Trust Committees

Trust Committees

The Trust Board delegates authority to the following key groups in order to ensure the effective leadership and governance of the Academy Trust:

  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Compliance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Performance Committee

The Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference provide clarity as to the responsibilities of the different groups.

 

Audit & Risk Committee:

Terms of reference:

ToR Audit & Risk Committee

Chair of the Committee:

Mr David Nyamatore – Trustee
David has supported Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust (PHAT) as a Governor since late 2017 when he joined the Finance, HR & Resources committee. Later in 2018 when the Trust created three Trustee committees David joined the Compliance committee which he continues to be a part of today. Following the creation of an Audit committee in 2019, David was later appointed as Chairman and Responsible Office for the Audit committee to help drive the audit readiness agenda for PHAT.

Currently David works as an Associate Solicitor at Dentons law firm. Prior to this David has gained valuable experience working in various commercial and governance roles within the financial services sector.

 

Compliance Committee:

Terms of reference:

Compliance Committee Terms of Reference

Chair of the Committee:

Mr Carl Dillow – Trustee

Carl was initially appointed to be a governor at Preston Hedge’s Primary School in 2016 before becoming Chair of Governors in 2019 and then became a trustee in April 2021.  During this time, Carl also helped form the trust compliance committee in 2018, which he has chaired ever since.

Carl was educated locally and has lived in the area with his young family since 2006.  He has always had a passion for science and technology, which has led him to work for a global IT outsourcing company as the Global Head of Solutions Architecture.  As well as being technology-focused, he has a diploma in leadership and management and loves to develop his team and bring out the best in them.

Outside of work, Carl is a keen triathlete, a qualified running coach who heads up athlete development for Wootton Road Runners, and a Cub Scout leader for 1st Hardingstone Mercia Cub pack.

 

Finance Committee:

Terms of reference:

Terms of Reference Finance Committee

Chair of the Committee:

Mr David Hughes – Trustee

David volunteered as a Parent Governor at Preston Hedges Primary School approx. 10 years ago, as both of his daughters enjoyed very positive start to their education and he primarily wanted to give back some of his skills and energy to the school to help ensure that other children had a similar experience.  Throughout his time, he has seen the school convert to an academy and then further evolve into a Multi-Academy Trust, and  now serves as a Trustee with responsibility for chairing the Finance Committee and supporting Audit and Internal Scrutiny.

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant early in his career and has had a variety of financial and commercial roles and experiences since across Financial Services and the Automotive industry, including defining and implementing business strategy, and providing financial and operational consultancy.  In his current role he is responsible for overseeing the financial performance of a global network of independent business partners.

David’s aim is to utilize his skills and experiences to help support and grow the Trust for the benefit of the schools, the pupils, parents and staff.

 

Performance Committee:

Terms of reference:

Performance Committee Terms of Reference

Chair of the Committee:

Mrs Liz White – Trustee

Having a 20+ year career in education, Liz wants to ensure that all children who attend one of the schools in the Trust receive an outstanding education through a broad and balanced, fun and creative curriculum where all children achieve their very best.  She is a qualified teacher and spent ten years teaching in the primary sector before working as part of the school improvement team at the local authority for 11 years.  She is now self-employed and continues to work alongside school teachers and leaders across the country to support school improvement.  These skills and experience are beneficial to the Trust.   Liz will be Chair of the Performance Committee.  She was previously a Governor and the Chair of Governors at Parklands Primary and has also been a governor at two other schools in the past.