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Management Committee

"The management committee is highly effective." ...... Leaders demonstrate strong knowledge and expertise in supporting pupils with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs." ...... "Members of the management committee take their roles and responsibilities seriously. Members use their wide knowledge and experience to make sure that leaders have a precise focus on improving pupils’ outcomes." - OFSTED 2019

All schools in England have a "Management Committee" which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Management Committee (which acts the same as a Governing Body) works in close partnership with the head teacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the committee members are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Who are we?

The Instrument of Government states that Roman Fields Management Committee should consist of a maximum of 13 Members, each with a term of office of four years:
1 Parent Members
3 LA Members
2 Staff Members
7 Community Members

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually in May.

The chair of the Management Committee is Mr. Eugene Billeter, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at 

The Full Management Committee meets termly and has two sub-committees that it delegates responsibilities too:

Quality, Standards and Achievement Meets annually in the new academic year; its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements; it has various ‘link governors’ for English, Math’s, Science, Creative Arts, Behaviour and attendance, SEND, Autism & Citizenship, Child Protection, CLA and Safeguarding (although these may vary depending on the priorities set out in the School Development Plan).
Finance, Personnel and Premises Meets termly - two weeks prior to the full committee; the main purpose of the committee is to discuss all aspects of the schools financial planning and ensure the school remains within budget and funds are spent wisely to meet the needs of the pupils; while it meets every term, there are additional review meetings with the schools local authority finance officer.  Personnel and Premises including Health and Safety is also part of this committee remit.
Pay Committee This meets every year following the staff performance management annual review to ensure that there is a fair and consistent approach.


Join in

All Committee Members must be elected or appointed. If you want to be part of Roman Fields Management Committee, please contact Mandy Crow (Clerk to the Management Committee) about any vacancies. Email:


Eugene Billeter

Community member - 09/04/2015 until 08/04/2019
Chair of Full Committee meetings and Vice Chair of the PFP Committee.
Attendance for 2017/2018: 3/3 Full Management Committee meetings; 2/3 PFP Committee meetings
Register of interests: Nothing to declare.
Link Member: SEN and Teaching & Learning
"I joined Roman Fields when the Management Committee was first set up in 2011 as a parent member. During my initial term at Roman Fields my son moved on; so when the end of my initial four year term came to an end I was asked if I would stay on as a community member. I have been active as a parent for support of people with special educational needs for over 20 years. I also have extensive professional experience in planning, financial management and people management."

 Nik Pringle

Community member 09/04/2015 until 08/04/2019
Vice Chair of the Full Management Committee and Chair of the PFP Committee.
Attendance 2017/2018: 2/3 Full Management Committee Meetings; 3/3 PFP Committee meetings
Register of interests: Nothing to declare.
Link Member: Safeguarding & Premises

"I am a committee member, elected in 2010 when the Management Committee was first set up. Following my first four year term, I was asked to continue into another term which I have gladly agreed too. I am a retired police officer but returned as a Special Constable and currently a Special Inspector and Staff Officer to the Special Chief Officer for Hertfordshire.  I am employed by the Constabulary & manage their non-human logistics."


Trevor Orchard - Head Teacher

Employed at Roman Fields and part of the Management Committee since 01/01/2014.
Sits on the Full Management Committee and the PFP Committee.
Attendance 2017/2018: 3/3 Full Management Committee meetings; 3/3 PFP Committee Meetings.
Register of interests: Head Teacher

"My experience in education spans over 20 years, following a career in industry when I was project manager for IBM’s construction arm. I first taught in an inner-city comprehensive for 6 years, where I was swiftly promoted to Head of Year, before advancing to the posts of Assistant Head and later Deputy Head Teacher at a Buckinghamshire Upper School; retaining the latter position for a 7 year period, prior to seeking my own Headship.

I was appointed Head teacher at Roman Fields in January 2014, when we underwent a rigorous inspection by NAS, leading to our Autism Accreditation Award and a successful Ofsted in the same year. A second NAS inspection resulted in Roman Fields receiving the 2018 Autism Accreditation Excellence award this was again followed by a further successful Ofsted.

Throughout my career, I have had a real passion for succeeding with students with the most complex needs, as I feel it is quite simply the most rewarding area to work in. The right intervention not only makes a difference, but radically change lives for the better. I feel proud and privileged to continue to work with committed staff, supportive parents and a great bunch of young people. I currently sit on the PFP Committee and the Full Committee."


Emma Davis

Staff member - 25/06/2018 until 25/06/2022. Employed at Roman Fields since 01/09/2015
Sits on Full Management Committee and QSA Committee
Attendance for 2017/2018: 2/3 Management Committee meetings (Joined June 2018)
Register of interests: Assistant Head, Teaching & Learning Lead & English Teacher.
Link Member: CLA and Website

"I have been working in education for eleven years; spending eight years in mainstream and three years (to date) at Roman Fields. My specialism is English teaching, but I am also responsible for Teaching and Learning across the provision. Roman Fields is a great place to work  so it is important to me to work alongside the other Management Committee members to achieve the best possible outcomes for the school."


Terry Harrison

Parent member 06/10/2016 until 05/10/2020
Member of Full Management Committee and Vice Chair of the QSA Committee.
Attendance 2017/2018: 2/3 Full Management Committee meetings; 0/1 QSA Committee Meetings
Register of interests: Parent
Link Member: Autism and Well-being

"This is my first term with Roman Fields Management Committee (joined October 2016). My son has been attending Roman Fields since 06/11/2015 and has had a positive impact on him. I am keen to support the provision and promote the good work that Roman Fields delivers."


Audrey Huzzey

LEA Member 09/04/2015 – 09/04/2019
Member of the Full Management Committee and Chair of the QSA Committee.
Attendance 2017/2018: 2/3 Full Committee; 0/1 QSA Committee Meetings (change to yearly QSA meetings decided May 2016. First one will be start of 2017/18 academic year).
Register of interests: Central SEN Operations Manager.
Link Member: Autism Enrichment & Alternative Providers.

"I am a senior member of SEN and have supported the provision, as gatekeeper for admissions, from the beginning. I joined Roman Fields Management Committee when it was initially set up in 2010 and have seen it grow and flourish. I am now in my second term with the Management Committee; I find it invaluable to hear how the young people are progressing and achievements they have made."


Alan Clarke

Community member 06/10/2016 until 06/10/2019
Sits on Full Management Committee and PFP Committee
Attendance 2017/2018: 3/3 Full Management Committee meetings; 1/3 PFP Committee meetings (Joined PFP Committee in June 2017)
Register of interests: Nothing to declare.
Link Member: CEIAG/Transition and Creative Arts

"This is my first term with Roman Fields Management Committee (joined October 2016). I am a neighbour that was approached by the school to sit on their committee as a local community member. "


Stuart Ruben

LEA Member – 25/06/2018 until 25/06/2022
Sits on Full Management Committee and PFP Committee.  Attendance 2017/2018: 2/3 Full Management Committee meetings (Joined in June 2018)
Register of interest: None
Link Member: Finance and Maths

"I was delighted to become a committee member in 2018. I trust I can contribute to Roman Fields continuing success in pupil education and support. My strengths are finance and projects."

Mark Braley

Community Member - 04/03/2019 until 04/03/2023
Sits on Full Management Committee and QSA Committee
Attendance: New Committee Member from March 2019
Register of interest: None
Link Member: Data Protection Officer and Behaviour

 Matt Hawkes

Community Member - 25/06/2018 until 25/06/2022
Sits on Full Management Committee and QSA Committee
Attendance 2017/2018: 2/3 Full Management Committee Meetings (Joined in June 2018)
Register of interest: None
Link Member: Data Analysis and English

"I have worked in the Rail Industry for 23 years, 7 with a Train Operating Company and the last 15 within Network Rail.  My time with Network Rail has been spent in the Project Management of both the Development and Delivery stages of projects multi-million pound infrastructure projects, including Thameslink and Crossrail.  I have also had spells as Head of Safety and I have been involved in several Business Improvement programmes sharing lessons learnt and driving culture change within the business.  I am currently working within the Digital Railway Programme as a Senior Programme Manager developing Digital Railway specifications and contracting strategies for the deployment of digital technology across the GB rail industry.

I am also an experienced coach, with the majority of my coaching being undertaken within Network Rail, more recently providing support to Leadership development programmes for senior managers in the organisation."


Jermaine Downer

Community Member - 01/10/2018 until 01/10/2022
Sits on Full Management Committee and PFP Committee
Attendance 2017/2018: 1/3 Full Management Committee Meetings (Joined in Oct 2018)
Register of interest: None
Link Member: Science and Technology

"I am delighted and excited about becoming a committee member at Roman Fields. I enjoy working voluntarily in my community. After graduating from university, I worked with the Metropolitan Police to support communities in the London borough of Harrow.I am a Project Manager currently working on business transformation projects for a borough council. I have successfully delivered multiple business improvement and IT projects within local and central government."

Message from the Chair of Management Committee

“On behalf of the Management Committee, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Management Committee undertakes to ensure that your son/daughter will receive a sound education.

The Management Committee has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

* Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.
* Setting the strategic framework within which the provision operates.
* Management of the school’s delegated budget.
* Ensuring that the curriculum for the provision is balanced and broadly based.

Committee members discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of committee members also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as literacy, math’s and SEND.

Committee members adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the provision including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

Roman Fields draws a unique strength on a genuine collaborative partnership between committee members, staff, SEN professionals, parents/carers and our young people; a partnership that has high aspirations for all and places the youngsters in our care at the heart of every decision.

The Management Committee is, therefore, rightly proud of the achievements of the provision, not only in terms of the results, but also in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for their future.”