Directors and Academy Councils An Academy Trust is a particular type of company, officially called a ‘charitable company limited by guarantee’. The Trust is registed at Companies’ House with the company number 7542114. Unlike other companies an Academy Trust has no share capital and is required to direct all funds received to achieving the objectives of the Trust. In the case of the Pegasus Academy Trust, the primary objective – as stated in its articles of association – is ‘to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom’. Directors of the Trust, like Directors of other companies, are registered at Companies House. Their main duties are described in the Academy Trust handbook as: strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy; accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance; people with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity; structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities; compliance with statutory and contractual requirements; evaluation of governance to monitor and improve its quality and impact You can see minutes and agendas of the Board of Directors on our ‘Statutory Information’ pages here Company information We are legally required to file certain documents, including full annual accounts, at Companies House and members of the public may check the information held there by going to their search page and entering our company number – 07542114. Directors of the Trust Emma Whapham Chair of Directors. Appointed (co-opted) by Board of Trustees Richard Hill Chair WHINF and WHJUN MACs Ian Patterson Co-opted Director Chair of PAT Finance Committee Gary Griffin Co-opted Director Lynne Sampson Executive Principal. School leadership, HR Director role, Recruitment, Governance, Ofsted, Safeguarding lead, Admissions Jolyon Roberts CEO, Executive Principal, Ex-Officio Director Jo Ridge Chief Financial Officer, Business Strategic Lead Company Secretary Nina Pogossova Co-opted Director Shelley Davies Appointed (co-opted) by academy members Sasha Henry-Crawford Xavier Villers Emma Whapham Term of Service started: 13th December 2019 Term of Service ends: 12th December 2023 Responsibilities: Chair of Directors. Appointed (co-opted) by Board of Trustees I am a mum of a toddler, a local Croydon resident and a senior HR Professional. I grew up in South East London and moved to the Croydon area in 2018 with an interest to support the local community. I have been able to do so through being a governor. I joined the governing board of Thornton Heath Nursery school in March 2019, becoming the Chair of Governors there later that year. I joined the Board of Directors at Pegasus Academy Trust late 2019. Professionally, over the last 10+ years, I have worked across the full spectrum of Human Resources activities in the Retail industry and now in the Wine and Spirits industry. In my current role I am responsible for Talent and Development.” Richard Hill Term of Service started: 1st May 2020 Term of Service ends: 31st August 2023 Responsibilities: Chair WHINF and WHJUN MACs Send Email I graduated from Sheffield University in 1969 with a maths degree and gained a masters degree in computer science from London University in 1972. I spent most of my career working for BT in their computer system development department retiring in 1996. On leaving BT I worked for the London Borough of Croydon in the Governor Services Team before retiring for the final time in July 2010. I first became a governor at the Whitehorse Manor Schools in 1994 and was elected as chair of the governing body in 1996. I have been chair of the governing bodies of the schools since that time. In 2011 I was involved in setting up the Pegasus Academy Trust became a director and was elected as the first chair of the board of directors. Since 2011 I have been chair of the academy councils of Whitehorse Manor Infant School and Whitehorse Manor Junior School. Between February 2011 and August 2014 I served on the academy council of Ecclesbourne Primary School and since September 2014 I have been a member of the academy council of Beulah Infant School. Ian Patterson Term of Service started: 16th December 2016 Term of Service ends: 15th December 2024 Responsibilities: Co-opted Director Chair of PAT Finance Committee I spent my entire career working in the finance sector, latterly as a regional director for the south east of England based in Croydon specialising in the SME sector. I have been a director of the Pegasus Academy Trust since December 2016, and chair the Finance Committee. I am also a qualified business mentor and serve as a governor in the secondary sector. Gary Griffin Term of Service started: 12th March 2019 Term of Service ends: 12th March 2023 Responsibilities: Co-opted Director Gary was until very recently Head Master at Immanuel College, Bushey. He is currently a Governor at Chelsea Academy with particular responsibility for Staff Welfare and Pupil Personal development & Inclusion and a member of the Students & Curriculum Committee. Also a Trustee on the Board of Management at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate. Gary has over thirty years expertise in school leadership. During this time he led on school management, current educational developments and policies, governance and safeguarding. Lynne Sampson Responsibilities: Executive Principal. School leadership, HR Director role, Recruitment, Governance, Ofsted, Safeguarding lead, Admissions Lynne has been working in education since 1986, starting her career in the London Borough of Bexley. After teaching at two schools in three key stages she moved to Whitehorse Manor Infants becoming the deputy in 1992 and the head in 1997. In 2007 the school was judged to be outstanding and following that she was asked by the DfE to become a Local Leader in Education and support schools in difficulty. In 2010 she was a founding Executive Principal setting up The Pegasus Academy Trust with Whitehorse Infants, Whitehorse Juniors and Ecclesbourne Primary School as the first schools in the Trust. Jolyon Roberts Term of Service started: 1st April 2011 Responsibilities: CEO, Executive Principal, Ex-Officio Director Jolyon began working in London schools when he graduated in 1989 and since then has worked continuously in the capital in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Wandsworth and now Croydon. He joined Whitehorse Manor Junior School as Headteacher in 2004 and was instrumental in setting up the Pegasus Academy Trust in 2011 – the first primary MAT in Croydon – where he became one of the founding Executive Principals. Jolyon worked for London Challenge as a consultant and as part of this very successful project was able to work with school leaders to improve primary schools all over South London. He is the primary school leader on the Croydon Headteachers’ Association and has Chaired Croydon School’s Forum for a decade. Jo Ridge Responsibilities: Chief Financial Officer, Business Strategic Lead Company Secretary Send Email Nina Pogossova Term of Service started: 16th December 2016 Term of Service ends: 15th December 2024 Responsibilities: Co-opted Director Nina’s experience lies in International strategy and business development having been a start-up executive across multiple industries. Nina is a Cambridge Enterprise mentor, an angel investor and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has a BSc in Economics and Philosophy from City University and BSc in International Economic Relations from The Finance Academy. Having been born in the Soviet Union, Nina is a strong believer in equal access to education and is delighted to contribute to the development of the Trust. Shelley Davies Term of Service started: 14th May 2019 Term of Service ends: 14th May 2023 Responsibilities: Appointed (co-opted) by academy members Sasha Henry-Crawford Term of Service started: 1 September 2021 Term of Service ends: 31 August 2024 Over the past two decades, I’ve worked in marketing and commercial roles ranging from financial services to my current industry transport and logistics, where I lead a broad product portfolio. I’ve also led community-based organisations and charities across the UK with a key focus on education, health and minority ethnic groups. I’m currently an Advisor to ‘NoTurningBack2020’ – which seeks to increase representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the marketing and communications industry. I hold a BSc. in International Relations and Economics and two postgraduate degrees in Marketing. I’m currently undertaking a professional doctorate degree in Business Administration. Xavier Villers Term of Service started: 1st September 2021 Term of Service ends: 31st August 2024 I graduated from Oxford University in 1980, and spent my working career in the insurance industry in the City of London specialising in the marine sector, and extreme risks. I now hold a number of non-executive roles in finance, charity, and education. I have been a non-executive director for four years of a company which runs two independent, not for profit, primary schools in London prior to joining the board of Pegasus Academy Trust. I have also resumed my own education, and recently completed a master’s degree in historical studies focusing on seventeenth century English history. Structure The Trust is currently organised according to the following structure: Members: Geri Vassell, Patricia Salami, Richard Hill Trustees (Directors): See current list in block above. Committees: Full Directors: Chair – Richard Hill; Finance, Remuneration & Resources: Chair – Ian Patterson Other committees such as: Disciplinary Committee; Appeals Committee; Complaints Committee … are convened from members of the Board of Directors and/or MACs as required. Board of Directors Attendance & Pecuniary Interests 161KB pdf BoD attendance 2020-21 146KB pdf BOD Pecuniary Interests 2021-22 321KB pdf BOD Pecuniary Interests 2020-21 Academy Councils Each school in the Trust has its own Academy Council. The Academy Council is responsible for monitoring key aspects of each school’s performance namely: Outcomes for children and learners; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Behaviour and welfare (including safeguarding); Ethos and values (and how they match the Trust’s overall values statements) Members of the Academy Councils (MACs) are expected to establish for themselves what is happening in their schools and to ensure that they receive evidence on these key aspects from a variety of sources. A budget is set aside by Directors so that, when required, Academy Councils may commission their own consultants to give an independent view on areas of concern. Academy Councils (sometimes known as ‘Local Governing Bodies’) are vital to Directors in ensuring that local voices are properly heard and the have the right to escalate matters to Directors if they vote to do so. Since the formation of the Trust at least one Director has attended each Academy Council so that a quick response can be given where required.