Our Trustees

 

Our trustees generously give up their time to guide and support Releasing Potential as it seeks to grow and move forward. They are enthusiastic about the work that we do and open to new ways that we can develop as an organisation.  Our trustees are an integral part of Releasing Potential’s decision-making, safeguarding, and financial processes, providing support and challenge to our senior team.

Paul Suter

Appointed 01/04/2008

Term of service:  4 + years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: Children on the Edge

 

Paul has been Chair of Trustees since October 2022 having held the role previously (2008-2018). Paul has the skills essential to any board: a way with numbers. Paul is now retired but previously as Finance Director of a local business he provides guidance and support with budgeting and spreadsheets. As Chair of the Finance & Resources Sub Committee Paul he provides a wise voice and a steady hand, and has been instrumental in recent decisions around focusing the charity’s work on our central mission to support young people.

Mike King

Appointed 15/11/2023

Term of service:  3 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Releasing Potential, having founded the organisation in 2001. He is also Executive Head Teacher at Releasing Potential School.

Mike has strategic responsibility for the School and for the organisation as a whole and sits on the board of trustees as well as the Finance sub committee.

Elise Eminson

Dr Elise Eminson

Appointed 01/01/2017

Term of service:  6 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Elise is an experienced secondary school English and Drama teacher and holds a PGCE, an MA in English Education and a PhD in Education Research. Her area of expertise is in talk-based teaching and learning. Elise has run her own education business and is a mother to four children.  Elise chairs the Teaching, Learning & Standards sub committee and provides oversight of the quality of education across Releasing Potential School.

Elise Eminson

Peter Stanway

Appointed 10/01/2022 by The Board of Trustees

Term of service:  3 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Peter has owned and operated a successful HR consultancy business for over 30 and is fully qualified in HR and Employment Law.  He has extensive experience as a tribunal advocate, and lectures at university level on Employment Law. Peter is Chair of the HR & People sub committee at Releasing Potential, supporting decision-making around recruitment and retention of staff – in his spare time he has a keen interest in property development. 

Elise Eminson

Paul Jenkins

Appointed 24/05/2023 by The Board of Trustees

Term of service:  1 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Paul has had a varied career: starting with qualification as a secondary maths teacher, through to roles within  local colleges and universities; before establishing himself within IT and software companies supporting London law firms.  He now works as a consultant assisting law firms implement large finance systems.

When not working Paul is busy climbing, cycling and ferrying his two children to a myriad of destinations for cycling, skating and other activities.

Elise Eminson

Sally Garrett

Appointed 03/07/2023 by The Board of Trustees

Term of service:  1 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Sally has been involved in education for over 37 years. 
Sally inspects for OfSTED and is a Lead Reviewer for Challenge Partners, a practitioner-led national education charity accelerating school improvement, leadership development and pupil progress through collaboration and sharing effective practice; and working across primary, secondary and specialist settings.

Previous Trustee Information

The following Trustees have left the Board of Trustees within the last 12 months:

 

Kate Palmer

Appointed 15/11/2022

Term of service: Interim

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Kate Palmer served as Interim Safeguarding Trustee and stepped down as of 06/02/2023.

Elise Eminson

Polly Honeychurch

Appointed 09/01/2023

Term of service:  3 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: Governor (Crookhorn School & University of Portsmouth Academy Trust)

 

Polly Honeychurch served as a Trustee and stepped down on 20/10/2023.

Alexis Brooker

Appointed 16/07/2018

Term of service:  4 years

Record of attendance: 100%

Registered Interests: None

 

Alexis Brooker served as the Chair of Trustees and stepped down as of 31/10/2022.

Governance Structure

Releasing Potential is governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from the worlds of business and education. The Board consists of sub-groups which report to the full Board, each dealing with a particular area of concern:

Behaviour & Safety Sub Committee

The Behaviour & Safety Group supports the School Leadership Team and Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) in Safeguarding students and staff and ensuring Releasing Potential is a safe place for all.  The Group monitors decision making and recording processes to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory frameworks.

 

Finance & Resources Sub Committee

The Finance Group works on setting the annual budget for the charity, on monthly management accounts, the Annual Report and Accounts submitted to the Charities Commission and Companies House, and any other finance-related issues which arise.

 

Teaching, Learning & Standards Sub Committee

The work of the TLS Subcomittee focuses on improving standards of teaching and learning in the school. The committee is concerned with ensuring the school meets independent school standards with a focus on the quality of education provided. The group conducts regular school visits and meetings and holds to account the Head of School and Executive Head Teacher in ensuring the best possible outcomes for students. The TLS subcommittee considers the School’s Self Evaluation Framework and advises on the School Improvement Plan.

People & HR Sub Committee

The People & HR sub committee is concerned with all aspects of supporting people in the organisation. The Group monitors decision making and recording processes to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory frameworks.

 

 

Full details of school governance arrangements for Releasing Potential School can be found on the school website.

Address:

Releasing Potential
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court
Ridgway
Havant
Hampshire

ENGLAND
PO9 1LS

Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 04622100

Telephone:

023 9247 9762

Email:

info@releasingpotential.com

© Releasing Potential 2017

Havant