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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  

For Academic Year 16/17

Name

Type of Director

Appointing Body

Role

Term

Date stepped down

Board Meetings Attended
2016-17

Business Interests

Brian Impey

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese

Chair

11.04.16 - 10.04.20

 

6/6

None declared

Andrea Rice

CEO

 

CEO

10.11.14

 

6/6

CEO -Acorn MAT

Paul Middlemast

Foundation Director

Salisbury Diocese

Vice Chair

20.04.16 - 19.04.20

 

6/6

Osprey HCM Assocs - Partner & Director

Mark Van de Weyer

Foundation Director

Salisbury Diocese

 

20.04.16 - 19.04.20

 

6/6

Early Morning Media - Director

Bridport & Distric Citizens Advice Bureau - Trustee

Lesley Adams

Director

Directors

 

01.12.16 - 30.11.20

 

4/4

Lesley Adams Assocs - Director Active Learning Trust - Director

Revd Clive Sedgewick

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese

 

01.11.17 - 31.10.21

 

/0

 None declared

Samantha Miller

Director

Appointed by Axminster Primary

8.02.18

/0

Wycombe Rye Ltd - Director

Barry Allsop

Foundation Director

Salisbury Diocese

10.11.14

30.11.17

6/6

None declared

Nigel Whitaker

Foundation Director

Exeter Diocese

 

10.11.14

11.10.17

6/6

None declared

David Williams

Director

Appointed by Axminster Primary

 

22.03.16

26.07.17

0/6

Pearse Williams - Director

Elisabeth Fraser

Director

Appointed by Mrs Ethelson's

 

22.03.16

30.03.17

4/6

Architect - self employed

 Register of Business Interests

Meet the Directors

brian

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

lesley

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 non-executive director 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

paul

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.

clive

Reverend Clive Sedgewick

Foundation Director

Recently appointed Rector of Axminster and surrounding villages. Previously Director of Education for Diocese of Leeds and Bradford and Ofsted inspector.

mark

Mark Van de Weyer

Foundation Director

Mark has extensive experience of finance and general management and has had profit centre responsibility in businesses for more than 35 years. After editing a local newspaper he spent much of his career at The Financial Times where he was managing director of its magazines division. More recently he has been involved in running a number of smaller media companies and is currently a non-executive director of Early Morning Media Ltd.

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