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Governors

Our Governance Structure

 

The de Ferrers Academy is an academy within a Multi-Academy Trust namely The de Ferrers Trust.
 

The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such they are required to comply with charity law and company law.
 

The Trust is one legal entity with one set of Articles of Association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate Supplementary Funding Agreement. All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 
 

The Governance Structure is divided into three layers: Trust, Board and Local Governing Body.

 

 

 

The Trust

 

The Trust consists of five members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Multi-Academy Trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove directors, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the Trust has a majority of independent members.


To see a list of the Trust’s members please click here. 

 

The Board of Directors

 

The board of directors have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The board consists of at least 9 directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the members.  The directors are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership team, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.
 

The board of directors has established two sub-committees, namely The Audit and Risk Committee and The Policy Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference. All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 

 

To meet the directors please click here. 

 

The Local Governing Body

 

The board of directors has made the decision to establish a Local Governing Body (LGB) at each academy within the Trust.  A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for The de Ferrers Academy.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities.  They play a support & challenge role and will hold senior leaders to account for the academic performance and quality of care and provision for this academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the board of directors in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.  Such decisions will include seeking value for money and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately at academy level.  They will also support the board in relation to the proper use of funds and delivering high quality education provision. 

The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference. All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 

Meet our Local Governing Body

 

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local  Governing Body.  He is referred to as an ex-officio governor.  This means that he will remain a governor for as long as he is employed in his role as Principal.  

Nick Holmes

 

Attendance for 2015/16

6/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

I was appointed as Shadow Principal in July 2015 and took up the full role in May 2016 as schools joined the Trust. I have an in-depth knowledge of the Academy, having been appointed in 1990 as an English Teacher and then taken on a number of roles related to teaching and learning. In this capacity, I have participated in school-to-school support and worked closely with the SSAT and Leading Edge on educational developments.

Jacqui Botten - Chair of Governors

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Pay Committee - 1/1

Committee Membership

Pay Committee 

Also a Member of The de Ferrers Trust 

Register Interests

None

 

Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the board of directors.  Their term of office is 4 years.

 

Andrew Burns - Vice Chair of Governors

 

Appointed: 21 April 2015              Resigned: October 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 3/6

Committee Membership

Also a member of the board of directors for The de Ferrers Trust

Register of Interests

Employee of Wilmot Dixon

Bio

I have been a governor since 2011. I felt that my experience in the business world as a Chartered Surveyor commercially managing primarily, secondary education construction projects up to £50m pa would allow me to offer a different dynamic from that of the educationalists on the governing body and add views and opinions that sit outside the everyday running of the Academy. I wanted to be able to represent the wider community that the Academy serves but also add value to the Academy on both financials and premises management given my background. I enjoy my role as Governor and feel that’s its important as a parent governor to be interactive with the Academy and to both represent the voice of the parents but also to ensure that we provide strong governance that continues to challenge the Academy.

 

Paul Mills - Chair of Governors

 

Appointed: 21 April 2015

Resigned: 5th July 2017

Attendance for 2015/16

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

 

Wendy Ballington                

Appointed: 21 April 2015

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

Pay Committee

Register Interests

Employee by Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent; volunteer for Staffordshire Police

Bio

I have been a governor for several years and have seen many changes in the academy, I find it rewarding and feel my involvement helps the governing body make important decisions. I have 3 children, one who has left the academy and now at university and twins currently going through the academy.

I work in the NHS and have lived in Burton most of my life, I also do voluntary work for the OPCC.

 

Brenda Highway

Appointed: 21 April 2015

RESIGNED: 01.03.2016

Attendance for 2015/16

LGB Meetings – 3/4

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

None

 

Tom Lofts

Appointed: 01.03.2016

Resigned

Resigned: 11 June 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 2/2

Committee Membership

Also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for The de Ferrers Trust

Register Interests

None

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend The de Ferrers Academy.  When a parent governor vacancy occurrs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. 

 

John Anderson

Appointed: 21.04.15

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Pay Committee - 1/1

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

Proprietor of J.A. Properties; Trustee of Burton Duke of Edinburgh; Public Appointed Governor at NHS Hospital Trust Burton; Chair of Friends of Outwoods; Chair of FISH 2013; Acting Chair of Outwoods Parish Council; Committee Member of Tutbury Market; Bailiff for Angling Trust. 

Bio

I have been a resident in and around Burton Upon Trent for most of my life. I am married to Rachael and am very proud to say that my son attends The de Ferrers Academy and is flourishing both academically and socially.

I have been self employed since 1981 and currently run my own property maintenance business, am a private sector landlord and a licensed angling coach.

I am a great believer in the community and spend most of my spare time volunteering by supporting community groups and projects, including being chairman of Outwoods Parish and an East Midlands Public Governor for Burton NHS Trust. 

I feel honoured to have the opportunity to support young people in my roles as a licensed coach, de Ferrers Academy governor and Duke of Edinburgh Trustee.

I enjoy outdoor activities including angling, kayaking, climbing, shooting and walking. As a governor, I have been fortunate to go on various school outings; some of which have been quite adventurous. It is great to see the students (and staff!) expanding their horizons!

I believe in our academy and try my best to rise to the challenges of being a good, involved member of our excellent Local Governing Body.

Nick Oxford

Appointed: 10.01.2017

LGB meetings 3/3

Committee Membership

Register of Interests

None

Bio - to follow

Clerk to Governors

If you would like to contact or hear more about the work of the Local Governing Body please contact their Clerk

 

Amzad Ali

Appointed: 21.04.2015

RESIGNED: 11.10. 2016

Attendance for 2015/16

LGB Meetings – 2/6

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

Employee of Ministry of Justice

 

 

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at The de Ferrers Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurrs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at The de Ferrers Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. 

 

 

Caroline Wakelin

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

None

Bio

I have been employed at the Academy, in its various guises, for over 30 years. Burton born, since joining the staff I have always lived in the catchment area. Although first and foremost a Religious Studies teacher I have also worked in teams within Support and Guidance, Attendance and mentoring teachers new to the profession. I am delighted to be able to be representative of my colleagues, both teaching and support staff, on the Governing body.

 

Co-Opted Governor

The governors listed above may co-opt up to four further governors to the Local Governing Body im order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making the governors even more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years. 

 

Philip Baxter

Appointed: 03.09.2015

Resigned: June 2017

Resigned

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

Pay Committee – 1/1

Register Interests

None

 

 

 

 

Lesley Wells

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

Employee of Staffordshire County Council (Headteacher at Outwoods Primary School); Trustee of the Burton Co-Operative Trust; close family member is a director and shareholder of Junk Porters.

Bio

I joined the de Ferrers Academy Governing Body when I was co-opted to represent the Burton Co-operative Trust Primary & Special Schools which feed and work alongside the Academy. I have previously been the Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Governor at three schools in both Staffordshire and Kent, two of which were judged outstanding by Ofsted. I currently hold the post of Headteacher and Governor at Outwoods Primary School.

My role is to provide the de Ferrers Academy Governing Body with information on primary education and staffing matters which they use to help them carry out their role as strategic leaders of deFerrers Academy. I am also the designated Safeguarding Governor for deFerrers Academy.

 

Graham Milnes

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership

None

Register Interests

Employee at Molson Coors.

Bio

I have been a Governor at de Ferrers for over nine years, starting as a Parent Governor when my daughter was at the School. I have continued as a Governor since my daughter left, as I enjoy the role and hope my involvement helps towards the Academy’s journey of being one of the best Academy’s in the country.

I have lived in Burton all of my life and have just completed 43 years’ service at Molson Coors where I joined after attending The Burton Boys Grammar School.

 

Karen Mills

kmills@deferrers.com

 

Appointed: 1st January 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings 3/3

Register of Interests

None

Bio

Coming Soon.

 

 

All documents mentioned can be found below. 

To access the Annual Report and Financial Statements please click here.