Governance Structure

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A multi academy trust (MAT) is a legal structure that brings two or more schools under the control of one governing board, while still functioning as separate schools that retain their own identity. The Girls' Learning Trust (GLT) is a MAT.

GLT has three levels of governance. Firstly it has ‘Members’, which are akin to the shareholders of a company, except that as a charity there are no profits. GLT can have up to five Members, some of whom may also be Trustees who sit on the GLT Board (see below) and others who are independent.  Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of GLT and appoint the Trustees.
 

Members

Name Date Appointed
Angela Attah 08/12/2020
Hamza Aumeer 01/09/2015
Donna Evans 01/01/2016
Sandy Gillett 24/08/2020
Tony Hyams-Parish 01/09/2015

 

The second level of governance is the GLT Board (the board of trustees/directors).  There are currently 9 trustees / directors on the GLT Board which is:

  • The overall governing body for GLT and all the schools within
  • Responsible for setting the strategic direction for GLT including key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Accountable for the educational performance of the Trust and all academies within
  • Responsible for determining Trust-wide policies as appropriate
  • The Trust is the employer of all GLT staff

The following people make up the GLT Board:
 

GLT Board
 


Name Role Date Appointed Term of Office ends
Sandy Gillett Chair/Director/Trustee 01/09/2020 31/08/2024
Philip Taylor Vice Chair/Director/Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Hamza Aumeer Director/Trustee 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Raeesa Chowdhury Co-opted Trustee 10/02/2022 09/02/2026
Alex Clark Director/Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Robert Etchell Director/Trustee 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Marie Grant Director/Trustee 01/04/2022 31/03/2026
Malcolm Munro Director/Trustee 01/04/2022 31/03/2026
Nigel Pepper Director/Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Sofia Spiers Co-opted Trustee 10/02/2022 09/02/2026
Jennifer Smith CEO 01/09/19 On termination of employment
       
In attendance:      
  Chief Operating Officer    
Andrew Horrod Clerk    


The third level of governance comprises the Trust Committees and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs). The Board has a number of Trust Committees that report to it, to enable it to carry out its functions. These include Finance and HR and these committees are made up of Trustees from the Trust Board and Governors from the LGBs.

Each school within GLT has its own LGB. The LGB is a committee of the GLT Board and;
 

  • Is responsible to the Trust Board for the performance of the school
  • Supports and challenges the Headteacher and the school leadership to secure strong student performance
  • Provides oversight and monitoring of the school’s activities to ensure an excellent standard of education is delivered
  • Achieves the KPIs set by the Trust Board and delivers the school development plan
  • Contributes to the wider work of GLT through the membership of the Trust committees

More information on the way the Trust and committees work together can be found in the GLT Scheme of Delegation within our Governance Handbook.

Click here to view the GLT Scheme of Delegation


The composition of the Trust Committees is as follows:
 

Trust Admissions

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Nigel Pepper (Chair) Trustee
Sandy Gillett Chair of the Trust Board
Jennifer Smith CEO
Andrea Cooke (Vice Chair) Nonsuch Governor
Robert Etchell Trustee
Malcolm Munro Trustee/Chair Carshalton LGB
Alison Sleight Wallington Governor

In attendance:
 
Richard Booth Headteacher
Amy Cavilla Headteacher
Moe Devenney Headteacher
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust AUDIT AND RISK

........................................................................................................................

Roberrt Etchell (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Alex Clark Trustee
Marie Grant (Vice Chair) Trustee
Philip Taylor Trustee

In attendance:
 
Jen Smith CEO
  Chief Operating Officer
Hamish Lungany Head of Finance
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust Finance

........................................................................................................................

Nigel Pepper (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Andrea Cooke (Vice Chair) Vice-Chair/Nonsuch Governor
Imran Ahmad Wallington Governor
Hamza Aumeer Trustee/Chair Wallington LGB
Robert Etchell Trustee
Marie Grant Trustee/Chair Nonsuch LGB
Malcolm Munro Trustee/Chair Carshalton LGB
Jennifer Smith CEO

In attendance:
 
  Chief Operating Officer
Hamish Lungany Head of Finance
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust GOVERNANCE

........................................................................................................................

Sandy Gillett (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Marie Grant (Vice Chair) Vice Chair/Trustee/Chair Nonsuch LGB
Nigel Pepper Trustee
Philip Taylor Trustee

In attendance:
 
Jennifer Smith CEO
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust HR

........................................................................................................................

Philip Taylor (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Sandy Gillett (Vice Chair) Vice Chair/Trustee
Hamza Aumeer Trustee/Chair of Wallington LGB
Sue Cooke Nonsuch Governor
Chris Cox Carshalton Governor
Laura Sutton Wallington Governor
Jennifer Smith CEO

In attendance:
 
  Chief Operating Officer
Natasha Geoffrey HR Manager
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust REMUNERATION

........................................................................................................................

Sandy Gillett (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Alex Clark Trustee
Nigel Pepper Trustee
Philip Taylor Trustee

In attendance:
 
Jennifer Smith CEO
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Carshalton local governing body


Name Role Date Appointed Term of Office ends
Malcolm Munro (Chair) Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2022
Chris Cox (Vice-Chair) Appointed Governor 23/01/2019 22/01/2023
Fiona Johnson Appointed Governor 23/09/2020 22/09/2024
Vacancy Appointed Governor 08/10/2018 07/10/2022
Claire Rodin Appointed Governor 19/04/2021 18/04/2025
Marie Patel Appointed Governor 03/09/2021 02/09/2025
Johnathan Hart Parent Governor 03/09/2021 02/09/2025
Karen Cameron Parent Governor 27/01/2022 26/01/2026
Lorna Stanley Staff Governor 18/09/2020 17/09/2024
Katie Buchanan Staff Governor 28/05/2021 27/05/2025
Moe Devenney Headteacher 01/09/2019 On termination of employment

 

 

nONSUCH Local Governing Body


Name Role Date Appointed Term of Office ends
Marie Grant (Chair) Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2022
Andrea Cooke (Vice-Chair) Appointed Governor 30/06/2018 29/06/2022
Emma Walford Appointed Governor 18/04/2018 17/04/2022
Sue Cooke Appointed Governor 25/09/2019 24/09/2023
Param Nandha Appointed Governor 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Nithya Poornanandan Appointed Governor 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Claire Copeland Parent Governor 03/02/2020 02/02/2024
Sunita Mohan Parent Governor 31/10/2018 30/10/2022
Catherine Halliwell Staff Governor 13/12/2021 12/12/2025
Maddy McIntyre Staff Governor 13/12/2021 12/12/2025
Amy Cavilla Headteacher 01/09/16 On termination of employment

 

 

WALLINGTON Local Governing Body


Name Role Date Appointed Term of Office ends
Hamza Aumeer (Chair) Appointed Governor 01/09/2019 30/03/2022
Imran Ahmad Appointed Governor 16/09/2020 15/09/2024
Rosemary Allotey Appointed Governor 30/06/2019 29/06/2023
Nadia Nagamootoo Appointed Governor 28/11/2021 27/11/2025
Jasmine Schembri Appointed Governor 10/01/2022 09/01/2026
Laura Sutton Appointed Governor 27/01/2020 26/01/2024
Naheed Ali Parent Governor 26/11/2019 25/11/2023
Souad Mohamed Parent Governor 12/11/2021 11/11/2025
Alison Sleight Staff Governor 23/11/2019 22/11/2023
Vicky Watson Staff Governor 31/12/2019 30/12/2023
Richard Booth Headteacher 01/09/2016 On termination of employment

 

 

Executive Team



In addition, an Executive Team work strategically to shape the direction of the Trust and manage the day to day operations.  The current structure is as follows:

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The chart below illustrates how the day to day management of the schools is structured within the GLT model:

GLT Day-to-Day Man Aug 2019