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Governance

A team of educational experts

Our Governing Board

 

Our schools are overseen by a central Governing Board.  All governors are selected for the range of skills and expertise they bring to help realise our vision and values in the GEMS Learning Trust academies and to ensure effective strategic leadership and management. Terms of office are four years.

 

The Governing Board delegates some responsibilites for governance to the Operations Committee, the Standards Committee and to Local Academy Boards in each school. Parent governors sit on the Local Academy Boards.

 

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Members Remit

Vision and outcomes Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company including pupil outcomes

 

Central Board Remit

  • Strategy and performance Set the strategic improvement priorities of the Trust and scrutinise the performance of the Trust
  • Admissions Ensure that the Trust complies with the Admissions Code at all times
  • Public Relations Promote partnership working and shared approaches
  • Compliance  Observe all statutory and contractual obligations; EFA, DfE, HMRC, Companies House, Charities Law, AFH, Accounts directions etc.

 

Operations Committee Remit

  • Financial monitoring Keep the GEMS Learning Trust’s budget and finance schemes under regular review and ensure that spending represents good value for money and have an impact on academy priorities
  • Compliance Ensure financial and procedural compliance with the Academies Handbook and Funding Agreements including reporting to the EFA
  • Premises Oversee and review the maintenance of academy premises, and equipment,  resources and ensure they match the requirements of the academies’ priorities
  • Risk management establish a risk management framework and intervene quickly and effectively when required
  • Audit  Appoint internal and external audit officers (Responsible Officer) and respond to their audit findings and recommendations
  • Human Resources Advise on legal requirements and procedures relating to Trust employment matters and pay
  • Health and Safety Ensure that the Trust complies with statutory requirements for the management of Health and Safety in each academy

 

Standards Committee Remit

  • Performance Scrutinise attainment, attendance and welfare of all children, highlighting vulnerable children and other groups of pupils in reference to RAISEOnline, local and national benchmark information:
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Promote an exceptionally safe and vigilant culture and review child protection and safeguarding processes and ensure recommendations are followed by each Academy
  • Special Educational and Physical Needs Review the SEND systems in each academy and ensure compliance to the SEND code of practice
  • Trust wide development and collaboration  Work across academies on Teaching and Learning, recruitment and retention, internal monitoring and audits, CPD, ICT and other projects
  • Stakeholder engagement Develop Trust wide marketing and communication strategies and monitor the effectiveness of the complaints policy and procedures

 

Local Academy Board Remit

  • Governance To review and approve policies in accordance with the policy review cycle as delegated by the Trustees.
  • Stakeholder engagement To engage with stakeholders; pupils, staff, parents/carers and the community and ensure that each Academy meets legal requirements to publish information online
  • Educational experience and standards To scrutinise data and information regarding the attainment, attendance and welfare of all children

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles 1 Dr Harry Ziman, Chairman
Governor Profiles 2 Joe Garrod, Vice Chair
Governor Profiles 3 Jodie Croft, CEO and Director of Operations
Governor Profiles 4 Terri De Quincey, Chief Education Officer
Governor Profiles 5 Luisa Weinzierl, Director of Human Resources
Governor Profiles 6 Andy Collings, Director of Finance, Audit and Risk
Governor Profiles 7 Rony Valeny, Director
Governor Profiles 8 Danielle West, Director
Governor Profiles 9 Hannah Wilson

Governor / Trustee / Director

Type of Governor

Appointed by

Committee

End of Office

Rony Valeny

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Not assigned

22/11/20

Danielle West

GEMS, Non-Executive Director

Members

Operations

07/03/21

Dr Harry Ziman - Chair

Independent non-Executive Director

Trustees

Standards

20/04/19

Joe Garrod – vice chair

Independent non-Executive Director

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Jodie Croft

CEO, Accounting Officer

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Terri De Quincey

Chief Education Officer

Trustees

Standards

20/04/19

Hannah Wilson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Standards

20/06/21

Andy Collings – Chief Financial Officer

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Luisa Weinzierl

GEMS, Non-Executive Director

Members

Operations

20/04/19

Zahid Khan

Parent - Twickenham

Trustees

Local Academy Board

24/11/19

Raj Dattani

Parent - Twickenham

Trustees

Local Academy Board

31/08/17

Vacancy

Staff - Twickenham

Trustees

Local Academy Board

TBA

Cllr. Clare Head

Community - Twickenham

Trustees

Local Academy Board

24/11/19

Caroline Dendy

Parent - Didcot

Trustees

Local Academy Board

14/06/20

Sarah Gladwin

Parent - Didcot

Trustees

Local Academy Board

14/06/20

Laura Maynard

Parent - Didcot

Trustees

Local Academy Board

14/06/20

Andrea Brooker

Staff - Didcot

Trustees

Local Academy Board

14/06/20

Governing Body Minutes

 

Please visit our GEMS Learning Trust website for the following minutes of meetings:

 

Get in touch

 

If you would like more information about the GEMS Learning Trust and/or other GEMS schools please get in touchThe address for correspondence with the Chair of Governors is:


Chair of Governors | Didcot Primary Academy | 2nd Floor, St Albans House | 57 – 59 Haymarket | London | SW1Y 4QX

 

Visit www.gemslearningtrust.org for more information

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