The Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust (P&WDAT) is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education and Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Board of Education for the performance of those academies which form part of the Trust. This is with particularly with regards to standards of education, financial performance and fulfilment of other legal requirements, including the employment of staff and health and safety.
The 3 Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint the directors (trustees) and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association.
Operational accountability is discharged by the Trust’s Directors who are also accountable for ensuring that the Trust meets its obligations under both the Companies Act and relevant Charity Commission frameworks.
The Members appoint the Directors. The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.
This useful document provides further information about governance in multi-academy trusts:
The Directors named below are appointed by the Members.
The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.
Members and Directors interests can be found in the information section: http://www.pwdat.org/register-of-directors-interests/
Members and Directors attendance at meetings can be found on the information section: http://www.pwdat.org/attendance-at-meetings/
Dr. Keith John Atton: Sponsor Director
Keith is recently retired, after a long career in education. Most recently, Keith has been a school improvement partner to ten different schools, across four different local authority areas. Prior to this role, Keith worked as the Headteacher of a secondary school in Berkshire having previously been an acting headteacher, deputy headteacher, head of history and head of economics. Keith has also been a consultant for NCSL and for Workforce Reform and held the role of Branch Secr2etary for ASCL for 10 years.
Chair of P&WDAT Resources sub-committee
Date of appointment: 25/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 24/08/2020.
Ven. Gavin Andrew Collins: Member/Sponsor Director
Gavin is Archdeacon of the Meon and as such is responsible for the strategic direction, pastoral support and managerial and financial oversight of half of the mainland parishes in Portsmouth Diocese.
Gavin brings considerable previous Trustee experience, most recently having served 9 years as a Trustee of the London School of Theology. Prior to ordination, Gavin was a solicitor in the City of London, and so also brings legal and financial experience and an aptitude to his work with the Trust. Gavin is currently Chair of St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy.
Member of the Resources sub-committee.
Date of appointment: 28/06/2016. Date term of office ends: 27/06/2020.
Ven. Dr Joanne Grenfell: Member/Sponsor Director
As Archdeacon, Joanne oversees and supports the clergy and parishes in the Archdeaconry of Portsdown. From her past experience as a Director of Ordinands in Sheffield Diocese and, amongst other employments, as a lecturer in English in Oriel College, Oxford, Joanne has always been familiar with the issues surrounding education. Joanne is also currently Chair of Governors at Charter Academy in Portsmouth and from September 2017, St Columba Academy.
Date of appointment: 29/01/2014. Date term of office ends: 28/01/2018.
Mr Graham Arthur Exon: Sponsor Director
With some 20 years experience in school governance, Graham has had significant involvement in both the maintained and independent sectors and is designated a National Leader of Governance. He is currently Chairman of the Governing Board at Talbot Heath Independent Girls School (ages 3 to 18) and chairs Bournemouth Schools' Forum. Graham is Chair of Bournemouth Septenary Trust, the Umbrella Trust of seven primary academies, having previously served as Chair of Governors at St Michael's Primary CE (VC) School, Bournemouth. He sits on admission appeal panels and is a member of the Strategic Board of Linwood Teaching School Alliance. He also works with the Diocesan Board of Education as part of the Associate Education Staff (Governance). Following a successful career in banking Graham was appointed Chair of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and has served as a non-executive director of a number of local companies. He has significant experience within senior management and of corporate governance. Graham has also acted as a consultant to boards and trustees on dispute resolution and business planning.
Chair of P&WDAT Education & Standards sub-committee
Date of appointment: 25/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 24/08/2020.
Miss Amanda Claire Johnston: Chief Executive Officer/Sponsor Director, Accounting Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Before assuming her role, Amanda worked in primary schools for 16 years, including seven years as a Headteacher in two Voluntary Aided primary schools within both dioceses as well as Headteacher in a community primary. Amanda's experience has included: the establishment and leadership of a brand new church aided primary school; undertaking significant school building projects; demonstrating expertise in school budget and SLA procurement; local authority school reorganisation; school improvement support to other schools; mentoring of new Headteachers; being a member of SACRE as well as the Local Authority Primary Headteachers Executive Board.
Additionally, Amanda has previous managerial experience in the retail sector and also spent several years working at a strategic level, in a volunteer capacity for GirlGuiding UK. Amanda has also been a Director on the board of several other standalone and multi-academy trusts.
As the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, is a member of the full board and all sub-committees and acts as the Trust's over-arching Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Date of appointment: 14/01/2015. Date term of office ends: Upon resignation.
Mr Martin James Leamon: Academy Director
Martin has been a Governor at St James' Academy for the last three years and has two boys who attend there. Martin is currently the LGB Chair having previously been Vice Chair and Chairing the Education and Standards sub-committee. Martin attends St James' Church on a regular basis and says that his faith enables him to play an active part in the community as a Foundation Governor.
Martin’s background is in the commercial world, in marketing and advertising. This has included assisting large sales organisations navigate times of significant change through a shift from offline to online media. Martin is numerate and highly organised with deep leadership experience. Martin believes that he brings a pragmatic approach to problem solving and confident decision making abilities.
Martin is a member of the Education and Standards sub-committee.
Date of appointment: 01/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 31/07/2020.
Mr Clifford Gerald Taylor: Sponsor Director - Currently awaiting pre-appointment checks
Cliff was a secondary school teacher early in his career, for 3 years at a large comprehensive school in Hove, and for 2 years in a small international school in Kenya, where he was appointed Acting Head during his second year. Since that time, he has spent more than 25 years in multinational companies, mostly in Human Resources. Cliff and his family have lived in several countries, including Kenya, Austria, the USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore, during which time Cliff has held roles with responsibilities across several countries in different regions. Cliff believes he brings experience and passion for coaching and developing people to be successful leaders, and in helping people across organizations in managing change for themselves and for others. He also has experience with governance across many organizations in many countries and different cultural settings, and is keen to learn how to apply this experience for the benefit of the Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust.
Date of appointment: (Expected 22/02/2018)
Each academy within the Trust has 2 Parent Directors on their Local Governing Bodies, which therefore meets the governance regulations.