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Meet Our Trustees

Appointed by SRET Members the SRET Board of Trustees ensures SRET’s compliance with charity and company law, its Memorandum and Articles of Association and all other applicable legislation and DfE and EFSA requirements relating to the Trust and its Academies.

Each school’s Local Governing Committee (LGC) Chair is a Trustee and The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) has 25% representation at Trustee level. 

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Matt Sambrook

Executive Principal/Trustee

Executive Principal/Head Teacher

My role as Executive Principal of Somerset Road Education Trust is hugely varied in that I am the substantive Headteacher of one of our schools – Exeter House, whilst also taking the role of Trust Chief Executive, Accounting Officer and lead for school improvement across all of our schools.
I am hugely proud to be Executive Principal of SRET as it truly is a values based organisation that seeks through word, behaviour and action to make a difference to the students, families and community we serve, by seeking out the extraordinary in everyone and providing opportunities, possibility and access to education in a way that we believe can lead to a better future.

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Trevor Branch

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Trevor is an SDBE Foundation SRET Member and Trustee. Trevor is an IT professional who has worked in the industry since graduating from London University in 1979 having read mathematics. Trevor has been the Technical Director in a public company that provided disaster recovery services to large financial customers, local authorities and the public health sector. Trevor continues to be part of the IT world as Cloud Project Architect Director developing and delivering business solutions of cloud based systems.

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Rob McClatchey

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Robert McClatchey joined Barclays Capital in 1992 from KPMG where he had qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990. The bulk of his career was spent in Barclay’s Infrastructure Funds private equity business in the UK and European markets investing in assets characterised by long term cash flows and project finance. Until 2013 he was Managing Director of the business where he was responsible for the full range of investment activities: due diligence, financing, risk assessment, selection, structuring and negotiation of investment opportunities; strategic and operational management of the investee companies’ boards.

Since 2013 he has taken on a number of Chairmanship and non-executive roles focusing on governance, strategy and operational management. He is currently Chairman of the UPP Group, a major developer and operator of student accommodation with UK Universities and a director of a number of start-up ventures.

He is also a Governor of the King’s School Worcester, a Governor of The Arts University Bournemouth, and a trustee of the Foundation for Liver Research.

He read Economics at King's College Cambridge where he attained a double First.

He lives in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury and is married with one son.

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Jenny Baylis

Trustee

Chair of Exeter House School LGC

I have a BA Hons in Textiles and I currently work for New Art Centre and The Roche Court Educational Trust and previously ran my own business.

My eldest son has complex autism with a serve learning disability, spending his first educational years in a small mainstream school until he gained a place at Exeter House and most recently Fairfield farm College. I became a governor in 2008 and I am passionate about inclusion, increasing access and special Education needs. As Chair of Governors and a Trustee I see my role as overseeing the strategic direction of SEN within Exeter House and SRET as a whole.

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David Bray

Trustee

Trustee

David is a professional consultant within the construction industry
He became a governor at Exeter House in 2018 and was appointed as a trustee of Somerset Road Educational Trust in 2020
His grandson is a student at Exeter House

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Andrew Tucker

Trustee

Trustee

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Col Charles Edward Davies (Jon)

Trustee

Trustee

Commandant Defence College of Communications and Information Systems

After reading Computer Science and Management Science at the University of Edinburgh, Colonel Davies joined the Army and commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in December 2001. Throughout his military career he has deployed to Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan on a number of occasions providing computing and IT infrastructure to the deployed forces.
He has been privileged to command 7th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (207) – The Desert Rats, Hohne, Germany and 1st Signal Regiment, Stafford. Finally, Colonel Davies was appointed Commandant of the Defence School of Communication and Information Systems, Blandford in January 2021.
He is married to Julia and they have two sons, William and Benjamin, both at St Mark’s Junior School and hence keen to engage with the Trust and transfer lessons identified from leading military education into the civilian context.

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Daniel Bellows

Trustee

Trustee

``Daniel is a Solicitor working for the Government Legal Department. Co-located in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, he is currently supporting the development of the Government's civil nuclear policy, specifically new nuclear projects. His recent work has included working and providing assistance on the development of the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022 and its passage through Parliament.

Prior to his current role, Daniel qualified as a solicitor in the Ministry of Justice whilst working as a Magistrates' Legal Advisor. He has also worked for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Daniel lives in Salisbury with his partner, Hannah. He is looking forward to utilising the skills developed in his professional career to further the Trust's priorities and give back to the local community.``