Trust Members are responsible for ensuring the trust meets its charitable objectives and can control changes in the constitution (subject to DfE approval) and other fundamental decisions relating to the academy trust.

The role of member is a sometimes defined as “eyes on and hands off”.  This describes their responsibility for overseeing the governance of the Trust rather than operating the schools or the central functions.

David Regan

Term of Office 1 September 2019 to 25 January 2022
David was elected a parent governor of Elmlea Infant School and became Chair of Elmlea Infant School governors in 2014. In September 2019, David Regan was appointed as a Member of the Elmlea schools’ Trust. With three children who all attended Elmlea, he has enjoyed being able to become involved in its management and strategic direction and to witness the work of such a dedicated team of staff from the inside. By profession, he practices as a barrister, a useful skills set for grading the ingenuity of children's requests. He enjoys travel, cricket, history and music.

Lorraine Wright

Lorraine Wright, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Headteacher Chief Accounting Officer of Elmlea Schools’ Trust
Lorraine Wright joined Elmlea Junior School in September 2018, having previously been a headteacher in North Somerset for a number of years. Lorraine was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Elmlea Schools’ Trust when it was formed in September 2019, and Executive Headteacher of both Elmlea Infant and Junior School in January 2020. Prior to moving to the West country six years ago the majority of her leadership experience had been spent in London.

Nick Hester

Term of Office 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024
As an Elmlea parent, Nick was very pleased to join the team of Elmlea Infant School Governors in 2014. In July 2019 Nick was appointed as a Trustee on the newly formed Elmlea Schools Trust Board of Trustees and has more recently made the move to become a Member. His day job for more than twenty years is as a co-owner of a local recruitment consultancy. Nick is also a football coach at Rockleaze Rangers and enjoys the odd game for the Elmlea Dads football team.

Phillipa Miles

Chair of Members Board
Term of Office 1 September 2019 to 22 March 2021
Philippa became a Governor of Elmlea Infants’ School in April 2017 and following the formation of the Elmlea Schools’ Trust has been appointed as Chair of the Members Board. Philippa was previously the Vice Chair of Governors at Stoke Bishop Primary School around 18 years ago and since retiring in 2016 she wanted to use her 40 years experience and skills in senior management posts as an Inspector of Taxes for HM Revenue and Customs to help support her local school. Philippa enjoys getting to know the children and teachers and hopes to meet more parents over time. She also volunteers at Bristol Civil and Family Courts where she supports people who represent themselves at court. She loves travelling, reading and trying to walk 10,000 steps everyday!

Steve Beavan

Term of Office 1 September 2019 to 18 March 2022
Steve served as a parent governor of Elmlea Infant School since 2015. Steve was appointed to the Elmlea Schools’ Trust following it’s formation in September 2019. Professionally, Steve works for a major British Bank. Steve is a qualified football coach and enjoys coaching a local team.