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Our Board

The Sycamore Church of England Trust is a charitable company (a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity) which exists for the provision of education.

Members

Every trust has members who have a similar role to shareholders of a company limited by shares. The members of an academy Trust have a different status from the Trustees.

The Academies Financial Handbook (2022) summarises the role of members as follows, They:

  • are the subscribers to the memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
  • may amend the Articles of Association subject to any restrictions created by the funding agreement or charity law
  • Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust and have the power to appoint Trustees and remove these Trustees may, by special resolution, issue direction to the trustees to take a specific action 
  • Appoint the Trust's external auditors and receive (but do not sign) the audited annual report and accounts (subject to the Companies Act)
  • have  power to change the company's name and ultimately, wind it up

Members must not be employees of the the Trust nor occupy staff establishment roles on an unpaid voluntary basis. While members can also be Trustees, retaining some distinction between the two layers ensures that members, indpendent of Trustees, provide oversight and challenge. 

In the Sycamore Church of England Trust, the Members, acting corporately and by majority vote, appiont members of the Board of Trustees. Members may remove any Trustees appointed by them and receive the Trust's Annual Report, including its annual accounts.

In addition, in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006, Sections 489 and 490, the members ensure the Trust has legally appointed auditors. 

Trustees

New Trustees are recruited from time to time. This is done in a transparent way using a role description and an indication of the areas of specialist skill, experience or expertise the Board wishes to strengthen in the light of an audit of skills and experience. 

In accordance with our Articles of Association, the Foundation Trustees must always hold an overall majority of at least two. It is the Foundation Members who appoint the Foundation Trustees. Where it is felt by the Foundation Trustees that additional skills are required on the Board, with teh consent of the Diocesan Board of Education, they may appoint additional co-opted Trustees.

The Board of Trustees discharges its responsibilities through meetings 4-6 times per year which include all Trustees, including the CEO, and the CFO, in attendance.

It receives reports from:

  • The CEO summarising the achievements and challenges of the Trust against the Trust's development plan and any strategic decisions the Trust faces
  • All Local Academy Committees, comprising a year group by year group analysis of standards and updates on progress to development plan targets 
  • Trustees' Finance Committee - summarising end of key stage anticipated performance at each termly data drop and performance against Ofsted criteria in each category
  • Director of Operations report summarising key activities as well as key HR measures of Trust, programme management, risk register and compliance (including school website content, H&S and manadatory policies)

Our Members

Current Members
Name of Member Position in Trust Type of Member Appointed by Date of appointment Date of resignation Pecuniary Interests
Ms Helen Clark Member Parochial Church Council Christ Church Original (signatory) members 01/05/2022 N/A No
Mr Mark Granby Member Chair of Trustees Original (signatory) members 01/06/2017 N/A Yes
Mr Anthony Lee Member Additional Member Original (signatory) members 01/06/2017 N/A No
Canon Donna Williams Member Bury Area Dean  Foundation/sponsor members 15/01/2024 N/A No
Ms Deborah Smith Member Manchester Diocesan Board of Education Foundation/sponsor members 06/01/2023 N/A Yes


Our Trustees

Current Trustees
Name of Trustee  Position in Trust Type of Trustee Appointed by Date of Appointment Terms of Office Pecuniary Interests
Mr Mark Granby Chair of Trustees Foundation Academy Members 01/06/2021 01/06/2021 – 30/05/2025 Yes
Mrs Janet Adams Trustee Foundation Academy Members 01/06/2021 01/06/2021 – 31/05/2025 Yes
Mr Alan Beedie Trustee Foundation Academy Members 01/07/2023 01/07/2023 - 30/06/2027 Yes
Mr John Hall Trustee Foundation Academy Members 02/03/2020 01/03/2024 – 29/02/2028 No
Ms Kathryn Sowden Trustee Co-opted Academy Members 01/09/2021 01/09/2021 – 31/08/2025 No
Mr David Taylor Trustee Foundation Academy Members 02/03/2020 01/03/2024 – 29/02/2028 No
Mr Ian Young CEO / Accounting Officer Foundation Academy Members 01/06/2017 N/A Yes

Our Local Academy Committees

Christ Church CE Primary School

Name Member Type Appointed By Date of Appointment Term of Office Pecuniary Interests Resignation Date (if applicable)
Katherine Ashworth (Chair) Foundation Appointed by Trustees 13.09.22 13.09.22 - 12.09.26 Yes N/A
Sarah. L. Howard  Headteacher Ex-officio 01.01.19 01.01.19 No N/A
Danny Broadhurst Parent Elected by Parents 30.06.22 30.06.22 - 29.06.26 No N/A
Jeni Whitham Community Appointed by Trustees 18.03.24 18.03.24 - 17.03.28 No N/A
Alison Morrell Community Appointed by Trustees 18.03.24 18.03.24 - 17.03.28 Yes N/A
Danielle Holt Staff Elected by Staff 31.01.24 31.01.24 - 30.01.28 No N/A
Dominique Stead Parent Elected by Parents 01.06.21 01.06.21 - 31.05.25 No N/A
Julie Benson  Foundation Appointed by Trustees 04.09.23 04.09.23 - 03.09.27 No N/A

Radcliffe Hall CE Methodist Primary School

Name Member Type Appointed by Date of Appointment  Term of Office Pecuniary Interests Resignation Date (if applicable)
Jane Close (Chair) Foundation Appointed by Trustees 01.06.23  01.06.23 - 31.05.27 Yes N/A
Elizabeth Cook Interim Headteacher Ex-officio  08.04.24  08.04.24 No N/A
Shirley Thornton Community Appointed by Trustees 01.06.22 01.06.22 - 31.05.26 No N/A
Helen Chatburn  Foundation Appointed by Trustees 31.05.22 31.05.22 - 30.05.26 Yes N/A
Alexandru Lascar Parent Elected by Parents 16.10.23 16.10.23 - 15.10.27 No N/A
Paul Johnson  Community Appointed by Trustees 01.06.24 01.06.24 - 31.05.28   N/A
Natalie Curley Parent Elected by Parents 16.10.23 16.10.23 - 15.10.27  No N/A
Megan Cuthbert Staff Elected by Staff 12.03.24 12.03.24 - 31.08.27 No N/A

St John's CE Primary School

Name Member Type Appointed By Date of Appointment Term of Office Pecuniary Interests Resignation Date (if applicable)
Maria Boyle (Chair) Foundation Appointed by Trustees 01.03.24 01.03.24 - 29.02.28 No N/A
Elizabeth Cook Headteacher Ex-officio 01.01.22 01.01.22 No N/A
Rev Adele McKie Foundation Appointed by Trustees 13.12.23 13.12.23 - 12.12.27 No N/A
Phil Chapman Community Appointed by Trustees 19.12.22 19.12.22 - 18.12.26 No N/A
Memunat Balogun Parent Elected by Parents 18.03.24 18.03.24 - 17.03.28 No N/A
Lisa Fleming Parent Elected by Parents 05.10.21 05.10.21 - 04.10.25 No N/A
Dianne Ellithorn Staff Deputy Headteacher (Observer) 08.01.24 08.01.24 No N/A
Bob Hunter Staff Elected by Staff 31.01.24 31.01.24 - 30.01.28 No N/A

St Stephen's C.E. Primary School

Name Member Type Appointed By Date of Appointment Term of Office Pecuniary Interests Resignation Date (if applicable)
Sarah. J. Howard (Chair) Foundation Appointed by Trustees 01.12.23 01.12.23 - 19.07.25 Yes N/A
Sally Denney Headteacher Ex-officio 01.12.23 01.12.23 No N/A
James Roles  Foundation Appointed by Trustees 01.12.23 01.12.23 - 22.10.25 No N/A
Chrissy Howard Community Appointed by Trustees 01.06.24 01.06.24 - 31.05.28   N/A
Jackie Harris  Community Appointed by Trustees 01.12.23 01.12.23 - 30.11.27 Yes N/A
Lisa McCullough Parent Elected by Parents 01.12.23 01.12.23 - 30.06.26 No N/A
Elizabeth Taylor Staff Elected by Staff 18.03.24 18.03.24 - 17.03.28 No N/A