Who We Are
Graham Chase, Chair of Saracens Multi-Academy Trust
Professor Graham F. Chase is the Chairman of Chase and Partners LLP, Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Town Planners based in central London. He is a Past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Past Master of the Chartered Surveyors Livery Company, Chartered Arbitrator and Panel Member and Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. In his 42 year career he has advised on the development, letting and funding of investments with a combined value of over £10billion and advised over 40 Local authorities on strategic and property based issues. He is a recognised expert in his field and regularly appears as an witness in the High Court, Public Inquiries and other Tribunals. He has been appointed as the arbitrator or independent expert on a number of high profile disputes over the past 20 years. He has a keen interest in Education as a past trustee of Woodhouse VI form College, past governor of Mill Hill School, current governor at Kings Ely, a visiting Professor at Westminster University, past trustee of the University College of Estate Management, a past external examiner for both Northumbria and Kingston Universities and a visiting lecturer and Honorary Fellow of London South Bank University, He has a passion for all types of sports, a great many of which he has played and has been a qualified private pilot and glider pilot.
Alan Evans, Vice-Chair of Saracens Multi-Academy Trust
Alan is a partner in the real estate team at international law firm Taylor Wessing. He has over 20 years' experience in a wide range of commercial property transactions, specialising in investment and development projects across the office, industrial, leisure and logistics sectors. Alan is also involved in the firm's management, sitting on the steering committees for major change projects and being responsible for group support and business development. He is regularly involved in the recruitment of fee earners and support staff. His experience gives Alan the ability to identify and analyse issues, select and manage multi-disciplinary teams, and plan and implement strategies for organisations to achieve their goals.
Kate Alcock, Acting CEO
Kate is the Acting CEO of the Trust and a retired school Bursar. She is an experienced governor in the maintained and private sectors, both at primary and secondary levels. With a long background in senior business management and political lobbying she sits on the Boards of national and local charities. A qualified Chartered Surveyor and HR Practitioner she has acted for many large charities, schools and not for profit organisations over her career. She is also an adviser with Citizens Advice where she works to empower vulnerable people to enable them to find solutions to their problems. A former member of the Derbyshire Police Authority, Kate Chaired the Joint Audit Committee for the PCC and Chief Constable until April 2018 and she manages a small family estate in Derbyshire. At weekends, she can be found at Allianz Park and other rugby grounds, cheering on her beloved Saracens.
Gordon Banks, Trustee
Gordon has over 17 years’ experience working within the community development and charity sector, 13 years of which have been with Saracens and the Saracens Sport Foundation where he is now Community Director. Gordon has played a leading role in the development and growth of the Saracens Sport Foundation and the charities work to use sport as a vehicle for social change and was instrumental in establishing Allianz Park, the home stadium of Saracens, as an inspiring and thriving community hub site. Gordon has been centrally involved in the creation of the vision of the Saracens High School and will represent the interests and responsibilities of Saracens and the Saracens Sport Foundation as the school project develops.
Katie Bell, Trustee
Katie is currently responsible for the local and international recruitment and marketing for Middlesex University, and also is the Executive lead on student employability and the student experience. She has worked for Middlesex University in Hendon for 7 years, and her team work closely with local schools and colleges. She is representing the University on the steering group and will also bring some significant insights and learnings from higher education into the needs of the local area, the importance of placing the pupil at the centre, and also of considerations towards learner outcomes.
Chris Flathers, Trustee
Chris is Headteacher of both The Orion Primary School and Goldbeaters Primary School, both of which form the Gold Star Federation. My brilliant staff and I have developed "I Shine Learning" which is a method of learning which enables all pupils to be high achieving, positive and resilient young people by the age of 11. The incredible new Orion site has shared Federation facilities. We have a theatre, dance studio, recording studio, floodlit sports areas (we call it the Gold Star Centre). We deliver an "enhanced" primary school experience - running over 75 additional learning activities every week, two major festivals a year, a sports academy and a Shine Arts Academy. Orion has 3 outstanding grades and last year Goldbeaters was given an outstanding grade. The “learning and living ethos” at our Federation is unique.
Alan Gray, Trustee
Alan has been headteacher of Sandringham School, St. Albans for 14 years and was previously headteacher at The Hemel Hempstead School. He studied Chemistry at Exeter University before completing a PGCE and entering the teaching profession. He has worked at all leadership levels in a range of schools prior to gaining headship. He has significant experience of working with governing bodies and has led major capital projects at Sandringham to improve the quality of educational facilities at the school. Alan is a National Leader of Education and has worked closely with headteachers and senior staff at a number of secondary schools in this capacity to improve the quality of leadership and strategic planning. Alan has trained and served as an additional OFSTED inspector. He currently chairs Hertfordshire Schools Forum, the Alban Federation (ITT provider) and the Alban Teaching School Alliance and has previously chaired other local and Hertfordshire Headteacher groups. He is a member of the DfE Secondary Headteacher Reference Group, supporting the DfE with guidance on education strategy. Most recently, Alan has formed the Alban Academies Trust, a MAT serving schools in Hertfordshire. He is executive lead for the trust and responsible for the improvement in education across member schools. He has significant experience of school leadership and how to create an outstanding learning environment for all. Alan has a variety of interests outside education. He is a licenced Radio Amateur and currently runs a radio club promoting electronics and communications to students at Sandringham. He is also passionate about sport, particularly rugby, and continues to play competitively for Old Albanian Rugby Club.
Trevor Lee, Trustee
Dr Trevor Lee is the former Principal at Merchant Taylors’ Prep in north-west London, a school that has been recognised as outstanding in all aspects by the Schools’ Inspectorate in the United Kingdom. He teaches both in British universities and internationally on strategy, leadership, collaborative learning and student well being. He has had many published papers, articles and books on the subject of education.
Lee Manning, Trustee
Lee recently retired as a partner in Deloitte’s Restructuring Services business and has over 25 years restructuring experience. Lee has specialised in all aspects of corporate recovery, IBR’s, business advisory, administrations and liquidations since 1983 when qualifying with Touche Ross. He joined Deloitte in 2004 after spending over 14 years with Kroll, 12 of those as a partner, during which time he initiated and developed their receivership practice and established as a hands-on advisor to struggling businesses and their lenders covering a wide range of industries operating in the Mid Market. Lee has extensive experience both in advisory capacity and as an administrator in the retail, media, leisure, professional football, catering, manufacturing and property industries and has good experience in both the telecoms and construction consulting sectors. He has regularly provided expert evidence and testimony for litigation support assignments covering issues such as causes of insolvency, breaches of fiduciary duties and the conduct of office holders. Lee is a regular public speaker and lecturer on a range of business finance issues including football finance and retail.
Anthony Smith, Trustee
Anthony is the deputy headteacher of The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth leading on STEM, Inclusion and Safeguarding. He was previously an assistant headteacher and school governor at Rickmansworth School. A teacher of maths and physical education, he has held roles leading on progress and achievement, behaviour and promoting the education and well-being of disadvantaged pupils. He is inextricably linked to the Saracens family with his wife working for the Saracens Sports Foundation.
Mitesh Velani, Trustee
Mitesh is a Chartered Accountant who trained & qualified with Deloitte’s Banking & Financial Markets division in 2006. Client base included Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley & Merrill Lynch. After a 12-month secondment to the Corporate Finance arm of Deloitte, principally working on mergers & acquisitions, Mitesh left the Company to become Director and Co-owner of Moonlight Foods Ltd, a start-up in the FMCG sector. Mitesh joined Saracens in 2010 as Finance Director and moved to Chief Operating Officer and most recently Chief Executive Officer. Having grown up in North London, Finchley, Mitesh has a personal attachment to the area and is keen to be involved with the development of educational services in the borough of Barnet.
Kevin Perry, Ex-Officio Trustee, Chair of SHS Local Governing Body
Kevin has been a solicitor for 32 years working as a commercial litigator. For 25 of those years he has been a partner and for a large number of those years he has been the head of the litigation department. That has meant that among others he has developed the following skill sets: strategic thinking; organisational skills; an understanding of the importance of compliance; the highest demands for ethical standards; management of budgets; an ability to challenge people and fight a corner when necessary; good inter personal skills with an ability to work well in teams, and an ability to take tough decisions when needed. He has been very fortunate in his career, and has always looked, albeit in a small way to contribute outside of his day job. This has included being the Chairman of a fund-raising committee for the NSPCC, helping to set up and then become a Trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau and sit on its employment and finance sub-committee. He sat on the fund raising committee for sports tours of his sons’ school and he is also the head of Pro Bono in the London office and sit on the firm-wide international committee.
Dr Matthew Stevens, Trustee, Principal of SHS
Dr Matthew Stevens grew up in Finchley, Barnet and taught in the borough for the first six years of his career. Prior to joining Saracens High School, Matthew was Deputy Headteacher at a school in Hertfordshire where he was instrumental in the school being awarded its first ever ‘Good’ OFSTED rating and achieving its best Key Stage 4 examination results in each of the last three years. Previously, Matthew was Head of Year and Assistant Principal at two London Academies in Willesden and Hackney and he has also worked as a sport psychologist for Watford FC. He has a teaching degree from Brunel University and a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Wolverhampton. Matthew is married with a young daughter and in his spare time, he enjoys all kinds of sport, particularly basketball. He was a member of the GB Taekwondo squad until he retired through injury.