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Our Governance

The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such is required to comply with charity law and company law.  The charitable company was set up by our founding members, details of whom can be found in the memorandum of association.     

The Trust is one legal entity with one set of articles of association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a master funding agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate supplementary funding agreement.   The memorandum of association, articles of association and master funding agreement can be located at the bottom of this page.  Each academy will publish their supplementary funding agreement on their academy website. 

Our Governance Structure                                                (NEW IMAGE TO FOLLOW)

 

The Members

The trust consists of five members (although we are currently carrying one vacancy) who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the multi-academy trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove trustees, amend the articles of association and, if necessary, wind up the multi-academy trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the trust board.  The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.

Details of our Members for the last 12 months can be seen in the table below.   Current members are displayed in a bold font.

We currently have a vacancy for a member.  Should you be interested in the role or would simply like further information, please contact our clerk, Sandra Taylor - staylor@deferrersturst.com

Member

Appointed

Resigned

Declaration of Interests

Jacqueline Botton
3 September 2015
03.09.2019
Trustee Burton on Trent Street Angels; Trustee for riverside church
Rev. Michael Freeman
3 September 2015
 
Vicar of The Church of Saint John the Divine, Horninglow
Matt Hancock
15 June 2017
 
Burton albion Community Trust
Kevin Gaunt
31 October 2017
 
Proprietor of NJ&W Consultants Limited
CECET - Corporate Member
01 September 2018
 
None

 

The Trust Board

The Trust board has strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the multi-academy trust.  The board consists of up to 11 trustees, eight of whom are appointed by the members.  The trustees are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership teams, that the multi-academy trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.  The trust board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least five times per year with Board Committees meeting in addition to this.  

Details of our trustees for the last 12 months can be seen in the table below. Trustees that appear in a bold grey font are our current directors.  If you would like to learn more about a particular trustee please select the trustee, or alternatively go to our 'Meet the Trust Board' page. 

 

Director

Appointed

Appointed by

Term of Office expires

Resigned

 

Attendance at meetings during 2019/20

 

Declaration of Interests

Mark Taylor
24.06.2015
Members
18.04.2022
27.09.2019
0/1
Employed by air it
Andrew Burns (VICE CHAIR)
04.10.2011
Members
18.03.2023
 
4/5
Employed by Willmott Dixon
CLAIRE SHAW (CHAIR)
12.09.2017
CECET
11.09.2021
08.09.2020
4/5
Employed by the lichfield diocese
Amy Smith (Vice Chair)
06.11.2017
trustees
05.11.2021
04.12.2019
2/2
employed by the department for education
Sophie Leadley
15.05.2018
trustees
14.05.2022
 
5/5
Owner of Viva Vacations Limited (since 2017)
Solcitor working as a consultant for Eversheds Sutherland LLP (since 2003)
Solicitor working as a consultant for Browne Jacobson LLP (since 2018
)
Gerry McSorley
06.12.2018
Members
05.12.2022
17.07.2020
4/5
Employed by Health Education England.  Sits on the North Cluster Board of the Discovery Schools MAT. Specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
JOHn widdowson
02.04.2019
MEMBERS
01.04.2023
 
3/5
employed at burton albion community trust. trustee of central england co-operative learning trust.  sits on east staffordshire patient board
LEE MOLAI
02.04.2019
members
01.04.2023
 
2/5
eMPLOYED BY CEVA LOGISTICS UK LTD.  CHARITY TRUSTEE OF LIFE TABERNACLE CIC
GLEN BOWN
09.12.2019
MEMBERS
08.12.2023
 
3/3
COUNCILLOR - FRADLEY AND STREETHAY PARISH COUNCIL
SARAH MEADER
09.12.2019
members
08.12.2023
 
3/3
EMPLOYED BY GREENWOOD ACADEMIES TRUST                            CIPD, MHFA ENGLAND, ILM

 

FIONA STAGG
16.07.2020
MEMBERS
15.07.2024
 
N/A
LOCAL GOVERNOR AT MEADOWS PRIMARY ACADEMY, GOVERNOR AT WALTON PRIMARY SCHOOL, STONE.  indEpendent chair of north mids maths hub
CLAIRE SHAW (CHAIR)
08.09.2020
TRUSTEES
07.09.2024
 
n/a
Employed by the lichfield diocese
JOHN FITCHETT
08.09.2020
CECET
07.09.2024
 
N/A
trustee HOME-START STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS, TRUSTEE MANOR HALL MAT, councillor uttoxeter town council

 

Accounting Officer

Date Appointed

Declaration of Interest 

Ian McNeilly
01.05.2018
Governor at Brookfield Community School, Chesterfield. 

 

The trust board has established three sub-committees to assist them, namely the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Standards Committee and the Resources Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located at the bottom of this page.  The Finance, Audit and Risk and the Standards sub-committees will meet as often as is necessary, but at least three times per year.  The Resources Committee will meet as often as necessary, but at least on an annual basis.

The Standards Committee

This is a newly formed committee meeting in 2018-19.  The committee will be responsible for considering all education and employment matters relating to the performance of each academy within The de Ferrers Trust and for reviewing data on the progress and attainment of all trust academies.   

Current membership (displayed in bold type face) is detailed below, together with details of the attendance of last year's committee members.

Member of sub-committee

Position

Appointed TO COMMITTEE

Resigned from Committee

Attendance for 19/20

John Widdowson
Director (Chair)
21.05.19
 
2/2
Claire Shaw
Director
11.09.18
 
0/2
Glen Bown
Director
17.12.19
 
1/1
Sarah Meader
Director
17.2.19
 
0/1
Amy Smith
Director
11.09.18
04.12.19
1/1

 

The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee sat as the Audit and Risk Committee for the year 2017-18 but its remit has been expanded to include finance for the year 2018-19.  The committee is responsible for providing financial scrutiny, oversight and assurance on behalf of the trust board over the suitability of, and compliance with, its financial systems and operational controls.  It also has responsibility of ensuring risks are adequately identified and managed. 

Current membership (displayed in bold type face) is detailed below, together with details of the attendance of last year's committee members.

 

Member of Sub-Committee

Position

Appointed TO COMMITTEE

resigned from the committee

attendance for 2019/20

Mark Taylor 
Director
12 May 2015
27.09.2019
N/A
lee molai
director
21 may 2019
 
1/2
Sophie Leadley
Director
26 June 2018
 
1/2
Andy Burns (CHAIR)
Director
17 July 2018
 
2/2
Gerry McSorley
Director
19 March 2019
17.07.2020
2/2
FIONA STAGG
DIRECTOR
08 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
N/A

 

The Resources Committee
 
This is a newly formed committee meeting for 2020-21.
 
The committee is responsible for considering all education and employment matters relating to the performance of each academy within The de Ferrers Trust and agreeing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of common policies and practices.
 
Current membership (displayed in bold type face) is detailed below.
 

Member of Sub-Committee

Position

Appointed TO COMMITTEE

resigned from the committee

attendance for 2019/20

Claire shaw (chair)
director
08 september 2020
 
n/a
SARAH MEADER
director
08 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
n/a
Sophie Leadley
Director
08 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
n/a
Andy Burns
Director
08 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
n/a
 
 
The Local Governing Body
 
A Local Governing Body (LGB) will be established for each academy where appropriate.  The LGB carry out the trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They will play a support & challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to them by the trust board in accordance with the terms of reference and scheme of delegation (located at the bottom of this page).  
 
For details of each local governing body please select from the list below:-
 
Horninglow Primary Local Governing Body
 

Meetings

Details as to Attendance at meetings for 2019-20 can be found next to the details regarding each member, director or governor. 

Our Annual Calendar of Meetings for 2020-21 can be found below. 

Training

"The role (of a governor) is so important that amateurish governance will no longer do.  Good will and good intentions will only go so far.  Governing boards made up of people who are not properly trained and who do not understand the importance of their role are not fit for purpose in the modern and complex educational landscape."

Sir Michael Wilshaw - November 2015

 

With this in mind the Trust has worked with all members, governors and directors to provide continuous professional development to assist them in acquiring the skills required to fulfil their role. 

During 2019-20 clerks, governors and trustees participated in the following training:-

  • Level 1 Safeguarding
  • GDPR Training
  • Prevent Training
  • Level 2 Safeguarding
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Local Governor Induction Training
  • NGA Clerks conference

Code of Conduct

All governors and trustees are requested to abide by a code of conduct.  A copy of which is located below.