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Governance

Our Governance Structure

At Dudley Academies Trust we have a highly committed board of trustees and local advisory committees who are all passionate about improving the educational outcomes for young people in Dudley.  The Trust, under the sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ provider, has a broad strategic vision to drive future success.

As a charity and company limited by guarantee, the board of trustees, or directors, have overall responsibility and ultimate decision making authority for all the work of the Trust, including the running of the academies maintained by the Trust.

In order to support the effective operation of the Trust and the Academies, the Board has established a number of committees to which it has delegated certain of its powers and functions. These committees are detailed below.

BOARD OF MEMBERS

  • Neil Thomas (Corporate member on behalf of Dudley College of Technology)
  • Charlie Harvey
  • Alison Hodge
  • Valerie Little
  • Lowell Williams

Schedule of meetings

19 October 2021
22 March 2022 (Annual General Meeting)

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Lowell Williams, Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Martin Dudley, Trustee
  • Bernard Dickenson, Trustee
  • Nigel Ford, Trustee
  • Helen Georgiou, Trustee
  • Pat Hazlehurst, Trustee
  • Steve Johnson, Trustee
  • Megan Price, Trustee
  • Halina Sikabofori, Trustee
  • Thomas Westley, Trustee

In attendance

  • Jo Higgins, Chief Executive
  • Gill Darwood, Director of Corporate Governance
  • Central leadership team members as required

Schedule of meetings

15th October 2021
10th December 2021
4th February 2022
25th March 2022
27th May 2022
08th July 2022

BUSINESS & AUDIT COMMITTEE

Members

  • Peter Davies, Chair
  • Nigel Ford, Committee Member (Vice Chair)
  • Steve Johnson, Committee Member

In attendance

  • Jo Higgins, Chief Executive
  • Gill Darwood, Director of Corporation Governance
  • Central leadership team members as required
  • Internal and external audit providers as required

Schedule of meetings

22 September 2021
01 December 2021
16 March 2022
22 June 2022

EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE

Members

  • Lowell Williams, Chair
  • Helen Georgiou, Committee Member
  • Pat Hazlehurst, Committee Member
  • Halina Sikabofori, Committee Member

In attendance

  • Jo Higgins, Chief Executive
  • Gill Darwood, Director of Corporate Governance
  • Central leadership team members as required

Schedule of meetings

06 October 2021
11 October 2021
24 January 2022
14 March 2022

27 June 2022

PERSONNEL, PERFORMANCE AND PAY COMMITTEE

Members

  • Lowell Williams, Chair
  • Martin Dudley, Committee Member
  • Megan Price, Committee Member

In attendance

  • Jo Higgins, Chief Executive
  • Gill Darwood, Director of Corporate Governance
  • Central leadership team members as required

Schedule of meetings

12 October 2021
28 January 2022
06 May 2022

SEARCH COMMITTEE

Members

  • Lowell Williams, Chair
  • Helen Georgiou
  • Other Trustees as required

In attendance

  • Jo Higgins, Chief Executive
  • Gill Darwood, Director of Corporate Governance

Schedule of meetings

The Search Committee will meet as required throughout the year.


Local Advisory Committee – The Link Academy

Megan Price, Chair 23 September 2021
Matt Brookes, Parent Member 27 January 2022
Jonathan Morgan, Staff Member 12 May 2022
Martin Bradney, Committee Member   
Emma Edwards-Morgan, Academy Principal  

Minutes of meetings

Minutes of all meetings will be made available upon approval by the relevant Committee.

Should you have any queries regarding governance of our Trust, please contact Gill Darwood, Senior Officer – Corporate Governance via gill.darwood@dudleycol.ac.uk.