The Multi Academy Trust Board


The Executive Board of the Multi Academy Trust, fulfilling the role of both directors under company law and trustees under charity law, exercise the powers and carry out the duties of the Multi-Academy Trust. The Board of Directors are responsible to the Members of the Multi-Academy Trust as well as the parents, pupils and staff at the academies. Directors may also be known as governors of the Trust.

The directors are responsible for the three core governance functions – setting the strategic direction of the Trust and the academies within the Trust, holding the Headteachers to account and ensuring financial probity. Directors work with the local governing bodies to ensure the quality of education and financial management provided at each academy.

Two committees operate under the MAT Board. The Academy Effectiveness Committee monitors academy performance, Christian distinctiveness and pupil welfare. The Resources Committee focuses on finance, buildings and staffing issues

The MAT Directors

Chairman of the Board

The Venerable John Green CB - John began his career as a project engineer with Thorn Lighting Limited until his ordination in 1983, serving in parishes in Watford and St Albans. He went on to become a navy chaplain in 1991 and served as Chaplain of the Fleet, Director General of the Naval Chaplaincy Service and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy before becoming Archdeacon Pastor in the Diocese of Coventry in 2012.

Vice Chairman of the Board

Peter Law - A retired solicitor and local government lawyer. Peter is a Founder, Trustee and the Chairman of South Warwickshire Plato Trust which provides housing for persons recovering from mental illness.

Chief Executive Officer

David Morris - David joined the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust from another national Academy sponsor, Landau Forte Charitable Trust, where he was in charge of Operations and Projects for three years opening 5 schools over this time, including two new school buildings through the old Building Schools for the Future schemes. David previously spent ten years as an Officer in the British Army serving in a number of hot spots across the world including Northern Ireland, Bosnia and latterly Afghanistan.

Andrew Armbrister -

Mandy Coalter - Mandy joined United Learning in November 2012 having previously worked in local government, health, the voluntary sector and with schools. United Learning is one of the largest charities in the UK, running nearly 60 schools across State and Independent sectors. The Group won the HR Excellence Award for Employee Engagement in 2016. Mandy and her team also won the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development ‘HR Team of the Year’ in the Public/Third Sector in 2016. HR Magazine listed Mandy in the ‘HR Most Influential in the not for profit sector’ category in both 2015 and 2016. Mandy is a graduate in Law, a Fellow of the CIPD and is a trained Executive Coach (ILM7)

Ian Dewes – Currently the Headteacher of an outstanding infant school and National Leader of Education Ian has taught across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Warwickshire and Haringey, London, where he was one of the L.A.’s “Leading Teachers”. In 2012 Ian completed an M.A. in Education which focused on leadership and management in schools. Ian is interested in school governance having led governor professional development sessions at several schools on understanding achievement data and is currently undertaking a professional doctorate with a focus on governance within multi academy trusts.

James Kennedy – James is the Director of the International Office at Warwick University, responsible for managing all aspects of international activity for the University of Warwick. James has been instrumental in bringing international students from all over the world to the University and presently they make up one third of the student population. Previously he has worked as a teacher trainer in developing countries. Prior to Warwick University James managed a number of large international education projects for the British Council for 26 years in some of the most challenging environments in countries such as Kazakhstan and Russia. James is an accomplished linguist who speaks 6 languages fluently. Prior to the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust being set up James Chaired the Diocesan Board of Education Business Committee helping set the commercial direction of the Diocesan Board of Education. Their task was to also challenge the Diocese on all financial matters.

Ruth Marlow - Ruth was born and brought up in Sheffield before going to the University of Birmingham where she studied biological sciences and geography. After completing her degree Ruth moved to Nottingham and joined Nottingham City Council where she worked in the council’s Housing Department. In 1985 Ruth qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Ruth continued her career in Housing over the next twelve years, before becoming the Chief Executive of North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire and then Managing Director of Mansfield District Council. In these roles Ruth focused on organisational development and service improvement as well as staff training and development. She qualified as an Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor in 2010. In 2014 Ruth became a trustee of TNT – Transforming Notts Together – a member of the CUF Together Network. Here her keen interest in housing and homelessness issues were put to good use in helping to establish and develop TNT’s cold weather night shelter project in Mansfield. In September 2016 Ruth was appointed to be the Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Coventry.

Roger Medwell - Roger has recently retired as Chariman and CEO of NP Aerospace Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Imagineer Technologies and is involved in Imagineering, an independant educational charity with the aim of introducing young people of ages 8-16 to the world of engineering, science and technology.

John Wade – Director at Bromford, a social business that helps people realise their potential through the provision of affordable homes, support and training and employment opportunities. In 2013 the company had a turnover of £160m.

Canon Linda Wainscot – Diocesan Director of Education. Linda has over 35 years’ experience in a variety of educational contexts with teaching and leadership experience in Secondary, Primary, Teacher training and Further Education. As DDE, Linda serves on the National Executive Committee of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education.

Company Secretary

Mrs Jo Baker

Committee Membership

Academy Effectiveness Committee    Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Linda Wainscot (Chair)
  • John Green
  • Ian Dewes
  • David Morris
  • John Wade
  • John Green (Chair)
  • Andrew Armbrister
  • Mandy Coalter
  • James Kennedy
  • Peter Law
  • Roger Medwell
  • David Morris
 

Directors Appointments and Attendance

All directors are appointed by resolution of the Members of the company

  Director Date Appointed End of Term Full Board
Meeting Attendance
2015-16
Committee
Meeting Attendance
2015-16
  Andrew Armbrister 01-04-2017 31-03-2021 n/a n/a
  Mandy Coalter 04-10-2016 03-10-2020 n/a n/a
  John Green 14-12-2015 13-12-2019 3 / 4 2 / 4
  Peter Law 17-07-2014 16-07-2018 4 / 4 2 / 3
  David Morris 10-02-2015  Ex-officio 4 / 4 5 / 5
  Ian Dewes 01-07-2016 30-06-2020 1 / 1 0 / 0
  James Kenndy 27-02-2013 26-02-2021 4 / 4 3 / 3
  Ruth Marlow 12-12-2016 11-12-2020 n/a n/a
  Roger Medwell 21-04-2015 20-04-2019 4 / 4 3 / 3
  John Wade 19-12-2013 18-12-2017 3 / 4 2 / 2
  Linda Wainscot 19-12-2013 18-12-2017 4 / 4 2 / 2
 

Directors Resignations

  Director Date Appointed Date Resigned Full Board
Meeting Attendance
2015-16
Committee
Meeting Attendance
2015-16
  Simon Lloyd 27-02-2013 29-04-2016 0 / 3 1 / 2
  Rex Pogson 27-02-2013 06-03-2017 4 /4 2 / 2
 

Declarations of Interests

 Director Pecuniary and
Business Interests
Educational Establishments Relationships Date of Declaration
  John Green   None Declared   None Declared  None Declared                       27-02-17
  Peter Law   Chairman - South  
  Warwickshire Plato Trust
  Director - Inspire Education
  Trust
 None Declared 26-10-16
  David
  Morris
  None Declared   Member of the Sidney
  Stringer Academy Trust

  CEO & Director - Diocese of
  Leicester Academy Trust 
  (interim)
 None Declared 17-10-16
  Mandy
  Coalter
  None Declared   Employee- United Learning,
  Multi Academy Trust

  Parent - Leamington Hastings
  Church of England Academy
  None Declared 06-10-16>
  Ian Dewes  None Declared
  Executive Headteacher - 
  Leamington Hastings CofE 
  Academy
 None Declared 19-9-16
  James
  Kennedy
 Trustee and Honary
 Treasurer 
 - UKCISA (Charity supporting
 international students)
  Employee - University of
  Warwick


  Trustee and Director
  Coventry Diocesan Board 
  of Education (sponsor)
 None Declared 27-10-16
  Ruth
  Marlow
 Diocesan Secretary,
 employee 
- Diocesan Board
 of Finance

 Trustee - Coventry Diocesan 
 Trustees

 Trustee - Together for 
 Change Coventry and
 Warwickshire

 Director   - Ruth Marlow Ltd

 Trustee - Transforming Notts
 Together

 
  None Declared  None Declared 12-12-16
  Andrew 
  Armbrister
 Trustee - Warwickshire Mark 
 Benevolent Fund
  None Declared  Wife is a  member of  
 Bishop's Council for the 
 Diocese of Coventry
13-03-17
  Roger 
  Medwell
  Chair - Culture Coventry Trust

 Vice President -
Armonico
 Consort Trust
  None Declared  None Declared 23-10-16
  Rex
  Pogson

  (Resigned 
 March 2017)
  Trustee - Bradby Youth  
 Club (Youth provision in 
 Rugby)

 Director - St Andrew's 
 Church, Rugy Parish Council
  Trustee and Director
  Coventry
 Diocesan Board 
  of Education (sponsor)
 None Declared
25-10-16
  John Wade   Managing Director
 Bromford (Social Housing)

 Secretary   - Queen Street
 Management Company
  None Declared  None Declared 31-10-16
  Linda 
  Wainscot
 None Declared   Diocesan Director of  
  Education,  employee 
-
  Coventry Diocesan Board
  of Education (Sponsor)
 
  Company Secretary -
 
  Diocesan Board of Education
 
 
 Director - Inspire Education Trust
 
 
 None Declared 17-10-16
 Simon Lloyd
   
 ( Resigned
  April 2016)
  
 Employee - Coventry
 Diocesan Board of Finance

 Trustee - John and Mabel
 SiddeleyTrust

 Member and Trustee - Offa
 House 

 Trustee and Director
 Together Coventry and
 Warwickshire

 Electoral Roll - St John
 Baptist, Westwood

 Trustee - Coventry Diocesan 
 Trustees

 Honorary Lay Cannon, 
 Member of Chapter and 
 Chair of Coventry Cathedral   Finance  Committee 
- Coventry Cathedral
  Trustee and Director -
  Coventry  Diocesan Board of    Education (sponsor)
 None Declared 13-02-14
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