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Challenge for Achievement

Governance

Governors Statement

Here at The Russett Learning Trust, we take governance very seriously and always look to discharge our duties in a highly professional manner. The Governing Body has three core strategic functions – setting vision, ethos and strategic direction; making sure school leaders do everything possible to promote the achievement of all pupils; and ensuring that the school spends funds wisely and effectively.

 

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

Governors do not need to have any special skills or qualifications and the Local Authority provides the necessary training. If you think you might like to become a parent governor you will need to be a parent of a pupil in the school.

If you would like further information on becoming a Governor or wish to speak to the Chair of Governors please contact the individual school.

Available on request to the Clerk to Governors:

  • Meeting Agendas from the Local Governing Committee and Trust Board.
  • Signed Minutes (part 1).
  • Any papers, documents, reports considered in part 1.

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Meet the Members of Russett Trust:

francis beck

Frances Beck

Joined: 04/11/2012

I began my teaching career at Hartford Hill School a large Special School and the forerunner to the Russett School. I became Deputy Head and followed that to become a Headteacher in a Liverpool Infant and Nursery School. An interesting school as we acted as an assessment unit for Alder Hey Hospital placing children with learning difficulties at special and mainstream schools. After staying at home with my son I worked for Chester Social Services on the Children's Team, registering and inspecting Nurseries and Childminders throughout the District. I then set-up the Infant and Nursery at Cransley School before moving to the south-west with my family. The later part of my career saw me lecturing in Education at colleges of Further Education, training and assessing on the NNEB course and NVQs for mature teaching assistants. I became Deputy Divisional Manager and an Advanced Practioner inspecting standards of teaching at various colleges throughout the North-west.

I'm Vice Chair of the Governing Body at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Winsford. I am passionate about Special School provision and obtaining the best possible provision for our children.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

moira chapman

Moira Chapman: Chair of Board

Joined: 12/11/2014

I worked in the NHS as a Public Health Specialist, finishing my career as a senior manager in a Primary Care Trust. My responsibilities included: partnership working with the goal of improving health; managing a number of teams with responsibility for promoting health (smoking cessation, weight reduction, Healthy Schools programme, sexual health and HIV prevention, Healthy Living Centre); provision of professional advice on commissioning of health improvement services; management of Health Improvement budget and performance management of health improvement initiatives.
I have extensive experience of governance in the public sector. I have been Chairman of a number of bodies (Cheshire Police Authority, Cheshire Social Services, Cheshire Children's Fund). I was Vice Chairman of Cheshire and Warrington Connexions Partnership. My responsibilities in all bodies included: budget setting and financial oversight; performance management of service delivery; public engagement and appointment of senior staff.
Currently I am a magistrate ( Chairman of West Cheshire Bench ) and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire.
I was awarded an MBE in 2001 for services to the community.
Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

david tranter

David Tranter: Vice Chair of Board

Joined: 30/09/2013

As an Engineering graduate I have worked in the implementation and development of business software for over 40 years.

Sue and I moved from Wolverhampton to Northwich in 1989 and our 4 boys have all been schooled here. Our youngest son joined The Russsett after mainstream primary and has flourished ever since; he thoroughly enjoys his time in school as well!

I have been a Parent Governor since September 2013.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

graham evans

Graham Evans

Joined: 08/12/2015

“Graham was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale in 2015, confounding the pollsters, again pledging to work hard for all constituents and put them before everything else in politics.

Graham now serves as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

In his spare time Graham loves history (specialising in military, social, economic and political history) and has a good size library on the subject. He is also a keen sportsman, especially football and is a lifelong Manchester United supporter.

Above all, Graham is a family man, and loves spending time with his wife Cheryl and three children, George, Tom and Sophie.”

Meet the Directors of the Board:

moira chapman

Moira Chapman: Chair of Board

Joined: 12/11/2014

I worked in the NHS as a Public Health Specialist, finishing my career as a senior manager in a Primary Care Trust. My responsibilities included: partnership working with the goal of improving health; managing a number of teams with responsibility for promoting health (smoking cessation, weight reduction, Healthy Schools programme, sexual health and HIV prevention, Healthy Living Centre); provision of professional advice on commissioning of health improvement services; management of Health Improvement budget and performance management of health improvement initiatives.
I have extensive experience of governance in the public sector. I have been Chairman of a number of bodies (Cheshire Police Authority, Cheshire Social Services, Cheshire Children's Fund). I was Vice Chairman of Cheshire and Warrington Connexions Partnership. My responsibilities in all bodies included: budget setting and financial oversight; performance management of service delivery; public engagement and appointment of senior staff.
Currently I am a magistrate ( Chairman of West Cheshire Bench ) and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire.
I was awarded an MBE in 2001 for services to the community.
Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

david tranter

David Tranter: Vice Chair of Board

Joined: 30/09/2013

As an Engineering graduate I have worked in the implementation and development of business software for over 40 years.

Sue and I moved from Wolverhampton to Northwich in 1989 and our 4 boys have all been schooled here. Our youngest son joined The Russsett after mainstream primary and has flourished ever since; he thoroughly enjoys his time in school as well!

I have been a Parent Governor since September 2013.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

c rowley

Caroline Rowley

Joined: 02/04/2015

After completing my PhD in mechanical engineering I have spent 10 years working in the nuclear industry performing hazard assessments on nuclear facilities, ensuring the safety of the workforce and the public.

My daughter, Nia, joined the school in February 2015 and I became a Parent Governor in April 2015. My motivation is to help the school with the amazing work they do to maximise the potential of every pupil. I will be working hard to ensure that all the pupils get the best possible opportunities to succeed and really enjoy being at school.

I am link governor for science at The Russett School.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

ian thorp

Ian Thorp

Joined: 11/06/2014

I have been working in the FE sector since 2005. I started as a Training Advisor at Stockport College, attending meetings, tracking learner progress, filling in ILP’s and ILRs to claim government funding for our learners, as well as liaising with Tutors, learners and employers to ensure timely achievement.

I am at present currently working as a Lecturer/Assessor for the Construction Department at Mid Cheshire College, specifically carpentry and joinery. Developing curriculum and managing courses from level 1 to level 3 and school link courses for years 10 and 11 from a variety of local schools, using college information systems, Colin, Moodle, Pro-Monitor, MIS, online registers, and am constantly involved in training for my job role to maintain professional standards.

Managing student behaviour and dealing with a variety of local services, and agencies as and when circumstances occur. Engaging local business to devote time, expertise and donate materials to the department. As well as forging strong links with all our employers to ensure the best result for our learners. A former member of the Institute of Carpenters.

For the past 3 years I have achieved a grade 1 on my teaching observations promoting the high standard of learning that our learners deserve. Arranging a number of offsite activities for all our main learners and developing resources for use with a diverse range of learners. Creating purchase orders for a vast range of materials and help managing budgets, and sustainability.

I have also in the past been foreman for several companies taking exhibition stands around the world for companies such as Microsoft, Ratheon (Who produce military equipment, build aircraft’s etc.) and Astra Zeneca pharmaceuticals. Prior to this I worked as a carpenter and joiner in many different fields and have been a major part in several major renovation projects in my spare time.

In both my career and my personal life I have travelled and worked in many varied locations around the globe and feel that I have come to know and respect many different cultures, religions and beliefs. I also spent eight years involved with a voluntary organisation (SVP) that took groups of up to 100 underprivileged children away for a week in the summer. I had worked my way up to Vice President before taking leave to start my family.

I am a self-motivated and hardworking individual who can work independently, or within a team. I am charismatic and able to use my own initiative and have the proven leadership skills to drive a team to success. I am hardworking, flexible, and keen to take on a challenge. As well as being an excellent communicator and organiser.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

catherine lewis

Catherine Lewis

Joined: 01/09/2009

I started teaching in 1984 and have worked in a range of Special Schools in London and the South East.

During this time I completed a Masters Degree in Education with SEN from the Institute of Education in London.

In 2004 I completed by NPQH and in September 2006 I became Headteacher at Heathfield School in Stoke-on-Trent, moving it to Outstanding within three years.

In September 2009 I became Headteacher at The Russett School moving it to Good with elements of Outstanding in 2011 and then gaining an Outstanding in 2014.

On 1st September 2015 I became the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Headteacher of The Russett Learning Trust and The Russett School.

robbie chapman

Robbie Chapman

Joined: 10/03/2015

I am from Weaverham but have lived in south Manchester since graduating from University. I completed my accountancy qualification at KPMG where I specialised in public sector and charitable audits.

Having left the firm after 6 years in 2012 I worked for two years at the University of Central Lancashire helping to set up and establish campuses overseas. I joined Northwards Housing, who are responsible for managing Manchester City Council's houses in North Manchester, in 2014. In my current position I am responsible for all elements of the Finance and ICT functions of the company.

Outside of work my biggest passion is football generally and Manchester United specifically. I travel to most games and have visited some wonderful places at home and abroad - I never let the football get in the way of a good day out!

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.

Nicky Bevington

Joined: 31/08/2016

I am a civil servant for the Department for Education, leading a team specialising in the delivery of the Government’s academies programme across 7 Local Authorities in the North West. This involves taking schools through the process of becoming an academy, increasing the number of MATs and sponsors and monitoring and intervening in underperforming academies.
Before taking this role I was a programme manager for the Training & Development Agency for Schools before moving to set up the School Complaints Unit for the Department for Education. Prior to 2009, I worked for DTZ Pieda Consulting Ltd as an education consultant, leading a range of projects with colleges, Universities, local Government and a variety of other organisations, ranging from strategic planning and business reviews, to estates planning and innovation and enterprise opportunities feasibility studies. From 1996, I worked for Manchester University specialising in postgraduate administration and management.
I am also the Secretary to my son’s primary school’s PTA.

dame jo williams

Dame Jo Williams

Joined: 28/09/2016

Jo trained at Keele University as a social worker alongside studying for a dual honours degree. Once qualified she spent the next 30 years in the public sector; the last ten as a Director of Social Services firstly in Wigan Metropolitan Borough and then Cheshire County Council. She then worked for five years as Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society. Her working career concluded with a three year period as Chair of the Care Quality Commission.
Twice honoured by the Queen she received a CBE in 2000 and DBE in 2008. Jo has always been driven by a passion for equality of opportunity, fairness and justice and is a strong believer in team work and partnership.
Currently a member of Keele University Council, a trustee of Dartington Hall Trust and, until the end of September 2016, the Chair of Everychild from 1October, Jo will be chair of Vivo care services in West Cheshire and Chester.
In her private life Jo loves to cook, travel, run and go to the theatre and ballet.
Non Ex Director Alder Hey Children NHS Foundation Trust.
Chair of Vivo Care Choices

Members and Directors Information

Name of Member

Appointment Date

Date Stepped Down

Declaration of Interest

Type of Interest

David Tranter

01.06.2015

Frances Beck

01.06.2015

Moira Chapman

01.06.2015

Graham Evans

08.12.2015

 

Name of Director

Appointment Date

Term of Office

Date Stepped Down

Appointing Body

Meetings Attended

Possible Meetings

Declaration of Interest

Type of Interest

Moira Chapman

12/11/2014

4 years

Trust Board
Co Opted Trustee

9

9

None
David Tranter

30/09/2013

4 years

Trust Board
Parent Trustee

8

9

None
Frances Beck

04/11/2012

4 years

 31.08.2016

Trust Board
LA Trustee

8

9

St Josheph’s RC
Primary School
Vice Chair of the
Governing Body
Robbie Chapman

10/03/2015

4 years

Trust Board
Co Opted Trustee

7

9

None
Rebecca Gussow

17/01/2014

4 years

 31.08.2016

 

Trust Board
Staff Trustee

9

9

The Russett Learning Trust

Employee

Andrew Brown

12/11/2014

4years

 31.08.2016

Trust Board
Co Opted Trustee

6

9

None
Ian Thorp

11/06/2014

4 years

Trust Board
Parent Trustee

7

9

None
Caroline Rowley

02/04/2015

4 years

Trust Board
Parent Trustee

5

9

None
Catherine Lewis

01/09/2009

N/A

Head Teacher
Ex Officio

9

9

The Russett Learning Trust

Employee

Aaron Dimmock

23/10/2015

4 years

31/08/2016

Trust Board
Co Opted

3

7

None
Nicky Bevington

31/08/2016

4 years

Appointed
Trustee

0

0

None

 

The Russett Learning Trust – Meeting Attendance Record 2016/17