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

Exeter House School
Somerset Road Education Trust

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Mike Newton

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Mike has 40+ years of experience working in the financial services sector both in the UK and abroad, most recently in Egypt during the time of the 2013 revolution. In the last 15 years he has led various businesses and delivered both financial and cultural turnarounds. He has experience of working on and with various company boards including a preschool playgroup and local school board. He is skilled in leadership, strategic planning, business management and transformation, risk management and sales. Having been appointed Chair of Trustees in May 2018, he is looking forward to working with all who want only the best for our pupils and the Trust. Mike is married with three grown up children.

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Trevor Branch

Vice Chair of Trustees

Vice 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.

Angus Mayhew

Trustee

DSET Trustee

Exeter House Special School

Roy Bexon

Trustee

Chair of LGC St Marks Junior School

Roy was born in Leicestershire and attended Loughborough Grammar School for Boys. He was an undergraduate at Edinburgh University where he trained as a physicist and mathematician. After qualifying, he moved to the Salisbury area in 1971 and spent all of his working life at Dstl Porton Down and its predecessors. During his time there he was a research scientist, working on the measurement of aerosols using holography. He then ran a variety of research teams and, following promotions, ran three different departments. His final role there was as programme manager for a major construction and relocation programme, consolidating other Dstl sites to the Porton one. After retirement in 2007, Roy became a Community Governor at St Mark’s C of E Junior School, where he was assigned to the Resources sub-committee, and has been its Chair of Governors for the last six years. His areas of interests at St Mark’s have included science and mathematics. Roy was closely involved in the creation and early development of the Trust and was its Chair of Trustees for its first three years. He is now a Trustee/Chair of the Local Governing Committee for St Mark’s school

Mark Podkolinski

Trustee

Chair of LGC

Exeter House Special School

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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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Russell Cooper

Trustee

Trustee

Somerset Road Education Trust

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Andrew King

Trustee

Chair of Wyndham Park LGC

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Rob McClatchey

Trustee

Trustee

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