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 2018-19

Name Position/Organisation Terms of Office Register of Interest Date interest was registered
Nick Capstick OBE
Member Elected Trustee 18/05/2012 Alison Capstick, Spouse - Head of T&L - TWHF 07/10/2014
CEO Rhys Jones, Nephew - WHFIT 07/10/2014
TWHF Accounting Officer NAHT – membership 05/10/2015
Ian Jones, Brother in law - Chief Operating Officer, TWHF 16/11/2015
Charlotte Christie
LGB Chair's Elected Trustee 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022 Nil
Ninna Gibson
Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee 12/12/2017 - 11/12/2021 Director - W J Tatem Ltd 02/01/2018
Businesses - Mr & Mrs M Gibson Farm Partnership 02/01/2018
Professional Body - Magistrate Wiltshire Branch 02/01/2018
Husband - Martin Gibson - Director W J Tatem/Partner - Mr & Mrs Gibson/Trustee - GC Gibson Charitable Trust 02/01/2018
Christopher Hopton
Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee 08/01/2018 - 07/01/2020 Business - Talisman Management 10/10/2016
Business - Corrib Partnership 10/10/2016
Director - Minova Insurance Holdings Ltd 10/10/2016
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
Charlotte Macleod
Member Elected Trustee 23/04/2018 - 22/04/2022 Arkbound Publishing - Non Executive Director - Social Enterprise Publisher based in Bristol 24/04/2018
Andrew Hall - husband, AHC Ltd, Coaching & training business 24/04/2018
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
Simon McMurtrie
Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020 Employee - Chairman of Riviera Tours Ltd and Acorne Ltd 18/10/2017
Businesses - Thames Chairman & Consultancy Services Ltd 30/08/2016
Directorship - Riviera Tours Ltd, Acorne, Thames CCS Ltd, Folio Holdings Ltd 18/10/2017
Jilly Norton
Diocese Elected Foundation Trustee 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022 Nil
Nick Van Zeller
Member Elected Trustee 20/06/2018 - 19/06/2022 FRICS 14/07/2018
Resigned with last 12 months
Gavin Bray
Elected LBG Chair Trustee Resigned 31/08/2018 Retired 16/10/2017
Mike Collins
Member Appointed Trustee Resigned 31/08/2018 Employee - NCTL 06/10/2014
Employee - DfE Executive Agency 05/10/2015
Director - Young Advisors Ltd 05/05/2015
Civil Servant - DfE 16/10/2017
DfE role involves some potential conflicts in respect of award and management of grants 16/10/2017
Dr Fiona Hammans
Member Elected Trustee Resigned 10/12/2018 Nil
Rob Page
Member Elected Trustee Resigned 10/12/2019 Employee - H M Forces Army Officer 29/08/2016
Membership - CMI 16/10/2017
Register of Interest 2018-19

Members / Member Register 2018-19

Name Position/Organisation Date of Appointment Register of Interest Date interest was registered
Dr Fiona Hammans
Member 01/09/2016 Nil
Paula Lender-Swain
Member 10/07/2017 Employee - Microsoft Ltd 06/07/2017
Spouse is contracted to Nyland and Moredon schools to deliver Play Therapist Services 06/07/2017
Chartered Institute of Marketing - Instititute of Directors 23/10/2017
Simon McMurtrie
Member 01/09/2016 Employee - Chairman of Riviera Tours Ltd and Acorne Ltd 18/10/2017
Businesses - Thames Chairman & Consultancy Services Ltd 30/08/2016
Directorship - Riviera Tours Ltd, Acorne, Thames CCS Ltd, Folio Holdings Ltd 18/10/2017
Charity Trusteeships - TWHF 18/10/2017
Dan Roberts
Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Member 10/12/2018 Foundation Governor Adviser for the Salisbury Diocese Board of Education 10/12/2018
Resigned with last 12 months
Ian Cooke
Founder Member Resigned as a Member 24/07/2018 Managing Director - D A Cooke Wholesale Ltd 08/11/2014
Register of Interest 2018-19
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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