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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. 
 

Our Governance Structure

 



 

The Members

 

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 Trustees, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the Trust Board.   The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.

To see a list of the trust's members please click here                

The Trust Board

The Trust Board have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The Board consists of at least eleven trustees, eight 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 teams, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.  The trust board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least five times per year.
 

The Trust Board  has established two sub-committees to assist them, namely The Finance Audit and Risk Committee and The Standards Committee.  Each committee operates within its own set of Terms of Reference which can be located at the bottom of this page.  The sub-committees will meet as often as is necessary, but at least three time per year.

To meet the trustees please click here   

The Local Governing Body

A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for The de Ferrers Academy.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They will play a support & challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trust Board in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation (located at the bottom of this page). 

The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee, which seeks assurances on behalf of the trust board that the processes around pay progression for our teaching staff are fair and robust.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located below.    Our Chair of Governors is Nick Oxford and he can be contacted via the Clerk.

Our clerk to the LGB is Karen Mills, who can be contacted via email: kmills@deferrers.com.

Meet our Local Governing Body

 

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local  Governing Body as a governor.  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 2017/18:

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.

Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the Trust Board.  Their term of office is four years.  At The de Ferrers Academy the governance structure allows for four Boasrd Appointed Governors.

We currently have a vacancy for a Board Appointed Governor.  If you would like to be considered or simply want further information on the role then please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

Wendy Ballington                

 

Board Appointed Governor : 21 April 2015

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership:

Pay Committee

Register of 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.   I am the designated Governor for Looked After Children (LAC) and Pupil Premium (PP).

 

Jacquie Williams - Vice Chair

Board Appointed Governor: September 2017

Appointed as Vice Chair: September 2018

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings 6/6

Committee Membership:

The Pay Committee 2018

Register of Interests:

Panel Member for School Admissions Appeals and School Exclusion Appeals

Bio:

My family and I have for many years lived locally.  Our two children attended The de Ferrers Academy prior to continuing their further education at University, then each moving onto their current successful and fulfilling careers.

I have a degree in Business Studies (Hons) and I have an MBA.  I was a mature graduate, consequently I am a committed advocate for ensuring ongoing high quality education and equality of opportunity for the Academy's students. aiming to support the best start in life for all.

Prior to my recent early retirement I worked for over thirty years in the Public Sector, holding a number of Senior Management roles.  I have in-depth experience across a range of areas including Governance, Assurance, Safeguarding, Risk Management, Equality & Diversity, Financial Management etc.  I also have experience of directly commissioning public sector services for the local and wider community.  I am therefore very familiar with monitoring delivery against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

I am keen to continue to utilise my professional and personal (life) skills and experience to support my local community, hence my role as a Governor for The de Ferrers Academy.  I was Trust Appointed to the LGB in September 2017.  In September 2018 I was appointed to Vice Chair of the LGB.

I am a Voluntary Lay Member of Staffs County Council School Admissions Appeals and School Exclusion Appeals Panels and I have undertaken the appropriate statutory training for that role.

 

 

Christopher Moss

Board Appointed Governor: January 2018

Attendance for 2018:

LGB Meetings 4/4

Register of Interests:

None

Bio:

I'm a former student of the de Ferrers Academy, having left in the summer of 2011. I subsequently completed my bachelor's degree at Aberystwyth University in Maths and Drama. I am now a business manager for a local family-run company. In my spare time I am a circus performer and workshop leader as well as directing and performing with various local theatre groups.

 

Parent Governors

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

Nick Oxford -  Chair of Governors

Appointed: September 2017

Appointed as Chair: September 2018

Attendance 2017/18:

LGB meetings 6/6

Committee Membership: Pay Committee

Register of Interests:

Children attend the Academy

Bio:

I have been an active member of the Parent Focus Group for the past three years and therefore have an interest in the future of the Academy.  Within my role as a Project Manager, I have skills and experience in strategic planning, budget control and personnel management, all of which will benefit the Local Governing Body.   As a parent of two students at the Academy, I am committed to the future of the Academy.

John Anderson

Appointed: 21.04.15

Attendance for 2017/18

LGB Meetings – 4/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of 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.  I am the designated Governor for the SEND Faculty.

 

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at The de Ferrers Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurs, 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.   At The de Ferrers Academy the governance stgructure allows for one staff governor.

 

Caroline Wakelin

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership:

None

Register of 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

At The de Ferrers Academy, the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt to four further local governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years.

 

Lesley Wells

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2017/18

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership:

Pay Committee 2018

Register of Interests:

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.

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  The de Ferrers Academy. I am also the designated Safeguarding Governor for The de Ferrers Academy.

 

Graham Milnes

Appointed: 21.04.2015

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings – 4/6

Committee Membership:

None

Register  of Interests:

None

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 retired having completed 46 years’ service at Molson Coors where I joined after attending The Burton Boys Grammar School.

 

Claire Stretch

 

Appointed: September 2017

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings - 6/6

Register of Interests:

Children attend the Academy

Committee Membership:

 Pay Committee 2018

Bio:

As a parent of two students at the Academy, I have a personal interest in supporting the running of the Academy to ensure all students continue to receive an outstanding education.  I am conscious that schools depend on a volunteering army to deliver in an ever challenging environment and I wished to become involved. As an experience professional, I have held various managerial positions within a Bank for the past 16 years, I therefore felt I am able to support the Academy by sharing my skills of communication, business management and human resources.  One of the most rewarding experiences I have had in recent years was working with disadvantaged young people through the Princes Trust.   As the current Graduate Programme Managed for the UK for commercial banking graduates, I also feel I can offer support from a careers angle.

 

Neil Foreman

 

Appointed: September 2017

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings - 6/6

Register of Interests:

In a relationship with a member of staff

Bio:

I am an SC security cleared Senior Manager with over 18 years' experience in engineering, operations and project delivery within manufacturing, power-generation and nuclear sectors.   My project delivery experience extends across the full project lifecycle and ranges from engineering and construction management to PMO functions i.e. change control, cost, schedule and risk management, and reporting.  Over the past 11 years I have been responsible for the delivery of complex Nuclear engineering projects.     With my vast experience, I can support students, i.e. 'Routes into Engineering', presentations, project supervision.   I am also available to support the Academy and students in mock University admission interviews.    I am a regular gym attendee, keen triathlete and formation skydiver with over 650 descents.

 

Clerk to Governors

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

Karen Mills

kmills@deferrers.com

 

Appointed: 1st January 2017

Attendance for 2017/18

LGB Meetings 5/6

Register of Interests

None

Bio:

I have worked for the Academy for many years, having been appointed in 2001 as a Personal Assistant to the Vice Principal, Margaret Hulcoop.  On Margaret's retirement, I moved to  the Trent Campus where I am now working with the Principal, Nick Holmes, as his Personal Assistant/Clerk to Governors.  

 

 

Andrew Burns - Former Vice Chair of Governors (resigned)

 

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

Jacquie Botten - Former Chair of Governors (Retired)

Appointed as Chair: September 2017

Retired July 2018

Attendance for 2017/18:

LGB Meetings 6/6                                                                                                     

Committee Membership:

Pay Committee

 

All documents mentioned can be found below.