Members are the “guardians” of Reach Academy Trust.   They establish and oversee the effectiveness of the Trust Board.  As such DfE describes their role as “eyes on, hand off” and are akin to shareholders within a Company limited by Guarantee.  

Members of the Reach Academy Trust
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Jon McGoh
Jon McGoh
Member and Trustee

Jon is the Chair of the Reach Foundation, a charity he founded in 2008. He is also the co-founder of Reach Academy, and currently sits on the Reach Academy MAT Board. Jon is a social entrepreneur working across education, travel and documentary film. Jon founded Reach Cambridge Ltd in 2004, an organisation that specialises in running residential summer schools for international students. More recently he produced the documentary film 'H is for Harry' and is a Director of Mercurial Pictures Ltd. Jon studied at Cambridge University, has been a Sauve scholar at McGill University and recently became a Winston Churchill Fellow with his report into cradle-to-career models in the US and Finland. Jon's belief in the need for a more equitable education system stems from his early experiences running university access projects, fueled by his subsequent experiences over the 10+ years since co-founding Reach Academy. 

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David Dowding
David Dowding
Member and Trustee

David has been a Trustee since its inception and is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP. David is determined to play whatever part he can in supporting Reach to be a continued success story. David is proud of the school's ability to nurture pupils in a truly inclusive environment whilst building an unshakeable bond with the local community. 

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Julie Laughton
Member

Coming from a long line of teachers , I  have always had an interest in education. I was a history teacher and head of year in Feltham, at Longford Community College, before joining the Department of Education in 2003. Since then, I have led a number of projects across education and children’s social care. This has included delivery of major programmes , such as 30 hours free childcare, as well responsibility for complex policy areas , such as children in care . In 2020 I joined the Department for Health and Social Care to support the response to Covid 19 and currently have responsibility for testing, PPE and vaccines in the adult social care sector . 

I was a governor at Reach Academy Feltham when it opened in 2012 and I am delighted to still be involved as the school expands into a multi academy trust. As well as being a member at Reach, I am also a vice chair of governors at a large comprehensive in East Sussex . 

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Tom Collins
Member

Tom Collins involved with the initial work getting approval for Reach Academy Feltham from the DfE in 2011, and an early governor. After various jobs in International Development, Management Consultancy and Finance he found his true passion as a maths teacher. Tom is now Deputy Head of King's College London Mathematics School.

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Trustees are appointed by Members to oversee the business of Reach Academy Trust, agreeing the overarching strategic direction and ensuring robust governance.

Trustees of the Reach Academy Trust
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Judith Tacon
Chair of Trustees

 

Jude was a founding governor and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee on the LGB from 2012 before becoming Chair of the MAT on its establishment in 2018. At Deloitte, Jude is part of a community committed to encouraging our people to invest time as volunteers to support schools through governance roles. Jude is a partner at Deloitte and a chartered accountant. Jude is also a Trustee of The Reach Foundation. 

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Jon McGoh
Jon McGoh
Trustee and Member, Chair of the Reach Foundation

Jon is the Chair of the Reach Foundation, a charity he founded in 2008. He is also the co-founder of Reach Academy, and currently sits on the Reach Academy MAT Board. Jon is a social entrepreneur working across education, travel and documentary film. Jon founded Reach Cambridge Ltd in 2004, an organisation that specialises in running residential summer schools for international students. More recently he produced the documentary film 'H is for Harry' and is a Director of Mercurial Pictures Ltd. Jon studied at Cambridge University, has been a Sauve scholar at McGill University and recently became a Winston Churchill Fellow with his report into cradle-to-career models in the US and Finland. Jon's belief in the need for a more equitable education system stems from his early experiences running university access projects, fueled by his subsequent experiences over the 10+ years since co-founding Reach Academy. 

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Tom Sawbridge
Tom Sawbridge
Trustee and Chair of the Reach Academy Feltham LGB

Tom is a teacher by profession and he is currently Vice Principal at Ark Academy, Wembley. He is the Chair of the LGB and a trustee of the MAT. Tom is passionate about Reach Academy’s goal to provide all pupils with the opportunity to go to university if they wish and to live happy, healthy and productive lives. He studied History at Brasenose College, Oxford, and has Masters degrees in Comparative Politics from LSE and Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education. He lives in Harrow with his wife Mona.

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Jen Baxter
Jen Baxter
Trustee

Jen is a trustee of the MAT Board and also The Reach Foundation. Jen has a broad range of experience in the education sector. She is currently Chief Operation Officer of the Chartered College of Teaching. She also worked at a west London secondary school for four years, and was Head of Modern Foreign Languages Jen performed the role of Senior Project Manager in the set up phase of Reach Academy Feltham. Jen brings knowledge of education strategy and policy, programme design and delivery, and international education systems to Reach Academy Feltham. She lives in north London with her husband.

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David Dowding
David Dowding
Trustee and Member

David has been a Trustee since its inception and is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP. David is determined to play whatever part he can in supporting Reach to be a continued success story. David is proud of the school's ability to nurture pupils in a truly inclusive environment whilst building an unshakeable bond with the local community. 

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Ian Gravestock
Trustee and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Iain Gravestock has a broad set of experience in the public sector. He is currently a Partner at KPMG LLP with over 25 years’ business experience working with Government Departments. He is a qualified accountant with the Institute Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). Iain’s skills and experience include organisational performance improvement, project management, commercial negotiation, finance and accounting, business management and technology. Iain’s holds a degree in Mathematics, a subject and passion that has shaped and provided his employment and career opportunities.  Iain lives in South-West London with his spouse and three children and is a keen cyclist and allotment gardner.

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Ed Vainker
Trustee and CEO, Reach Foundation

Ed has a track record of excellent results in urban schools, working in schools in Peckham and White City and teaching French, History and Literacy. Prior to setting up Reach Academy Feltham with Rebecca Cramer and Jon McIntosh, he was based in Washington DC, helping to train outstanding teachers around the world. He brings many innovative approaches from the countries he visited to Reach. Ed studied History at Cambridge University, has a Masters in Comparative Education and lives in Hampton with his wife and children. 

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Rebecca Cramer
Rebecca Cramer
Trustee, Executive Headteacher and Account Officer

Rebecca worked in three London schools prior to founding Reach Academy Feltham with Ed Vainker and Jon McGoh. She is passionate about ensuring that all children have the life opportunities they deserve and works relentlessly to achieve this goal. Rebecca has been influenced by visits to schools around the world. She studied Geography at the University of Bristol and trained to teach through the Teach First programme. In 2018 Rebecca was named a top-50 finalist in the $1million Global Teacher Prize.

She currently co-chairs Heads Forward, the network of Teach First Ambassador Headteachers. Rebecca also sits on the DfE Mental Health RCTs (Education for Well-being) Advisory Group and is a Trustee of First Give, a charity inspiring young people to engage with social action. Rebecca lives in Richmond with her husband Max and two young sons, Rafe and Finn.  

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Dennis Simms
Trustee

Reach has a reputation of excellence and is recognised for having great practice in a number of areas. In recent years, Dennis has built relationships with some members of the Reach Academy leadership team through the Heads Forward network – and have been inspired by their work. Dennis is keen to support them and their colleagues as they continue to strengthen and broaden their impact. Dennis is deeply passionate about working with and developing leaders, organisations and systems which improve the life chances of young people and families. Reach is innovative and inclusive and he is delighted to be involved in their education and community development work.

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Julia
Julia Casson
Trustee

Julia is passionate about social mobility and feels that the structure and support that Reach offers its pupils and the wider community is a great example of what can be done to give young people the best start available to them. Julia is a Director and Coach of her own coaching company.