Our register of interests, governor attendance (2022-23) and the Bourne Education Trust articles of association and scheme of delegation can be found below (as part of the Bourne Education Trust collated documents).

Key Information - Bourne Education Trust


Correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed either directly to the Chair of Governors, or c/o the Governance Professional to:-
Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 9UP

Governance Professional:

Chair of Governors:

Dave Allabush, Chair of Governors

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Dave has lived in Popley since 2001, having moved from Winklebury.  He is married with two children who both attend Everest Community Academy.  Dave is a self-employed engineer designing control and safety systems for industrial process equipment.

“I became a parent governor because I would like to see the school improve and become something that the community can be proud of.  As an Engineer I am keen to progress the STEM subjects within the school and to encourage improvements in literacy amongst the students.  I hope that I can make a positive contribution to the school so that it can become highly successful and go from strength to strength”

Favourite books: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson


Lisa Long

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Lisa was brought up in South London and gained a 1st class honours degree in Hotel & Catering Management at Oxford Brookes University. She trained as a Chartered Accountant and spent 7 years with Touche Ross (now Deloitte), spending time in Audit, Hotel Consultancy and Corporate Finance. She then moved to Reed Elsevier, a major publisher and corporate exhibition organizer, starting in Internal Audit and ending as Finance Director of one of their divisions.

After a short career break and moving from South London to Hampshire, Lisa spent a number of years with BMW Financial Services, setting up the Internal Audit Department and then managing the Project Management Office. She is now self-employed providing Financial Accounting services.

Lisa is married with two grown-up boys. She is committed to ensuring that an inspiring, well rounded education is accessible to all. She spends a lot of her spare time on a bike, walking the dogs and sailing.

Favourite book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Boyd McCleary CMG CVO

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Boyd McCleary studied German at Queen’s University Belfast.  After a short period in the Ireland Civil Service, he spent 40 years in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, at home and abroad. He served in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Canada and the British Virgin Islands.

Since retiring Boyd has worked as a consultant on international business and a part-time judge. He is also a trustee of three conservation charities and a volunteer leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Boyd lives in Bentworth, Hampshire. His hobbies are tennis, reading and walking.

Favourite book: His favourite book is Guns, Germs and Steel : A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years by Jared Diamond. Boyd is currently reading Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis. This is a fascinating and inspiring account of the first attempt to climb Mount Everest, which ultimately failed and cost the life of the lead climber, George Mallory and a number of his colleagues.


Lauren Herring

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Lauren is the Deputy Headteacher at Marnel Junior School a local feeder junior school to Everest Community Academy. Lauren has worked at Marnel Juniors for 8 years and has been the deputy for 4 years. 

Having trained at Roehampton University Lauren began her teaching career in Basingstoke at another local primary. Lauren has then quickly progressed into a leadership position and enjoys the challenges and opportunities this brings. Lauren is passionate about providing an inclusive education for children and ensuring that the curriculum experienced is engaging and relevant for children as they move through their education. 

As well as working at Marnel, Lauren is a busy mum of two girls who both attend primary school, where she lives in Farnham. She enjoys being active through running and attending 'Bootcamp' outdoor fitness sessions as well as going to the theatre and eating out!

Susan Giles-Cox

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Susan is the head teacher at Marnel Infant School in Popley and has been in post since 2013.

Having completed her Masters in Education at Cambridge Susan completed her teaching qualification and then returned to Basingstoke and Deane to commence her teaching career. Susan has taught in the area for 24 years including being Deputy headteacher at Oakridge for 10 years.

She is passionate about education and dedicated to the local Community ensuring that every child has the best opportunities possible. As part of Susan’s role she also works as a consultant supporting schools in the London Boroughs to bring about change in key areas alongside the existing leadership teams.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and taking long walks with her chocolate labrador! Susan’s favourite place to visit is Cornwall.

John Brazier

John has lived in Basingstoke since 2009 and has two children that attend Everest.  He is currently an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Reading and Pharmacy Director of Teaching and Learning.  His day-to-day job involves teaching chemistry to pharmacy students and pursuing research into DNA structure and function. 

He became a governor in 2014 because he was interested in supporting schools to provide quality education to all pupils, giving them the best start in life.  This interest continues and inspired him to join the governing committee as a parent governor. 

“Each pupil learns in their own way and has their own hopes and dreams.  Our role is to give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence, to make these hopes and dreams the best they can be, and makes sure the pupils can achieve them.  I hope that being on the governing body, I can help the school to provide the best opportunities to the pupils in our community and give them the best start in life.” 

Favourite book: The BFG by Roald Dahl.  It reminds me of my childhood and the importance of dreams. 


Governor responsibilities 2023-24

Area of Responsibility Named Governor

Quality of Education

Boyd McCleary

Susan Giles-Cox


Lauren Herring


John Brazier


Susan Giles-Cox

Pupil Premium/DAP/LAC

Lisa Long

Health and Safety

Dave Allabush



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