Trust Governance


What do our members do?

The members of our trust are responsible for holding our trustees to account. Members have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. When appointing new members, the Board will give consideration to the skills and experience mix of the existing members in order to ensure that the Board has the necessary skills to contribute fully to the academy’s development.   All members meet annually.  

Who are our members?

Mr Andrew Brocklehurst 

Mrs Katherine Kent 

Mrs Lorraine McCarthy 

Mrs Jenny Purawal 

Mr Tim Westwood 


What do they do?

Our Trust Board establish an overall framework for the governance of the academy and is responsible for setting general policies, adopting an annual plan, monitoring the company by the use of budgets, making major decisions about the strategic direction of the company and senior staff appointments.

The trustees are also responsible for monitoring the performance of the CEO on a regular basis.

The local governing body of each school (a mix of parents, staff and co-opted governors) is responsible for implementing the policies laid down by the trustees and reporting back to them.

The trustees are responsible for assessing the major risks to which the trust is exposed, in particular those related to the operations and finances of the trust and mitigating exposure to those major risks identified.

All trustees meet termly and have have completed their declarations of interest (please refer to tab on the right).

Who are our trustees?

Mr Andrew Brocklehurst – Chair of Trustees 

Mrs Marcia Edwards 

Mrs Lorraine McCarthy

Mr Damian Tarbuck 

Ms. Esme Bianchi-Barry

Mrs Anu Gibson 


Mrs Amarjit Cheema OBE (CEO/Accounting Officer)

Mr Jeremy Parkes (Company Secretary)