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Our Governance


There are five Members who are responsible for the strategic direction of the Trust and appoint the Trustees.

The Members are:

Andrew MacGarvey- Appointed 21/5/12 Resigned 21/9/20

Liam Harrison -Appointed 1/3/12

Patrick Fealey- Appointed 1/12/11

Pearl Slater- Appointed 15/5/19

Dean Jones -Appointed 15/5/19

Stephen Townsend- Appointed 15/5/19


The Board of Trustees is accountable for the running of the trust. The Board currently has five members including the CEO, three of whom are the original founders of the trust.

Andrew MacGarvey -Chair of Trustee resigned 7/10/20

Liam Harrison - Chair of Trustees

Appointed 1/11/13

Liam became a school governor in 2009 and has been Director and Vice-Chair of the multi-Academy Trust since 2013. He holds a BSc and MSc and is a Business Development Director for an engineering and design consultancy. In 2012 he set up and now maintains 'Pathways to Engineering' with a national charity Citizens UK, to provide viable career routes for young people in East London. Both his children have progressed through the Trust and he is a passionate about achieving the Trust vision. He is a trained business coach and enjoys keeping fit.

Caroline Conquest - Trustee

Appointed 1/11/13

Caroline joined The Trust as a Director from the outset in 2013 and has also served as a Governor, primarily at Bourton Meadow Academy, for nine years. In her professional life, Caroline works in Human Resources (HR) and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Currently working in HR within education, Caroline has previously undertaken senior HR roles in both the private and public sector. Having grown up in the local community, Caroline is passionate about the opportunities it offers to young people in the area.

Patrick Fealey - Trustee

Appointed 1/11/13

I am family man living in the local area. Having worked in telecommunications for 35 years and retired as head of UK Operations in 1999. Before this retirement I was asked to become a member of Buckingham School Governing body and became chairman in 1997, having served on a number of committees.

I then joined the school as the Senior Business manager. I then went on to join Bourton Meadow Academy. For 5 years I was chair of premises and Chair of Governors. I am a very instrumental and hands-on governor I have driven forward the conversion to Academy and Multi Academy Trust.

Ray Powell- Trustee

Appointed 7/10/ 20

Ray is currently Chair of SALTO charity. He has a wealth of experience reporting to boards in large companies. His expertise lies in investment finance. Ray has sophisticated influencing skills and has dealt very effectively with a blocker. He is a very able man with a wide expertise in finance and risk. Ray has managed very large sums of money and also tight budgets in the charity sector through stakeholder engagement. He gave a clear example of dealing with an issue that threatened the integrity of the organisation he worked for. Ray is keen to supporting schools to ensure opportunities for all young people. He has enjoyed his mentoring roles in business. Ray has an understanding of the challenges state schools are facing. He is very positive about the success of local schools.

Jane Horridge -Trustee

Appointed 7/10/20

Jane has a wealth of experience as a Managing Director and CEO of small companies and has played key roles in multi-national companies at a senior level in a number of industries. She holds an Executive MBA from Lancaster University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a certified occupational psychologist. Jane has extensive experience as a NED with England Netball and a number of charities. She also brings very valuable experience in her most recent organisational role within FE, prior to branching out as an Entrepreneur.

Chris Jukes - Trustee

Appointed 19/5/21

Sarah Conant - CEO

Appointed 4/3/19

Sarah has over 24 years’ experience in primary education having had a number of headships. The first of these was in Saudi Arabia setting up a new primary school for BAE systems as part of The British International School in Riyadh. When she returned to the UK she became head of a large primary in Wisbech Cambridgeshire. This was followed by two consultant headships; a primary in Peterborough and a large junior school in Ely working for The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) supporting schools to become academies.

This led to her moving into the central support team of the DEMAT, where she became the Deputy CEO with responsibilities for a number of central services, school improvement and the conversion process of schools wanting to join the MAT. She helped growing the MAT to 34 primary schools in 4 years.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She and her husband have a passion for Formula One racing and have over the last few years tried to go to a different Grand Prix each year.

Board meeting attendance 19/20

Mr A MacGarvey (Chair)

3 Attended

9 Out of a possible

Mrs S Conant, (Accounting Officer)

9 Attended

9 Out of a possible

Mrs C Conquest

9 Attended

9 Out of a possible

Mr P Fealey


9 Out of a possible

Mr L Harrison Acting Chair from 22 June 2020

9 Attended

9 Out of a possible

Local Governing Bodies.

Each academy has a local governing body responsible for the operational running of the academy providing challenge and support to the Head teacher under the Scheme of Delegation. LGB meeting attendance can be found on individual school websites

  • Bourton Meadow Academy - Penny Croucher
  • Lace Hill Academy - Chris Garlick
  • George Grenville Accademy - Keith Harvey
  • Lumbertubs - Ann Partridge
  • Spring Lane Primary - Oliver Coss
  • Moorland Primary -Jacqueline McCamphill- Interim chair

Declaration of Interests (Pecuniary Interest)

The Academies Financial Handbook states that the Trust is required to keep and publish online a register of interests. Members, trustees, senior leadership teams and staff who have a financial responsibility must declare any personal interest about business and pecuniary interests which might influence their judgement, decision making and actions, or which might be perceived as doing so. It is important that they act (and are seen to act) impartially and avoid any conflict between business and personal interest, and the interests of the Trust and its schools.


Governance Structure

Our governance structure:

Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of Delegation October 2020