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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

 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

 

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.

 

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 - 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.

 

COMPANY SECRETARY

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
2017-18
Committee
Meeting Attendance
2017-18
  Andrew Armbrister 01-04-2017 31-03-2021 3 / 3 5 / 5
  Mandy Coalter 04-10-2016 03-10-2020 3 / 3 4 / 5
  Peter Law 17-07-2014 17-07-2022 3 / 3 8 / 8
  David Morris 10-02-2015  Ex-officio 3 / 3 8 / 8
  Ian Dewes 01-07-2016 30-06-2020 3 / 3 4 / 4
  Ruth Marlow 12-12-2016 11-12-2020 3 / 3 6 / 8
  Roger Medwell 21-04-2015 20-04-2019 3 / 3 5 / 5
  Jason Slack 26-04-2018 25-04-2022 1 / 1 2 / 2
  John Wade 19-12-2013 18-12-2021 3 / 3 3 / 3

 

Directors Resignations

 

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

 

Declarations of Interests

 

 Director Pecuniary and
Business Interests
Educational Establishments Relationships Date of Declaration
  Peter Law

 Chairman - South  
 Warwickshire Plato 

 Trust

   None Declared  None Declared 18-07-18
  David
  Morris
  None Declared

  Member of the

 Sidney Stringer

 Academy Trust

 None Declared 14-09-18
  Mandy
  Coalter
 None Declared

  Employee- United

 Learning, Multi

 Academy Trust

 Parent -  

 Leamington 

 Hastings Church of

 England Academy

 None Declared 18-07-18
  Ian Dewes  None Declared

 None Declared

 None Declared 18-07-18
  Ruth
  Marlow

 Diocesan  Secretary,
 employee  - Diocesan Board
 of Finance

 Trustee - Coventry 

 Diocesan Trustees

 

 Trustee -  Coventry 

 Diocesan Board  of Education 

 

 Trustee - Together 

 for Change 

  Coventry and
 Warwickshire

 Director   - Ruth Marlow Ltd

 Trustee - Transforming

 Notts Together

 Director / Trustee - Diocesan 
 Board of Education
 None Declared 18-07-18
  Andrew 
  Armbrister

 Trustee - Warwickshire

 Mark Benevolent Fund

 

 Trustee & Treasurer - 

 Hope4 (Rugby) Ltd

  None Declared

 Wife is a  member

 of Bishop's  Council for the Diocese of
Coventry

16-09-18

  Roger 
  Medwell
  

Director/Chair - Coventry City of Culture 2021

President – Armonico Consort Trust

Director – MTLS Eco Ltd

Director – Composite Ltd

Director – Culture Coventry Ventures

Limited

Director – Alderson House (Warwick) Ltd

Director – Culture Coventry

Director – Imagineer Technologies Ltd

Director – Medwell Productions Ltd

Director/Chair – The Godiva Awakes Trust

Director – Medwell Hyde Ltd

 Governor - Broad

 Heath Community

 School

 None Declared 15-09-18
  John Wade

 Director - Riverside Mews Management
 Company (ceased)

 Director - Strand Services (Whitchurch Ltd) Limited (ceased)

 Director - Street Services Limited (ceased)

 Director - Queen

 Street Management Company (ceased)

  None Declared  None Declared 14-09-18
Jason Slack  None Declared Headteacher of King Henry VIII School  None Declared  18-07-18
 Jo Baker (Company Secretary)  None Declared  None Declared  None Declared  14-09-18

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