Our Trustees

Meet Our Trustees

Appointed by SRET Members the SRET Board of Trustees ensures SRET’s compliance with charity and company law, its Memorandum and Articles of Association and all other applicable legislation and DfE and EFSA requirements relating to the Trust and its Academies.

Each school’s Local Governing Committee (LGC) Chair is a Trustee and The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) has 25% representation at Trustee level. 

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Matt Sambrook

Executive Principal/Trustee

Executive Principal/Head Teacher

My role as Executive Principal of Somerset Road Education Trust is hugely varied in that I am the substantive Headteacher of one of our schools – Exeter House, whilst also taking the role of Trust Chief Executive, Accounting Officer and lead for school improvement across all of our schools.
I am hugely proud to be Executive Principal of SRET as it truly is a values based organisation that seeks through word, behaviour and action to make a difference to the students, families and community we serve, by seeking out the extraordinary in everyone and providing opportunities, possibility and access to education in a way that we believe can lead to a better future.

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Trevor Branch

Chair of Trustees (Interim Chair as of 12/02/2020)

Chair of Trustees

Trevor is an SDBE Foundation SRET Member and Trustee. Trevor is an IT professional who has worked in the industry since graduating from London University in 1979 having read mathematics. Trevor has been the Technical Director in a public company that provided disaster recovery services to large financial customers, local authorities and the public health sector. Trevor continues to be part of the IT world as Cloud Project Architect Director developing and delivering business solutions of cloud based systems.

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Lynda Steer

Trustee

Trustee

Lynda has over 30 yrs’ experience working across private and public sectors enabling organisations to achieve results through their people.
Lynda has global, multi sector experience designing,implementing and embedding organisational development initiatives, transforming organisations to develop, grow, streamline or align their people, services and processes. Lynda is enthusiastic about enabling organisations to develop their current and future talent, drive business success through outstanding leadership, refocus on delivering enabling activities and maximising people engagement during periods of transition and change.
Lynda’s strengths lie in her ability to quickly gain credibility and respect when leading teams working as part of senior management teams or working in partnerships using her communication skills along with her high quality influencing skills to align teams across all levels of an organisation to a shared company vision/goal.

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Rob McClatchey

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Robert McClatchey joined Barclays Capital in 1992 from KPMG where he had qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990. The bulk of his career was spent in Barclay’s Infrastructure Funds private equity business in the UK and European markets investing in assets characterised by long term cash flows and project finance. Until 2013 he was Managing Director of the business where he was responsible for the full range of investment activities: due diligence, financing, risk assessment, selection, structuring and negotiation of investment opportunities; strategic and operational management of the investee companies’ boards.

Since 2013 he has taken on a number of Chairmanship and non-executive roles focusing on governance, strategy and operational management. He is currently Chairman of the UPP Group, a major developer and operator of student accommodation with UK Universities and a director of a number of start-up ventures.

He is also a Governor of the King’s School Worcester, a Governor of The Arts University Bournemouth, and a trustee of the Foundation for Liver Research.

He read Economics at King’s College Cambridge where he attained a double First.

He lives in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury and is married with one son.

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Olivia Bourne

Trustee

Trustee

A graduate of Exeter University, Olivia has over 30 years’ teaching experience in secondary education, both Maintained and Independent, with over 15 years at Senior Management Level during which she had responsibility for setting and maintaining challenging standards, leading and managing change, addressing performance shortfalls. Much of her professional focus has been driving a continuous programme of innovation and improvement to raise standards of teaching and learning. A particular interest has been professional development of colleagues including the support and development of new teachers joining the profession.
Olivia has recent experience managing efforts to raise students’ career aspirations and develop their employability skills.

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Jenny Baylis

Trustee

Chair of Exeter House School LGC

I have a BA Hons in Textiles and I currently work for New Art Centre and The Roche Court Educational Trust and previously ran my own business.

My eldest son has complex autism with a serve learning disability, spending his first educational years in a small mainstream school until he gained a place at Exeter House and most recently Fairfield farm College. I became a governor in 2008 and I am passionate about inclusion, increasing access and special Education needs. As Chair of Governors and a Trustee I see my role as overseeing the strategic direction of SEN within Exeter House and SRET as a whole.

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Deborah MacKay

Trustee

Trustee

Somerset Road Education Trust

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David Bray

Trustee

Trustee