The Trust believes that schools need to be autonomous if they are to be truly effective in serving their community. This means headteachers have the authority to lead and run their school, working with local governing boards, explicitly aligned with and committed to the Trust’s aims, values and practices. There is a clear scheme of delegation. The Trust’s key role is to provide the support and challenge required for the school to deliver and maintain excellence.

The Trust offers value to the school by providing expert support from the centre for: the leadership and delivery of teaching and learning; finance; HR; ICT; estates. It also provides a range of central services, such as financial and management information systems, payroll, IT and larger procurement where it is evident that such services will provide better value in terms of time and cost.

Governance Structure

Effective governance within the DET is achieved through a shared vision and a connected thread of delegated responsibility and accountability.  Whilst the Trust Board cannot ever delegate its accountability, it can delegate some of the detailed scrutiny, oversight and decision making.  The Governance structure is composed of:

Members: the Members ensure the Trust meets its charitable objectives by appointing the Trustees, agreeing to the articles of association and appointing the auditors. 

Trustees: the Trustees are the employer and are accountable to the Members.  The Trust Board carries out the core governance functions, ensures compliance and appoints the CEO.  They hold the executive leaders to account and are responsible for the development of the Trust, the strategic direction and strategic priorities. 

Local Governing Board (LGB) Governors: the LGBs are the link between the Trust, schools, families, students and the local communities. They provide scrutiny of the delivery of the Trust's objectives and monitor expenditure against the school's budget, holding the school's leadership to account.  For future details about each school's LGB, please visit: Dunraven School, Goldfinch Primary, Van Gogh Primary, The Elmgreen School, Rosendale Primary

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David Bryan CBE

Member of the National Council for Arts Council England and the chair of Working with Men, David has previously been a successful small business owner, director of Brixton Village Community Arts Centre, board member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and director of Community Foundation Network. He has worked with several charitable trusts such as Comic Relief, Barings Foundation, the City Bridge Trust and Trust for London in a variety of roles including grant panel member and grant assessor. At Camelot Foundation he was vice-chair of the board.  David designed and delivered the Arts Council England's training on Equality and Diversity for many years and has also held a number of lecturing posts at Birkbeck College, London South Bank University, Goldsmiths College and City Lit Institute.

Appointed - July 2011 (Founding Member)

Anne Hudson

Anne taught mostly history in various London schools for 34 years. She is an experienced senior leader and worked at Dunraven School during 2003 -5. She went on to be head of two large secondary schools for 6 and 7 years respectively. She worked with colleagues during her second headship to set up a primary school and a multi-academy trust. She holds the National Professional Qualification in Headship as well as a PhD in Education. Her expertise includes teacher training, school improvement and school inspection. She enjoys educational research and has developed insight into evidence informed practice in FE and schools. Before teaching, she spent 7 years working to support Namibia's struggle for independence from racist South Africa during the time of apartheid.

Appointed - April 2020

Phyllis Dunipace

Appointed - September 2021

Helen George

Appointed - September 2018

Cathy Harvey

Formerly a technical sales specialist with IBM and then a local political organiser, Cathy is now a Citizens Advice adviser. She has been a school governor for 19 years, during which time she has been secretary of Lambeth Governors’ Forum, chair of governors at an outstanding local primary school as well as chair of Dunraven Educational Trust, where she is part of the team that steered the school through academy conversion.

Appointed - July 2011 (Founding Member)








Jennese Alozie

SEND / Pupil Premium Link Trustee

Jennese has over 25 years of Education sector experience. Until recently she was the Director of Effectiveness and Performance for STEP Academy Trust. As part of this MAT Executive team for the past 6 years, Jennese contributed to its successes and growth from 6 schools when she joined to 20 schools across London and East Sussex. Jennese is a Lead Ofsted Inspector and has held senior and Executive leadership positions in Secondary and Primary schools. Trustee for two MAT Boards and a Teaching School Hub Strategic Board member. Recently, she was appointed as CEO of University of Chichester Academy Trust. She is also an amateur ceramist.

Term of office - July 2020 to July 2024

David Boyle CBE


Formerly the Principal of Dunraven School for 15 years, David is designated as a National Leader of Education. He is an experienced senior leader and English teacher. He has been a member of the South East and South London Regional School Commissioner's Advisory Board, is currently on the Association of School and College Leaders' Council and served two terms as the chair of the Department for Education's Secondary Heads Reference Group. He is an Ofsted Inspector and a lead reviewer for Challenge Partners. He is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded a CBE for services to education in 2021.


Anthony Blaiklock

After becoming a chartered accountant, Anthony spent the next 25 years working in corporate finance for HSBC, Deloitte and his own business. He then became Finance Director of an early stage renewable energy company, before spells in a similar role for an energy efficiency business, a manufacturer of a water saving device and, most recently, a robotics company involved in reducing the carbon footprint of buildings. Anthony was a Trustee of Trinity Academy when it became part of Future Academies Trust in December 2020. After a short period as a member, Anthony became a Trustee of Dunraven in June 2021.

Term of office - June 2021 to June 2025

Kate Edwards

Kate spent the early part of her career as a self-employed barrister before moving to an in-house role as a senior lawyer working for the Financial Conduct Authority.  She advises on public law, risk and governance issues in addition to financial services and has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion, the Equality Act and the public sector equality duty.  Kate has been a school governor for eight years, holding roles outside DET in that time including Chair of Governors at a Lambeth primary school, safeguarding lead and chair of disciplinary and exclusion panels.

Term of office - July 2019 to July 2023

Malcolm Forbes

Chair of the Education & Standards Committee

Formerly founder owner of an IT services company Malcolm had over 35 years experience working in Information Systems. He has also worked in the public sector, specialising in planning, property, land and regeneration systems and was deputy CEO of a regeneration agency in South London. Until his retirement several years ago he ran a successful web applications development agency. He was also CEO of Brixton Online, a local social enterprise providing IT training, support and web applications to the local community.

Malcolm has nearly 30 years experience in school governance at primary and secondary level as well as 8 years experience as a trustee of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Academies and as a member of the Central Academies Trust, a medium sized Multi Academies Trust based in Birmingham.

Term of office - January 2020 to December 2023

Helen George

Chair of Trust

Term of office - October 2019 to October 2023

Also a Member appointed September 2018

Cathy Harvey

Vice Chair of Trust and Chair of the Finance & Assurance Committee

Formerly a technical sales specialist with IBM and then a local political organiser, Cathy is now a Citizens Advice adviser. She has been a school governor for 19 years, during which time she has been secretary of Lambeth Governors’ Forum, chair of governors at an outstanding local primary school as well as chair of Dunraven Educational Trust, where she is part of the team that steered the school through academy conversion.

Term of office - November 2020 to November 2024

Ali Malsher

Health & Safety Link Trustee

A partner in Anthony Gold LLP for almost 20 years Ali has been a solicitor for more than 25 years, specialising in negligence. She is training partner at Anthony Gold overseeing the training of all staff and the qualification of trainees. As part of her role as a partner Ali is involved in business and finance decisions and the management of a  substantial legal firm.  Ali is also qualified as a solicitor in the republic of Ireland. Ali is a qualified nurse, training at St Georges Hospital, Tooting. Ali is also a qualified governance professional.

Term of office - June 2019 to May 2023

Nicholas Taylor-Mullings

Co-opted Trustee

Nicholas Taylor-Mullings is Vice Principal at a secondary school in south London Prior to this he was a Senior Assistant Headteacher in a community school in Hackney.  He has also held several roles in local government. His most recent post was Head of Extended Schools & Early Years at the London Borough of Sutton. Nicholas has been a resident in Lambeth since 2005. He is an independent advisor to the Metropolitan Police in the borough and has previously been a governor at a local primary and secondary school. 

Term of office -  June 2022 to June 2026

Sarah Tillotson

Safeguarding Link Trustee

Sarah works at the Education Endowment Foundation, a grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Sarah leads the EEF’s work on two themes: early years, and language and literacy. Her work on these themes includes identifying research gaps and promising interventions, managing research trials, and developing publications to communicate the findings of research to schools and early years settings. Prior to this, she worked in schools for eight years, the majority of this time in early years leadership positions, alongside teaching in reception or nursery. She taught in Hackney, East London and also taught in Hong Kong, supporting the establishment of two new kindergartens. She became a trustee of the GNWET in 2020 and then DET in 2021.

Term of office - October 2021 to September 2025

Sarah Totham

Term of office - October 2021 to September 2025



Page Downloads Date  
Trust Scheme of Delegation February 2022 25th Feb 2022 Download
DET Deed of Variation of Funding Agreement Part 1 310818 29th Aug 2019 Download
DET Deed of Variation of Funding Agreement Part 2 310818 29th Aug 2019 Download
DET Register of Business Interests 2020-21 22nd Oct 2020 Download
DET Governance Structure FINAL for September 2021 26th Oct 2021 Download
Articles of Association December 2021 14th Dec 2021 Download