Trustees / Members


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 – From 12/6/13

Mrs Katherine Kent – From 21/3/16

Mrs Lorraine McCarthy – From 21/3/16

Mrs Jenny Purawal – From 21/3/16

Mr Tim Westwood – From 21/3/16


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 – 12/6/17 – 11/6/21

Mrs Marcia Edwards – 31/3/18 – 30/3/22

Mrs Lorraine McCarthy – 12/1/19 – 11/1/2023

Mr Damian Tarbuck – 12/6/17 – 12/6/21

Ms. Esme Bianchi-Barry – 8/2/18 – 7/2/22

Mrs Anu Gibson – 18/10/18 – 17/10/22


Mrs Amarjit Cheema (CEO/Accounting Officer) – From 12/6/13

Mr Jeremy Parkes (Company Secretary) – From 1/7/14



All local Governors are appointed by vote from the existing governing body members. Please click on the buttons below to view information on the governing bodies for each of our schools: