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SVS Foundation Council

The strategic arm of the SVS Foundation

SVS Foundation Council Members

Clive Baxter
Old Suttonian (1978 F), Parent (2005-2019) , Governor (2021-)
Governing Body Representative

Mrs Jackie Browning
Parent (2011-)
Friends of SVS Chairman

Douglas Horner DL
Old Suttonian (1962 M)
SVS Foundation President and Co-Chair

Mrs Helen Knott
Parent (1998-2007), Staff (2002-2018)
SVS Foundation Secretary

David Pickard
Staff (1977-2001), Parent (1983-1989)
SVS Foundation Archivist

Mrs Fiona Porter
Staff (1997-)
Staff Representative

Will Radford
Staff (2015-)
Director of External Relations

Robert Sinclair
Old Suttonian (1967 M)
OS Chairman

James Thomas
HM (2021-), Parent SVPS (2021-)
SVS Headmaster and Co-Chair

SVS Foundation Council Details


Council Role

The Council determines the strategic direction for the School's wider community, incorporating Old Suttonians, parents, past-parents and staff. With representation from the Friends of SVS Committee and the Old Suttonians' Committee, the Council guides the respective groups on their individual programmes of engagement, as well as the opportunity for combined engagement. In doing so, its aim is to promote both the School and the Foundation's respective community interests, allowing each to flourish individually as well as collectively.


Council Membership

The SVS Foundation Council is formed of ten members; two are ex-officio members from the School, four are appointed members and four are nominated members representing the respective groups within the School's community. For reference, the current membership of the Council is listed above. The group includes Old Suttonian representatives, as well as representatives from the Friends of SVS (representing our parents and past-parents). In time, we hope to expand this to include the Sutton Valence Preparatory School Parents' Association and the parents of pupils at the HIKSVS International School. 


Council Meetings

The Council meets once per academic term with meetings taking place at the School, unless stipulated otherwise. Extraordinary meetings of the Council, beyond these standard three meetings per year, can be called by the Headmaster or the SVS Foundation President, if deemed necessary. The agenda for Council meetings will be set by the Headmaster, SVS Director of External Relations and SVS Foundation President and circulated by the SVS Foundation Secretary. 

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with the Council, please contact Mrs Helen Knott, the Foundation Council Secretary, by clicking the link below.

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