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The Trust Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that all of the schools within The Pathway Academy Trust are providing a good quality of education for our children. The Directors make strategic operational decisions for the trust, direct school improvement and are responsible for the governance, development and oversight of each of our schools.


The Board consists of experienced professionals who are well positioned to support our Executive Leadership Team and Head Teachers to develop their schools. Their combined business experience also brings added challenge and scrutiny to the hugely important role of the Board of Directors.



  • Susan Lythgoe
  • Jane Partridge-Dyer
  • Elizabeth Wade



  • Jake Meekums (Chair)
  • Dawn Bramer (Vice Chair)
  • Ruth Doughty
  • Nicole Caulfield
  • Jennifer Margetson
  • Suzanne Mayhew
  • Jasdip Nijjar

Jake Meekhams

Director (Chair)

Career: A senior HR and employment professional with expertise in HR practices, organisational design, transformation and employment law.

BA (Hons) Business & Law Degree, Chartered member CIPD, Diploma in HR Management, Qualified Mental Health First Aider, Diploma in Conflict Management, Diploma in Diversity & Inclusion, Diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

A proven track record of partnering with senior stakeholders to deliver practical HR solutions across all areas of HR & legal matters.


Dawn Bramer

Director (Vice Chair)

Governor Experience: Formerly governor / chair of governors of Culverstone Green Primary School for over 25 years. Also served on the governing body of a grammar school and two other primary schools.  Currently governor / lay member on education admission / exclusion appeal / review panels for Kent & Medway.

Career: Retired. Formerly university social science research fellow, editor of three abstracting services, freelance proofreader and indexer. Currently chair of Environment and Amenities committee and vice chair of Projects and Planning committee on Meopham Parish Council.


Jenny Margetson


Governor Experience: Formerly a governor at the Riverview schools most recently at the infants before becoming a Director of TPAT at its inception.  Currently serving on the Finance and Audit committee of TPAT. 

Career: 40 years with Gravesham Borough Council until retirement in 2019.  During this time I held many posts in Finance, Administration, Arts, Marketing and other disciplines which have given me a wide experience to bring to my role with TPAT.


Suzanne Mayhew


Career: A business events specialist and has worked across a range of sectors and professions including: technology, finance, HR, energy, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and education. Worked at MD level for two global media businesses and founded a business with experience working for trade and professional associations as well as major corporations and PLCs.


Jasdip Nijjer


Governor Experience: An experienced Executive Director who leads the financial governance of two business units within a Swedish listed kitchen specialist. Joined the board of TPAT as he wants to help improve the life chances of young people. It's always been important to him that he works within organisations that have a great and clear purpose which he believes TPAT has in abundance.

Career: A Chartered Accountant with over ten years' experience of both financial and general business management at senior levels. A diverse experience over the years across multiple industries which include both national and international business.


Richard Acton


A Senior Manager for one of the world's largest retailers of consumer goods. Holding various Senior Leadership positions across Kent for the past 10 years. I have experience in delivering a complex business operation across multiple disciplines.  A background in People Management, specialising in employee relations, performance and change management.

Outside of work my time is mostly taken up with my young daughter Ava, who can be quite a handful! I also have a keen interest in history and classic cars, having recently restored an old BMW Alpina.