Eaton Bray Academy Trustees

The Governing Body of Eaton Bray Academy exisits to ensure that the school fulfils its aims and objectives and meets statutory requirements. Governors also serve as Trustees of the Academy.

All members of the governing body are firmly committed to inclusive education for the whole community. All Governors contribute their time freely.

Governance Structure

Please see a diagram of our governance structure below, and a list of Members and Trust Board members.

The Trust Board have established two Committees.  These are listed below along with each Committee’s key purpose and Terms of Reference.

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Purpose: to ensure that the Trustees and School Business Manager and the academies are operating within the parameters of the Funding Agreements and Academies Financial Handbook with a particular responsibility on Audit and Finance and providing value for money.

Terms of Reference

Teaching and Learning Committee

Purpose: to consider what is taught in lessons, how it is taught and how all pupils are helped to achieve the best they can, whatever barriers there might be to their learning. They meet with subject leaders to find out about developments in the curriculum and how it is delivered.

Terms of Reference

Members and Board of Trustees

Robert McVeighTrust Member
Catherine WendelerEaton Bray Academy Trustee Representative
Lois MatthewsTrust Member


Catherine Wendeler (Chair of Governors, Chair of Teaching and Learning, Trust Member)


Andy George (Deputy Chair of Governors, Chair of FPP)

I have been a parent governor at Eaton Bray since September 2020. I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors, and also chair the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee.

I have been in education since 1991, and have been a headteacher for over 20 years in a variety of schools across the region.

As well as my day job, I have a great interest in history and music, having played in a rock band for 25 years.

I have a child at the school.


Lynne Mercer (Headteacher)

I am proud to be the Headteacher of Eaton Bray Academy and as part of this role I also sit as a trustee. I have been Headteacher at the school since September 2020, having previously worked in schools in Buckinghamshire.

Outside of school I have three young boys and enjoy spending weekends with my family.

Kieron O’Kane

Kieron joined the governing board in September 2020 and sits on the Finance and Facilities committee.  He also is the governor responsible for SEND, computing, and Pupil Premium.

Kieron is a project manager working within the financial services sector.  He has a daughter in the school and has lived in Eaton Bray for 7 years.

Rebecca Salvatore


Simon Hardy


Owen Venables


Vicki Gray

I am Vicki Gray and a staff governor at Eaton Bray Academy since September 2021. I have been lucky enough to work at EBA since 2017 and am currently one of the Deputy Headteachers. Alongside teaching Year 6 I am responsible for developing the curriculum and leading English throughout the school: inspiring a love of reading in children is my passion and one of the very best parts of my job. Outside of school life I love spending time with my husband, two children and our dog. As a family we enjoy being outside walking or gardening, reading, going to the theatre and watching films together.

Jenny Lyons

My name is Jenny Lyons and as one of the Deputy Headteachers at EBA I hold the position of a staff governor. I have worked here since 2015, predominantly within Upper Key Stage 2 and absolutely love my job – I am part of a fantastic team, and we are surrounded by children who have a real love for learning and are exceptionally well behaved.  As well as teaching part time in Year 6, I also lead Maths and Art and am responsible for helping to develop our curriculum.  I have two young children and a very mischievous Labrador who keeps us busy! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking and spending time with my friends and family.

Eaton Bray Academy Trust Board & Committee Meeting Dates – 2021/22

Trust Board

28th September 2021

7th December 2021

17th January 2022

9th May 2022

18th July 2022


Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee


1st December 2021

28th February 2022

15th March 2022


Teaching and Learning Committee

10th January 2022

25th April 2022


If you wish to contact our trustees you can do this through the chair:

Mrs Catherine Wendeler

C/O – Eaton Bray Academy, School Lane, Eaton Bray, LU6 2DT
01525 220468


Minutes of the Trust Board can be obtained by request by emailing the clerk

Please see key documents below regarding our trustees.

Register of Business Interests

Our Governors have a statutory obligation to list any relevant business and pecuniary interests recorded in the Statutory Register of Business Interests. This includes governance roles in other educational institutions; any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).


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