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The Diocese of Coventry

Multi Academy Trust

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The 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 five 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 Chris Edwards

Chris had a successful career in education over 33 years; teaching in the UK and Kenya. As a Church of England Head Teacher, he led 2 primary schools to good and outstanding inspection grades respectively; becoming a National Leader of Education.  In 2013 her became Regional Academies Director for Oasis Community Learning responsible for 8 academies in the Midlands.  During his tenure, all eight previously failing schools achieved Good Ofsted grades aligned with the excellent culture and ethos of the Academy Trust.


Since 2018 Chris has been Chief Operations Officer for HOPE Coventry, a Christian UK Charity, enabling churches to delivery predominantly social action projects to serve the city including a Night Shelter and Good Neighbours a large volunteer befriending service.  He is trustee of Jubilee Church Coventry and founder trustee of Mercy Hands Uganda UK.


Archdeacon - The Venerable Barry Dugmore

As Archdeacon Missioner, Barry plays a key part in the leadership of Coventry Diocese.  Originally Barry graduated from the Royal Society of Chemistry, achieving chartered chemist status whilst working for ICI as a research technician and then research chemist.  Barry's faith grew through his involvement in a worship band and he became a worship leader and preacher.  Barry was ordained in Portsmouth Diocese in 2001. Prior to taking up the role of Archdeacon Missioner for Coventry Diocese, Barry was Mission Enabler for Exeter Diocese.


Appointed Member - 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.


Appointed Member - vacant


Persons with Significant Control (PSC)


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

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