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The trustees are also our company directors. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and should focus strongly on the three core functions of governance:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Our trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law, and adherence to the trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State.

We are developing our Trust Board to include up to 11 Trustees covering the wide range of skills and expertise that we require.

We work with Academy Ambassadors to source new Trustees to increase the number of Trustees and also work with our academies to encourage individuals with the right skills and expertise to become Trustees.

The Trustees of our Trust are:

Andy Hodgkinson

Chair of Trustees

Michael Booker


Karen Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Buxton


Victoria Hewitt-Lee


Dean McDonagh


Andrew Williams


David Williams