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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 2020-2021

Name Position/Name of organisation Terms of Office Register of Interest Date interest was registered Committee Membership
Nick Capstick OBE CEO 18/05/2012 Alison Capstick, Spouse - Head of T&L - TWHF 07/10/2014 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Member Appointed Trustee Rhys Jones, Nephew - WHFIT 07/10/2014
TWHF Accounting Officer 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 12/12/2017 - 11/12/2021 Director - W J Tatem Ltd 02/01/2018 Chair of Trustees
Businesses - Mr & Mrs M Gibson Farm Partnership 02/01/2018 Finance
Professional Body - Magistrate Wiltshire Branch 02/01/2018 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Mr & Mrs Gibson/Trustee - GC Gibson Charitable Trust 02/01/2018
Simon Haynes Member Appointed Trustee 13/03/2020 - 12/03/2024 Director - Capus Land LLP 13/03/2020 Finance
Director - Pembroke Court Edwardes Square (Freehold) Ltd 13/03/2020
Member - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 13/03/2020
Christopher Hopton Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee 08/01/2018 - 07/01/2022 Business - Corrib Partnership 10/10/2016 Chair of Audit and Risk
Director - A.M. Best European Rating Services Ltd 10/10/2016 Pay and Remunerations
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 01/09/2020 - 31/09/2022 None 01/08/2020 Chair of Chairs
Richard Lewis Member Appointed Trustee 14/11/2019 - 13/11/2023 Employee - TSB Bank PLC 14/11/2019 Risk and Audit
Charlotte Macleod Member Appointed Trustee 23/04/2018 - 22/04/2022 Andrew Hall - husband, AHC Ltd, Coaching & training business 24/04/2018 Chair of People
Chair of Pay and Remunerations
Lisa Nel Member Appointed Trustee 14/11/2019 - 13/11/2023 Employee - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling 14/11/2019 Teaching, Learning & Standards
Jilly Norton Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022 Partner - Norton Bespoke 14/10/2019 Chair of Teaching, Learning and Standards
Appointed Foundation Trustee Consultant - Covent Garden Academy of Flowers 14/10/2019 Pay and Remunerations
Kingsley Poulton Member Appointed Trustee 22/11/2019 - 21/11/2023 Nill Finance
Pay and Remunerations
Edward Spurrier Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee 09/10/2020 - 08/10/2024 Chairman of Wavenet LTD 14/10/2019 Vice-Chair of Trustees
Chairman - Wireless Innovation LTD 14/10/2019 Chair of Finance
Chairman - Advisory Board Fund TMT 14/10/2019
Chairman - 7sfi LTD 14/10/2019
Chairman - Mapston - on - Dove Estates LTD 14/10/2019

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
Nick Van Zeller Member Appointed Trustee Resigned 21/10/2019 FRICS 14/07/2018
Simon McMurtrie Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Foundation Trustee Resigned 31/08/2019 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

Members / Member Register 2019-20

NamePosition/OrganisationDate of AppointmentRegister of InterestDate interest was registered
Dr Fiona HammansMember01/09/2016CEO, Abingdon Learning Trust; Lead Consultant - Weeping Cross Consultancy; Member ASCL;1/10/2019
Paula Lender-SwainMember10/07/2017Employee - Microsoft Ltd06/07/2017
Spouse is contracted to Nyland and Moredon schools to deliver Play Therapist Services06/07/2017
Chartered Institute of Marketing - Institute of Directors23/10/2017
Dan RobertsSalisbury Diocesan Board of Education Member10/12/2018Foundation Governor Adviser for the Salisbury Diocese Board of Education10/12/2018
Richard MarshMember01/08/2020Consultant - Taylor Wessing LLP16/10/2017
Directorship - Taylor Wessing Ltd Liability Partnership23/05/2016
Directorship - TW Life Cover Trustee Limited23/05/2016
Directorship - Cheam Asia Ltd/Cheam Trading Ltd16/10/2017
Charity Trusteeship - Cheam School Educational Trust23/05/2016

Resigned with last 12 months

NamePosition/OrganisationDate of AppointmentRegister of InterestDate interest was registeredMeeting Attendance 2018-19
Simon McMurtrieMember - Chair9/1/2016
(Resigned 01/07/2020)
Employee -Virgin Experience Days9/25/20199/25/2019
Employee - Riviera Travel10/18/2019
Businesses - Thames Chairman & Consultancy Services Ltd8/30/2016
Directorships - Virgin Experience Days, Thames CCS Ltd, Folio Holdings Ltd10/18/2017
Directorships - Wine and Spirit Education Trust, Academie Du Vin Library, Thames CCS and Folio9/25/2019
Charity Trusteeships - TWHF10/18/2017
Chairman - Scott Dunn9/25/2019
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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