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

  • Richard Hill

    Chair of Directors: Chair WHINF and WHJUN MACs
  • Ian Patterson

    Co-opted Director Chair of PAT Finance Committee
  • Gary Griffin

    Co-opted Director
  • Lynne Sampson

    Board Representative: Executive Principal, Ex-Officio
  • 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
  • Emma Whapham

    Appointed (co-opted) by Board of Trustees
  • Fiona Fearon

    Academy Council Chair for Beulah Infant School
  • Sasha Henry-Crawford

  • Xavier Villers

Richard Hill

Term of Service started:

1st May 2020

Term of Service ends:

31st August 2023

Responsibilities:

Chair of Directors: Chair WHINF and WHJUN MACs

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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 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

Gary Griffin

Term of Service started:

12th March 2019

Term of Service ends:

12th March 2023

Responsibilities:

Co-opted Director

Lynne Sampson

Responsibilities:

Board Representative: Executive Principal, Ex-Officio

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

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Nina Pogossova

Term of Service started:

16th December 2016

Term of Service ends:

15th December 2024

Responsibilities:

Co-opted Director

Shelley Davies

Term of Service started:

14th May 2019

Term of Service ends:

14th May 2023

Responsibilities:

Appointed (co-opted) by academy members

Emma Whapham

Term of Service started:

13th December 2019

Term of Service ends:

12th December 2023

Responsibilities:

Appointed (co-opted) by Board of Trustees

Fiona Fearon

Term of Service started:

15th December 2017

Term of Service ends:

14th December 2021

Responsibilities:

Academy Council Chair for Beulah Infant School

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.

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.

 

First published on 28th July, 2017 and modified 14th October, 2021

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