently Deutsche Bank.
      • Marc Cadwaladr, Group Financial Controller for Landsec.

Governance structure

Members

Members

University of Westminster

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Sir Simon Milton Foundation

Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College

  • ratifies appointment of up to nine Trustees, a majority nominated by the University and the Employers.
  • ratifies appointment of one Staff Governor through such process as they may determine.
  • The UTC becomes a Member once open on 1 September 2017.
  • The DfE suggests a fifth member should be included; Article 16 allows an additional member to be appointed (NB not enacted).
  • Trustees are appointed collectively by the Members (not by individual Members) and need not be staff of the nominating organisation.
  • Trustees always act in the interests of the Academy Trust, and not any Member that may have nominated them.

Single Academy Trust (SAT)

A company limited by guarantee, the leaseholder of the property lease from Westminster City Council, responsible for the management and operation of the UTC as a fundable body by the DfE and employer of staff.

Board of trustees

Also referred to as the Board of Governors.

  • Ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holds the Principal to account for performance of staff and students.
  • Oversees financial performance to promote, propriety and value for money.
  • Appoints the Principal.
  • Appoints sub-committees of the Board.
Role of the members:

There are three Member organisations: the University of Westminster (the sole university sponsor); Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (the employer sponsor); and, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

The lead sponsors are represented at meetings of the Members by Bill Templeton (Network Rail), Evelyne Rugg (University of Westminster) and John Barradell, Chairman of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation Trust Board.

Governing Body Meeting Minutes and Papers

Governor Business and Pecuniary Interest Forms 2017/18

Governors / Trustees

Elizabeth Phillips OBE, Chair

Nominated by the University of Westminster; appointed October 2014

Elizabeth was nominated as the Chair Designate by the UTC’s three founding members, the University of Westminster, Network Rail, and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. This nomination was confirmed in the formal application to the DfE in October 2013 for the establishment of the UTC, and re-affirmed at a meeting of the Members in October 2014.

As a National Leader of Education Elizabeth is widely recognised as an influential advocate of excellence in both the maintained and independent education sectors. Prior to her appointment as Head of St Marylebone CE School Elizabeth was Deputy Head at Feltham Community School and she is the DfE representative on the Trust Board of Capital City, the first independent academy in London.  These roles have provided valuable perspectives on the needs of diverse learners in central and west London. Elizabeth continues in her role as Trustee at Capital City Academy in Brent, and is also a Trustee of Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

Under Elizabeth’s direction St Marylebone CE School achieved high performing secondary school recognition; it was awarded specialist school status as a Performing Arts College in 1998, with the addition of further specialisms in Maths and Computing in 2006 and Special Educational Needs Communication and Interaction in 2009. It shares its experience with others through its leadership of the St Marylebone Teaching School Alliance of which the UTC is a member. St Marylebone has sustained its Ofsted Outstanding status in 2011 and 2014. Two new free schools have benefitted from Elizabeth’s leadership: the St Marylebone Bridge School for pupils with speech, language and communication needs, and the St Marylebone Boys School, which opened in 2014. Elizabeth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster in 2003 in recognition of her leadership of St Marylebone CE School, a multifaith comprehensive school for girls, and a long-standing partner of the University.

Bill Templeton, Deputy Chair

Nominated by Network Rail; appointed October 2014

Bill Templeton has over 25 years’ experience as a manager of education and development programmes. During the last decade he has focused on developing the strategy for Further and Higher Education at Network Rail, leading the organisation’s support for University Technical Colleges (UTCs) at a national level.

Bill’s major contributions are in the field of education and lifelong learning, developing relationships between employers and educational organisations. His influencing skills and capacity for leadership of cross-disciplinary teams is widely noted. Bill’s core expertise is in change management and project management, contributing skills of analysis and planning, and leading organisational development.  He has been the designated Network Rail lead for the development of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College since September 2012.

In 2016 he was seconded to the role of National Apprentice Development Manager, overseeing the adaptation of the national Apprenticeships programme. Prior to this he was Education Programmes Manager for Network Rail.

Other relevant governance experience at school level includes that of Trustee-Director of the Farndon Fields Academy in Market Harborough 2012-2014.

Evelyne Rugg

Nominated by the University of Westminster; appointed October 2015

Evelyne is Director of Education Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Westminster. This role encompasses responsibility for access and outreach partnerships with London schools and colleges and the University’s formal Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, Evelyne also holds lead responsibility for the University’s European Engagement Strategy.

Prior to this she held the post of Academic Registrar, 1998-2008, and then Director of Academic Services with responsibility for student services, 2008-11. Following completion of the Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme (TMP) Evelyne jointly directed the

foundation of Westminster International University in Tashkent which opened in 2002 as an autonomous institution delivering University of Westminster degrees in the medium of English. She remains the lead for Research and Projects between the two universities.

Evelyne has been a long-standing contributor to education in the Trinity group, as a member of Trinity College of Music’s Academic Board, and subsequently a Governor of Trinity College London (TCL) 2010-13, in recognition of which she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. She is currently a non-Executive Director of TCL Enterprises, supporting the development of the English Language and Performing Arts awarding body.

Other relevant governance experience includes membership of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, chairing sub-committees and contributing to merger negotiations 1996-2003, and since 2015 as a Trustee of the University of Westminster Students’ Union. Evelyne has been the designated University lead for the development of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC since September 2012.

Richard Lane

Nominated by the University of Westminster; appointed January 2015

Richard is a partner at law firm, Farrer & Co LLP.  Amongst his specialisms he advises companies and individuals on all elements of corporate governance.  From 2003 to 2012 he was a member of the Court of Governors of the University of Westminster during which period (2010-12) he was Chairman of the Finance and Property Committee.

Richard has three secondary school-age children and has direct experience of London’s current educational environment.

Andrew Christie

Nominated by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation; appointed April 2016

Since 2015 Andrew has been Commissioner for Children’s Services, and the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Board for Lambeth’s Local Children’s Safeguarding Board. Prior to this he held the post of TriBorough Executive Director of Children’s Services 2011-2016 with responsibility for social care, children’s’ services and educational attainment, as defined in the 2004 Children’s Act and subsequent legislation and regulations. The service was rated Good by Ofsted with Outstanding features in 2011. Andrew’s previous governance experience includes the role of Corporation Member for Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College of Further Education, and Board member of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Duncan Whitfield

Nominated by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation; appointed October 2015

Duncan is the Strategic Director of Finance and Governance at the London Borough of Southwark. He is a qualified CIPFA accountant who has worked in local government in London since 1980 following a short spell in the private sector. He has previously been President of the Society of London Treasurers and is currently the President of the Society of Municipal Treasurers (SMT) and the Association of Local Authorities Treasurers Society (ALATS).

He has extensive experience of managing the finances of large London authorities. He has worked with the private sector on procurement, contracting and insourcing. He has also played key roles in delivering service and regeneration agreements, including waste management and social care and development agreements for major housing and regeneration projects and Building Schools for the Future programmes. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) and is the Section151 representative on the LGPS Advisory Board. Duncan has been a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation charity since 2014.

Jeremy Lucas

Nominated by the UTC’s Employer Alliance; appointed September 2017

Jeremy is a qualified Solicitor (retired)  with extensive experience in the City of London working in corporate finance and Mergers and Acquisitions with Morgan Grenfell, and subsequently Deutsche Bank.

Jeremy has many years’ experience as a governor of an independent school in Kent, serving as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and Deputy Chair as well as Chair of the Governing Body.

Marc Cadwaladr

Nominated by the UTC’s Employer Alliance; appointed September 2017

Following experience as Divisional Finance Director for Landsec’s London Portfolio Marc is now Group Financial Controller for Landsec, the UK’s largest commercial property group.  His previous professional experience includes roles as Financial Analyst for Walt Disney and Audit Manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Anna Kennedy

Nominated by the UTC’s Employer Alliance; appointed February 2018

Anna is the Regional Sustainability Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine, a leading UK building and civil engineering company. She came to the UK after graduating from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland with an MSc in Environmental Engineering. She has spent her professional career with Sir Robert McAlpine driving sustainability in construction, covering the three core pillars of environment, community and economy.

Anna has experience working with local authorities and schools to change public perceptions of the construction industry. She is also a STEM ambassador, proudly encouraging students of all ages into construction.