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Trust Board Committees

The Trust Board operate a number of committees to ensure it can discharge its duties effectively. The following committees are in operation:

  • Finance Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Governance, Regulatory and Policies Committee
  • Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee
  • Pay and Personnel Committee

Certain committees only operate when the need arises and are as follows:

  • Staff Discipline & Dismissal
  • Appeals
  • Complaints Panel

The remit of these committees is derived from the Scheme of Delegation and other relevant policies.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is a sub-committee of the main board of Trustees. Its purpose is to:

  • draw any matters of significance or concern to the attention of the Trust Board and Local Governing Committees;
  • consider and recommend acceptance or non-acceptance of the Academy Budget for approval at the start of each financial year; and
  • monitor and review expenditure on a regular basis and ensure compliance with overall financial planning and ESFA financial regulations.

Membership of the committee and attendance at meetings during 2020-2021 was as follows:

Trustee Meetings attended Out of a possible
Bertrand Emecheta 8 8
Claire O'Connor (Chair of Committee) 8 8
Simon Darby 5 8
Nuala Cashell (Accounting Office) 5 5

 

Audit and Risk Committee

The Trust Audit and Risk Committee is also a sub-committee of the main board of Trustees. Its purpose is to: 

  • monitor risk across the trust (especially relating to the impact of Coronavirus this academic year);
  • advise the Trust Board on key risk;
  • review internal controls evaluations; and
  • lead the assessment of the annual internal scrutiny.

Membership of the committee and attendance at meetings during 2020-2021 was as follows:

Trustee Meetings attended Out of a possible
Mr Bertrand Emecheta 7 7
Miss Claire O'Connor (Chair of Committee) 7 7
Mr Simon Darby 5 7

 

Governance, Regulatory and Policies Committee

The Trust Governance, Regulatory and Policies Committee is also a sub-committee of the main board of Trustees. Its purpose is to:

  • ensure that the Trust Board is kept informed of all major governance, regulatory and policy issues concerning the Trust and its Academies;
  • support (recommending and advising) the Trust Board in developing and then implementing Trust and Academy policies;
  • ensure appropriate composition (and regular review) of Governance structures throughout the Trust per the Scheme of Delegation; and
  • support the Audit Committee in monitoring and reviewing any audits (internal/external) addressing the areas of Governance, Regulation and Trust/Academy Policies and making recommendations to the Trust Board and/or the Local Governing Committees as appropriate.

Membership of the committee and attendance at meetings during 2020-2021 was as follows:

Trustee Meetings attended Out of a possible
Maria Shepherd  5 5
Claire O'Connor (Chair of Committee) 5 5
Stephen Foster 5 5
Nuala Cashell (Accounting Office) 2 2

 

Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee

Membership of the committee and attendance at meetings during 2020-2021 was as follows:

Trustee Meetings attended Out of a possible
Mrs Maria Shepherd (Chair of Committee) 5 5
Mrs Anne Ofeke 5 5
Mr Stephen Foster 5 5
Mrs Nuala Cashell (Accounting Office) 5 5

 

Pay and Personnel Committee

The Trust Pay and Personnel Committee is also a sub-committee of the main board of Trustees. Its purpose is to:

  • determine the Pay Policy for the Trust;
  • advise the Trust on current and future pay levels; 
  • determine and/or monitor pay as appropriate in accordance with the Pay Policy;
  • approve applications to be paid on the Upper Pay Range;
  • determine the application of inflationary increases as required; and
  • monitor and report to the Trust on the annual pattern of performance pay progression.

Membership of the committee and attendance at meetings during 2020-2021 was as follows:

Trustee Meetings attended Out of a possible
Mr Bertrand Emecheta (Chair of Committee) 1 1
Mrs Anne Ofeke 1 1
Mr Stephen Foster 1 1