Governance Structure

The Amethyst Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust and a not-for-profit charitable company limited by guarantee.

We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support us in achieving our goals. 

Our multi-academy trust is a Wolverhampton based group of academies governed by a single set of Members and Trustees who are accountable to the Department for Education for the educational and financial performance of the academies in the trust.

As part of its remit, The Trust continues to drive up standards, being fully committed to the further development of its provision for its stakeholders. Our Local Governing Boards are therefore required to meet formally each term before reporting to the MAT Trust Board

Our Local Governing Boards consists of community (co-opted) members, parents, guardians, carers and staff. The skills set, expertise and commitment of each individual are fundamental, as the LGBs are critical to the work of our MAT Trust Board and overall governance arrangements of The Trust. 

Members

As we are a charitable company limited by guarantee, the Members have a role similar to shareholders in a limited company. The Members are responsible for determining the purpose of the Trust and the way it is governed.

jim inglis

Member

Jim Inglis was, for many years, a regional director and a member of the Standard Chartered Bank Group specialising in commercial finance and loans. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Trade mainly involved with commercial relations and exports. More recently he ran his own insurance business. He has a degree in economics, is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and is a certified financial planner. In addition to being Chair of Governors at Aldersley High School, he is also chair of trustees of Circles Network a charity dedicated to social inclusion and advocacy, and a trustee of Vision Homes Association which supports people with complex and multiple disabilities.

mark morris

Member

Influential Commercial Sales Director with a wealth of experience and a sustained record of success in the Business-to-Business sector. Extensive background in the construction supply chain, managing the sales process and performance across the business. An inspirational leader and outstanding team player who, through a participative approach, creates robust strategies to translate vision into achievements. Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills with a passion for customer care and quality together with excellent communication skills.

stephanie moran

Member

Stephanie Moran joined the trust as a member on 25th January 2018 and holds a BA (hons) Degree in Primary Education alongside a wealth of Education Experience. Stephanie provides a strong link with the Primary Education Sector, having worked as a head teacher across a number of Primary schools since 2000. Within this time, Stephanie has also worked for the Local Authority in Stoke on Trent, and at present is the Executive Principal and accounting officer of the ESPRIT Multi Academy Trust comprising of three primary schools within the West Midlands. Stephanie shares the visions of the Amethyst Academies trust, and our commitment to improving the life chances of students within the trust.

Date Appointed 28/10/2022

carrie creamer

Member

Before retiring, Carrie was a member of the teaching profession for over 40 years, 30 of which were spent at Aldersley High School as a teacher and member of the Leadership Team. As well as mainstream education Carrie has also worked at Lawnswood Federation of Secondary PRUs as a teacher and member of the Leadership Team, now as a member of the Management Board. Carrie has Qualified Teacher status and an MA in Education as well as the NPQH qualification. She is passionate about the education of young people, especially ensuring that those who face barriers to their learning are afforded every possible opportunity and receive the correct levels of support.

 

Board of Trustees

The people responsible for determining the Trust’s strategic direction, including overarching responsibility for the three core functions common to school governing bodies:

  • the Trust’s vision
  • educational standards
  • financial performance.

Our Trustees are a collection of unique, experienced individuals all of which share a core belief in the importance of education alongside a passion for improving the life-chances for all of the students within our trust. Our Trustees have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the Trust.

Our Trustee’s form the trust board and have overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Amethyst Academies Trust, and in particular the running of each academy within our MAT.

This work is largely implemented via strategic planning and the setting of policy, holding the executive team to account and ensuring the oversight of financial control. It is managed through business planning, monitoring of budgets, performance appraisal, the setting and monitoring of standards and the implementation of quality assurance processes. In this work, the board is aided by a small number of subcommittees – as demonstrated in our governance structure.

Impact’s model of governance is designed to recognise the overall responsibility of the Trust Board; the line management of Headteachers by the CEO and the Executive Team; and the support and challenge of the Amethyst Ambassadorial Committee (the Trust’s regional Governing Board)

The law places accountability for the educational outcomes and financial diligence of the Trust firmly with the Trustees and the CEO as Accounting Officer. Much of this responsibility is located at Trust Board level. However, a fundamental principle for our Trust, is that effective governance is best delivered as close as possible to the point of impact of decisions. For this reason, we have developed a governance structure that delegates key accountabilities to our Governing Board via our scheme of delegation.

Date Appointed: 01/01/2012
To: 01/01/2024
Name of Business: Circles Network, Vision Homes, LifeCare Charitable Trust
Nature of Interest: Non-Executive Director
Date of Declaration: 05/10/2023
Traded with AAT: No

jim inglis

Trustee

Jim Inglis was, for many years, a regional director and a member of the Standard Chartered Bank Group specialising in commercial finance and loans. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Trade mainly involved with commercial relations and exports. More recently he ran his own insurance business. He has a degree in economics, is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and is a certified financial planner. In addition to being Chair of Governors at Aldersley High School, he is also chair of trustees of Circles Network a charity dedicated to social inclusion and advocacy, and a trustee of Vision Homes Association which supports people with complex and multiple disabilities.

Date Appointed: 01/01/2012
To: 01/01/2024
Name of Business: Wolverhampton Secondary PRU Federation
Nature of Interest: Acting Chair of Management Board
Date of Declaration: 13/07/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

bob stephenson

Trustee

After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in chemistry and following a career teaching chemistry, Bob was for 15 years a Secondary Headteacher in Wolverhampton (the last 10 years as Chair of ‘Wolverhampton Secondary Heads’ ; WSHT).

Subsequently Bob was a Secondary Headteacher Consultant for Social Inclusion for 6 years chairing the Secondary Social Inclusion Advisory Placement Panel (SSIAPP). He also acted as Branch Convenor for Wolverhampton ASCL (The Association of School and College Leaders.) In addition he is currently a Manager at the Wolverhampton Secondary PRU Federation.

Date Appointed: 01/01/2012
Term of Office: Ex Officio
Name of Business: N/A
Nature of Interest: Nothing to Declare
Date of Declaration: 12/07/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

Nicola Licata

Trustee

Nicola was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2018. Nicola Licata is the Chief Executive Officer of Amethyst Academies Trust (AAT). Nicola is the Accounting Officer and a Local Leader of Education for AAT. As an experienced Executive Principal she has led and supported a number of local schools including New Park BESD School and Dunstall Hill Primary School.

Nicola was also Principal of the founding school: Aldersley High School in Wolverhampton. Having worked in a number of schools. Due to the success of the school she formed the Amethyst Academies Trust in 2016.

Nicola has had a varied career that started in Primary education; she then went on to become a SENCO in Secondary school and an English teacher. Passionate that the trust places students first she is focussed on raising standards and transforming lives.

Date Appointed: 19/03/2024
To: 18/03/2028
Name of Business: West Midlands Magazines Ltd., Bilston Town Community Football Club
Nature of Interest: Managing Director, Director
Date of Declaration: 16/07/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

SIMON ARCHER

Trustee

A tenacious, analytical and delivery-focussed business professional with a proven track record in delivering business change, transformation and restructuring. Strong operational expertise utilised to ensure cost savings, performance improvement and consistent and satisfactory service delivery. An exceptional team leader with in-depth relationship and people management knowledge.
Currently BID Manager for Bilston, in the West Midlands (part-time), Publisher of five local community magazines, Vice Chair Wolverhampton City Investment Board, Vice Chair of Governors at Aldersley High School , Director of Bilston Town Football Club, Treasurer of community volunteer group, Hands on Wednesfield.

Date appointed: 07/12/2016
To: 07/12/2020
Name of Business: ConnectED, Staffordshire Cricket
Nature of Interest: Consultant, Volunteer Director
Personal Relationships with Trust Employees: Peter Bourton, Spouse (Mentor)
Date of Declaration: 06/09/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

Helen Bourton

Trustee

Helen Bourton has been a highly successful educator for 32 years in Sandwell, Dudley and in Wolverhampton. She has a passion for supporting young people to develop their social, physical and mental wellbeing, through a broad and balanced curriculum and a full range of opportunities within and outside school life. Helen is an advocate of developing skill/personal qualities and empowering young people to enable them to take a strong place in society.

Helen believes that as a director she has an important part to play in raising school standards and her experience of governance will support her in this role.

She believes that the role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school and the life chances for every young person.

Date Appointed: 07/12/2016
To: 07/12/2020
Name of Business: Mid Counties Co-operative/HF Holidays
Nature of Interest: Member
Date of Declaration: 12/07/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

Sue Reid

Trustee

Sue Reid has worked in the retail Travel industry for over 38 years having held many various positions has her career progressed. This has included many managerial roles, eventually attaining the position of General Manager of the Travel Group at Midcounties Co-operative Society. The Society trades in; food, funeral, childcare, healthcare, energy and Travel. She now is Head of Operations for the Energy group. She is also part of the wider Society senior Leadership Team. She has a Diploma in Management by the Chartered Management Institute.

She has been at Moreton School as a Governor for a number of years and was appointed in September 2015 as Vice-Chair. She has chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Date Appointed: 04/07/2019
To: 03/07/2023
Name of Business: RJG BizEd Associates
Nature of Interest: Freelance Consultant
Date of Declaration: 12/09/2023
Traded with AAT: N/A

Retired 20/11/2023

Robert Grant

Trustee

Robert joined the Ameythst Trust in October 2018 and is currently an Education consultant. With over 20 years’ experience in senior management, primarily in the Further Education sector and more recently in the school sector, he has worked with organisations to improve teaching, learning and assessments, learner outcomes, leadership and management.

He has successfully led Higher Education teacher training and Ofsted Inspections to Good and Outstanding and one of the case studies was displayed on the Ofsted excellence gateway. His work with disengaged young people resulted in attainments that were recognised nationally and in Europe as a model of good practice.

As a pioneer for enterprise and innovation in Education, he successfully set up partnerships with SMEs and major blue-chip companies such as Apple, Roland Music and New Horizons and generated over £3.5 million for enterprise and innovation in Walsall. More recently he was part of the project team to that secured the successful opening of the Ladder Alternative Provision School.

Date Appointed: 24/06/2021
To: 24/06/2025
Name of Business: Valyrian Consultancy Ltd, ENSCO 1420, ENSCO1426 and Abbey Metal Finishings Co. Ltd.
Nature of Interest: Owner, Non-Executive Director
Date of Declaration: 04/10/2022
Traded with AAT: N/A

David Williams

Trustee

David Williams is a successful business leader whose early career saw him leading UK based operations for blue-chip engineering organisations including GKN, Thyssen Krupp, Arcelor and Rolls Royce.  More latterly, David was CEO of two Private Equity backed engineering groups who operated within global Oil & Gas, Automotive, Aerospace and Environmental sectors.

 In addition to his role with Amethyst Trust, David is founder and owner of Valyrian Consultancy Limited, non-executive Director of Abbey Metal Finishings Group (PE-backed specialist coatings provider) and a mentor for Warwick Business School MBA students.

 David is a time-served electrical engineer, has completed the Cranfield General Management Programme and has an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School where he majored in Strategy and Marketing.

Date Appointed: 17/03/2022
To: 16/03/2026
Name of Business: Arthog Hall Farm Management, Tettenhall Wood Special School
Nature of Interest: Owner, Chair of Governors
Date of Declaration: 01/08/2022
Traded with AAT: N/A

Retired 01/09/2023

John Hopkins

Trustee

Jon is a retired headteacher with over 30 years of experience in Primary Education. His entire teaching career was based in Wolverhampton schools where he took a lead role in a school merger, and expansion and leading Fallings Park Primary from an Ofsted category to a happy, sustainable and good school.

He believes strongly in school collaboration in order to provide the best opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds. Towards the end of his career Jon supported newly appointed leaders in the school management of Wolverhampton schools.

Jon has experience of governance in Primary and Secondary education, as well as Special Schools and a Pupil Referral Unit.

He continues to place high value on governance and recognises the importance of governors in both supporting and challenging leaders. in order that they can develop practice and ultimately improve school provision and outcomes for students.

Tracy Davis Amethyst Academies Trust

Date Appointed: 17/03/2022
To: 16/03/2026
Name of Business: Thornes Legal Ltd
Nature of Interest: Director
Date of Declaration: 01/08/2022
Traded with AAT: N/A

Tracy Davis

Trustee

Tracy is a solicitor who qualified in 1998 and has experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing. She is also Law Society and CQS accredited.
Tracy is a Family Law specialist but in later years has diversified into Property Law.
She is a previous President of the Wolverhampton Law Society and now the Honorary Secretary for that Society. She is also Chair of Governors at Penn Hall School.
Away from work, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cricket, travel, walking, yoga and attending live music events.  She is also a proud Wolves fan.

Committees

Local Governing Boards

Local Boards contribute to each academy’s vision and future strategy, ensuring they complement the Trust’s vision and values. They are responsible for ensuring that our academies maintain strong community links and effective communication with all stakeholders, including parents and carers. They are also responsible for monitoring pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns.

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Risk & Audit

The Risk and Audit Committee is responsible for ensuring that the operation of the Trust is underpinned by sound financial controls and risk management procedures. It appoints and oversees the work of the Trust’s external auditors and internal audit function. It also monitors Health and Safety across the Trust.

Finance & General Purposes

The Finance and General Purposes Committee is responsible for monitoring the Trust’s financial strategy and the financial performance of the Trust and its academies. It recommends approval of annual budgets and monitors them, along with major capital and asset planning and expenditure. The committee is also responsible for monitoring the Trust’s Estates and ICT strategies.

Trust Members

Members

Mr J Inglis

Mrs S Moran

Mr M Morris

Mrs C Creamer

Schedule

AGM: 22/02/2024

Trust Board

Members

Mrs S Reid (Joint)

Mr B Stephenson (Vice Chair)

Mr M Marks – Resigned: 28/03/23

Mr J Inglis

Mrs H Bourton

Mr R Grant

Mr D Williams

Ms T Davis

Mr J Hopkins

Mrs N Licata (Ex-Officio)

Agenda

14.09.23

06.12.23

19.03.24

04.07.24

Trust Board Committees

Finance & General Purpose

Members

Mr J Inglis (Chair)

Mrs S Reid

Mr D Williams

Meeting Dates

28.09.23
30.11.23
21.12.23
25.01.24
29.02.24
25.04.24
23.05.24
27.06.24

Risk & Audit Assurance

Members

Mrs S Reid (Chair)

Mr J Inglis

Mrs N Licata

Meeting Schedule

30.11.23
21.12.23
29.02.24
27.06.24

Members

Mrs S Reid

Mr J Inglis

Mrs N Licata

Meeting Schedule

24/11/22

26/01/23

30/03/23

27/04/23

25/05/23

29/06/23

Amethyst Committee Attendance Details

Trust Board Attendance

Trust Board Attendance (Meet 3 times a year)
Name15/11/202228/03/2323/05/202313/07/202314/09/202320/11/202306/12/202319/03/2024
J.Inglis (Joint Chair)x
S.Reid (Joint Chair)xx
B.Stephenson (Vice Chair)
R.Grant (Retired 20/11/2023)xxxxx
H.Bourtonx
N.Licata
M.Marks - Resigned: 28/03/23xxxxxx
D.Williamsxxx
T. Davisxxx
J. Hopkins (Retired 01/09/2023)xxxxx
S. Archer

Members Meeting Attendance

Members Guardians of the Trust attendance (Meet once per year)
Name24/06/202108/07/2210/02/23
J.Inglis
S.Moranx
M.Morris
C.Creamerx
K.Austin (Resigned 27/04/22)x

Finance and General Purpose

Finance and General Purpose Attendance
Name24/11/202215/12/202226/01/202330/03/202325/05/202329/06/202318/07/202305/10/202307/12/202308/02/202407/03/2024
J. Inglis
N. Licata
S. Reidxx
D. Williamsx

Risk and Audit

Risk and Audit Attendance
Name27/05/202121/10/20216/12/202126/05/202207/07/202224/11/202226/01/202327/04/202329/06/202307/12/202307/03/2024
S.Reid
J.Inglisx
N. Licata

Academies

Aldersley High School

Converter School – February 2011

Phase – Secondary

Ofsted – Good (March 2018)

Head of School – Mr M. Winzor

Moreton School

Sponsored Academy – November 2016

Phase – Secondary

Ofsted – Good (February 2018)

Headteacher – Mr B. Dumayne

Penn Hall School

Sponsored Academy – November 2022

Phase – Special

Ofsted – Good (February 2013)

Headteacher – Mrs S. Wilkinson

Tettenhall Wood School

Sponsored Academy – April 2022

Phase – Special

Ofsted – Good (June 2017)

Headteacher – Mrs S. Whittington

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