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Governance

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 & 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 & 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.

Academy Local Advisory Committee

Members

Helen Georgiou, Chair
James Taylor, Staff Member
Marlene Da Costa, Parent Member
Muhammad Saghir, Parent Member
Jasmine Grey, Committee Member 
Karl Veltman, Committee Member
Andy Landers, Academy Principal

Schedule of meetings

  • 28 September 2021
  • 01 February 2022
  • 17 May 2022

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