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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.

Mr Jack Pugh - Chair 

Mrs Jane Chambers - Vice Chair

The role of Member

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 the Trustee

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 and Local Academy Boards at each school/academy.

The Board of Directors - as of September 2019

 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 2018

4 Years

 

Trustees  

Mr Jack Pugh 

Trustee & Chair

25th September 2017

4 Years

 

Mrs Jane Chambers

Trustee & Vice Chair

1st March 2018

4 Years

 

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 Simeon  Woosey 

Trustee 

1st March 2018

4 Years

19.12.18

Mrs Ruth Rule-Mullen 

Trustee 

4th May 2018

4 Years

 

Mrs Lynne Hamnett

Trustee 

1st September 2019

4 Years

 

Mr John McDonald

Strategic Finance Manager  

Co-opted on to the 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


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.

Request for Copies

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

Special Resolution Meeting 

27th July 2019

 Jack Pugh 

P

P

Liz Greensides 

P

Brenda Szwandt  

P

Neil Bailey  

A

Angela Holland  

P

 

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

Attendance - out of a possible 6 meetings

Jack Pugh      (Chair) P A A P P P

4 out of a possible 6

Jane Chambers (Vice Chair) P P P P P P 6 out of a possible 6
Sue Darbyshire  P P P P P P 6 out of a possible 6
Ruth Rule-Mullen  P P P P P P 6 out of a possible 6
Carl Sweeney  A A A P A P 2 out of a possible 6
Simeon Woosey D D N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mark Rowlands P P P A P P 5 out of a possible 6

in attendance 

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

Meetings of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 

Name  7th November 2018 13th February 2019 22nd May 2019 Attendance - out of a possible 3 meetings

John McDonald 

P P A 2 out of a possible 3

Jack Pugh 

P A P 2 out of a possible 3

Ruth Rule-Mullen 

P P P 3 out of a possible 3

Sue Darbyshire

P A P 2 out of a possible 3

in attendance 

Michelle Frost  P P P 3 out of a possible 3
Craig Holden  P P P 3 out of a possible 3
Marie Collier (Clerk) P P P 3 out of a possible 3

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

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