Our Governance Model

Delivering educational excellence

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Trust Governance

Good governance is at the heart of delivering educational excellence. The Board of Trustees has defined what ‘governance’ means for the Trust in a Governance Strategy which outlines how governance is structured and organised as part of a whole-system approach to improving standards.

Four-tier structure

The four-tier structure was established following a review of governance arrangements. The revised structure aims to address the key governance challenges faced by the MAT. The strong focus on collaboration within the MAT gives the opportunity to learn and share good practice. The implementation of Cluster Governing Boards allows this to extend to governance facilitating a sharing of effective practice across a group of schools.

The model allows for engagement at different levels of commitment and skill. It aims to encourage and support those in the governance structure with the capacity to bring their expertise to benefit more children, extending the reach of great governors across a wider group of schools.

The governance functions delegated by the Board across the structure are set out in a Scheme of Delegation.
The DSAT governance model identifies four tiers of governance:
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Trust Members

Carolyn Lewis
Appointed February 2015Carolyn Lewis

Diocese of Leicester Educational Trust

Robert Woolston
Appointed January 2018Robert Woolston

Kibworth CE Primary School Representative

David Williams
Appointed March 2016David Williams

Chair of the Board of Directors

Celia Varley
Appointed September 2017Celia Varley

Parkland Primary School Representative

Trustees

David Williams
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Diocese of Leicester Education TrustDavid Williams

Foundation Director - Ethos Specialist

Gary Sims
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersGary Sims

Non-Executive Director - Finance Specialist

Margaret Spence
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersMargaret Spence

Non-Executive Director - Education Specialist

Paul Stone
Appointed 13/6/2012, Ex-OfficioPaul Stone

Executive Director - CEO & Accounting Officer

Ed Green
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the DirectorsEd Green

Non-Executive Director - Parent Selection

Jonathan Parsons
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersJonathan Parsons

Non-Executive Director - HR Specialist

Richard Bettsworth
Appointed 6/8/2017, Term 3 Years, Co-opted by the TrusteesRichard Bettsworth

Shane Bray
Appointed 24/10/2017, Term 3 Years, Co-opted by the TrusteesShane Bray

Declaration of Interests

<p>To see our trustees Declaration of Interests please download the following document:

<p><a href="/images/2018/01/18/Trustees_Declaration_of_Interests_2017_18.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> Declaration of interests</a></p>

Cluster Governing Board Members

North Cluster

Appointed by Partnership and Governance committee 3.10.17; 3-year term of office

Christina Cazalet

Nathan Odom

Celia Varley

Rebekka Yates (Chair)

Central Cluster

Appointed by Partnership and Governance committee 3.10.17; 3-year term of office

Olga Brownlow

Kerrie Heath

Sujay Lavingia (Chair)

Nathan Thirlby

Clive Vella (appointed 22.1.18)

Kelly Worwood (appointed 26.4.18)


South Cluster

Appointed by Partnership and Governance committee 3.10.17; 3-year term of office

Ruth Malkin (Chair)

Simon Riley

Ted Walker


Declaration of Interests

<p>To see our cluster governing board members Declaration of Interests please download the following document:

<p><a href="/images/2018/01/26/CGB_members_Register_of_Interests_2017_18.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-file-text-o"></i> CGBM Declaration of interests</a></p>

Resigned

Appointed September 2014, Resigned 7.12.17.Kate Foster
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Resigned 20/12/2016Ian Sadd
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Resigned 31/03/2017 Brenda Davies
Appointed September 2014Richard Eastman
Appointed 1st March 2016, Resigned 17/01/2017 Michael McAllister

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