As a Multi Academy Trust, there are three elements to the governance of NGST schools – Members, a Board of Trustees and a number of committees, including what we call ‘Hope councils’. Local governance is delivered on behalf of the Trust via Hope Councils and Trust-wide governance is delivered via the board of Trustees and the Executive Team, employed on their behalf.
Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. Ideally this would be a small group of people, no less than 3 and up to 5, with the majority neither being Trustees or Hope Council members. No paid employee may be a Member and at least one should be entirely independent of any school in the MAT. Members have a largely strategic over-arching ‘hands-off’ role; they can control how the company operates through changes to the Articles of Associate and Trustee appointments. Members set strategic vision in collaboration with the Board of trustees. The vision and the underlying values establish the fundamental rationale of the MAT. Members would conduct the AGM – to be held at least once every 15 months where final accounts and an annual report is presented to them. The Members sign the funding agreements, receive reports from the Trust and ensure the work of the Trust is in line with its objects and articles of association.
Our Members are:
Legal responsibility for all NGST schools lies with the board of Trustees. The more onerous tasks of governance such as setting budgets, writing policies, and establishing legal compliance sit with the board of Trustees, freeing Hope Council members to focus their energy on actually delivering the vision and ethos of the school.
The Trust Board is permitted to exercise all the powers of the Academy Trust. The trustees determine whether to delegate any governance functions and have the right to review and adapt its governance structure at any time, which includes removing delegation.
The Trust Board is led by the Chair of the Trust and meets a minimum of four times a year. The Board currently has 9 Trustees. Trustees are appointed for 4 years per term and the Chair of the trustees is elected on an annual basis.
Our current Board of Trustees are:
Paul Weston – Chair
Paul was the lead proposer for the Trust's free school bids in Sidcup, Southampton and Northfleet. He is the current Chair of the Trust and we expect Paul to sit on the MAT Board in the role of C.E.O. His transition from chair of the Trust to C.E.O. is determined by the timescales of projects currently in the pre-opening phase moving to Funding Agreement. Paul has led the development of the Trust to this point and his key skills are in the area of leadership and team development. Paul has over 20 years’ experience of leading large events and organisations. These include, the Pioneer Network of churches National Leadership Team and the Leadership Team of Spring Harvest - which is the largest Christian conference in the U.K., bringing together around 25,000 people from across the UK. Paul has also pioneered the successful Lark in the Park community festival which has become the London Borough of Bexley’s largest free community festival and has won numerous awards including the Metropolitan Police award for the best 'Faith Based Initiative' in the capital. This event now runs in multiple locations both nationally and internationally. A school governor since 2007, Paul is a qualified chair of governors and is the obvious choice to lead as C.E.O in the next phase of the Trust's development.
Gary Carvosso brings a wealth of financial and entrepreneurial skills to our board with 26 years in business. Gary is part of a team of 5 who started a garden centre which remains on the same site today. In that time they have grown the business to an enterprise of over 150 staff and have been recognised by the consumer organization WHICH? as the best Garden Centre business in the UK. Gary remains a director at the Garden Centre and his experience in Finance, HR and entrepreneurship is a great fit for the Trust.
George is a professional investment performance specialist with over 14 years’ experience in financial services and 8 years' experience in the City of London.
George currently works as a Director at Morgan Stanley lnternational, based in their London office at Canary Wharf. He works in an oversight function in Investment Performance Operations, dealing with Senior Stakeholders within the business. Prior to that he worked for leading investment management companies in the City of London. He holds an MSc. in Financial Management and is currently on the Board of Trustees and the treasurer of Kidbrooke Focus, a UK charity committed to providing community space through the provision of community outreach through ONESPACE in Kidbrooke Village London.
Paul Williams is an Entrepreneur and Businessman who increasingly also serves in the Charity sector. He has founded and run numerous companies over the last 30 years. He featured on the launch series with his son Ben on Channel 4’s ‘The Secret Millionaire’ and was listed in the Sunday Times Rich List in 2008.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur and private equity investor who has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships in varied areas from the BBC to Fashion Houses, Children’s Entertainment, Office Property and IT. His current business interests are situated in the UK, and internationally in the USA, India and China. His companies have included World Publications, sold to the BBC for £4m. MLS Group which was listed in 2007 as the 18th fastest growing company in the UK and he is currently chairman of Freetricity - the national renewable energy provider. We are delighted that Paul chairs our finance committee.
At 37, Terry Millar became one of the youngest Principals in the country when he joined The Howard School in Rainham, Kent in September 2015. He was previously the vice principal at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy, an all through school rated as good and situated in a relatively deprived area of outer London. Before this he was Assistant Head at Hurlingham and Chelsea School and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls).
Terry has provided challenge partner reviews for an outstanding primary school and while at Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Terry’s leadership responsibilities included assimilating a failing primary school into the Trust to develop a 3 form entry primary phase. Leading on Behaviour he introducing new behaviour policies and ran attendance surgeries which led to improved attendance from 92% to 95%. His primary focus whilst at Haberdashers’ was on raising educational standards and he oversaw key stage 4 results improving from a predicted 54% A to C E&M to 65%.
Terry has been a governor of Hope Community School in Sidcup since its opening and understands the vision and ethos of the Trust well. We are pleased he will be part of the Board's Education and Standards committee.
Matt has been in Church leadership for 15 years. He is part of the leadership of New Generation Church in Sidcup, which is the founding church behind the Trust. With 18 years of experience helping develop educational structures within the nation of Myanmar, he has seen the transforming power of education first hand. These structures have developed from providing basic literacy to seeing graduating students from rural and tribal backgrounds with recognised Masters Degrees.
Matt has been part of the bid proposal team for all of the Trust schools so far and with a particular emphasis on building the capacity and capability of the Trust and the governance structures for the future. As part of the Free School movement from its early days, Matt has experience of all stages of pre and post opening of Free Schools.
The Executive Team is employed by the Trust to deliver leadership in the key areas of finance, employment, education and legal compliance. As a small MAT our Executive team is in its early stages of development.