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SMAT Register of Trustees' Business Interests March 2021

SMAT Register of Members' Business Interests November 2020

Graham Chase, Chair of Saracens Multi-Academy Trust & Member

Graham Chase

Term of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - current

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 of the CIArb 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 a 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 and Kings Ely Schools, a visiting Professor at Westminster University, past Trustee and now Honorary Fellow 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 EvansTerm of office 17/9/2017 - 16/9/2021

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, CEO

Kate Alcock

Term of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - present

Kate is the 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 & Member

Gordon BanksTerm of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - current

Gordon has over 19 years’ experience working within the community development and charity sector, 15 years of which have been with Saracens and the Saracens Foundation where he is now Community Director. Gordon has played a leading role in the development and growth of the Saracens 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 Saracens High School and represents the interests and responsibilities of Saracens and the Saracens Foundation in the Trust.

Alan Gray, Trustee

Alan GrayTerm of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - current

Alan has been headteacher of Sandringham School, St. Albans for 16 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. Until recently, he was 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 licensed 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 LeeTerm of office 12/7/2018 - current

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, Chair of Audit Committee

Lee ManningTerm of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - current

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. 

Ian Marcus OBE,  Trustee

Term of office 08/07/2021 - current

Ian graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1981 with a degree in Land Economy. Ian was in the banking industry for over 32 years having previously worked for Bank of America, UBS, NatWest and Bankers Trust/Deutsche, always focusing on the real estate industry. Ian joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1999 to establish the Real Estate Group, and became Managing Director and Chairman of the European Real Estate Investment Banking.

Ian is a member of Redevco’s Advisory Board, the Senior Independent Director for both Secure Income REIT and Shurgard Self Storage, and a Non Executive Director for Town Centre Securities Plc. He is a Senior Adviser to both Eastdil Secured and Anschutz Entertainment Group. He is also President of the Cambridge University Land Society and a Senior Advisor to two new Businesses, Work Life and Elysian Residences. He chaired the Princes Regeneration Trust for 11 years and is now a Trustee of the Princes Foundation.

Ian is a former Crown Estate Commissioner,  a past President of the British Property Federation, past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a Fellow of the RICS and for 10 years chaired the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum.

Ian was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in HM Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours List.

Reena Shah, Trustee

Term of office 27/8/2020 - current

Reena is the headteacher of a large primary school in London.  She was previously a deputy head and has 13 years of experience as a school senior leader. She has led on curriculum development, assessment, professional development of staff and middle leaders and is the designated lead for safeguarding in her school. Reena has been a coach to middle leaders on the Mayor of London’s Getting Ahead London program. She has experience of governance in another Local Authority School where she is safeguarding governor. 

Anthony Smith, Trustee

Anthony SmithTerm of office 9/11/2017 - current

Anthony is the deputy headteacher of The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth leading on curriculum and data. His previous SLT roles included 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 Foundation.   

Hannah Trickett, Trustee

Term of office 27/8/2020 - current   (maternity leave)

Hannah is the headteacher of Maple Cross JMI and Nursery in south west Hertfordshire leading on curriculum, data and finance. She was previously the deputy head before being promoted to headteacher. She has worked in a variety of local schools in various leadership roles across three key stages. As an Early Years teacher she specialised in early educational development and led whole school behaviour and curriculum developments and promoting the education and well-being of disadvantaged pupils. Hannah is also linked to Equipping Kids and has worked with other schools across the country and aboard. She completed her MEd with HertsCam and works with other local schools to lead teacher led development projects.

Mitesh Velani, Trustee

Mitesh Velani

Term of office 1/3/2017 - 28/2/2021, 1/3/2021 - current

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. Mitesh left Saracens in an Executive capacity at the start of 2020 but remains close to the Club. 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 Perry

Term of office 14/12/2017 - current

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 sits on the firm-wide international committee.



Members of Saracens Multi-Academy Trust

Gordon Banks

Graham Chase

Nick Leslau

Nigel Wray