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Governance

Governance 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 Trust Board will be accountable for the business operation of the trust and the over arching strategic direction for all academies in the trust.

STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

Organisational structure

The governance of the Trust is defined in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, together with the Master and Supplemental Funding Agreements from the Department of Education. All Trustees are members of the full Board.

The structure consists of:

  • Members of The Russett Learning Trust
  • The Board of the Company (Trustees)
  • The Local Governing Committee of each Academy
  • Senior Management Team of each Academy

The aim of this structure is to devolve responsibility to those best able to make the decisions. The Trustees encourage staff contributions at all levels and collaboration between the Academies in the Trust.

The Trustees are there to oversee and support the work of the Local Governing Committee and Senior Management Team in the running of the Trust. The Trustees are not involved in the running of the Academies on a day to day basis. There is clarity with regard to decision making at Board and LGC level.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also undertakes the role of the Executive Head Teacher at the Russett School. The CEO is the Accounting Officer of the Russett Learning Trust and the Trustees have delegated the day to day management of the Trust to the CEO.

There is a separation of the Board and Academy Governance, to enable a Local Governing Committee to undertake the delegated governance duties at a local level.

The Trust Board statutory duty is to meet a minimum of three times per year, but the The Trust believe to ensure financial oversight and effective financial performance they have agreed to meet six times per year.

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Local Governing Committee (LGC) continue to meet at The Russett School six times a year to ensure effective leadership and management of the Academy.

The LGC follow an agreed Scheme of Delegation and operate under a Terms of Reference. The focus of the LGC is on teaching, learning and ensuring high standards of care and education to ensure that all pupils and young people achieve outstanding educational outcomes.

 

 The following documents are available on request from the clerk.

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

 

Meet the Members of Russett Trust:

francis beck

Frances Beck: Member of The Russett Learning Trust and Chair of the Local Governing Committee at The Russett School

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 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: Member of The Russett Learning Trust, Chair of the Trust 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: Member of The Russett Learning Trust and Trustee

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.

Meet the Directors of the Board:

moira chapman

Moira Chapman: Member of The Russett Learning Trust, Chair of the Trust Board and Committee Member of the Renumeration Committee

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.
Appointed by co-option of the Trustees.

david tranter

David Tranter: Member of The Russett Learning Trust, Trustee and Committee Member of the Renumeration Committee

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.
Appointed by the Members of The Russett Learning Trust.

catherine lewis

Catherine Lewis: Trustee and Governor on the Local Governing Committee of The Russett School

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/Accounting Officer and Executive Headteacher of The Russett Learning Trust and The Russett School.

Other Governance Positions: Member of Hornbeam Academy Trust and Director of the 18-25 Learning Centre.
Appointment: Ex-Offico

robbie chapman

Robbie Chapman: Resigned 07.05.2020

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.
Appointed by co-option of the Trustees.

Dr Jane Bryan: Trustee and a Committee Member of the The Russett Learning Trust Audit Committee

Joined: 26/04/2019

Trained as a secondary school science teacher and worked in 3 schools in the Cheshire and North Staffordshire area over 13 year period before taking up an adviser role in the UAE. After 5 years abroad I returned to the UK to work for Trafford local authority as a school improvement adviser.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.
Appointed by the Members of The Russett Learning Trust.

Mr Peter Gough: Vice Chair of Trustees of the Board of The Russett Learning Trust and Committee Member of the Renumeration Committee

Joined: 11/02/2019

After over 40 years of business experience working across Europe on famous brands like Cadbury's, Andrex and Vileda I retired in 2016. Using the many experiences gained, I worked for a further 2 years as a consultant to companies looking to enter the UK market and as an independent trainer delivering training on Leadership, Communication, Negotiation, Managing Employee Performance and Anti Trust Law.
Calling on my work experiences and having seen the benefits that come to people who enjoy a full and excellent education I want to help the Trust Board achieve its Strategic aims. I believe my skill set complements that of the other Board members so that, together, we can help provide the best for our young people.

Member of Independent Monitoring Board, HMP, Altcourse, Liverpool.
Business Adviser/Volunteer Young Enterprise
Business Adviser The Design Council

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.
Appointed by the Members of The Russett Learning Trust.

Mrs Jennifer Bone: Trustee and a Committee Member of the The Russett Learning Trust Audit Committee

Joined: 25/07/2018

Over the last twenty years I have worked for a diverse range of clients and their brands to create and deliver world class events. My work involves delivering sponsorship and commercial programmes, marketing and PR strategies for companies.

My son, Oliver joined the Russett School five years ago, the support and expert teaching has seen Oliver grow in confidence and ability and he thoroughly loves school life. I hope that my skills, experience and passion can help all our children succeed and enjoy school.

Currently I have no financial business related involvement with the Trust.
Appointed by the Members of The Russett Learning Trust.

c rowley

Caroline Rowley: Resigned 03.09.2019

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.
Appointed by the Members of The Russett Learning Trust.

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

Members and Directors Information

The Russett Learning Trust – Meeting Attendance Record 2015/16

The Russett Learning Trust – Meeting Attendance Record 2016/17

The Russett Learning Trust – Meeting Attendance Record 2017/18

The Russett Learning Trust – Meeting Attendance Record 2018/19