South West Hub Governance Board

The South West Hub Board of Avanti Schools Trust will oversee the governance of all three schools in the region:

  • Avanti Gardens School, Bristol
  • Avanti Park School, Frome
  • Avanti Hall School, Exeter

Terms of Reference (ToR)

The Board of Trustees confirmed a revised version of the ToR for the SW Hub Board at its meeting in October 2020. A copy of these ToR is available via this link.

SW Hub Board members

The following AST Trustees are members of the SW Hub Board:

Dr Molly Warrington (Chair)

Molly Warrington is a Director of Avanti Schools Trust and until recently was Chair of the Standards Committee. Until retiring in 2015 Molly was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Geography at King’s College. The main focus of her research was on gender and education, including co-directing a large-scale, 4-year, government-funded project exploring strategies addressing gender and achievement. Molly is currently organising an action research project with Avanti teachers, looking at both gender and the value of yoga in the curriculum.

Nitesh Gor OBE

Nitesh Gor is Chief Executive of Avanti Schools Trust. His previous experience encompasses CEO and director roles across the exploration and investment banking industries and a broad business strategy background gained as a result of working for two leading management consultancies. He is a published author. Nitesh has an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of London. He is a Deputy Lieutenant with the Greater London Lieutenancy and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2018 for Services to Education.

Mike Younger

Mike Younger is a Trust Chair. He has extensive experience in teacher education and gender studies. He was Dean of Education and Head of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education 2006-2011, having previously been Director of Teaching and Teacher Education. Whilst Director of the Teacher Education programme, 1992-2001, he led the Faculty through three very successful Ofsted inspections which resulted in the programmes being awarded ‘outstanding’ status. His main research and teaching interests are located in teacher education and teacher professional development, in gender studies and school leadership and curriculum development.

Salina Ventress

Salina is an experienced school leader and outstanding teacher with extensive experience leading improvement at secondary level in Essex. Her specialist areas include leadership development, teaching, and learning strategy, curriculum planning, behaviour for learning, and post 16 provision.

Salina has a geography degree and PGCE from the University of Cambridge and was one of the first cohorts to complete the Fast Track school leaders programme. She currently works as an education consultant supporting schools with a variety of needs. Salina is committed to improving the life chances of young people through the improvement of secondary education.

In addition, the AST Board has appointed the following members to the SW Hub Board:

Stephen Howe

Stephen enrolled on the Teach First programme in 2007, working as an English teacher at a maintained school in South Manchester. He then joined the Civil Service Fast Stream and covered a range of roles in the Department for Transport, primarily working on railway and aviation policy issues, with one shorter placement working on renewable energy policy. Stephen secured a career break from the Civil Service in 2015 in order to return to teaching, working as a teacher and middle leader in academies within south London and Somerset, before recently re-joining the Department for Education as a team leader in the ESFA and, latterly, the RSC’s office. Stephen lives in Devon with his wife and one-year-old daughter. His passions include cricket, poetry, surfing and hiking.

Jo Evans

Jo is CEO of St Christopher’s (Primary) Multi- Academy Trust. She has over 23 years of experience of school leadership including four years as a CEO. She has a strong research background, including serving on the board of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and as a national Lesson Study advocate. She has written leadership training and was instrumental in the development of the Church of England’s NPQH. Success as a lecturer and facilitator-led to contributing a chapter “Aims into Practice” to a Routledge 4th edition book.

SW Hub Board Terms of Reference

SW Hub Board Declarations of interests (Nov 2020)

Minutes of the meetings

05th July 2021

24th May 2021

29th March 2021

25th January 2021

30th November 2020

28th September 2020

29th June 2020

18th May 2020

23rd March 2020

27th January 2020

25th November 2019

16th December 2019

Minutes of Hub Board meetings are published here once they have been approved by the subsequent Board meeting.

Contact the SW Hub Board

If you have an issue you would like to raise with the SW Hub Board you can contact the Clerk via the following email address:

[email protected]

Alternatively, you may send a letter addressed to the Chair of the SW Hub Board:

Avanti Schools Trust

Wemborough Road,



If you have a grievance, please refer to the MAT’s complaints policy which can be found via the following link: