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Statutory Information 

Our Governance Structure ensures there are clear reporting lines of accountability to ensure probity, good governance and outstanding performance. 

Trustees and Members of the Trust are appointed in accordance with the Trust Articles of Association.

Trustees focus on three core functions of governance:

  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust;
  2. 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
  3. Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.


Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen - Chair

Email: r.rulemullen@cfat.org.uk

Tel: 01942 487982 

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). Member’s are responsible 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 Trustees

The role of Trustee 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 supported by a Finance, Audit and Risk Committee that meets once per term to monitor internal controls, a Local Academy Board that meets once per term at each school/academy and a Headteacher Board (HTB) for its school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) facility Kingsbridge. 

Member, Trustee & Executive Team Pen Portraits 

Member and Trustee pen portraits can be viewed by clicking here.

School Improvement / Executive Team pen portraits can be viewed by clicking here

The Board of Directors / Charitable Trustees 

 Name

 Role 

 Date of Appointment

Term of Office 

 Date of Resignation

(if within 12 months)

Members

Mr Neil Bailey 

Member 

25th September 2017

4 Years

 

Mrs Elizabeth Greenside  

Member 

1st September 2018

4 Years

 

Mrs Brenda Szwandt 

Member 

25th September 2017

4 Years

 

Mrs Angela Holland  

Member

1st May 2018

4 Years

 

Mrs Rose Crompton

Member

1st September 2019

4 Years

 

Trustees  

Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen

Trustee & Chair

1st September 2019

annual 

 

Mrs Jane Chambers

Trustee & Vice Chair

1st March 2018

annual 

 

Mrs Sue Darbyshire

CEO / Trustee 

25th September 2017

4 Years

 

Mr Jack Pugh

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 Simeon  Woosey 

Trustee 

1st March 2018

4 Years

19.12.18

Mrs Lynne Hamnett

Trustee 

1st September 2019

4 Years

 

Mr John McDonald

Strategic Finance Manager  

Co-opted member on to the Trustees finance, risk and audit committee

1st September 2018

annual 

 

Clerk 

Ms Marie Collier  

Contact: info@cfat.org.uk

Trust Wide Clerk 1st September 2018 annual

 

Associate  Attendees / Executive Team 

Michelle Frost  Chief Finance Officer  attendee by virtue of their position -
Craig Holden  Director of HR  attendee by virtue of their position -

 

Platt Bridge Local Academy Board (LAB) information can be reviewed by clicking here

Kingsbridge SCITT Headteacher Board (HTB)  information can be reviewed by clicking here


Trustees or Committees with Specific Roles - updated 17th Sept 2019                                                              

Name or Committee  Specific Role 

Mr Jack Pugh

Safeguarding and Staffing 

Mrs Lynne Hammett 

Vulnerable Groups including Special Educational Needs & Disability

Cllr Carl Sweeney

Pupil Premium and Looked after Children

Mrs Jane Chambers 

Pupil Progress and Outcomes including Curriculum 

Mr Mark Rowlands

Health & Safety and Estates 

Finance Audit and Risk committee (FAR)

Finance, Audit & Risk 

Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen, Mrs Jane Chambers, Mr Mark Rowlands & Mr Jack Pugh 

Executive Pay Committee 

Kingsbridge Headteacher Board (HTB)

Responsible for advising and challenging the Trusts SCITT activity inline with its Scheme of Delegation. 

The Trust Scheme of Delegation applies to all schools/academies & business areas within the Charitable Trust including its SCITT. It is available for review at the footer of this page. 

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 17:30hrs unless stated otherwise. 

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

Request for Copies

Anyone can by law request a copy of the accounts from the charity at any time. Our accounts are however, displayed online at the footer of this page for public review. 

If you would like to request copies of anything else please contact our Clerk in the first instance by emailing info@cfat.org.uk

Contact 
To contact any member of the Trusts Governing Board, please contact the Trust Clerk by emailing info@cfat.org.uk 

Record of Attendance - Members and Trustees Meetings September 2019 - August 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

Planned AGM

6th November 2019

Mr Neil Bailey 

Liz Greensides 

Brenda Szwandt  

 

Neil Bailey  

 

Angela Holland  

 

Meetings of the Board of Trustees

Name

17th Sept 2019

Finance & Resources Agenda

3rd Dec 2019

Standards Agenda

28th Jan 2020

Finance & Resources Agenda 

24th March 2020

Standards Agenda

19th May 2020

Finance & Resources Agenda

14th July 2020

Standards Agenda

Attendance - out of a possible 6 meetings

Ruth Rule-Mullen (Chair) P

TBC out of a possible 6

Jane Chambers (Vice Chair) A TBC out of a possible 6
Sue Darbyshire  P TBC out of a possible 6
Jack Pugh  P TBC out of a possible 6
Cllr Carl Sweeney  P TBC out of a possible 6

Lynne Hamnett 

P TBC out of a possible 6
Mark Rowlands P TBC out of a possible 6

in attendance 

Michelle Frost  P TBC out of a possible 6
Craig Holden  P TBC out of a possible 6
Marie Collier (Clerk)  P TBC out of a possible 6

Meetings of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 

Name  6th November 2019 12th February 2020 17th June 2020 Attendance - out of a possible 3 meetings

John McDonald (Committee Vice Chair)

P TBC out of a possible 3

Jack Pugh (Committee Chair)

P TBC out of a possible 3

Ruth Rule-Mullen 

A TBC out of a possible 3

Sue Darbyshire

P TBC out of a possible 3

in attendance 

Michelle Frost (FD) P TBC out of a possible 3
Craig Holden (HRD) P TBC out of a possible 3
Marie Collier (Clerk) P TBC out of a possible 3
Carol Brockbank (CFO) P TBC out of a possible 3
Cllr Carl Sweeney (Trustee) P TBC out of a possible 3


Record of Attendance - Members and Trustees Meetings (previous academic years)

Click Here to review the Record of Attendance - Members and Trustees Meetings 2017-2018

Click Here to review the Record of Attendance - Members and Trustees Meetings 2018-2019

Declared Conflicts of Interest Register

Click Here to review the Trust's Register of Business Interest (Sept 2019 to Aug 2020)

Financial Statements

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

Please click here to view the DfE's Governance Handbook 

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

Policies 

Please click here to view Community First Academy Trusts Statutory Policies 

Record of Member, Trustee and Local Academy Board Training

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

Date Event in attendance 
March 2016 RAISE online with Tauheedul Education Trust (now Star Academies)  Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
May 2016 Using Fisher Family Trust Aspire Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
June 2016 Performance Tables - Secondary with Tauheedul Education Trust (now Star Academies)  Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
Sept 2016 Narrowing the Gap with Tauheedul Education Trust  (now Star Academies)  Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
May 2017 CFAT Annual Conference including Review of Governance & Ofsted Framework Training Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
April 2018 Members and Trustee Review of Governance Workshop with the National Governance Association (NGA)   Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
May 2018 Mandatory trust-wide GDPR training for Members and Trustees  Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
July 2018  CFAT Annual Conference Review of Governance & School Data Analysis Training  Members, Trustees and Local Academy Boards
Sept 2018 CFAT Trustees Business Planning Workshop with Education Business Management Trustees 
Oct 2018

National Governance Association Conference 

  • Being strategic; creating a new vision to include mission, values & ethos statements and a governance skills review audit.
  • This conference ensured clarity of vision and strategic direction for our governing boards. 
Governance Away Day all Trustees 
8th and 9th Feb 2019

Confederation of School Trusts (CST) MAT Conference  

  • Your vision, values and strategy 
  • Unblocking challenges in the local and regional context
  • Building trust and joined-up leadership across your executive and governance leadership team
  • Building powerful networks and collaborations with other trusts at a similar point in their growth strategy
Governance Away Day all Trustees 
June 2019

''Don’t Believe Everything You think''  and review of trust business plan. 

Governance Away Day all Trustees 
11th to 12th June 2020

CST Inaugural Annual Conference

“Holding trust on behalf of children”

CFAT Executive Team & Trustee working party
10th to 11th July 2020 Agenda - TBC  CFAT Governance Annual Conference  All Members, Trustees, LAB Members.

 

Request for Copies
If you would like a copy of any not listed please contact our Clerk in the first instance by emailing info@cfat.org.uk