The Diocese of Coventry

Multi Academy Trust

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The Multi Academy Trust Members

The members of the Multi Academy Trust enter into the funding agreement with the Secretary of State and are legally responsible both to the Secretary of State and to parents and pupils for the running of the Academy Trust and the academies within the Trust. They are also responsible for holding the directors to account for the running of the Trust. 

The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include:


  • Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company
  • Taking part in annual and extraordinary general meetings
  • Appointing and/or removing directors
  • Appointing the auditors
  • Signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report
  • Power to amend the Articles of the company or close the company


There are seven Members of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust:


The Bishop of Coventry - The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth


Christopher Cocksworth read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching RS and Economics in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Dr Cocksworth has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of London for his services to education. He has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship.


Bishop Christopher is Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the of the Church of England. He entered the House of Lords in January 2013 where he contributes on international matters (for which he is lead Bishop), education and ethics of beginning and end of life; he also seeks to give voice to life on the ground in Coventry and Warwickshire. 


The Diocesan Board of Education - represented by Canon Linda Wainscot (Diocesan Director of Education)


Linda is the Diocesan Director of Education responsible for 75 Church of England Schools across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. Currently the Diocese of Coventry has over 89% of the Schools which are good or outstanding. Linda has been at the forefront of the work to support schools becoming academies and continues to support and advise other diocese. 


Linda has over 40 years of experience in a variety of educational contexts with teaching and leadership experience in Secondary, Primary, Teacher training and Further Education. 


The Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education - The Reverend Elaine Scrivens


Elaine is a former teacher and school chaplain. She is passionate about education and the role Church schools play.  She is particularly interested in SIAMS and Collective Worship. 

The Bishop's Nominee - Mrs 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. In September 2016 Ruth was appointed as the Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Coventry.  Since joining CDBF Ruth has also taken on the Chair of Together for Change Coventry and Warwickshire another joint venture in the CUF Together Network. Ruth is a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and a Diocesan Trustee.


The Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education Business Committee - Mr Mike Draper


Mike has an engineering background, completing first an apprenticeship and then a Mechanical Engineering degree while working at Courtaulds Engineering, later known as CEL International.

Mike then retrained while still with CEL and took on responsibility for health and safety in a wide variety of design and construction projects. Mike now works for Volvo Group in Warwick where he is the head of their Safety, Health and Environment team for the UK business. Mike became a Governor at Blue Coat C of E School in 2010 and joined the Diocesan Board of Education in 2013 and was appointed Vice Chair in 2018. Mike was a Churchwarden for St Stephens in Canley from 2011 to 2018.


The Chair of the Board of Directors - Paula Whitfield

Paula is an FCA, having trained as a chartered accountant with PWC, working in their London, Cardiff and Sydney offices. Paula worked for PWC for 15 years, finishing her career with PWC as a director in their pensions audit and assurance business.  Paula also worked for British Airways for 3 years in their engineering division reviewing business performance and being involved in the sale of a business.  For the past 10 years she has worked for the GEC 1972 Plan and Telent Ltd specialising in pensions accounting for the company and the pension plan and supporting the Board's Audit Committee on various topics such as risk management, controls, financial reporting, taxation and audit (both internal and external).  Paula is an experienced school governor, having started on the governing body of her local infant school 12 years ago where she became Chair of Governors.  She is currently a governor at two local primary schools and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at another secondary academy trust.  She has successfully steered two schools through their SIAMS inspection, with one school achieving a judgement of outstanding.


Appointed Member - Dr Rex Pogson

Rex studied at Cambridge, and taught in schools for 27 years, culminating in 13 years of headship at Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby.  He was then Director of the Warwickshire Arts Zone for 8 years, with responsibility for forging partnerships between schools, artists and arts organisations for all age-groups.  In a voluntary capacity, he was Chair of the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education for 12 years, with responsibilities for 75 church schools, and was the founding Chair of the Coventry Diocesan MAT.


Members Appointments


  Member Date Appointed
  Bishop Christopher Cocksworth 27-02-2013
  Linda Wainscot 27-02-2013
  Mike Draper 07-03-2018
  Ruth Marlow 12-12-2016
  Elaine Scrivens 03-04-2017
  Peter Law


  Rex Pogson 17-12-2018
  Paula Whitfield 09-07-2019



Members Resignations


  Member Date Appointed Date Resigned
   James Kennedy 27-02-2013 01-12-2014
   Rex Pogson 27-02-2013 12-02-2016
  Simon Lloyd 27-02-2013 29-04-2016
  Simon Ramshaw 12-02-2016 29-03-2017
  John Green 14-12-2015 17-07-2017
  Sybil Hanson 12-02-2016 07-03-2018
  Peter Law 17-07-2017 31-12-2019


Declarations of Interest


Director Pecuniary and 
Business Interests
Educational Establishments Relationships Date of Declaration
Mike Draper  None Declared

 Director - Coventry   Diocesan Board of Education

 Director - Blue Coat CofE

 Academy Ltd

 None Declared  23-04-18



  None Declared  Chairman - Coventry   Diocesan Board of Education

 Chairman - Tachbrook   School Trust

None Declared   23-04-18
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

 None Declared  None Declared  18-07-18
Linda Wainscot   None Declared

 Diocesan Director of   
 Education, employee  

 Coventry Diocesan Board 
 of Education (Sponsor) 
 Company Secretary -   
 Diocesan Board of Education 
 Director - Inspire Education


 None Declared 14-09-18
Bishop Christopher Cocksworth  

Bishop of Coventry Royalties – Canterbury Press and SPCK Publishing, royalties; currently not exceeding £500 per annum but subject to possible change in future

Residential holding – in Egham, Surrey, owned jointly with wife from which rental income is received

Chairman of the Members – St Gabriel’s CofE Academy (Houlton)

Member – Blue Coat CofE Academy

Member – Arden Forest CofE Academy

Court Member – University of Leicester

Chair of Trustees – Coventry 2020 Educational Trust

Vice-president – Medical & Life Sciences Research Fund

Trustee – St Peter’s Saltley Trust

 Council of Reference – 

 Shakespeare birthplace Trust

Charlotte Cocksworth (wife) – teacher

Timothy Cocksworth (son) – Sole Trader, TJ (Building) Services




 Director – Whitfield Consultants Ltd

 Director – Stanhope Pension  

 Services Ltd 

 Director – Custodian Holdings Ltd

 Director – Telenet Communications  

 Pensions Trust Ltd

 Governor -  Lawrence

 Sheriff School

 Governor –  Dunchurch   School’s Federation

 Governor – Stretton

 CofE Academy

 None Declared  11-02-20


Persons with Significant Control (PSC)


  • Coventry Diocesan Board of Education (RLE)
  • The Bishop of Coventry in a corporate role (RLE)

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