Trust Governance

Trust Governance

Good governance is at the heart of delivering educational excellence. The Board have 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.

The DSAT governance model identifies four tiers of governance:

The four-tier structure was established following a review of governance arrangements in 2017. The revised structure aimed 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.

Trust Members

Carolyn Lewis - Appointed February 2015

Diocese of Leicester Educational Trust
Declared 23.10.17- Leicester Diocesan Board of Education Director and Company Secretary, appointed September 2014; Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust Director, appointed April 2016; NAHT Member, since Sept 2010


David Williams - Appointed March 2016

Chair of the Board of Directors

Declared 6.9.17 – Director at Big Carrot Consultancy, appointed April 2013; Truro & Penwith Educational Trust, appointed Sept 2014; Justice Ministry, appointed Sept 2009; relationship Megan Williams Trust employee.


Kate Foster - Appointed September 2014

Kibworth CE Primary School Representative

Declared – Kibworth CE Primary Schools Chair of Governors, Appointed September 2014; Trustee of Kibworth Charitable Trust, Appointed April 2014; employee Attenbrough Arts Centre since Oct 2015; Birkett House School Governor, Appointed Sept 2016; Community Governor at The Kibworth School appointed January 2017


Celia Varley - Appointed September 2017

Parkland Primary School Representative

Declared 28.9.17 – Director CFV Ltd, Appointed April 2010


Trustees

David Williams

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Diocese of Leicester Education Trust
Foundation Director - Ethos Specialist
Declared – Director at Big Carrot Consultancy, appointed April 2013; Truro & Penwith Educational Trust, appointed Sept 2014; Justice Ministry, appointed Sept 2009; relationship Megan Williams Trust employee.


Ed Green

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Directors
Non-Executive Director - Parent Selection
Declared 29.11.17 – Employee of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, appointed Jan 2014; non-executive director Middlemarch Environment Ltd appointed Jan 2014; Trustee of Red Kite Academy Trust since June 2017 and Earthwatch since July 2005


Gary Sims

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Members
Non-Executive Director - Finance Specialist
Declared 12.12.17 - non-executive director Parole Board appointed April 2017; Director G&C Ltd appointed Dec 2016; non-executive director Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust appointed Dec 2017; non-executive director Plexus UK (First Project) Ltd, Omega Housing appointed Dec 2017; Trustee of PTA UK, appointed May 2016;


Jonathan Parsons

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Members
Non-Executive Director - HR Specialist
Declared 6.9.17 - HR Director of Triumph Motorcycles, Appointed May 2015


Margaret Spence

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Members
Non-Executive Director - Education Specialist
No interests declared 1.11.17


Michael McAllister

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Diocese of Leicester Education Trust
Foundation Director - Ethos Specialist
No interests declared 6.9.17


Paul Stone

Appointed 13/6/2012, Ex-Officio
Executive Director - CEO & Accounting Officer
Declared 6.9.17 – Trustee of Red Kite Academy Trust appointed June 2017; representative of E. Midlands & Humber Headteacher Board elected Nov 2017; relationship with DSAT employees Martin Lapidge, Richard Harriman and Adam Lapidge


Richard Bettsworth

Appointed 6/8/2017, Term 3 Years, Co-opted by the Trustees
Declared 6.9.17 – Employee of Association of School and College Leaders, Appointed Jan 2015


Shane Bray

Appointed 24/10/2017, Term 3 Years, Co-opted by the Trustees
Declared 14.11.17– appointed June 2015 Managing director Summerhill Supplies Ltd; appointed feb 2014 Shareholder & Chair Swimzi Ltd


Resigned

Ian Sadd

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Resigned 20/12/2016 Appointed by Members
Executive Director - Finance Director
No Declarations

Brenda Davies

Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Resigned 31/03/2017 Appointed by Members
Executive Director - Director of School Improvement
No Declarations

Richard Eastman - Appointed September 2014

Trust Member Parkland Primary School Representative; No Declarations


CLUSTER GOVERNING BOARDS

NORTH CLUSTER Members appointed by Trustees

Christina Cazalet

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment at the University of Leicester

Kerrie Heath

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment as Education Manager at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust since July 2005.

Nathan Odom

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employee of DSAT.

Celia Varley

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared Director CFV Ltd, Appointed April 2010.

Rebekka Yates

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment at the University of Leicester, self-employed translator and member of Redlands Community Primary School PTA.

CENTRAL CLUSTER Members appointed by Trustees

Olga Brownlow

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employee of DSAT

Sujay Lavingia

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
No declarations.

Candi Norman

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employee of DSAT.

Nathan Thirlby

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employee of DSAT.

SOUTH CLUSTER Members appointed by Trustees

Victoria Bunton

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment as deputy company secretary at AWG Group Ltd since July 2016 and membership of ICSA since 2000

Ruth Malkin

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment in governance and compliance at Santander UK Technology since 1988.

Simon Riley

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment as Head of Finance and Corporate Services at Harborough District Council since May 2013.

Ted Walker

Appointed 3.10.17, term 4 years
Declared employment at School Effectiveness Officer at Leicestershire County Council since August 2015 and governor at Queen Elizabeth Academy, Atherstone since September 2014.


Information about the governance in each of our schools can be found here