- setting the strategic direction for the trust
- holding the Executive Headteacher / Senior Executive Leader to account
- ensuring financial probity.
As charity trustees, they also ensure compliance with charity law requirements. Academy trusts are charitable companies and the trustees are company directors and must comply with company law requirements. This may sound daunting, but, in reality, the duties are largely the same as those of a governor of a maintained school, such as regularly attending meetings, managing conflicts of interest, seeking advice from the academy’s leadership team and ensuring the academy has appropriate procedures in place for reporting financial information.
The articles of association state that the chair of the board of trustees will also be a member, thereby ensuring a link between the two layers. However, while trustees can also serve as members, the most effective governance models recognise that the members are responsible for holding the trustees to account. Some separation between those serving as trustees and those serving as members is, therefore, desirable for achieving robust accountability. This is the model which has been adopted by the Mid Norfolk Academy Trust.
MNAT KEY PEOPLE
culminating in an appointment at RAF Swanton-Morley, close to Dereham. He retired from the RAF in 1991, at the age of 38, having held the rank of Squadron Leader for several years.
AIan next spent four years working as a Project Manager for Norwich Union, before leaving to establish his own management consultancy, AFA, based in Dereham, which delivers accredited training and consultancy services around the world. Since the mid-nineties, Alan played a leading role in developing structured management methods, in partnership with the UK Government’s Office of Government Commerce (OCG) and APM Group (the examining body).
Alan has written three books: Integrating PRINCE2 (publ. TSO), MSP for dummies (publ. Wiley) and Tailoring PRINCE2 (publ. TSO). He retired recently, having sold his business to IIL (a training company based in the USA).
For some ten years, Ian was the partner responsible for trainee recruitment. More recently, he has been a member of the practice’s Audit, Governance and Oversight Panel and has formed and led the practice’s Core Regulatory Unit. Ian takes an active role in supporting various aspects of community life, including being a Mentor to year 10 students in a Norfolk Academy.
Richard still remains in education having worked in training and enterprise for many years. He is extremely experienced as an Educational Consultant, enhancing teaching and learning and advising schools on professional development. Richard was an Ofsted Team Inspector for 6 years. He currently works as an Education Consultant for Norfolk Better to Best.
Her career has seen her work for a local charity for the last 8 years, being at the forefront of its development towards being a national charity. Currently focused on volunteer management and charity development, this has given her a greater knowledge of charity governance.
Tracey is married to Jason and they have two young children
Peter Devonish (Executive Head Teacher and Senior Executive Leader)
Andrew Rowley (Chair of Trustees)
The globetrotting came to an end following the birth of our daughter and we settled in Norfolk where I took responsibility for strategy & planning for a major local company. This was followed by a return to the City of London helping create a new reinsurance company. In an attempt to spend more time at home with the family, 14 years ago we purchased a business in Dereham – having achieved 500% increase in turnover and nearly tripling the workforce, we accepted an offer to buy the company and so we are looking for fresh challenges (and to do more travelling).
I am a passionate believer in education and training, but the key is not just to provide courses – we need to provide the encouragement and motivation to want to learn, whilst ensuring that the education will meet current and future needs. This is my first experience within the education sector (other than as a pupil or as a parent) – so still learning!
Leda attended Wymondham College, then the University of Birmingham and qualified as a Chartered Public Financial Accountant whilst working in the West Midlands. Moving back to Norfolk in the 1980s Leda worked for Norwich City Council before setting up a successful restaurant in Norwich.
After selling the business, Leda is now semi-retired and is Honorary Treasurer to Norwich Preservation Trust Ltd.
I moved into Corporate Social Responsibility for a major Corporate giving me the opportunity to lead on charity partnerships and community programs. Some years later I took the opportunity of working with a International Children’s Charity to create a funding strategy for projects to support street children in UK, Africa and India. I found this both challenging and rewarding and it provided me the opportunity to travel and see first-hand the difficulties faced by the young in our society.
Education was key to changing lives and programs were created to ensure children had access to a classroom and the chance of creating a better future.
Following 4 years in the Third Sector I made the choice to return to a commercial role and now lead a Sales and Marketing department.
Over the years as a volunteer I became a Youth Football Coach and have organised, trained and led groups on the National 3 peaks Challenge raising funds for local Norfolk charities.
I have lived in Norfolk all my life and have a passion for the outdoors and motorbikes…
Martyn is the Curriculum Quality Manager at Easton and Otley College where he has worked since 2000; he was instrumental in helping the colleges to merge in 2012 and looks forward to using this experience in his role as a Trustee. He graduated with Honors in Landscape and Amenity Management from the University of Hertfordshire. The Chair of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society and a gardening column in a local newspaper, a regular local radio slot and invitations to talk to gardening societies demonstrate his extensive horticultural experience and knowledge. Martyn lives locally and has children at Neatherd High School.