Governance

The Southern Academy Trust is a charitable private company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales.  It is governed at a number of levels

Corporate Structure

SAT Scheme of Governance Management and Delegation

VC LGB Terms of Reference

VA LGB Terms of Reference

Members

The Members of the Company in simple terms are the ‘owners’ of the Company. They comprise of the signatories to the Memorandum which include the current Chairman of Directors, the Chair of the Trustees of the Shaftesbury School Foundation and two Foundation (SDBE) Members comprising the SDBE corporately and one other individual appointed by the SDBE.

The Members are:

Mr C Brickell, Current Chair of Directors ex officio;

Mr S McKie, Current Chair of the Shaftesbury School Foundation ex officio;

Revd H Dawes, acting corporately for the SDBE;

Mr H Parfitt, individual appointed by the SDBE.

Register of Interests

The Role of the Members:

The Members are required to provide a guarantee that if the Trust were to be wound up and the assets did not meet all of its liabilities, they would be asked to contribute a limited sum of money.

Members are appointed in accordance with the Company Articles.

They have a number of statutory rights including the right to remove Directors, the right to amend the Articles, the right to receive the annual accounts and the right to appoint a proportion of the Directors under the Articles.

 

Directors

The Directors are responsible for the governance and supervision of the Academy Trust and its committees (including the Local Governing Bodies) and executives (Headteachers).

They are also Trustees of the charity with responsibility for protection of the assets of the Academy Trust.

There are twelve Directors appointed in accordance with the Company Articles.

Mr M Blackman, Chief Executive Officer ex officio

Mr C Brickell (Chairman), Member Appointed

Mr A Crossley, Member Appointed

Rev H Dawes, SDBE Appointed ex officio

Mr T Hall, SDBE Appointed

Mr A Hinchliffe, Member Appointed

Mr N Hiscock, Member Appointed

Dr K White, Member Appointed

Mr C Wilkins (Vice-Chairman), Member Appointed

Susan Lacey, Co-opted

Margaret Pearson, SDBE Appointed

Register of Interests

Record of Attendance at Board Meetings

The Board of Directors has Committees reporting to it.

 

Finance Committee

Mr T Hall

Mr A Hinchliffe

Mr N Hiscock

Mr H Parfitt (Chairman)

Terms of Reference of the Finance Committee

 

  1. To consider all matters of financial strategy and policy and recommend them to the Board for approval
  2. To consider the financial forecasts and annual budgets and recommend them for approval by the Board.
  3. To review significant variance against budgets.
  4. To consider and advise the Board on the financial implications and any significant financial risks associated with significant new (non-personnel) contracts referred to the committee by the CEO.
  5. To consider and advise the Board on levels of fees and income generation activities.
  6. To be consistent with Academy financial regulations as laid down by the EFA with regard to delegated powers of expenditure authorisation.
  7. To consider the financial statements and accounting handbook and policies and recommend them to the Board for approval.
  8. To advise the Board on strategic matters relating to estate management.
  9. To advise the Board on the performance related pay for staff procedures in each financial year.
  10. Delegated authority: To evaluate and approve proposals for significant capital investment or expenditure above the CEO’s budgeted/authorised limit.
  11. To carry out such additional duties as may be delegated by the Board including the power to make decisions on specific issues where delegated by the board. 

Record of Attendance at Finance Committee Meetings

Audit Committee

Mr C Brickell

Mr A Crossley

Dr K White

Mr C Wilkins (Chairman)

Terms of Reference of the Audit Committee

 

  1. To advise the Board on the effectiveness of the Trust’s internal control system, i.e.: the whole system of controls – financial, management and otherwise, established in order to carry on the business in an orderly and efficient manner, ensure adherence to management strategies, policies and directives, safeguard assets, secure as far as possible the completeness and accuracy of records, and promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
  2. To oversee procedures and controls in respect of fraud and irregularity including the supervision of any action taken under these.
  3. To advise the Board on the criteria for the selection and appointment of responsible officer and external auditors.
  4. To advise the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of systems of internal control relating to the quality and robustness of data submitted in statutory returns.
  5. To monitor and advise the Board on the effectiveness of the external audit service and promote the work of the responsible officer.
  6. To receive, consider and advise the Board on audit reports, including value for money reports (including reports from the National Audit Office, EFA and others) and to monitor the implementation of approved recommendations.
  7. To advise the Board on the effectiveness the Trust’s Risk Management statement of internal control within the financial statements.
  8. To receive, consider and advise the Board in respect of the Annual Health & Safety Report to the Board.
  9. To review the audited financial statements with reference to control issues and the external audit report.
  10. To report to the Board as frequently as necessary and to submit an annual report on the work done in the year and including the Audit Committee’s opinion on overall internal control.
  11. To carry out such additional duties as may be delegated by the Board including the power to make decisions on specific issues where delegated by the board.

Record of Attendance at Audit Committee Meetings

Local Governing Bodies

Each school in the Trust has its own Local Governing Body.  These are also committees of the Board of Directors and so report to the Board.  They have their own Terms of Reference and have the role of providing focussed governance at a local school level.

See each school’s website for the details of their Local Governing Body.