Governance Structure

 Acorn Multi Academy Trust 

Acorn Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is structured in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association. There are three layers of governance within the MAT: the Members, The Trust Board of Directors, and the governors who make up the Local Governing Body for each of the academies within the Trust.

Members
The Trust comprises 3 (majority foundation) Members. The Members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the trustees. The Members include representatives from the Diocese of Exeter and the Diocese of Salisbury. Members who are independent of the trustees provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.

Directors/Trustees
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:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. 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
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent


The Trust Board meet six times a year: the first meeting in the autumn to elect the Chair and agree the Scheme of Delegation whereby governance functions are delegated to governors and committees.

 Local Governing Bodies

Each school within the MAT has its own local governing body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. Local governing bodies have the governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board for their particular school and are accountable to the Board. 

Local Governing bodies oversee different functions of the schools within the trust, including the monitoring of School Improvement and Standards; Safeguarding; Premises & Health & Safety; Finance; Special educational Needs & Inclusion; Early Years, Curriculum; Parent & Community links and Personnel. There is a Portfolio Holder structure in place at both LGB and Trust Board level. This model of governance provides an efficient and effective mechanism for leading schools, it enables decision making to be responsive where necessary and ensures that the Trust Board of Directors can carry out their monitoring role effectively. 

The details of the chair and members of the LGBs are available on the school websites. 

 How it works

Our directors and local governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; from finance, corporate business and education, with representation from parents, the parish and the local community. The term of office of directors is four years, apart from the CEO who is ex-officio.

The governance structure in place within the MAT delegates the 'business' matters of running a school to the Trust Board and administrative team, enabling the Heads of School to focus on teaching, learning and school improvement. Systems are in place for centralised HR processes; financial planning and internal control; premises management; and the reporting and benchmarking of school performance data.

Committees

There are three other committees of the Trust Board of Directors with delegated powers:

  • The Finance & Audit Committee which meets twice a term,
  • The Ethos committee which supports the church schools and meets termly
  • The Pay & Performance committee which meets twice a year

Like all academy trusts, we are governed by our Articles of Association and the Funding Agreements entered into with the Secretary of State. Copies of these documents, along with the Scheme of Delegation can be viewed by clicking the links below.

The trust's annual report and audited accounts for the year to August 2016 and the register of business interests are available to download below.

Members

Member

 

Date appointed

Date stepped down

EDEN

Foundation Member - EDEN (Exeter Diocesan Education Network)

11.10.14

 

SDBE/DSET

Foundation Member - DSET (Diocese of Salisbury Education Team)

07.10.16

 

Nigel Whitaker

Chair of Directors

 

22.09.16

 

Carol Humphreys

Former Chair of Directors

 

20.10.15

01.09.16

Barry Allsop

Former foundation member, DSET

10.11.14

07.10.16

Jane Rockett

Former Chair of Directors

10.11.14

20.10.15

 

ACORN MAT Trust Board of Directors

Sept 2016  

 

Name

Type of

Director

Appointing Body

Office

Term

Date stepped down

No. of possible Full Board Meetings

2015-16

No. of Full Board Meetings attended

2015-16

Business Interests

Barry Allsop

 

Foundation Director

 Salisbury  Diocese

Vice Chair

 10.11.14-  09.11.18

 

6

5

None declared

Andrea Rice

 

CEO

 

CEO

 10.11.14

 

6

6

CEO -Acorn MAT

Nigel Whitaker

Foundation Director

 Exeter Diocese

 Chair

 10.11.14-      09.11.18

 

6

5

Director - Wright Pugson Chain Ltd

Paul Middlemast

Foundation Director

 Salisbury  Diocese

 

20.04.16-19.04.20 

 

 2

 2

TDGI, Dublin - Director
MonDial Fundraising, Sydney, Director

Osprey HCM Assocs - Partner

Brian Impey

Foundation Director

 Exeter Diocese

  11.04.16-  10.04.20          2         2None declared

Mark Van de Weyer

Foundation Director

 Salisbury  Diocese

 

20.04.16-19.04.20

 

2

         2Early Morning Media - Director

Lesley Adams

Director

 Directors

 

01.12.16-30.11.20

 

 

  Active Learning Trust - Director

David Williams

Director

 Appointed by  Axminster  Primary

 

22.03.16

  26.07.17

          2         2Pearse Williams - Director

Elisabeth Fraser

Director

 Appointed by Mrs  Ethelson's

 

22.03.16

  30.03.17

          2        2Architect - self employed

Carol Humphreys

Foundation Director

 Exeter Diocese

 

10.11.14

  01.09.16

6

        5Flybe - employed

Paul Bailey

Foundation Director

 Salisbury  Diocese

 

10.11.14

  11.01.16

2

2

Premier Timber - Director

Katherine Mansi

Foundation Director

 Exeter Diocese

 

10.11.14

  01.02.16

2

1

Mansi Ltd - Director

Jane Rockett

Community

 Appointed by  Axminster  Primary

 

10.11.14

  12.03.16

3

0

Axminster Printing - Director

 

 

Veronica Dower

Clerk to the Directors & Company Secretary

Finance & Audit Committee 2015-16

 

 

Possible Meetings (2015-16)

Meetings Attended

Nigel Whitaker

Chair

3

2

David Williams

Chair

2

2

Andrea Rice

CEO

3

3

Brian Impey

Director

2

2

Mark Van de Weyer

Director

2

1

Cindy Porter

Finance Officer

2

2

Paul Bailey

Director (resigned)

1

1

Finance & Audit Committee 2016-17

 

 

Possible Meetings (2016-17)

Meetings Attended

Mark van de Weyer

Chair

3

 

David Williams

Director

2

 

Andrea Rice

CEO, Accounting Officer

3

 

Brian Impey

Director

2

 

Nigel Whitaker

Director

2

 

Cindy Porter

Senior Finance Officer

2

 

AttachmentSize
Acorn Multi Academy Trust Accounts 2015195.61 KB
Acorn Multi Academy Trust Accounts 2016.pdf1.39 MB
Register of Business Interests - Directors 200.25 KB
Memorandum.pdf28.21 KB
Articles of Association - Acorn Multi Academy Trust 553.34 KB
Master Funding Agreement - Acorn MAT.pdf495.07 KB
Supplemental Funding Agreement - Axminster.pdf538.56 KB
Supplemental Funding Agreement - Membury.pdf571.86 KB
Supplemental Funding Agreement - Mrs Ethelston530.89 KB
Supplemental Funding Agreement - St Andrew_s.pdf529.78 KB
Code of Conduct for Trustees 2016.pdf175.12 KB
Trust Board of Directors Terms of Reference189.68 KB
Local Governing Body Terms of Reference404.12 KB
Finance & Audit Committee Terms of reference191.34 KB
Scheme of Delegation 2016818.44 KB
Governance Handbook January 2017 (1).pdf1.62 MB