SVS Foundation Council

The SVS Foundation Council serves as the strategic arm of the SVS Foundation. Originally established as the Partnership Council, to facilitate closer working between the School and the Old Suttonians' Association, it has since expanded to include representatives from across the School's wider community. With an oversight of activities and events, it is responsible for providing the planning and direction to encourage each of the Foundation's constituent groups to work collaboratively as well as independently to better serve their respective audiences.



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' Association 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.



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 below. The group includes representatives from the Old Suttonians' Association and 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



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 Alumni Relations and Development Manager and SVS Foundation President and circulated by the SVS Foundation Secretary. 




Ex-Officio Members

Burce Grindlay - SVS Headmaster - Contact Email
Will Radford - Alumni Relations and Development Manager - Contact Email


Appointed Members

Christine Carter (Staff 1995-) - Staff Representative - Contact Email
Helen Knott (Staff 2002-2018) - SVS Foundation Secretary - Contact Email
David Page (Governor 2003-) - Governing Body Representative - Contact Email
David Pickard (Staff 1977-2001, 2009-2015) - SVS Foundation Archivist and Keeper of Records - Contact Email


Nominated Members

Jackie Browning (Parent 2010-) - Friends of SVS Chairman - Contact Email
Richard Dixon (1960 M) - Old Suttonians' Association Representative
Douglas Horner DL (1962 M) - Old Suttonians' Association Representative - Contact Email
Robert Sinclair (1967 M) - Old Suttonians' Association Chairman - Contact Email


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