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The Sir Thomas Wharton Local Governance Committee are committed to improving education for all students by ensuring high standards of Governance.  The Local Governance Committee has the following core strategic functions

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Setting and ensuring clarity of the vision, values, and objectives for the Academy within the Trust framework
  • Agreeing the Academy improvement strategy in line with the Scheme of Delegation 
  • Meeting statutory duties 

Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • Appointing Senior Leaders in consultation with the CEO and Trust Board 
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the schools and progress towards agreed targets 
  • Performance managing Senior Leaders in consultation with the CEO and Trust Board  
  • Engaging with stakeholders 
  • Contributing to Academy self-evaluation 

Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure it's money is well spent

  • Monitoring spending against the budget 
  • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained 
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Chair of Governors: Andrew Battle (MLT appointment for 12 months from 9 October 2023)
Vice Chair of Governors: Jayne Chetwynd (MLT appointment for 12 months from 9 October 2023)
Principal: Matt McDonald

Governance Professional: Emma Black
If you wish to contact the Governance Committee, please contact Emma Black, Governance Professional by email at: or by telephoning the Academy on 01709 864100.

Name Category Appointed Term of Office  Appointed by
Andrew Battle Community 07.05.19 06.05.27 Governors
Jayne Chetwynd Community 25.05.17 24.05.25 Governors
Vacancy Community     Governors
Jessica Leech Business/Education 19.06.22 18.06.26 Governors
Gail Stonier Business/Education 02.10.2023 01.10.27 Governors
Michael Swann Business/Education 08.12.20 07.12.24 Governors
Lisa Lunn Parent 11.02.22 10.02.26 Parent Election
Vacancy Parent 10.02.22 09.02.26 Parent Election
Sian Guttridge Staff (Associate Professional) 15.11.21 14.11.25 Staff Election
Vacancy Staff (Teacher)     Staff Election
Lee Wild Community 06.12.2023 05.12.27 Governors
Rebecca Barber Business/Education 13.11.2023 12.11.27 Governors
Matt McDonald Principal     N/a
Name Category Appointed Stepped Down Appointed by
Beryce Nixon Business/Education 10.11.22 19.06.23 Governors
Lynne O'Brien Parent 10.02.2022 30.11.2023 Election
Sharon Greensill Community 29.09.2020 23.05.2024 Governors
Gurtekh Singh Staff 14.03.2022 06.06.2024 Governors 

The Trust Board provides:

  • Strategic Leadership of the Trust: the Board defines the Trust's vision for high-quality and inclusive education in line with its charitable objects.

  • Accountability and assurance: the Board has robust effective oversight of the operations and performance of the Academy Trust.

  • Engagement: the board has strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders.

For more information regarding Trust Governance and statutory documents please click here, Maltby Learning Trust - Governance