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The Prospect Trust

Developing education

excellence in the community


Andrew Needham

Andrew chairs our Board of Trustees, having previously served as Chairman of The Sixth Form College Farnborough that is now an academy within the Prospect Trust.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Andrew spent the first half of his career at EY, before co-founding a consulting business specialising in management development and executive education that works with leading companies and business schools.

Andrew brings commercial experience and enthusiasm to help shape the Trust’s future success across all aspects of its operation and performance.  He lives locally with his wife Karen. They have two daughters, both ex-students of Farnborough Sixth Form College, who are both now married with families of their own.


William Bagnall, MBE

William practised as a Chartered Surveyor for over 40 years during which time he acted for major commercial property clients throughout the UK. In the 1980’s he was Managing Director of Chesterton’s first Far East office based in Singapore and returned in 1988 to become the company’s Head of UK Professional and Advisory Services. In 2005 he formed and ran his own property consultancy business until he retired in 2015. He is a Past Honorary Secretary of the RICS City of London Branch and a Liveryman of the Company of Chartered Surveyors.

William became a Governor of the Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1996 which coincided with the start of the significant expansion and upgrade of the College Estate. As well as offering guidance on estates matters, William served as Chair of Governors for 10 years from 2002, and has also acted as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Finance, Strategy and Estates Committee. He was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2017.

Maria Dawes

Maria is the CEO of Schools Alliance for Excellence and Surrey Teaching Schools Network, school-led companies that provide school improvement and leadership development for schools in Surrey and other local regions.  Maria is passionate about a school led system, believing  bringing all schools, providers and partners together creates educational facilities that are more than the sum of their parts.  Through sharing expertise and providing a safe community;  challenge, support, improvement and innovation can flourish.

Prior to this role Maria was the Regional School’s Commissioner for the South-East South London Region. Her role was supporting and driving the development and delivery of the RSC’s priorities focused particularly on challenging underperformance in schools and raising education standards in South-east England.  Her work also included facilitating the development of multi-academy trusts and developing strong new MATs.

Maria started her career in 1985 as a maths teacher and has worked in a range of schools,  colleges and universities in senior leadership roles. Between 2006 and 2012 she was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for schools, inspecting schools in all phases and monitoring schools in Special Measures.

Maria lives locally and has three children the youngest of whom went to The Sixth Form College Farnborough.

Peter Eyre

Peter was a governor of The Sixth Form College Farnborough from 1997, serving as Chair of the Performance and Quality Committee and Vice-Chair of the Corporation.  As well as being a Trustee, Peter is Chair of the College's Academy Quality Council.  During his time as a governor, Peter has gained a high level of understanding of the 16-18 education system, in particular the curriculum offer, analysis of the results and OFSTED requirements. He assists with developing the students' interview techniques and attends meetings on curriculum quality improvement with senior members of staff.

Simon Jarvis

Simon Jarvis, an English Literature graduate of Southampton University who holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Surrey University, joined The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1990, having taught previously in secondary schools. 

He became Vice Principal in 1992, overseeing many subsequent curriculum developments, designing the quality assurance procedures which enabled it to achieve Beacon College status and to be rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.  He was appointed Principal in February 2010.

Simon has chaired the Maple Group of sixth form colleges since it was established by him in 2012.  He managed the College conversion to academy status and, in September 2017, became the first Chief Executive of The Prospect Trust.

Andrew Majury

Andrew was an independent governor and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of The Sixth Form College Farnborough, now an academy within The Prospect Trust.

A qualified accountant by profession, Andrew spent most of his career in industry in various Financial Controller and Finance Director positions. He has also served as a governor at local primary and secondary schools for many years and therefore brings experience of the education sector at several levels.

Andrew brings financial and commercial experience to the Trust to help it to develop into a successful and high-performing organisation. He lives locally with his wife Angela. They have three daughters, all ex-students of The Sixth Form College Farnborough, who are now pursuing their own careers.

Joanne Smithson

As Director of People & Resources at the Institute of Fundraising, Joanne is responsible for the Finance, HR, ICT, Facilities, Strategic Planning and Business Improvement functions.  Prior to joining the IoF, Joanne was Chief Executive of an international youth volunteering charity for five years, having previously held a range of senior roles at a large Education Trust involved in school improvement, teacher training, curriculum development, careers education and the management of schools & academies. 

Jo lives locally and was a parent governor of the Sixth Form College Farnborough prior to joining the Board of Trustees of the Prospect Trust.