The Governing Body comprises of the following Trustees:


Sponsor/Chair of Board of Trustees

Sir Roger retired as Chairman of the Folkestone-based Saga Group Ltd in October 2004, having established the company as the leading provider of services for people over 50. He received the CBE in 2004 for services to business, education and charity.

Since leaving Saga, Sir Roger has devoted considerable time and energy to the development of a range of projects supported by his family charitable trust.

Sir Roger is supporting major initiatives to improve access to education at primary and secondary levels. He is also sponsor and Chair of Governors of the Folkestone Academy, which became one of the UK’s first all-age Academies in September 2009.

Sir Roger received a knighthood for services to Education and to Charities in Kent and overseas in the New Year Honours 2014



Gary Cottle BSc MSc

Chair of Audit Committee

Member of Finance & GP Committee

Gary Cottle attended the Wyndgate School (predecessor school to the Folkestone Academy) and went on to obtain a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Computational Statistics before embarking on a PhD programme at City University. Gary worked for companies such as Chase Manhattan, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley before joining RBS in 2007. Gary eventually became their Global Head of Corporate Risk Solutions and sat on the CEO Board Operating Committee and GBM Corporate and Social Responsibility Management and Graduate Hiring Boards.

In 2012 Gary joined Nomura and in 2013 was appointed Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nomura International.

Gary has 20 years’ experience in recruiting, training and mentoring graduate and MBA students and has a close involvement with a South West Universities campaign to introduce more students to mathematics courses.


Gary Cottle

Richard Fraser B.Com CA

Member of Finance & GP Committee

Richard Fraser was brought up in Inverness and graduated as a B.Com at the University of Edinburgh. He trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, working first in Edinburgh and then in their London office. Richard’s next position was as Group Chief Accountant at Saga Group, a post he held for 15 years, also becoming a director of the company’s magazine publishing and radio businesses. His current post involves a mix of finance, philanthropic and investment activities. Richard also acts as Company Secretary to several companies involved in the Educational Sector.


Richard Fraser

Tracey Luke

Member of Standards Committee

After University, Tracy started her career as a teacher progressing through to Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, and onto Head and Executive Principal.   Tracy is a National Leader of Education and a serving Ofsted Inspector and last year served on the 'Sub Regional Forum' for the South East, which is a group of Heads advising and acting as a sounding board for the Regional Schools' Commissioner.

Tracy arrived at Folkestone School for Girls in 2001 as Deputy Head responsible for target setting, data, teaching, curriculum, KS4 pastoral care and the Specialism (Mathematics and Computing).  Approximately 2 years later she was promoted to Head teacher.  In 2007 Tracy was appointed Principal of The Marsh Academy. 

From January 2008 to December 2012 Tracy was Executive Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls and The Marsh Academy.   She is extremely proud of the progress The Marsh Academy made during this time, including the re-building of the school. The Folkestone School for Girls also moved from Good to Outstanding during this period.  From January 2013 to the present, Tracy has been Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls.

Tracy has experience as a Governor at Tonbridge School (part of The Marsh Academy link), NewLine Learning Academy and also at The Kent Health Needs Service.

  Tracey Luke

Ros McCarthy BA DL

Member of Standards Committee

SEND and Disadvantaged Student Linked Governor

Ros MCarthy was born in Kent and educated locally in Folkestone, before embarking on a teaching career spanning over 30 years and taking her as far afield as Zambia.  On returning to Kent, she taught mainly in state schools until joining the independent sector as Head of the Religious Studies department at Ashford School in 1983.  She founded a new House for daygirls before being appointed Head of Cobham Hall in 1989, where she remained until retirement in 2003.  During her time at Cobham she served on the Girls’ Schools Association Council, and became National Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association.  She was appointed as a founder member of the previous Government’s Advisory Group on partnerships between state and independent schools.  During retirement she has continued with her educational interests and became Chairman of Commissioners at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School during the period it successfully sought Academy status.  She is currently a Governor of Northbourne Park School.  She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in 2009.  Ros has two adult children and is the proud grandmother of three girls, one of whom is half French and lives in Paris.



Dr Keith McLay PhD 

Members of Standards Committee

Sixth Form and CEIAG Linked Governor

Keith McClay is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University, prior to that he was Head of Department and Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Chester.  His experience spans operational delivery and strategic management of organisational change, staff and student issues, finance, curriculum design and delivery and quality assurance.  He is actively engaged in research and publication and possesses a national and international profile through contributing editorships and fellowships in the USA and Spain.  He has designed and delivered modular courses at every level from first year through to Masters.  Keith is also a distinguished historian and author with a particular interest in military and political history of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.


Keith McLay

Trevor Minter OBE DL

Chair of Discipline Committee

Member of Standards Committee

Behaviour Linked Governor

Trevor Minter works for Sir Roger De Haan to support a wide variety of regeneration, educational and sporting projects in Kent, and to coordinate activities of The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. His portfolio also includes executive responsibility for the Folkestone Harbour Company and plans for future development of Folkestone seafront. Trevor was previously Director of Kent Partnership for 6 years, working for Kent County Council. Prior to this he served in the Army, reaching the rank of Brigadier, was the regional military commander for the South East counties and Deputy Constable to HM The Queen Mother in Dover Castle. He was awarded the OBE for his services in the army during the conflict in Bosnia. He was recently the Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent in October 2002.

Formerly Trevor was Chairman of the Interim Executive Board for Minster College and a member of the Project Steering Group for the Sheppey Academy. He is now a Trustee of the Folkestone and Marlowe Academies as well as the two community radio stations associated with them, and the Academies’ combined endowment trust.



Michael Pearce Dip Val Surv MRICS

Member of Standards Committee

Safeguarding Linked Governor

Michael Pearce has been a school governor since 2004 and was the Chair of Governors of Park Farm Primary School at the time it was merged with the Folkestone Academy to create the All Age Academy, whereupon he joined the Board of Trustees. Although he has a particular interest in the primary phase, Michael is a member of the full Governing Body and sits on the Standards Committee and the Governors’ Discipline Committee.

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor and works as Head of Litigation & Procedures Policy for the Valuation Office Agency.


Michael Pearce

Tim Reid LLB

Tim Reid is a senior partner in Ashurst LLP, a leading international law firm.  In his professional capacity he has advised on a number of Private Finance Initiative Schools projects. For the past 10 years, Tim has also been an adviser to Rainbow School, an independent special needs school focussing on children and young people with autism aged 4-17, rated as 'Good' by Ofsted Inspectors. 

Tim joined Ashurst in 1991 as an assistant solicitor. He became a partner in the firm in 1996 and is the head of its Construction and Energy Disputes group. He is recognised as a leading construction lawyer.  The legal disputes with which he has been involved range from disputes concerning defective offshore oil installations to the defective and delayed construction of a comprehensive school in Yorkshire.  Tim’s career in Law also involved two years working in Hong Kong. He remains a practising Hong Kong lawyer and is a partner in Ashurst's practice in the Hong Kong SER.


Tim Reid

Peter Roberts MA

Chairman of Standards Committee

Peter Roberts was educated at Tiffin School, Kingston Upon Thames and then read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford where he received a first class honours degree. He worked at Winchester College, first as Head of History then also as Master in College. In 2003 he was appointed Headmaster of Bradfield College. In his time at Bradfield he was awarded "Tatler's Headmaster of the year". Peter is now Headmaster at The King's School, Canterbury, Kent.


Peter Roberts

Mark Taylor FRSA

Chairman of Finance & GP Committee

Following 8 years’ service in the Army, Mark began his career as a Bursar first at Cranbrook School and then Dulwich Prep School. In January 2003 he was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Bedales Schools. In 2010 Mark was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors of the King’s School Canterbury. Mark has served as Director of the Boarding Schools Association and was appointed in 2010 a Director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) where he sits on their Executive Board and Finance committee.

Mark also sits on the Executive committee of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) and chairs their General Purposes Committee and is a Fellow of the RSA. Mark sits on the Building Council for the School Environment.


Mark Taylor

Dr Jo Saxton

Advisor to the Standards Committee

Jo runs a small Folkestone-based Academy Trust. Prior to founding Turner Schools, Jo led Future Academies - a high-performing group of five non-selective schools in Westminster - and has also advised government on the National Curriculum and teacher training.

  Dr Jo Saxton