Yavneh College became an Academy Trust in 2011.  In May 2016 it became a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) when Yavneh Primary School was founded and then opened to its first pupils in September 2016..

The role of the MAT is to drive the core strategic functions of the Yavneh Schools, to ensure that each school within the MAT has a clear vision and ethos and that they strive to provide excellent outcomes for all pupils within their ambit.  Each of the schools has a Local Governing Body.  There are also various sub-committees of the MAT which perform various functions such as Admissions, Premises and Finance and Personnel.  The MAT holds school leaders and local governing bodies to account to ensure that the highest possible educational standards are met and sustained.

In order to meet its core objectives, Yavneh College Academy Trust has 10 trustees who sit on the MAT Board, each with a particular focus.   

The chart below shows the organisational structure of Yavneh College Academy Trust.

MAT BOARD

Jo Grose (Chair)
Susy Stone (Vice Chair) (YC LGB Chair)
Roz Levin (YPS LGB Chair)
Spencer Lewis (Executive Headteacher)
Sue Nyman
Michael Firestone
Caroline Field (Observer)
Roland Hyams
Richard Gilbert
Sue Neale
Aaron Kaye
Jacqui Rudolph
Eddie Hammerman
Natalie Leon

Local Governing Bodies

Standing Committees

Ad Hoc Committee

Yavneh College
Local Governing Body

Yavneh Primary
Local Governing Body

Finance and Premises Committee

Personnel Committee

Pupil Disciplinary
Committee

Staff Grievance and Staff Appeals

Admissions

Susy Stone (Chair)
Spencer Lewis
Rolanda Hyams
Richard Gilbert
Aaron Kaye
Johnny Friedman
Michelle Spevick
Jacqui Rudolph
Rebecca Lermer
Lara Levinson
Roz Levin (Chair)
Caroline Field
Nicole Wilson
Rolanda Hyams
Gemma Peters
Sue Neale
Richelle Joseph
Amanda Bookatz
Leanne Redstone
Lisa Collins
Mike Rubenstein
Rolanda Hyams (Chair)
Spencer Lewis
Sue Nyman
Aaron Kaye
Jacqui Rudolph
Caroline Field
Susy Stone
Michael Firestone
Jo Grose
Richelle Joseph
Roz Levin (Chair)
Rolanda Hyams
Spencer Lewis
Caroline Field
Jacqui Rudolph
Susy Stone
Three governors appointed by the MAT board as required – excluding parents and Executive Headteacher/
Primary Headteacher
Three governors appointed by the MAT board as required – excluding parents and Executive Headteacher/
Primary Headteacher
Richard Gilbert (Chair)
Spencer Lewis
Caroline Field
Sue Nyman
Jo Grose
Susy Stone
Aaron Kaye

If you wish to contact any of the trustees please contact them via email to trustees@yavnehcollege.org.

Meet our Trustees:

Jo Grose 2017 _ Cropped Jo Grose

Chair of YCAT since 1 January 2022.

Jo has three children, all of whom attend Yavneh College.  With a background in educational publishing and the management of Jewish curriculum and engagement programmes, she is now Director of Communities and Strategy at the United Synagogue. She also sits on the Yavneh Foundation Trust Board.

SueNyman Sue Nyman

Trustee since May 2016 – previously a governor of Yavneh College since 2006 when Yavneh College opened.

Sue Nyman, is a Chartered Accountant. She is a National Director at Grant Thornton where she heads up the Quality and Risk Management team for the practice. Sue has been involved in Yavneh College since before the school opened. She has led the school through an Outstanding Ofsted inspection and led the project to open Yavneh Primary School.

RolandaHyams Rolanda Hyams

Trustee since May 2016 – previously a governor of Yavneh College
Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee

Rolanda is the Chair of Yavneh College Local Governing Body and also sits on the MAT board as a trustee. She is a Chartered Accountant who combines an active life with being a trustee.. Rolanda enjoys being part of the family and her roles involve assisting on the finance committee and chairing the Personnel Committee. Rolanda’s background as an accountant allows her to help the Business Manager with any technical accounting/audit queries. Rolanda works full time in a chartered accountancy practice in Paddington. When she is not working you will find her training for triathlons and spending time with her 6 grandchildren.

SpencerLewis Spencer Lewis

Trustee since May 2016 – previously a governor of Yavneh College
Executive Headteacher

Spencer Lewis was educated at Hasmonean High School in London and moved on to Jews College London where he gained a BA and MA in Rabbinic Literature from the University of London. After graduating Spencer began his teaching career at Hasmonean High School and the Independent Jewish Day School. In 1993 Spencer spent a year at Bar Ilan University in Israel on the Senior Educators’ Programme after which he joined King Solomon High School in Redbridge. Spencer spent 19 years at King Solomon beginning as a teacher going on to Head the Jewish Studies department, moving to Head of Year, Assistant and Deputy Head Teacher and finally Head Teacher between 2007 and 2013. Spencer has a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Hull and the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the NCSL. He was appointed as Head Teacher of Yavneh College in September 2013.

RozLevin Roz Levin

Trustee since May 2016 – previously a governor of Yavneh College
Chair of the Yavneh Primary Local Governing Body and Personnel Committee

Roz qualified as a teacher in 1973 and has been involved in education all her working life. Roz was Headteacher of Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School until her retirement in July 2014. Roz enjoys spending time with her family; reading, theatre, travel and volunteering. Roz is a trustee on the MAT Board and is the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Yavneh Primary School.

 

 SueNeale Sue Neale

Trustee since December 2017

Sue qualified as a teacher in 1974 and has been involved in education all her working life. For the past 23 years until her retirement Sue taught in a primary special needs setting and is still actively involved in special needs education. Sue enjoys spending time with her family; volunteering, reading, theatre, travel, gardening and entertaining. Sue is a member of the MAT Board plus the Local Governing Body of Yavneh Primary School.

 

 

Suzy_Stone Susy Stone

Trustee since March 2019
Chair of the Yavneh College Local Governing Body

Susy is a retired Headteacher with over 40 years experience in Education. She was Head of Bell Lane Primary and of Akiva School and served as a governor of both schools and of JFS, where she taught and was a parent.
Susy is a Steering Group member and an inspector for Pikuach and a Board member of the Partnership for Jewish Schools. She and her husband, Maurice founded and direct the Israeli Dance Institute, which amongst other projects supports dance activities in Jewish schools.

RichardGilbert Richard Gilbert

Trustee since November 2018
Chair of the Admissions Committee

Richard Gilbert has two sons, both of whom are pupils at Yavneh College. Richard has been a Governor of Yavneh College for many years having sat on the school’s Temporary Governing Body before the school opened and then on the school’s Governing Body until the formation of the Multi Academy Trust. Richard chaired the Education Committee for many years, sat on the Finance Committee and has been the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection issues. Since the formation of the Multi Academy Trust, Richard sits on the Local Governing Body for Yavneh College as its Vice Chair.
Richard is also very active in the Bushey Community currently serving as Warden for Bushey Synagogue. He is a practising solicitor.

 AaronKaye Aaron Kaye

Trustee since September 2019

Aaron and his wife have lived in Borehamwood for 9 years and have three children, all of whom attend Rosh Pinah Primary School. Aaron is an active member of the Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue and Aaron has served on the Board of Management and various other committees for the Shul, whilst his day job is that of an internal Financial Analyst for Springer Nature Publishers. Aaron has been unofficially helping Yavneh since 2011, with data, statistics and communications for the Yavneh College Primary School and more recently, admissions related issues and demographics for Yavneh College. Aaron joined the Yavneh College Local Governing Body in July 2016, where he hopes to use his analytical and statistical strengths on both admissions and wider school performance data.

jacqui rudolph Jacqui Rudolph

Trustee since May 2019

Jacqui has been the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Menorah High School for Girls since 2006 and before that was SENCO at Mathilda Marks Primary School. For a number of years Jacqui was the vice-chair of the Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue where she continues to be involved in communal affairs. Jacqui was a Yavneh parent for 7 years, “graduating” in 2016. She has also been a parent at Immanuel College and JFS, so has wide experience of Jewish schools both as a parent and as a professional.

 

 mrfirestone Michael Firestone

Trustee since Feb 2021

Michael and his wife Gabrielle have lived in Borehamwood for 19 years. They have three children, one of whom is at Yavneh College.  Michael has been a Commercial Property Agent for the past 14 years. He is a committed modern orthodox Jew, having been active in his youth in Bnei Akiva as their Technical Director and as an adult very involved in his shul, Ohr Yisrael Federation. He leads the services during the year and on high holydays and enjoys learning daf yomi every day. Michael is very proud of his Scottish and Jewish heritage, is a keen cyclist and has completed several charity bike challenges.  He is also partial to a dram or two of fine malt whisky.

ehammerman Eddie Hammerman

Trustee since Jan 2022

Eddie started his career as a broadcast journalist at BBC Manchester and was involved in producing groundbreaking programming during the formative days of talkRADIO and talkSPORT. He moved into PR and marketing joining Markettiers4DC followed by TVC and became managing director at The 10 Group in 2015.

Eddie leads on strategy, ideation and activation on regional, national and global campaigns for British Gas, Confused.com, Honda, Mishcon de Reya and Genpact as well as educational clients including UFI Voctech Trust and University Technical Colleges.

Eddie is a long standing member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue and has been heavily involved in the BES Yavneh community’s development from the outset. He currently leads youth discussions, connecting topical issues with Jewish thinking.

He served on the Shul board between 2016-2018 holding the Israel portfolio, securing high profile speakers as well as organaising Yom Hazikharon and Yom Haatzmaut celebrations to help promote a closer connection with Israel.

In addition, Eddie has conducted numerous media training sessions for the Zionist Federation.

In 2019 Eddie co-founded The Jewish Organ Donor Association (www.joda.org.uk (http://www.joda.org.uk) ) to promote organ donation within a Jewish framework (https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/survey-finds-significant-confusion-over-organ-donation-among-jews-1.495755) . JODA has been working closely with the Office of the Chief Rabbi in raising awareness of the issue in line with halacha. His latest content led campaign (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc_gg6s1zD8) uses social media and Jewish media to reach a mainstream Jewish audience.

He is proud to be a recovering journalist, glacial half Iron Man, amateur behavioural economist, unashamed Arsenal fan and has three wonderful children who sometimes listen to him. They all attend Yavneh College.

nleon Natalie Leon

Trustee since October 2022

I am a Chartered Accountant and commercially astute Senior Executive, with 25 years’ experience working within the Corporate, Advisory, Not for Profit and Education sectors. I am a collaborative leader of diverse specialist functions – Finance, Operations, IT, Governance, Company Secretariat and HR and pride myself on balancing the strategic vision with an eye for detail and total commitment to excellence.

Currently I am the Director of Finance and Resources for the Haberdashers’ Elstree Schools, which comprises 2,650 students and 500+ staff, with responsibility for their Finance, HR and IT functions. I am also a trustee of two grant making charities, one of which supports children in the Jewish community.

I have two primary school-aged children and live locally in Elstree.

 

Yavneh College Local Governing Body

Rolanda Hyams was appointed chair of the Yavneh College Local Governing Body in September 2019. In addition to Rolanda,  Spencer, Richard, Susy and Jacqui are also MAT board Trustees who sit on the local governing body. Rolanda is also supported by the governors detailed below.

 

M Spevick Michelle Spevick

Michelle Spevick is a co-opted governor at Yavneh College and has two girls, one of whom is a pupil at Yavneh College. Michelle is an in-house Real Estate Solicitor for University College London.

JF Yavneh pic Jonathan Friedman

Jonathan is the father of  four children, two of whom are at Yavneh Primary and two of whom  are at Yavneh College. He has over 20 years experience in HR, Senior Leadership & Commerce.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Lermer

Staff Governor – appointed in Sept 2021

Lara-Levinson Lara Levinson

Parent Governor – appointed Jan 2022

Lara and her husband have lived in the area for several years and have one daughter at Yavneh College.  Lara supports Jewish charities and causes including in her practice as a solicitor.  She has also published an illustrated children’s book that teaches about diversity and acceptance through experiencing other cultures.

 

Yavneh Primary School Local Governing Body

Roz Levin was appointed chair of the Yavneh Primary School Local Governing Body in June 2017. In addition to Roz,  Rolanda and Sue Neale are also MAT board Trustees who sit on the local governing body. Roz is also supported by the governors detailed below.

CarolineField Caroline Field

Caroline Field was educated at Haberdashers Aske School for Girls before going to Manchester Metropolitan University where she graduated in 1997 with a First Class Degree in Primary Education. Caroline began her career at Colindale Primary School. During this time, she studied and gained a Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties before moving to Dollis Infant School where she worked as a Special Educational Needs Leader. In 2004 Caroline moved to Menorah Foundation School where she took up the role of Deputy Headteacher. She was promoted to Headteacher in 2013 where her leadership was rated outstanding by Ofsted. Caroline has the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the NCSL. Caroline was appointed Headteacher of Yavneh Primary School in November 2015 and has been instrumental in setting up Yavneh Primary School which opened in September 2016 with its first cohort of Reception children.

GemmaPeters Gemma Peters

Gemma Peters is a co-opted governor on the Yavneh Primary School Local Governing Body. She is the Deputy Head teacher of a Jewish Primary School. Gemma has responsibility for SEND on the Yavneh Primary School Local Governing Body. Gemma has a child at Yavneh Primary School.

Richelle Joseph Richelle Joseph

Richelle Joseph’s Corporate Clothing business started 27 years ago and is now a global corporation with offices in USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. Outside of business Richelle chairs a charity, volunteers at a local hospital and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her son and his wife live in Israel with her grandchildren. The skills she learnt both in business and working with charities have given her a good understanding of problems facing young people in the ever changing world.

leanneredstone Leanne Redstone

Leanne has been a secondary school teacher since 2001. She has taken on a variety of leadership roles and has taught both in England and Australia., She is devoted to providing the highest education standard for our children.

Lisa Collins

Joined the governing body in February 2020

Nicole Wilson

Joined the governing body in January 2019

 

  • Financial Statements to 31st August 2021

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  • Pecuniary Interest Register as of Jan 2022

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  • YCAT Articles of Association

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  • YCAT Master Funding Agreement

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  • Attendance and Membership June 2022

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  • Executive Pay

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Yavneh College’s broad range of subjects and extra curricular activities helps create the perfect environment for students to flourish.  The teachers are approachable, caring and fun to be around. This helps everyone feel part of the Yavneh family.

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