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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




Peter Law  - Peter is 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. Peter worked with in private practice for a number of years before bringing his property experience to head up Leicestershire’s Conveyance Department. Peter has been involved in the conversion of a number of schools to academies within Leicestershire and brings and enormous amount of legal expertise, especially around property.




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 - Andrew spent 33 years in the Financial Services Industry, much of it working in the City until late 2016 where he was Programme, Risk and Controls Director with RBS. He has a strong background in change leadership, business improvment and practical Corporate and Commercial Banking. He is a specialist in Operational Risk and Credit Risk oversight, the development and the implementation of Risk Assessmentand Ctronl frameworks and policies across large populations. Andrew has extensive knowledge of Financial Crime Compliancce, insclulding s166 reviews and attestation.In the past he has been a member of an Interim Executive Board which was established following a local school being placed into special measures and worked with the MAT as the school converted to an academy. 


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.


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.


Jason Slack - Jason has been Headmaster at King Henry VIII since April 2010. King Henry VIII
School was inspected in 2016, receiving the highest grade of ‘Excellent’ in all 8 categories of
the Independent Schools’ Inspection framework. Jason is a member of the Headmaster and
Headmistresses’ Conference, serving on their Inspection Committee since 2014 and also a
practising Independent Schools’ Inspector, having inspected 6 schools. Previously Jason was
Deputy Headmaster at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield from 2005 until 2010.
Jason graduated from Durham University with honours in Physics in 1994, being sponsored
through University and having worked with a major Chartered Accountancy firm before
taking a PGCE and starting a teaching career at King Henry VIII School. Jason moved to The
Grange in Cheshire as Head of Science and Physics in 1998, whilst also working with Keele
University tutoring on their PGCE and Physics Teaching Conversion courses. Any spare time
is spent with his wife and two children, keeping fit by playing football, playing the violin and
boarding Guide Dogs in training.


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.



Mrs Jo Baker


Committee Membership


Academy Effectiveness Committee    Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Ian Dewes (Chair)
  • Ruth Marlow
  • David Morris
  • Jason Slack
  • John Wade
  • Andrew Armbrister (Chair)
  • Mandy Coalter
  • 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
Meeting Attendance
  Andrew Armbrister 01-04-2017 31-03-2021 1 / 2 2 / 2
  Mandy Coalter 04-10-2016 03-10-2020 3 / 3 3 / 3
  Peter Law 17-07-2014 16-07-2018 3 / 3 3 / 3
  David Morris 10-02-2015  Ex-officio 3 / 3 6 / 6
  Ian Dewes 01-07-2016 30-06-2020 3 / 3 3 / 3
  Ruth Marlow 12-12-2016 11-12-2020 2 / 3 3 / 5
  Roger Medwell 21-04-2015 20-04-2019 3 / 3 3 / 3
  Jason Slack 26-04-2018 25-04-2022 N/A N/A
  John Wade 19-12-2013 18-12-2021 3 / 3 3 / 3


Directors Resignations


  Director Date Appointed Date Resigned Full Board
Meeting Attendance
Meeting Attendance
 Linda Wainscot 19-12-2013 18-12-2017 3 / 3 2 / 3
 John Green 14-12-2015 17-07-2017 3 / 3 2 / 3
 James Kennedy 27-02-2013 17-07-2017 3 / 3 3 / 3
 Rex Pogson 27-02-2013 06-03-2017 1 / 1 1 / 2
 Previous Resignations
 Simon Lloyd 27-02-2013 29-04-2016 0 / 3 1 / 2


Declarations of Interests


 Director Pecuniary and
Business Interests
Educational Establishments Relationships Date of Declaration
  John Green

   July 2017)
  None Declared   None Declared  None Declared    27-02-17
  Peter Law   Chairman - South  
  Warwickshire Plato Trust
  Director - Inspire Education
 None Declared 13-12-17
  None Declared   Member of the Sidney

  Stringer Academy Trust

  CEO & Director - Diocese of
  Leicester Academy Trust 

 None Declared 13-12-17
 None Declared   Employee- United Learning,
  Multi Academy Trust

  Parent - Leamington Hastings
  Church of England Academy
 None Declared 13-12-17
  Ian Dewes  None Declared

  Executive Headteacher -  
  Leamington Hastings CofE 

 None Declared 13-12-17

   July 2017) 

 Trustee and Honary
 Treasurer   - UKCISA (Charity supporting
 international students)

  Employee - University of

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

 Trustee - Coventry Diocesan 

 Trustee - Together for 
 Change Coventry and

 Director   - Ruth Marlow Ltd

 Trustee - Transforming Notts
 Director / Trustee - Diocesan 
 Board of Education
 None Declared 12-12-17
 Trustee - Warwickshire Mark 
 Benevolent Fund
  None Declared

Wife is a  member of Bishop's Council for the Diocese of


  Chair - Culture Coventry Trust

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

 March 2017)

  Trustee - Bradby Youth  
 Club (Youth provision in 

 Director - St Andrew's 
 Church, Rugy Parish Council

  Trustee and Director - 
  Coventry Diocesan Board 
  of Education (sponsor)

 None Declared


  John Wade  Director - Riverside Mews Management

 Director - Strand Services (Whitchurch Ltd)

 Director - Street Services Limited

 Director - Queen Street
 Management Company
  None Declared  None Declared 13-12-17

 Dec 2017)
 None Declared   Diocesan Director of  
  Education,  employee  -
  Coventry Diocesan Board
  of Education (Sponsor)
  Company Secretary -  
  Diocesan Board of Education
  Director - Inspire Education 
 None Declared 17-10-16
 Simon Lloyd
 ( Resigned
  April 2016)  
 Employee - Coventry
 Diocesan Board of Finance

 Trustee - John and Mabel

 Member and Trustee - Offa

 Trustee and Director - 
 Together Coventry and

 Electoral Roll - St John
 Baptist, Westwood

 Trustee - Coventry Diocesan 

 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
Jo Baker  None Declared  Associate Tutor - Newport

 Associate Tutor / Clerk -
 Warwickshire Governor
 Development Service
 None Declared 13-12-17
Jason Slack  None Declared Headteacher of King Henry VIII School  None Declared 23-04-18

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