The Evendons Primary School (EPS) Trust was set up in 2014, and its Trustees are Hilary Grealis, Martin Hannaford, Helen Thorndyke and Paul Watthey.
Hilary, Martin and Helen are all members of the Parent Proposer Group are responsible for the ongoing management of the school along with the governing body. As a standalone Trust the school has flexibility and choice when procuring educational expertise, control over site development, budget management and recruitment. The Trust is responsible for the recruitment of the governing body that sets the strategic priorities for the school and holds the school leadership team to account for the school’s educational performance and improvement.
Hilary is an experienced Human Resources professional having held a number of senior HR roles in Financial Services and Telecommunications. She has a track record of delivering significant organisational change management activities covering mergers and acquisitions, TUPE transfers, off shoring, business restructuring, employee engagement and cultural change. Since 2008 Hilary has been running her own HR consultancy company primarily working in the Third Sector supporting organisations on a range of people activities covering organisation design, change management, performance management, recruitment and selection, and management development including leadership, team development and executive coaching. Hilary has been a member of the Evendons Primary School Group from the beginning and contributed to writing the bid that was submitted to the DfE in January 2013. During the pre-opening phase she acted as the lead on all the recruitment and selection activity including the appointment of the Head teacher and the teaching staff.
Martin Hannaford is an experienced civil servant who has spent almost 20 years working across a number of government departments. He has predominately focused on skills and economic development policy and policy implementation at a national, regional and local level. Martin is:
- highly skilled in partnership working and has undertaken a number of inter-departmental secondments to ensure that meaningful collaborative approaches to skills, economic development and employability issues are embedded in operational practice across departments and their agencies
- experienced in working within the civil service
- familiar with policy developments that could have a bearing on Evendons Primary School
- aware of the skills issues faced by STEM type employers and the importance of business involvement in the development of an engaging and empowering curriculum
- practiced in performance and contract management of government funding
Helen Thorndyke is a local parent of two children. She qualified as a chartered Accountant in 1998 and has been working for a London based communications company, since 2002. Starting as financial controller, responsible for managing the financial operations of the company and now in a strategic role focussed on acquisitions. She has developed internal processes and controls, integrated companies, and has extensive experience of budget setting and financial analysis. Having been involved with Evendons Primary School since the very start, she has played a major role in the development of the vision and ethos, the application, the relationship with key stakeholders and has taken responsibility for preparing the financial plans for the school.
Paul Watthey Acting Chair of Governors
Paul has lived in the Wokingham area for most of his life, currently in Finchampstead with his wife and young daughter. Paul had a successful career in the world of financial services, initially on the client side and for the last 20 years in various marketing roles for service providers in the industry. A change of career direction has led to Paul now owning an online children’s book store which focuses on supporting parents and teachers with books, games and activities to help children in their early years learning. So it is with this mix of general management experience and a very keen interest in early years education for children, Paul will bring a different perspective to the governing body. Paul is excited about Evendons Primary School and to have the opportunity to contribute to its continued success. He looks forward to helping our local children learn, have fun and grow as individuals in the best environment and with the best team possible. Outside work Paul is an avid watcher of most sports, loves walking in our local countryside and has an ambition to one day own his own vineyard!