Governance

Chair of Trustee Board: Rosemary Edwards
Vice Chair of Trustee Board: Keith Bothamley

The Governance Structure at Horsforth School is made up of 7 seven members and 11 Trustees.

Overview

Trustee Declaration of Interests

Trustee Attendance at Meetings

Members Declarations of Interest(s)

View Governance Documents

Members & Trustees

As charitable companies limited by guarantee every trust has Members who have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares.

The Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors and they manage the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the academy trust.

The Members meet a minimum of 2 times throughout the year. The Trustee Board meets a minimum of six times throughout the year.

Govenance Members Chart

The Core Functions of the Trustee Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Horsforth School Head Teacher

The Members:

  • are signatories to the articles of association which includes definition of the trusts’ charitable object and governance structure (where they are founding Members);
  • may, by special resolution, amend the articles of association, subject to any restrictions created by the trust’s funding agreement or charity law;
  • may, by special resolution (which requires 75% rather than a simple majority of Members to agree) appoint new Members or remove existing Members other than, where there is one, the foundation/ sponsor body and any Members it has appointed;
  • have power to appoint Trustees as set out in the trust’s articles of association, and have power under the Companies Act to remove any or all serving Trustees;
  • may by special resolution issue direction to the Trustees to take a specific action;
  • appoint the Trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and
  • have power to change the name of the charitable company and ultimately, wind up the academy trust.

Key Elements of our Governance

Effective governance in our Academy Trust is supported by the following:

  • Trust Members – the guardians of the constitution, the right to appoint and remove Trustees, the equivalent of shareholders in a company.
  • Trust Board – the Directors / Trustees:
    • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the Trust.
    • Supports and holds the Leadership of the school to account for educational performance.
    • Approves the budget and has oversight of all strategic decision and direction.
    • Responsible for appointing the Headteacher.
  • Audit, Risk and Finance Committee:
    • Assist the Trust Board in meeting its responsibilities for financial reporting, internal and external auditing.
    • Recommend Appointment of Auditors to the Members.
    • Agree a schedule of audit.
    • Ensures adequate risk management processes are in place
    • Ensure rigor and scrutiny in budget management.

Expansion Committee (Ad hoc committee):

  • To oversee and facilitate all components of the Horsforth School expansion project.

If you are interested in becoming a Horsforth School Trustee please contact Tracy Hartley, Clerk to the Trustee Board at info@horsforthschool.org.

Trustees Declarations of Interest(s) and Attendance at Meetings

Trustee Name and Term of Office Declaration of Interests
Paul Bell (Headteacher)
01.09.2016
None
Keith Bothamley
19.03.2018-19.03.2022
None
Ian Dixon (Parent Trustee)
23.02.2021-23.02.2025
None
Rosemary Edwards (Chair)
29.11.17-29.11.2021
None
Tessa Freer
29.11.17-29.11.21
Manager of Horsforth Children’s Service. Horsforth School commissions part of the funding towards Horsforth Children’s Service.
Mr Tom La Dell
02.10.18-02.10.22
Partner at Hentons Wealth Management LLP. Director at Hentons Wealth Ltd.
Samantha Lightfoot
(Parent Trustee)
08.05.2019-08.05.2023
None
Shaun Riordan
21.09.2020-21.09.2024
Employee of IFS.
Helen Shearer
20.09.20- 21.09.24
None
Ruth Stokes
26.02.2019-26.02.2023
Membership of NASUWT.
Steve Wood
01.07.2019-01.07.2023
None
Trustee Name and Term of Office Lead Roles/Committees Governance in other Institutions 2020-2021 Attendance
Trust Board Meetings
2020-2021
Attendance
Audit Committee
 2020-2021
Attendance
Expansion Committee
Paul Bell (Headteacher)
01.09.2016

 

N/A 6 of 6 3 of 3
(in attendance)
0 of 0
Keith Bothamley
19.03.2018-19.03.2022
  • Vice Chair
  • Expansion Cttee (Chair)
  • Curriculum
  • Sixth Form
N/A 5 of 6 N/A 0 of 0
Ian Dixon (Parent Trustee)
23.02.21-23.02.2025
N/A 2 of 3 N/A N/A
Rosemary Edwards (Chair)
29.11.17-29.11.2021
  • Chair
  • Audit Committee
N/A 6 of 6 3 of 3  N/A
Tessa Freer
29.11.17-29.11.21
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection
  • Inclusion
  • Children Looked After
  • SEND
N/A 5 of 6 N/A  N/A
Mr Tom La Dell
02.10.18-02.10.22
  • Finance Lead
  • Audit Committee (Chair)
N/A 5 of 6 3 of 3  N/A
Samantha Lightfoot
(Parent Trustee)
08.05.2019-08.05.2023
  • English Lead
N/A 4 of 6 N/A  N/A
Shaun Riordan
21.09.2020-21.09.2024
  • IT
N/A 5 of 6 N/A  0 of 0
Helen Shearer
20.09.20- 20.09.24
  • Audit Committee
  • Trustee Training and Development
  • Pupil Premium
N/A 6 of 6 3 of 3  N/A
Ruth Stokes
26.02.2019-26.02.2023
  • Staff Trustee
  • Expansion Committee
  • Health & Safety Lead
N/A 6 of 6 N/A  0 of 0
Steve Wood
01.07.2019-01.07.2023
  • Audit Committee
  • Expansion Committee
  • Maths Lead
N/A 5 of 6 3 of 3  0 of 0

Members Declarations of Interest(s)

Name Interests
Ray Agar None
Jamie Bentley
  • CEO and Director of Stephenson Group
  • Trustee of Hunslet Club
Colin Booth
  • CEO Luminate Education Group
  • Director of Leeds Conservatoire
  • Member and Director/Trustee of White Rose Academies Trust
  • Director of West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges
  • Director of Association of Colleges
  • Director of Wellspring Academy Trust
  • Chair, Mixed Economy Group
Rosemary Edwards None
Paul Higgins
  • Employee at Screen Yorkshire Ltd.
  • Proprietor & Director of Higgins Harvey Ltd.
  • Trustee at Yorkshire Dance Centre
  • Member of ICAEW
Martin Hughes
  • Chairman, Director and Shareholder of Catrake Ltd
  • Director and owner of Currack Ltd
  • Director and owner of Fleetough Ltd
  • Chairman and Trustee of Horsforth Civic Society
  • Trustee of Horsforth Village Historic Society
  • Chair of Governors at Westbrook Lane Primary School
  • Governor of Horsforth Children’s Services
  • Chairman and Trustee of Newlay Conservation Society
Jenny Share
  • Employee at Ampleforth Abbey and College
  • Trustee of Unipol Student Homes