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The Howard Academy Trust is constituted as a multi-academy trust (MAT) and is governed by a Board of Directors, which is made up of representatives from the community with areas of business specialism and includes the Chair of the Regional Governing Board.  Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Schemes of Delegation.

The Chair of our Board of Directors is Dan McDonaldOwen McColgan, Chief Executive, is a qualified teacher and has led the school through academy conversion from a Foundation School to a Multi Academy Trust.

The Board devolves responsibility for the running of each Trust academy to local academy boards and their senior leadership teams.

Our clear aim is to bring about school improvement via partnership with practical and targeted support in a cooperative framework. School improvement and support are the primary purposes of our relationships with our individual Trust academies.

For further details including Declarations of Business Interests, visit the Members and Directors sections below. For requests to inspect our Register of People with Significant Control, please contact enquiries@thatrust.org.uk. Please note, a charge may be incurred if a copy is requested.

THAT Committees
 

Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee

Members: Simon Bass (Vice Chair), Owen McColgan, Dan McDonald, and Roger McKenna.

Overview

Finance

  • Agreeing the annual budget for all academies within the Trust
  • Agreeing the central operations budget and use of Top Slice funds in line with the Top Slice Policy
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of finance related policies in relation to accounting and investment
  • When appropriate, issuing a Financial Notice to Improve to academies within the Trust running at a deficit to partially restrict or fully restrict their powers

Human Resources

  • Monitoring of HR across the Trust including KPI’s for absence
  • Setting and monitoring of Trust-wide policies in relation to pay, performance management, managing sickness and absence, capability of staff, grievances, flexible working, disciplinary, maternity and paternity.

Estates

  • Health and Safety Action Plan for the Trust
  • Condition Surveys for Trust Schools
  • Oversight of the Trust’s Condition Improvement Fund applications on a yearly basis
  • Responsible for ensuring that all academies are compliant with statutory requirements.

Audit, Risk Management & Policy Committee

Members: Simon Bass (Chair), David Giles (Vice Chair), Owen McColgan and Dan McDonald.  

Overview

Audit

  • Review of reports from the responsible officer and responsible for overseeing any corrective action that may be required
  • Review of the management letter and year-end financial statements
  • Determination of Trust accounting policies and investment policies
  • Overview of Trust Financial Processes.

Risk Management

  • Review and assess the level of risk within the Trust
  • Maintain and update the risk register for the Trust
  • Update the risk management strategy and business continuity plans for the Trust when necessary.

Policies

  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of policies across the Trust
  • Update and review of Trust-wide policies depending on their review frequency or changes to statutory guidance.

Academic Standards Committee

Members: David Giles, Owen McColgan, Caron Nott; Roger McKenna (Chair).

Overview

The Academic Standards Committee advises the Board of Directors of matters relating to the standards, quality and curriculum at each Trust academy.

The Committee focuses on:

  • Data on attainment and achievement for all of the Trust’s academies
  • The external reports commissioned by THAT and academies actions in response to these
  • Overall performance of each of the academies;
  • Leadership standards
  • Governance effectiveness
  • Academies quality improvement and intervention strategies and plans
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) and inclusion;
  • Partnership working
  • Admissions
  • Safeguarding arrangements.

Members and Directors can be contacted by email enquiries@thatrust.org.uk

 


Members

Current Members
 

Alan Norman

 

Appointed

03/05/2017

 

Attendance 2020/21

1 of 2 meetings

 

Declaration of Business Interest

None

Alan Reed

Appointed

07/01/2019

 

Attendance 2020/21

2 of 2 meetings

 

Declaration of Business Interest

None

 

Nathan Ward

Appointed

08/10/2019

Attendance 2020/21

1 of 2 meetings

Declaration of Business Interest

Governor of Leigh Academy Rainham
Director of Rainham Mark Education Trust
Trustee of St Margaret's Church Rainham

Joanne Watson

Appointed

24/06/2019

Attendance 2020/21

2 of 2 meetings

Declaration of Business Interest

Scallywags: Owner-pays access rent from Dec 2012
SESS Limited: Director

Members resigned in the last 12 months

None
 


Directors

Current Members
 

Simon Bass (Whistleblowing Link)

Appointed

23/11/2018

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 6 of 6 meetings
Audit, Risk Management & Policy Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

Director: Yalding Group Limited
Director: Crooms Hill Ltd
Chair: Wormshill Charities
Robert Kemble Trustees Limited

David Giles (Director)

Appointed

28/11/2016

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 5 of 6 meetings
Audit, Risk Management & Policy Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Academic Standards Committee 1 of 1 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

Deanwood Primary School: Chair of Governors since 1985
Barclays Bank: retired employee from 1964 to 2003
Waterfront UTC: Chair of Chair of Governors since April 2018
Thames View: Governor from 10/07/2019 to 7/7/2020

Owen McColgan (CEO/Accounting Officer & Whistleblowing Link)

Appointed

01/01/2020

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 4 of 4 meetings
Audit, Risk Management & Policy Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Academic Standards Committee 1 of 1 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

Inspiring Change MAT: Member – 12/12/2018
Medway Academy of Performing Arts: Partner – 09/01/2020
Featherby Infant and Junior School: Governor – 08/09/2020

Dan McDonald (Safeguarding Link)

Appointed

01/09/2018

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 5 of 6 meetings
Audit, Risk Management & Policy Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee 3 of 3 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

Medway Council: Elected Councillor – since May 2015
Medway Council: Member of the Planning Committee – since July 2015
Director: Golding Homes

Roger McKenna

Appointed

16/11/2015

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 4 of 6 meetings
Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee 2 of 3 meetings
Academic Standards Committee 0 of 1 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

None

Caron Johnson

Appointed

05/12/2018

Responsibility
 
Attendance 2020/21
 
Board 6 of 6 meetings
Academic Standards Committee 1 of 1 meetings
Declaration of Business Interests

Director and Executive Head: The Inspring Change Multi Academy Trust

Directors resigned in the last 12 months

None
 

Members and Directors can be contacted by email at enquiries@thatrust.org.uk