The Boston Witham Academies Federation is a limited company by guarantee, with charitable status, operating under the direction of a The Board of Directors.
The operation of The Boston Witham Academies Federation is detailed within the Master Funding Agreement, along with Supplemental Funding Agreements between the Trust and the Department for Education for each Academy.
The current governance structure is as follows:
The Members are, in essence, the shareholders of the company. The members are the subscribers to the Trust’s Memorandum of Association, and any other individual permitted to become a member under the Trust’s Articles of Association.
Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust and have the powers to appoint directors and remove these directors.
There must be no less than 3 members at any one time.
The current members of the Trust are:
|Mrs J Coddington||24 July 2012||13 July 2016|
|Mrs C Shepheard||24 July 2012||5 October 2016|
|Mr T Elmer||24 July 2012|
|Mrs M Fox||13 July 2016|
|Mrs A Buxton||10 August 2016|
|Mr P Coote||14 September 2016|
The liability of each member of the Trust is limited. Every member of the Trust undertakes to contribute such amount as may be required (not exceeding £10) to the Company’s assets if it should be wound up while he or she is a member or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member.
Under the Articles of Association for the Trust the members may appoint up to 8 Directors.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors considers the vision and aims of the Trust and its Academies, as well as strategy and policy to deliver its key objectives:
- To advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing the Academies by offering a broad and balanced curriculum: and
- To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Boston and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need for such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants.
The number of Directors at any one time shall not be less than three and is not subject to any maximum. Directors are drawn from the local community and the individual Academies Local Governing Bodies.
The Board must meet a minimum of three times a year, in addition to the AGM. Additional meetings maybe arranged depending on the circumstances of the Trust at any given time.
Due to the expansion of the Trust in 2016 the Director bodies were reconstituted in line with DFE guidance.
The current Directors of the Trust are:
|Mr D Elkington||3 November 2016||Appointed by the Members|
|Mr T Elmer||26 July 2012||Appointed by the Members|
|Mrs J Gale||22 September 2015||Appointed by the Members|
|Mr J McGarel||26 July 2012||Appointed by the Members|
|Mr C Penney||11 February 2016||Appointed by the Members|
|Mrs C Shepheard||26 July 2012||Appointed by the Members|
Finance and Audit Committee
During December 2015, following release of the 2015 Academies Financial Handbook the Directors made the decision not to have separate dedicated finance and audit committees. Instead the Finance and Audit Committee was formed, which combined the roles and responsibilities of the previous two individual committees.
The Finance and Audit committee is a sub-committee of the Board of Directors. Its purpose is to ensure sound management of the Trust’s finances and resources; including proper planning and application of resources, monitoring and probity.
The committee will report its findings to the Board of Directors at each Trust meeting.
The Finance and Audit Committee must meet a minimum of three times a year. Additional meetings maybe arranged depending on the circumstances of the Trust at any given time.
The Finance and Audit Committee will consist of the members of the Board of Directors, the Accounting Officer and additionally, up to two external co-opted members may be appointed.
The current members of the committee are:
|Member||Appointed||Resigned||2016/17 Academic year attendance||2015/16 Academic year attendance|
|Mr S Coleman||September 2012||1 out of 2||2 out of 3|
|Mr D Elkington||21 November 2016||1 out of 1||n/a|
|Mr T Elmer (Chair)||September 2012||2 out of 2||3 out of 3|
|Mr C Penney||21 November 2016||1 out of 1||n/a|
|Mr A Reed||September 2012||2 out of 2||3 out of 3|
|Mrs C Shepheard||September 2012||21 November 2015||1 out of 1||2 out of 3|
Local Governing Bodies
Each Academy within the Trust will have its own Local Governing Body. This will ensure that, although part of a single organisation, each Academy will draw governors from its own community and parents and thus maintain their distinctive characters.
The Local Governing Bodies must meet a minimum of three times a year. Additional meetings maybe arranged depending on the circumstances of the Trust at any given time.
Their principal responsibilities will concern curriculum, standards of attainment, pupil/ student progress and individual premises issues. They will receive a report from the Head of Academy, with the Executive Head attending upon request/ invitation of the Chair of the Local Governing Body or Head of Academy.
The Board of Directors monitor the performance of each Local Governing Body and when necessary request the Head of Academy or Chair of Governors to attend the Directors meeting.
Local Governors are subject to a maximum term of office of four years.
Details on the Local Governing Bodies can be located on the individual Academy website.