Governance

Governance Structure

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The Trust is a company limited by guarantee but has no shareholders. Our governance structure values the roles played by the different layers of governance and provides parity of esteem.
Formal governance structure as defined in the Trust's Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation.
Committees formed by the Trust board, comprised of members of the Trust board and LGBS as defined in their Terms of Reference and with delegated powers.
Comprised of the Chairs of every LGB and the Trust Chair.
Employed by the Trust as the executive leadership of our schools.
Our Trust Board is legally responsible for the actions of the Trust and its schools. The Trust has also enshrined within its framework the importance of Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) in providing oversight of each school, and providing greater overall governance capacity by working collaboratively, and joining Trustees on chosen areas of Trust development.

The Trust Scheme of Delegation outlines the roles, responsibilities and duties given to Trust and school leaders, and our different layers of governance.

Members

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The first tier of governance oversight is provided by the Members who are the guardians of the Trust, its purpose and welfare. However, they have limited governance responsibilities and no day-to-day management responsibilities.

Meet our Members below:
Emmanuel Amadi MVO
Trustee and Member
Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's foremost companies and NGOs.
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Elizabeth Brown
Member
Elizabeth is a local resident who has been involved with The Trust since 2001
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Marian Gibbs CBE
Member
A former HMI, Marion is also the retired headteacher of James Allen's Girls' School, an independent school in Dulwich.
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Sue Bowler
Member
Sue is the joint Director of Integrated Care at Guy’s and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust
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Trust Board

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The Trustees are legally responsible for the actions of the Trust and its schools. They are accountable to the Members, the Secretary of State for Education and the broader community for the quality of education in our schools, and for ensuring that public money is well spent.

The majority of Trustees are appointed by the Members to whom they report. They are both trustees under charity law and company directors under company law.

The Trust Board is the Trust's key strategic decision-maker. It may delegate specific responsibilities to the Executive Leader (the CEO), a committee or an individual by following the Scheme of Delegation. However, the Board remains accountable and is responsible for all decisions made and therefore must make decisions which are in the best interest of its pupils and its staff.

All academy trust boards have three core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2. Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent.

Meet our Board of Trustees below:
Cassie Buchanan OBE
CEO
Cassie joined the Trust as CEO in April 2020.
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John Godfrey
Co-Chair of Trustees
John was the Chair of Governors for The Charter School East Dulwich until November 2019.
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Emmanuel Amadi MVO
Trustee and Member
Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's foremost companies and NGOs.
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Claire Maugham
Co-Chair of Trustees
Claire was Co-Chair of Governors at Charles Dickens Primary School and has been on the Trust Board since 2020.
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Jonathan Slater
Chair of Standards Committee
Jonathan left his role as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education in 2020
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Karen Robinson
Vice-Chair of Trustees
Karen has been involved in school governance since 2007, including as a Trustee of Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust.
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Simon Latham
Trustee
Simon joined as a Trustee when the Duklwich Hamlet Educational Trust joined the Trust in April 2021
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Simon Tucker
Trustee
Simon works with governments and charities on innovation and new ventures.
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Steven Russell
Chair of Finance & Audit and Risk Committees
Steven is a partner in PwC's restructuring practice, with nineteen years of experience in corporate change management, specialising in advising companies in turnaround situations.
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Trustees who have stepped down in the past 12 months:
David Gallie - term of office ended 31/12/20
Kate Chhatwal - Stepped down 31/03/21
Amanda King - Stepped down 31/03/21
Stephen Potter - Stepped down 31/03/21

Local Governing Bodies

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The Trust Board has delegated elements of its strategic role and oversight to Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) at school level.

Each LGB is accountable to the Trust Board concerning any matters delegated to it. The duties, responsibilities and authority of the LGBs are as determined by the Trust Board.

Please find links below to the Local Governance pages for each school:

‍Charles Dickens Primary School
‍Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
‍Lyndhurst Primary School
‍The Belham Primary School
‍The Charter School North Dulwich
‍The Charter School East Dulwich

Trust Board Register of Business Interests and Attendance

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