Directors & Trustees

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The directors set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the schools within it. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘funding agreement’. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. High calibre directors are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience as needed by the Board. 

The Trust Board of Directors has three core functions: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent

Brian Impey

Chair of Directors 

Acorn Academy, The Old Tool Office, Chard Street, Axminster, EX13 5EB. Email: clerk@acornacademy.org  

In the interests of transparent and accountable governance, we are required by law to publish the following information about our Board of Directors. 

For Academic Year 2021/22

Name

Type of Director

Appointing Body

Role

Term

Ends

Board Meetings Attended
2020-21

Business Interests

Brian Impey

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese (EDEN)

Chair

10.04.24

9/9

None declared

Andrea Rice

CEO

 

CEO

N/A

8/9

CEO -Acorn MAT

Paul Middlemast

Foundation Director

Salisbury Diocese (SDBE)

Vice Chair

19.04.24

9/9

Osprey HCM Assocs - Partner & Director

Lesley Adams

Co-opted Director

Directors

 

30.11.24

8/9

Active Learning Trust - Member

Samantha Miller

Director

Appointed by Axminster Primary

Chair of Finance & Audit

07.02.22

9/9

None

Tim Thexton

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese (EDEN)

30.09.24

7/8

Prosperity Development LTD - Director

Transforming Futures MAT - Trustee

Russell Toms

Foundation

Director

Salisbury Diocese (SDBE)

30.11.24

5/5

Winterborne Consulting - Director

Edcode Ltd - Director

Veronique Singer 

Foundation

Director

Exeter Diocese (EDEN)

Safeguarding Lead

08.12.24

4/5

None

Stood Down

John Bearman

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese (EDEN)

07.09.21

Hook Farm Leisure Park - Director

Revd Clive Sedgewick

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese (EDEN)

21.09.20

0/1

None declared

REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS TRUST BOARD of DIRECTORS 2021-22

DIRECTORS MEETING ATTENDANCE REGISTER 2020-21

Meet the Directors

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Brian Impey

Chair of Board of Directors

Since beginning his career in 1972 he has acquired wide ranging commercial, contractual and business management experience, which augmented by strong interpersonal skills make him an able leader and effective collaborator. In addition to his role with AMAT Brian mentors a small group of emerging entrepreneurs’.

Andrea Rice

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Headteacher

andrea

CEO and Executive Head and responsible for establishing the Trust in 2014. Andrea was previously Executive Head of two of the schools in a Federation and has extensive teaching experience with a particular passion for high quality Early Years provision. Andrea is a National Leader of Education and has significant experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances, including a Nursery school.

Andrea’s experience of leadership in Devon helped to develop her vision for education through formal collaboration, in a model that provides appropriate back office support to enable leaders to focus on children and the school community to provide the best outcomes for children.

Lesley Adams

Director

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An adept head of service in a large local authority which included responsibility for early years, parent & family support, and extended schools. Lesley has experience of managing large staff teams, complex budgets and the implementation of national policy.

Lesley has a background as a teacher and Head of Department in large comprehensive schools mostly in East London. Lesley retired in 2010 and then worked over four years as an interim manager in several authorities. Lesley is also a Member of The Active Learning Trust a multi-academy trust with schools in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Samantha Miller

LGB Appointed Director

Samantha is a chartered accountant who spent the majority of her professional career employed by multinational companies in auditing, accounting and compliance functions in London, Bermuda and Hongkong.

Since returning to Devon, Sam provides accounting and various operational support roles to a number of small-medium sized businesses. 

Paul Middlemast

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Foundation Director

Paul is a Chartered HR Consultant; owner and principal of Osprey HR Consultancy, an independent Chartered Human Resources Consultancy. Paul spends the majority of his professional time delivering HR Consultancy services to businesses and organisations of all sizes in the UK, Ireland and advise companies in NYC and Sydney. In addition, he is also associated and provides services to Blake Morgan, one of the UK largest law firm’s employment team and their HR Consultancy Service.

Timothy Thexton

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Foundation Director

With a senior career spanning 50 years working across five Continents, Tim has garnered extensive experience across borders, cultures and languages, always applying Christian ethos across business decisions. Tim guides and advises organisations through periods of instability, uncertainty and change. He helps support and provides innovative solutions to complex issues, acting always in the best interest of all stakeholders and the long-term sustainability of the organisation.

From his work on major European and World Bank projects, Tim brings a breadth of experience in maintaining and ensuring compliance through the implementation and positioning of controls, processes and policies that encourage compliance. Following on from this, he is applying the same rigour to his role of Trustee as well as growing a portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships

Russell Toms

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Foundation Director

Russell has a background in working with the education sector, both at school and university level. Before that he worked in the manufacturing (aerospace) sector.  He has a keen interest in helping to develop senior management staff, and works with both the IOD and Chartered Management Institute to support this whilst continuing to operate as a business coach and trainer, helping SME Directors shape their strategic plans and grow their businesses.

He is based in Poole but has been working most recently in the Middle East establishing a new international school.

Veronique Singer

Foundation Director

Students doing project together
Vision
To provide high quality education and deliver the best possible outcomes for young people, enabling every child to reach his or her potential, regardless of background.

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St Andrew’s recognised for its high achievement

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Flamingo Pool - People's Millions Vote

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