About Lighthouse Learning trust

On 1 November 2017 we were granted academy status by the Secretary of State for Education and formed a multi-academy trust, known as the Lighthouse Learning Trust, in partnership with Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton.

Members, Trustees and Local Governors

St Vincent Sixth Form College Local Governing Body

This is a sub-committee of the Trust board, which operates within the context of a written scheme of delegation. It supports and strengthens the leadership of our academy by holding our Principal to account for the performance of students and staff, through challenge and the scrutiny of quality. It upholds and champions the Trust’s values and founding principles and is “the eyes and ears” of the Trust board. In addition, this body monitors the deployment of, and ensures adherence to, the Trust policies.

Dan Canham – Chair and Trustee
Carol Dawkins – Professional
Simon Gutteridge  – Professional
Laila Holmes – Student Governor
Sarah Hounsell – Staff Governor
Zoe Huggins – Professional
Jane Luxton  – Staff Governor
Holly Shrimpton – Professional
Stephen Tregidgo – Professional
Matt Atkinson – Principal
Parent Governor – TBC
Parent Governor – TBC

Lighthouse Learning Trust Board

The Trust board supports the Chief Executive and Principals in delivering the strategic vision of the Trust. Other key responsibilities include:

– development and review of strategic plans
– compliance of the Trust with its legal requirements
– delivery of a high quality curriculum
– efficient and effective use of the Trust resources
– delivery of an outstanding education and outcomes for the academies and their communities.

Sue Dovey – Chair

Sue has 16 years’ experience of charity sector governance, as a CEO, a trustee and a chair at local, regional and national level. Prior to her career in the charities sector she worked in international finance for 13 years, holding senior positions in the City. She is currently CEO of Hampshire First.

Dan Canham – Professional – finance

Dan is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has significant experience of working within further education funding agencies. He was previously employed by the Skills Funding Agency, and now works as an Audit Manager for a respected firm of accountants.

Ian Golding – Professional – education

Ian, from Oasis Multi-Academy Trust, brings with him 25 years’ experience in education and is currently Interim Head at Parkfield School in Bournemouth. He was involved in successfully merging two Southampton schools to form Lord’s Hill Academy and led the school to a good Ofsted judgement in March 2016.

Lyn Graham – Professional – finance (retired)

Lyn previously served as Head of Audit and Assurance at Portsmouth City Council.

Richard Hall – Vice-Chair

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Director at KPMG, experienced in advising on accounting, HR, integration, mergers and finance and budgets.

Martin Kelly – Professional – finance

Martin is a Chartered Secretary and has 12 years’ experience as a Finance Manager and Clerk to Governors in schools. He has also worked as Head of Governance for a MAT, was a governor of an independent school and also a trustee of the Southampton Sea Cadet Corp. Martin is currently employed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Chafyn Grove School.

Andrea Wyatt-Budd – Trustee/Director

Jo Atkinson – Trustee/Director

Matt Atkinson – Chief Executive 

Matt is the Principal at St Vincent College. He previously held the position of Deputy Principal at Richard Taunton.

Alice Wrighton – Deputy Chief Executive

Alice was one of the first students to join Southampton Sixth Form College for Girls, now known as Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. After studying History and French at Warwick University she went on to complete her teaching qualifications at the University of Southampton. She held roles at Barton Peveril Sixth Form and Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke before becoming the Principal at Richard Taunton.


Lucy Docherty

Lucy has worked at a senior and strategic level in the public and voluntary sector and the Church of England for the last twenty-five years. She has extensive governance and leadership and experience of mentoring executives and non-executives. She is a Non – Executive Director for Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, Chair of Governors at St Vincent College, an elected member of the Church of England General Synod and a member of the Corporation of Church House.

Ven. Gavin Collins

Archdeacon of the Meon
Gavin is an experienced company member of the London School of Theology, a chair of trustees of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust, and has over 10 years’ experience as a Governor of a Church of England Primary School. As Archdeacon of the Meon, he is responsible for supporting and resourcing the work of the Church of England across an area that includes the Borough of Gosport and has close ties across the communities served by the MAT.

Roger Woolly

Professional - Law
Roger is a Solicitor and a Partner of Lester Aldridge LLP. He has considerable experience of running and managing a large business and of advising others, including charities on governance issues. Roger has also held the position of chair/president for a number of charitable organisations.

Register of Interests

Getting in Touch

Volunteering as a Trustee or Local Governor

Could you help the college by volunteering as a Governor or Trustee? This voluntary role brings many rewards and we are keen to involve people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, and actively seeks to recruit governors who possess the requisite skills and who reflect the composition of staff, students and community, which we serve.

Meetings are usually held during term-time only, and most take place in the early evening. Additional training sessions are held from time to time and Governors are encouraged to take up training in areas including Health and Safety, Finance, Equality and Diversity and Child Protection.

The Clerk to the Trustees, Andrew McVittie, is always interested to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a governor or the work of the Local Governing Body. Email

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