Trustees & Trust Committee Structure

The Trust Board works in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer of HWLP, Headteachers of the individual academies, staff, parents/carers and pupils to raise standards of achievement. The Trust Board comprises up to 12 Trustees who have been appointed as directors of the company – 9 are Member Appointed Trustees including the Chief Executive Officer and up to 3 are Co-opted Trustees who can be appointed by the Member Appointed Trustees.  Our Trustees are currently:

  1. Miss Claudette Atkinson – Co-Chair of Trustees

  2. Mr Ben Bartlett - Chief Executive Officer

  3. Mr David Bateman

  4. Mr Robert Mutchell

  5. Mr Zayd Rasool

  6. Mr Jonathan Ross

  7. Mr Andy Sellers – Co-Chair of Trustees

  8. Mr Marc Weedon

There have been no appointments to date this academic year. 

Resignations this academic year: Mrs Kath Bennett resigned as a Trustee effective 1 October 2021 and Mrs Jasdeep Shokar resigned effective 17 June 2022.

Our Trustees are appointed to the Trust Board and are the organisation’s key decision makers.  Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the Multi-Academy Trust.  They are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust and all the constituent academies and have responsibilities under both the Charities Act 2011 and the Companies Act 2006. They are responsible for governing the HWLP and how it is managed and run. Our Trustees also ensure that the Trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements. Trustees work together to carry out the following core functions:

  1. ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff

  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

  4. ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard

The Trust Board works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to ensure that areas for which they are responsible are being delivered effectively. The role of the Trust Board is strategic with the Executive Team being responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Trust and its schools.  The Trust Board remains the employer of staff and the admissions authority. The land and buildings are held in trust by the Trustees. 

In order to fulfil its obligations, the Trust has set up several committees:

  1. Finances and Resources Trust Committee

  2. Human Resources Trust Committee

  3. Senior Pay Committee

  4. Education Strategy Group

  5. Local Governing Bodies at each Academy / School

Trustees have entered into a Master Funding Agreement for HWLP with the Department for Education which includes the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Company.  Trustees have also entered into Supplemental Funding Agreements for each individual academy within the Trust, namely Hinchley Wood School and Hinchley Wood Primary School.

Copies of the Company Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement, Supplemental Funding Agreements for each school and Report and Financial Statements for past two years can be accessed via the link to HWLP Legal Documents on the left hand side of this page.

To meet ESFA Academy Handbook requirements, the following information is also provided for each of the Trustees who have been involved in governance during the previous academic year:

  • Date of Appointment

  • Date of termination (if applicable)

  • Term of Office

  • Who appointed them

  • Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

  • Attendance records for meetings  

If you would like to join our trustees, please find refer to the Trustee Briefing Sheet and contact our Clerk to Trustees, Sherry Secker, via email, the contact us form or 020 8398 1310 ext. 118.

Trustees: Appointments & Terms of Office

Trustees: Register of Business Interests

Briefing Sheet: Trustees