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 may not have less than three Members with a majority who are not also Trustees.  Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of GLT and appoint the Trustees.
 

Members

Name Date Appointed
Angela Attah 08/12/2020
Sue Cooke 01/09/2022
Donna Evans 01/01/2016
Sandy Gillett 24/08/2020
Marie Grant 01/09/2022
Tony Hyams-Parish 01/09/2015

 

The second level of governance is the GLT Board (the board of trustees/directors).  There are currently 11 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
Andrea Cooke Co-opted Trustee 01/09/2022 31/08/2023
Robert Etchell Director/Trustee 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
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 01/09/2019 On termination of employment
       
In attendance:      
Thomas Flynn 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) Co-opted Trustee/Chair Nonsuch LGB
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

(* Vice Chair tbc)
........................................................................................................................

Roberrt Etchell (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Alex Clark (Vice Chair) Trustee
Raeesa Chowdhury Co-opted Trustee
Philip Taylor Trustee

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

 

Trust Finance

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

Nigel Pepper (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Imran Ahmad Wallington Governor
Hamza Aumeer (Vice Chair) Trustee/Chair Wallington LGB
Robert Etchell Trustee
Malcolm Munro Trustee/Chair Carshalton LGB
Ruby Nithyanand Nonsuch Governor
Sofia Spiers Co-opted Trustee
Jennifer Smith CEO

In attendance:
 
Thomas Flynn Chief Operating Officer
Hamish Lungany Director of Finance
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust GOVERNANCE

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

Sandy Gillett (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Raeesa Chowdhury (Vice Chair) Co-opted Trustee
Nigel Pepper Trustee
Philip Taylor Trustee

In attendance:
 
Jennifer Smith CEO
Thomas Flynn COO
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust HR

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Philip Taylor (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Sandy Gillett (Vice Chair) Vice Chair/Trustee
Hamza Aumeer Trustee/Chair of Wallington LGB
Sofia Spiers Co-opted Trustee
Jennifer Smith CEO

In attendance:
 
Thomas Flynn Chief Operating Officer
.................................................... ....................................................

 

Trust REMUNERATION

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

Sandy Gillett (Chair) Chair/Trustee
Alex Clark (Vice Chair) 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 31/08/2023
Anita Patel Appointed Governor 01/09/2022 31/08/2026
Fiona Johnson (Vice Chair) Appointed Governor 23/09/2020 22/09/2024 (31/08/2023)
Vacancy Appointed Governor    
Claire Rodin Appointed Governor 19/04/2021 31/12/2022
Marie Patel Appointed Governor 03/09/2021 02/09/2025
Jonathan 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
Andrea Cooke (Chair) Trustee 01/09/2022 31/08/2023
Lucie Holland Appointed Governor 01/09/2022 31/08/2026
Ruby Nithyanand Appointed Governor 01/09/2022 31/08/2026
Nithya Poornanandan (Vice Chair) Appointed Governor 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Selvavinayagam Vireswer ("Vires") Appointed Governor 01/09/2022 31/08/2026
Param Vivehanandha Appointed Governor 24/08/2020 23/08/2024
Claire Copeland Parent Governor 03/02/2020 02/02/2024
Vacancy Parent Governor    
Catherine Halliwell Staff Governor 13/12/2021 12/12/2025
Maddy McIntyre Staff Governor 13/12/2021 12/12/2025
Amy Cavilla Headteacher 01/09/2016 On termination of employment

 

 

WALLINGTON Local Governing Body

(*Vice Chair tbc)


Name Role Date Appointed Term of Office ends
Hamza Aumeer (Chair) Trustee 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Imran Ahmad Appointed Governor 16/09/2020 15/09/2024
Vacancy Appointed Governor    
Nadia Nagamootoo Appointed Governor 28/11/2021 27/11/2025
Jasmine Schembri Appointed Governor 10/01/2022 09/01/2026
Alison Sleight Appointed Governor 07/11/2023 06/11/2027
Naheed Ali Parent Governor 26/11/2019 25/11/2023
Souad Mohamed Parent Governor 12/11/2021 11/11/2025 (31/08/2023)
Sian McCormack Staff Governor 07/11/2022 06/11/2026
Saima Khan Staff Governor 01/09/2022 31/08/2026
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:

GLT Governance Structure - Nov 2022 - 1

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

GLT Governance Structure - Nov 2022 - 2