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Governance


 

 

Welcome from the Chair

It is with a great sense of pride that I chair the Salterns Academy Trust Board. The Trust Board provides the strategic direction and vision for the Salterns Academy Trust and its principal purpose is the education and wellbeing of its staff and pupils.

The members of the Board are accountable for the governance of the Trust, the educational provision in its two schools, and for creating an environment for the Headteachers’ to manage the teaching, learning and personal development of the pupils at Admiral Lord Nelson School and Trafalgar School.

The Trust Board ensures strategic and financial decisions support high quality education in our schools and ensure that every student is empowered to achieve their true potential and become a positive influence on society now and in the future.

As a Trust we are proud that both schools embrace inclusivity and place student’s wellbeing and education at the centre of all they do.  We set high aspirations for all pupils and staff to ensure that as a Trust and as Schools we are evaluating our performance and seeking continuous improvement to our provision.

Each School has achieved OFSTED recognition as a Good School. Both schools have also achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting Silver Award. We are proud of the way in which our leaders and staff embody these principles in their schools. The Silver Award reflects our values of providing high quality educational provision and inclusivity along with being community focussed, and these values and principles underpin everything we do.

Andy Cree
Chair
Salterns Academy Trust Board
c/o Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

Trust Members


Roles and Responsibilities

Every Trust has Members who have a similar role to shareholders of a company limited by shares. Salterns Trust has four Trust Members, but the Articles of Association establish the Chair of the Trust Board as a fifth Member.

Members are kept informed about Trust business so they can be assured that the Board is exercising effective governance. This includes providing the Members with the Trust’s audited annual report and accounts.

NameBusiness InterestsPecuniary Interests
Name: Andy Cree
Business Interests: Independent
Pecuniary Interests: UTC Portsmouth: Founding Member Governor at Merchant Taylors school Member of UPAT Maritime UK Solent Director
Name: David Giles
Business Interests: Independent
Pecuniary Interests: None
Name: Steve Labedz
Business Interests: Independent
Pecuniary Interests: UTC Portsmouth: Member
Name: Mike Park
Business Interests: Signatory to Articles
Pecuniary Interests: None
Name: Caroline Corcoran
Business Interests: Independent
Pecuniary Interests: None

Trust Directors


Roles and Responsibilities

The Trustees should focus on three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its students and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance

They must comply with the Trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and with their contractual obligations under the funding agreement. As an employer, the Trust has a range of wider obligations including such matters as employment law and health and safety.

Nature of AppointmentNameDate of AppointmentCurrent termBusiness InterestsPecuniary InterestsRelevant Close Family Relationships To Declare
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Andy Cree (Chair)
Date of Appointment: 25/05/2016
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: UTC Portsmouth: Founding Member Governor at Merchant Taylors school Member of UPAT Maritime UK Solent Director
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Paul Hayes (Vice Chair)
Date of Appointment: 17/07/2017
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: University of Portsmouth Academic Services Ltd: Director University of Portsmouth Services Ltd: Director University of Portsmouth Academic Trust: Member UTC Portsmouth: Member
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Amanda Barrett
Date of Appointment: 17/01/2018
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: None
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Annette Majekodunmi
Date of Appointment: 19/05/2021
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: None
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Scott Taviner
Date of Appointment: 19/05/2021
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: None
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Member Appointed
Name: Nys Hardingham (Chief Executive Officer)
Date of Appointment: 25/02/2015
Business Interests: UTC Portsmouth: Trustee
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Co-opted
Name: Tina Henley
Date of Appointment: 12/01/2022
Current term: 12/1/22-12/1/26
Business Interests: Headteacher, Virtual School, Portsmouth City Council.
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Co-opted
Name: Emma Johnson
Date of Appointment: 06/11/23
Current term: 06/11/23-5/11/28
Business Interests: Trustee - Hive, Portsmouth Central Library
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: None
Nature of Appointment: Co-opted
Name: Richard Barlow
Date of Appointment: 1/1/24
Current term: 1/1/24- 31/12/28
Business Interests: Vice Principal Havant and South Downs College
Pecuniary Interests: None
Relevant Close Family Relationships To Declare: Nopne

Structure Chart


The Trust Audit and Risk Committee is chaired by Paul Hayes. The committee's remit is to advise the Trust board on matters relating it its audit arrangements, systems of internal control and risk management.

The Pay and Conditions committee is chaired by Andy Cree. The Committee is responsible for advising the Trust board on matters relating to the Trust's staff organisation and all issues relating to pay and appraisal arrangements

All meeting agendas, reports and approved minutes are available on request by contacting the Clerk to the Trust Board on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Trust has delegated authority to the Local Governing Body (LGB) for each school (as per the Scheme of Delegation). Each LGB meets at least 8 times a year. Each LGB has its own terms of reference and meetings etiquette. LGB information is found on the relevant school’s website.

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Local Governing Body
Admiral Lord Nelson School

The Local Governing Body at Admiral Lord Nelson School is co-chaired by
Jane Beecher and Nathan Waites.

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Local Governing Body
Trafalgar School

The Local Governing Body at Trafalgar School is chaired by
Jo Bennett.

The Trust Board Meetings


The board meets 7 times per year. Details of board meetings can be obtained by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.