Our Governance Structure

The Sovereign Trust

Our Governance Structure

The Sovereign Trust is governed by a board of trustees/directors, chosen for their skills and experience from the wider community. The board of directors is responsible for setting the vision, values and strategy for the Trust as a whole. The Board has committees who are entrusted with detailed work in the following areas:
• Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
• Academy Advisory Committees for each of our schools

The Directors are also accountable to the Members who are independent senior educationalists and
members of the community. The Members’ role is to safeguard the mission and values of the Trust,
approve the appointment of new trustees/directors and auditors and receive the annual report and accounts.

The current Members are:

John Lomas

Board Member
John has been in education for over 40 years. He spent the majority of those years in Special Education as teacher, deputy headteacher and as Headteacher at a residential/ day special school in Kent.
He was Senior Adviser for SEN and Head of SEN Support Services in Trafford Council for 7 years until 2011.
He is now an SEN Consultant (self-employed) 2011-date. Roles have included Acting Head of SEN (Rochdale) and Acting SEN Assessment Manager (Kirklees).
He was also the LA representative at SEN Tribunals 2001-2014.

Jean Spruce

Board Member
Jean has worked in education for over 40 years and was formerly the Headteacher of Pictor School before it became an academy. She has vast expertise and experience of working with children with Special Educational and Developmental needs.

Rik Waddon

Board Member
Rik is a multi-medallist Paralympian. Rik is a patron of two other Children’s charities; broadcaster and sports ambassador. Rik says that he understands the challenges for our children and is keen to support them in any way he can. He is an accomplished motivational speaker.

Caroline Oxley

Board Member
Caroline is an HR specialist currently working for a large company who have Early Years settings and After School / Holiday clubs (12 locations), employing circa 200 staff. She provides HR leadership and coaching to all managers and staff across the company. Caroline has proven ability to develop and motivate others.
She has expertise and experience in the implementation of new integrated HR & Payroll systems.
She advises on disciplinary/grievance and capability processes ensuring that these are conducted and recorded in accordance with Statutory and company procedures. She also leads on TUPE consultation processes, dealing with all aspects of consultation and confirmation of measures.

David Rowntree

Board Member
David is a senior P&C insurance professional with international experience in developed and emerging markets. He is highly experienced in portfolio management, product development across personal, commercial and corporate segments, turning around unprofitable portfolios, corporate finance and strategy.
His skills include Management and leadership; Developing competitive strategy; Product development and portfolio management; Internal controlling & governance; Technical training and developing people; Leading change.

The day to day management of the Trust is entrusted to a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management Team who are accountable to the board of directors.
Each of the schools operated by our Trust has its own Headteacher /Head of School and local Academy Advisory Committee, who enjoy certain delegated powers but remain accountable to the board of directors.

Meet our Directors and Executive Team

David Rowntree

Vice Chair
David is a senior P&C insurance professional with international experience in developed and emerging markets. He is highly experienced in portfolio management, product development across personal, commercial and corporate segments, turning around unprofitable portfolios, corporate finance and strategy.
His skills include Management and leadership; Developing competitive strategy; Product development and portfolio management; Internal controlling & governance; Technical training and developing people; Leading change.

Nick Gill

Risk
Nick is an experienced Senior Manager, Risk Manager and Head of Safety, Health & Environment improving performance, reducing risks, increasing operational efficiencies and driving behavioural change across complex technical environments. A Chartered Electrical Engineer, evaluating risk, defining best practice, establishing standards and creating robust frameworks enabling the design and integration of business focussed processes to meet customer needs and an inclusive leader, building motivated teams and consulting with internal and external stakeholders to encourage knowledge transfer and information sharing to deliver best practice, cost effective solutions for the company, whilst influencing standard practices across industry bodies and regulators.

Shirley Jones

Finance
Shirley is an experienced finance professional who has built a strong reputation in providing exceptional support to operational management through incisive analysis of operational concepts and their associated financial impacts. She has vast experience of financial risk management and testing controls are effective. Also has implemented the GDPR legislation with finance.

Paul Nolan

Chair | Paul began with the RAF, Hospitality and catering; then after University worked in banking as a credit risk analysis, became a senior manager of a FTSE 100 organisation, during this time he was a director of an International Anti-Fraud organisation, providing consultancy to UK telecommunication companies and various government departments. After developing his expertise he became the Managing Director of three companies: 1. a construction accreditation scheme and worked on several Health and Safety Executive committees 2. a vocational training organisation, providing adult learning 3. The Principle of an Ofqual Awarding Organisation, designing and managing NVQ and VRQ qualifications. For the last 9 years he has nurtured a business providing ePortfolio solutions to Colleges and Vocational Training organisations.

Dilys Morgan

Safeguarding
Dilys has worked in education for over 40 years. She was the Deputy Headteacher at Pictor School before it became an academy. She has vast experience and expertise working with children with special educational and developmental needs.

Ian Mcgrath

Estates | Ian is the founder and MD of an Autism charity called Hearts And Minds Challenge which was set up in 2010.They have supported many families who have children with autism through various difficulties through the Hearts And Minds Challenge. Their mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism by ensuring the highest standards in education, care and support leading to employment and equality of living opportunities. He also works in the construction industry and manages plant hire companies with annual turnovers in excess of 3 million per year and employing over 40 staff. He has experience of negotiating contracts with major companies in the construction industry both in the UK and Ireland. Ian’s son currently attends Pictor Academy

Eddie Austin

Integration and Transition
Eddie has extensive experience and knowledge of the UK and International staffing sector. Founding Chair of APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies) Education Sector 2013-15. Experienced advisor on the delivery of public and private sector business integration and operation.
He combines expert knowledge of the resourcing/recruitment and educational software/technology solutions sector with strong leadership, commercial skills and knowledge fast-moving and evolving/emerging markets to ensure first class stewardship of the business.

Mark Johnson

Company Secretary
Mark Johnson is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered company secretary with over 23 years’ experience of advising on commercial arrangements in public services. He has advised on conversion of many schools to academy status, the establishment of free schools, formation of group structures, mergers and acquisitions. He serves as the Company Secretary to a community MAT in Cheshire and to several social enterprises providing youth and community services in Staffordshire.

The board is supported in its work by the Company Secretary: Mark Johnson.
The attendance records for all board and committee members can be viewed in the Annual Report & Accounts.

Contact the Chair Paul Nolan here paulnolan@thesovereigntrust.uk or write
to him c/o of Pictor Academy Grove Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 6PH

In the interests of full transparency the Trust maintains a Register of Business Interests. This can be viewed here: Register of Business Pecuniary Interests

Executive Management Team

Chief Executive Officer – Beverley Owens
Chief Financial Officer – Ian Hilton
HR Manager – Andy Wilson (interim)
Estates Manager – Tracey Nolan

Local Headteachers

Manor Academy – Paul Eckley
New Park Academy – Almut Bever-Warren
Pictor Academy – Jacqueline Wheble

The Sovereign Trust will be a centre of excellence for learning and development for pupils, parents and staff

The Sovereign Trust

Our Vision

The Sovereign Trust

The Sovereign Trust is a charitable
company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England No. 09666511.
Registered Office: Pictor Academy Grove Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 6PH.

Our Aim

Working together to increase the opportunities we offer to our pupils and staff; and able to extend our SEND expertise to other schools and academies through professional training and support.

Family of Schools

We are a family of schools that places children at the core of all we do.

Manor Academy

New Park Academy

Pictor Academy