The role of a trustee, governor or director is identical, in that it covers all aspects of the running of a school from a strategic perspective. This includes safe and responsible management of all areas of finance, ensuring that the education and well being of the students is paramount, that systems are in place to monitor progress of the students, training of staff, that risk assessments are appropriate and that Ofsted requirements are met. Because of the complexity and importance of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Finance individual trustees have responsibilities they then report any issues, changes or forward planning back to the board.


In the previous year there was 1 complaint.


Trustees including the Chair are appointed for a three year period, after which they can be voted on or off or resign. A potential new trustee will undergo a vigorous selection including a need for a C.V., references and a DBS check. Meetings are held once a term (6 terms per school year). Additional meetings are arranged as and when required.  To contact the Trustees please write to the school address below

or email clivebest@greatoakssmallschool.co.uk.



Clive Best

Chair of Trustees

Prior to retiring in 2015 I spent my working career as a Primary School teacher in both Kent and Oxfordshire, and working with all years within Key Stage 2. During my time as a teacher I have been responsible for Music, Mathematics and I.T. and a member of a Senior Management Team. I am currently a co-opted Governor at a school in Faversham.

Date appointed: 19/04/2017

No interests declared

Roles: Chair of Trustees, Safeguarding

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months: 100%


John Gisbey

I am a councilor on Sandwich Town Council. I am retired from 30 years in the police service. My bachelor of arts degree is in criminology and educational issues. During my career I was a schools liaison officer responsible for 51 schools in north-east Kent. I worked on the special investigation unit dealing with child abuse.  I was a law trainer to police recruits at the police training college where I gained my adult teaching qualification. I completed my service on the murder squad in an evidence gathering capacity. I have a son with learning difficulties whereby I have a particular insight into the whole spectrum of autism. I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Sandwich. Each year I organise the Rotary Boccia Tournament for East Kent. My hobby is music.  I host the St Mary's Folk Club, Sandwich. I look forward to the next three years with the Great Oaks Small School taking over the role from Janet Yapp and overseeing Health and Safety matters.

Date appointed: 16/01/2017

No interests declared

Roles: Health and Safety

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months:


Stuart Jones

Following an Honours degree in French and German and PGCE in French and PE, I taught for 32 years at secondary schools in Broadstairs. Over 20 years were as Head of MFL department and faculty. I used to run after-school teams for cricket, rugby and hockey as well as junior sections at Broadstairs Cricket Club and Cliftonville Hockey Club. At the latter I held the position of chairman between 2004 and 2012. From 2014 - 2016 I was vice-chair of Sandwich Honfleur Twinning Association and, since 2016, have been chairman, overseeing, amongst other responsibilities, bi-ennial group trips to Honfleur and receiving group visits to Sandwich. In this period our membership has risen by over a third and stands at more than 100.

Date appointed: 26/03/2019

No interests declared

Roles: Trustee

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months: 100%


Sandra Jones

In my early career I developed Day Care facilities for children of working parents and as a mature student I gained a BSC at Brunel University.

I later developed my career in the NHS, formalised organisational policies, protocols and procedures for Primary Care services. I managed the quality of services as a Commissioner and developed recovery plans to implement across the South East Coast and NW London. I was responsible also for writing the Learning Disabilities (LD) self-assessment framework (SAF) delivered contractual management and provider performance for Dental, Ophthalmic and Pharmacy services, organising stakeholder events for a variety of audiences.

In the last years of my NHS career I reviewed the annual Care Quality Commission (CQC) plans for the acute services at a strategic level and worked with GPs and Consultants on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in London, managing contracts and transitioning services to the Intermediate and Community services.

The Community work I’m involved with in Sandwich includes Deputy Chair of the Sandwich Honfleur Twinning Association (SHTA) 2017-2018 and Secretary for the association (2018-to date).  Bi-annually we organise a visit to Sandwich for our Honfleur friends for four days.  I also support Sandwich in Bloom by participating in team gardening in the centre of Sandwich.


Date appointed: 26/03/2019

No interests declared

Roles: Trustee

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months: 100%



Daniel Friend

Dan is a local business owner and charity worker living in Sandwich with his wife Megan and their three young children. His background and expertise is senior management, finance, strategic planning and change management. His businesses focus on business and marketing, consultancy, as well as offering varied training packages and IT services.


Date appointed: 17/06/2019

No interests declared

Roles: Trustee

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months: 50%



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