School Structure, Staff & Governance

Maharishi School

School Structure, Staff & Governance

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Maharishi School Trust Governance Structure

Maharishi School Trust has 3 layers of Governance:

  • Governors (which, in the case of a single academy trust, are synonymous with Trustees and Directors) are responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the Academy; our Governors serve a two-year term. Elected Governors then run for re-election if they so choose, while appointed Governors may be reappointed by the Members if they accept to be reappointed. The ‘Date Appointed’ is the start date of their most recent period of continuous service.
  • Members are the nominal shareholders of the organisation effectively ensuring that the ethos and educational objectives of the academy are sustained. Members also appoint all non-elected Governors to the Board who are not externally appointed. Our Academy has 6 members.
  • Committees are responsible for a given area of governance and report to the Board of Governors. Participants in the committee are determined by the Governors and the majority of the participants in a committee must be Governors. Maharishi School Trust has one committee, the Finance Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board on both financial and human resource matters; this Committee is currently Chaired by Dr Ian Birnbaum, OBE.
Maharishi School Staff Governing Body

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Lisa Edwards

Before her appointment as Head Teacher, Lisa Edwards was a very successful Head of Department in a local secondary school. With over 18 years teaching experience and outstanding results, she brings to the Maharishi School strong curriculum planning and development skills and a track record of improving academic performance with which she will be able further to improve our school.Mrs Edwards is fully committed to the Maharishi School’s ethos. She continues to develop the school’s unique approach to education.

Dr. Ian Birnbaum O.B.E

Ian is a Member of the Free School and Chair of the Governing Body.  He is a former London Local Authority Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services.  He has 40 years’ experience in education, much of it at very senior levels, and he founded, developed and implemented the London-wide coordinated school admissions system. Ian retired in 2011 and received an OBE for services to local government.

Richard Buswell

Richard Buswell is Chair of the Members of Maharishi Free School and the Managing Director and joint owner of an electronic engineering company.  He qualified as a TM teacher in 1974 which he taught part time in the North West of England, and is also secretary of a buildings management company based in Cumbria.  He gained a BSc in physics at Bristol University and an MSc in Solid State Electronics at Manchester University (UMIST). Richard is also an Appointed Governor of the School.