The White Horse Federation is a multi-academy trust (MAT). Its Certificate of Incorporation as a Private Limited Company (8075785) was issued on 18th May 2012.

Governance of The White Horse Federation falls within the responsibility of Members and the Board of Trustees


The primary function of the Members is to oversee the proper and effective operation of the Board of Trustees.

The Members meet at least twice a year and by invitation of the Board may attend one of the Board of Trustees meetings annually in a non-voting capacity.


Trustees, who are also Directors are responsible for:

  • Setting the vision and values, ethos, and strategic direction of the MAT.
  • The effective management of the Academies and other associated settings;
  • Financial, educational and academic performance and monitoring of all settings within TWHF;
  • Developing and implementing a risk management strategy and making major decisions about TWHF including its funding applications, capital initiatives and key contracts.
  • Ensuring the reputation of the MAT is continually strengthened and is not compromised.
  • Identifying terms of reference for the Board’s committees and the Local Governing Bodies, and ensuring these are reviewed.

Board of Trustees Trustee Register 2021-2022

Name Position/ Appointed By Role First Appointed/ Appointed By Terms of Office Register of Interest Date interest was registered Committee Membership Notes
Nick Beckett Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education 03/11/2020 03/11/2020 - 02/11/2024 None 03/11/2020 Risk & Audit
Appointed Foundation Trustee SDBE Appointed Trustee People
Pay & Remunerations
Nick Capstick OBE Member Appointed Trustee CEO 18/05/2012 18/05/2012 Alison Capstick, Spouse - Primary Director - TWHF 07/10/2014 Teaching, Learning & Standards
TWHF Accounting Officer Member Appointed Trustee Rhys Jones, Nephew - WHFIT 07/10/2014
NAHT – membership 05/10/2015
Ian Jones Chief Oporating Officer TWHF - Brother in law 16/11/2015
Director - Queen Street Group - National Treasurer 01/10/2018
Ninna Gibson Member Appointed Trustee Chair of Trustees 12/12/2017 26/07/2019 - 25/07/2023 Director - W J Tatem Ltd 02/01/2018 Finance Changed from SDBE to Member appointed Trustee due to being
Appointed 08/07/2019 SDBE Appointed Trustee Businesses - Mr & Mrs M Gibson Farm Partnership 02/01/2018 Teaching, Learning & Standards elected as Chair of Trustees
Professional Body - Magistrate Wiltshire Branch 02/01/2018
Appointed Deputy Lieutenant the county of Wiltshire 01/07/2020
Simon Haynes Member Appointed Trustee 13/03/2020 13/03/2020 - 12/03/2024 Director - Capus Land LLP 13/03/2020 Finance
Member Appointed Trustee Director - Pembroke Court Edwardes Square (Freehold) Ltd 13/03/2020 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Member - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 13/03/2020
Christopher Hopton Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Vice Chair of Trust Board 15/01/2014 08/01/2018 - 07/01/2022 Business - Corrib Partnership 10/10/2016 Risk & Audit
Appointed Foundation Trustee Chair of Risk & Audit Committee Member Appointed Trustee Director - A.M. Best European Rating Services Ltd 10/10/2016
Director - Napier Court Freehold Ltd 10/10/2016
Charity Trusteeship - The Voices Foundation/TWHF 10/10/2016
Membership - Law Society 14/10/2017
Moira Laffey Appointed by LGB Chairs Chair of Chairs Trustee 01/09/2020 01/09/2020 - 31/09/2022 Chair of Larkhill Primary Academy LGB. 04/11/2019 Chair of Chairs
Appointed by LGB Chairs
Richard Lewis Member Appointed Trustee 14/11/2019 14/11/2019 - 13/11/2023 Employee - TSB Bank PLC 14/11/2019 Risk & Audit
Member Appointed Trustee People
Charlotte Macleod Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Chair of People Committee 23/04/2018 23/04/2018 - 22/04/2022 Andrew Hall - husband, AHC Ltd, Coaching & training business 24/04/2018 People
Appointed Foundation Trustee Chair of Pay & Remerations Committee SDBE Appointed Trustee Pay & Remunerations
Link Trustee for Diversity, Inclusion and Equality Risk & Audit
Lisa Nel Member Appointed Trustee 14/11/2019 14/11/2019 - 13/11/2023 Employee - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling 14/11/2019 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Member Appointed Trustee People
Jilly Norton Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Chair of Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee 01/01/2019 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022 Partner - Norton Bespoke 14/10/2019 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Appointed Foundation Trustee Link Trustee for Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, SDBE Appointed Trustee Consultant - Covent Garden Academy of Flowers 14/10/2019 People
Pupil Premnium and Governance Pay & Remunerations
Kingsley Poulton Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education 22/11/2019 06/01/2021 - 05/01/2025 Nill 22/11/2019 Finance Changed to SDBE appointed Trustee
Appointed Foundation Trustee Member Appointed Trustee Teaching, Learning & Standards
Pay & Remunerations
Edward Spurrier Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Chair of Finance Committee 26/07/2019 09/10/2020 - 08/10/2024 Chairman of Wavenet LTD 14/10/2019 Finance
Appointed Foundation Trustee Member Appointed Trustee Chairman - Wireless Innovation LTD 14/10/2019
Chairman - Advisory Board Fund TMT 14/10/2019
Chairman - 7sfi LTD 14/10/2019
Chairman - Mapston - on - Dove Estates LTD 14/10/2019

As of 01.09.2021 the company does not have a PSC.

Trustees resigned within last 12 months

Charlotte Christie LGB Chair's Elected Trustee 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2020 Director: C Christie Education Ltd. 27/09/2019
Richard Marsh Member Appointed Trustee 10/05/2016 - 09/05/2020 Consultant - Taylor Wessing LLP 16/10/2017
Directorship - Taylor Wessing Ltd Liability Partnership 23/05/2016
Directorship - TW Life Cover Trustee Limited 23/05/2016
Directorship - Cheam Asia Ltd/Cheam Trading Ltd 16/10/2017
Charity Trusteeship - Cheam School Educational Trust 23/05/2016
Local Governing Bodies

Governance / Local Governing Bodies

Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB).

The Board of Trustees has clearly identified the areas of responsibility it delegates to LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of Board of Trustees.

Every two years one of the Chairs is elected by fellow Chairs and then co-opted by Trustees onto the Board.


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