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Statutory Information

The remit for the Board is to:

a)  Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust;

b) Hold trust schools and its leaders to account for the educational performance of the schools and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

c)  Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.

Directors are appointed by the Members of the Trust in accordance with the Trust Articles of Association.

Click here to see our 2018-19 CFAT Governance Structure

Mr Jack Pugh - Chair 

Mrs Jane Chambers - Vice Chair

The role of Members

Meetings of Members are called 'General Meetings' and the decisions they make are called 'resolutions'. CFAT Members meet at least once a year at the Trusts Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Member’s responsibilities is to ensure the continued adherence of the Trustees to the founding principles of the Trust, namely to secure the best educational standards, personal and academic, for all pupils within the Trusts. 

The role of the Trustee

The Trustee’s role is to oversee the strategic direction of the Trust and work with fellow Trustees to monitor the outcomes of pupils and the application of funds to ensure the continued viability of the Trust. It is also the Trustees role to provide constructive challenge so that they can demonstrate that they are effective and efficient managers of the Trust.

Trustees meet at least once a term to discuss key strategic and operational issues. 

The Board of Trustees is also supported by a Finance, Audit and Risk Committee that also meets once per term.

The Board of Directors

 Name  Director   Date of Appointment

Term of Office 

 Date of Resignation

 (if within 12 months) 

Members
Mr Jack            Pugh 

Member & Chair

25th September 2017 4 Years   
Mr Neil            Bailey  Member  25th September 2017 4 Years  
Mrs Elizabeth Greenside   Member  1st September   2018 4 Years
Mrs Karen        Ardley 

Member 

25th September 2017 4 Years  16th July 2018
Mrs Brenda Szwandt  Member  25th September 2017 4 Years  
Mrs Angela Holland   Member

1st May 2018

4 Years

Trustees    

Mrs Sue Darbyshire CEO / Trustee  25th September 2017 4 Years  
Cllr Carl Sweeney Trustee  25th September 2017 4 Years  
Mr Mark Rowlands Trustee 25th September 2017 4 Years  
Mr Geoff Ashton  Co-opted Trustee   16th September 2015 4 Years 6th July 2018
Mr Simeon  Woosey  Trustee  1st March 2018 4 Years
Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen  Trustee  4 May 2018 4 Years
Mrs Jane Chambers

Trustee & Vice Chair 

1 March 2018 4 Years
Clerk 
Marie Collier Clerk - Trust Wide 1st September 2018  annual  info@cfat.org.uk 
 

 

Finance & Audit Committee 

Name Role  Date of Appointment Term of Office 
John McDonald  Co-opted member on to the committee 1st September 2018 One academic year (Sept 18 to Aug 19) 

 

Directors or Committees with Specific Roles

 Name or Committee   Specific Role 
Mr Jack Pugh *Vulnerable Children (including Safeguarding & CLA)
Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen  Special Educational Needs & Disability
Cllr Carl Sweeney Pupil Premium and Looked after Children
Mr Mark Rowlands Health & Safety
Finance audit and risk committee Finance, audit & risk 

 

Formal Meetings of Members and Trustees 

All meetings of both Trust Members and Trustees take place at the Trust's registered office which is Rivington Ave, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5NG and generally start at 17:00hrs unless stated otherwise. 

Minutes of meetings are available for inspection on request from the Trusts registered office.

Record of Attendance - Members and Trustees 2018-2019

P – present

A – apology received and accepted

N – apology received but not accepted

D – did not attend, no apology received

n/a - not required to be in attendance 

 Name

14.07.18

Meeting of Trustees

11.07.18

Meeting of Trustees

03.07.18

Meeting of Members

22.05.18

Meeting of Trustees

08.05.18

Extraordinary Meeting of Trustees

27.03.18 

Meeting of Trustees

31.01.18

Extraordinary Meeting of Members & Trustees

Mr Jack    Pugh 

P P P A P P

Mr Neil    Bailey

n/a n/a P n/a n/a n/a n/a
Mrs Sue   Darbyshire P P n/a P P  P P
Cllr Carl Sweeney A A n/a P P A P
Mr Mark Rowlands P P n/a P P P P
Mr Geoff Ashton n/a n/a D P P  P P
Mrs Brenda Szwandt  n/a n/a P n/a  n/a n/a P
Mrs Karen Ardley  n/a n/a P n/a n/a n/a P
Mrs Jane Chambers P P n/a  P P  P n/a
Mr Simeon Woosey  D D n/a D D  P n/a
Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen  P P n/a P A P n/a

 

Record of Attendance 

Members and Trustees Meeting Schedule 2019-2020 

P – present

A – apology received and accepted

N – apology received but not accepted

D – did not attend, no apology received

Meetings of Members 

Name

AGM

19th December 2018

 Jack Pugh 

P

Liz Greensides 

Brenda Szwandt  

Neil Bailey  

Angela Holland  

 

Meetings of the Board of Trustees

Name

18 Sept 2018

Standards

19th Dec 2018

Finance & Resources Agenda

22nd Jan 2019

Standards Agenda 

2nd April 2019

Finance & Resources Agenda

21st May 2019

Standards Agenda

16th July 2019

Finance & Resources Agenda

Jack Pugh      (Chair) P A A
Jane Chambers (Vice Chair) P P P
Sue Darbyshire  P P P
Ruth Rule-Mullen  P P P
Carl Sweeney  A A A
Simeon Woosey D D D
Mark Rowlands P P P

 

Meetings of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 

Name  7th November 2018 13th February 2019 22nd May 2019

John McDonald 

P

Jack Pugh 

P

Simeon Woosey 

D

Ruth Rule-Mullen 

P

Sue Darbyshire

P

Member and Trustee Training

All Trustees and Local Academy Boards for all CFAT partner schools are invited for ongoing training. Recent training has included the following: 

22nd March 2016 - RAISE online with Tauheedul Education Trust.

17th May 2016 - Using Fisher Family Trust Aspire

21st June 2016 - Performance Tables - Secondary with Tauheedul Education Trust.

13th September 2016 - Narrowing the Gap with Tauheedul Education Trust.

12th & 13th May 2017 – CFAT Annual Conference Review of Governance & Ofsted Framework Training

27th April 2018 - Members and Trustee Review of Governance Workshop 

May 2018 - Mandatory trust-wide GDPR training for Members and Trustees 

July 2018 – CFAT Annual Conference Review of Governance & Data Training 

28th September 2018 - CFAT Trustees Business Planning Workshop 

8th & 9th February 2019 - Confederation of School Trusts (CST) MAT Conference 

Financial Statement

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Financial Statement to 2018

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Financial Statement to 2017

Financial Regulations Manual

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Financial Regulations Manual.

Management Letter

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Management Letter 2018

Value for Money Statement

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Value for Money Statement

Articles of Association

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Memorandum of Association

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Articles of Association

Scheme of Delegation  

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation

Funding Agreement  

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Deed of Variation of Funding Agreement

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Supplemental Funding Agreement 

General Data Protection Regulations

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust General Data Protection Regulations

Trade Union Facility Time

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trust Trade Union Facility Time