Governance

The Wessex Hardye Multi-Academy Trust has three layers of governance. This is to ensure robust leadership, full accountability and to meet the requirements of the Memorandum, Articles of Association and Funding Agreements, which are statutory documents entered into with the Secretary of State for Education. The three layers are: Members, Trustees and Local Governors. The governance roles are all unpaid, voluntary roles.

Members

The Members are accountable to the Department for Education and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and/or remove Trustees. There are five Members of the MAT and they presently meet termly with the AGM taking place in January.

Trustees

The Trustees set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of schools within it. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. The Trustees are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience and fulfil the three core governance functions:

The Scheme of Delegation details the powers delegated to the different bodies involved in the governance of the MAT and sets out who is responsible for making which decisions within the Trust. The Scheme of Delegation, Memorandum, Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Funding Agreements can be found in the Statutory Document section of the Key Information page. The MAT presently has five Trustees that meet monthly during term time.

Local Governors

Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. The LGB is made up of community representatives and elected parent and staff representatives, with the skills and experience that enable them to support the Directors and Headteachers by adding local context and challenge. This is to ensure that each school offers the very best provision. The LGB have governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board of Directors for their particular school via the Scheme of Delegation and are accountable to the Trust Board of Directors.

Members and Trustees

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The board of the Wessex Multi Academy Trust currently consists of five members and five trustees, please click on a picture below to view an individual profile.

Kate Adie

Kate Adie
Member

Kate Adie presents the BBC's long-running programme, From Our Own Correspondent and is the author of five best-selling books. She grew up in Sunderland, read Swedish at Newcastle University and started her broadcasting career in local radio in Durham, later becoming the BBC's Chief News Correspondent.

In 1980, she reported live when the Iranian embassy was stormed by the SAS, and has twice been named Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society. She won awards for her coverage of the US bombing of Tripoli and the brutal end to the Chinese students' demonstration in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Kate presents factual documentaries on radio and television, has served as a trustee for the Imperial War Museum and has also judged the Whitbread, Orange and Costa literary prizes.

She was awarded the OBE in 1993, then CBE in 2018.

Martin Baker

Martin Baker
Safeguarding Link Director

Martin has been a MAT Director since it was founded in 2016. He is also an experienced school governor, having been involved in schools governance for 12 years in both primary and high schools in Dorset.

He is a former Chief Constable of Dorset and is now the Managing Director of a company that specialises in safeguarding and child protection. Martin and his wife have three daughters, all of whom attended Dorchester schools.

Garry Batt

Garry Batt
Chair of Directors

I have been Chair of the Directors of the Trust since it’s inception in February 2016. I have been involved with education in Dorset for some years, initially as a Governor at Cerne Abbas First School, and latterly as a Governor and Chair of Governors at Thomas Hardye School.

Running a well known local business as a Chartered Surveyor and Auctioneer, I have a very strong commitment to this area and belief in the importance of providing outstanding education open to all. My fellow Trusstees, Members and I are keen to develop and promote the philosophy and aims of the Wessex Multi Academy Trust.

Simon Conibear

Simon Conibear
Member

Simon attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire before reading History at St Johns College, Cambridge. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Surveyor, and was for 20 years responsible for managing the assets of the Duchy of Cornwall in Dorchester, including Poundbury, before retiring in 2017. He is now a consultant development surveyor acting for two clients in London.

His daughter Charlotte attended Thomas Hardye School, subsequently graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Biomedical Science.

Lynne Cove

Lynne Cove
SEND Link Director

Tony Day

Tony Day
Member

Born in Dorchester, Dorset, in 1946, I was educated at the former Hardye's School, leaving in 1962 to pursue a career in the Police Service. That ambition was achieved, later that year, upon my appointment as a Cadet in 1962 and attestation in 1965 as a Constable.

My role was principally an operational one, interspersed with conducting training at a Regional level, at all operational levels within the Dorset Police; and a 6-month secondment to Uganda as Superintendent in the U.K. Police Training Team. Operationally, I was engaged, particularly, in Firearms matters, and Helicopter Air Support.

Consequent upon retirement from the Police Service in 1995, I was privileged to be appointed in 1996 as the Clerk to both the Governors and the Trustees of Thomas Hardye School, a position that I held until my retirement in 2016.

Genoveva Esteban

Genoveva Esteban
Member

Mike Foley

Mike Foley
Chief Executive

Matt Haines

Matt Haines
Finance Link Director

Godfrey Lancashire

Godfrey Lancashire
Member

Educated at Hardyes and Exeter University. Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

25 years with Barclays Bank including spells as Corporate Manager, Senior Instructor Management Training Centre and latterly Project Manager , Risk Management in Head Office.

Founder of London House International Ltd, Banking, Legal, Insurance Investigators and Consultants. Retired in 2013 via a trade sale by which time the company had 45 offices UK wide.

Director of the Credit Services Association for 14 years to 2010 and was the President of the Association between 2005 and 2007. Advised government ministers and senior civil servants on behalf of the Credit Industry. Was a tutor and examiner on the CSA/City & Guilds Diploma Course. Was a visiting lecturer at the Open University and at Warwick, Leeds and Manchester Universities.

Meeting Attendance 2019/20

11/09 18/09 16/10 20/11 04/12 22/01 29/01
K Adie
S Conibear
T Day
G Esteban
G Lancashire
M Baker
G Batt
L Cove
M Foley
M Haines