Bishop
Ramsey

A Christian Learning Community

    About Us

    Governance

    Bishop Ramsey CE School is part of the Veritas Educational Trust.  Details about the Trust, including copies of our governance documents i.e. Funding Agreements and Articles of Association, can be found on the 'Veritas Educational Trust' page of this ‘About Us’ section  - please click here to open this page in another window.

    At present we have one academy in the Trust, Bishop Ramsey, but hope to welcome more schools or academies into our community in the future.  We are also working towards opening a new secondary school in the Hillingdon Borough, Bishop Arden Church of England School, following approval by the Department of Education in September 2016 to move to the pre-opening stage.  You can keep up to date with developments on this by visiting the Bishop Arden website www.bishopardenschool.org

     

    Structure of Governance in the Trust

    The nature of the Trust as a company intending to run multiple academies means there are many governance and management layers. The rules about how any academy trust should be run are set out in a legal document called the Articles of Association, and in a multi academy trust delegation to academies and their local governing bodies within that Trust is set out in a Scheme of Delegation, a document that is prepared and agreed by the Trust Board.  However as our Trust has been set up to include many types of academy school, with or without a designated religious character, in terms of the membership of any local governing board (LGB), which forms part of the Scheme, this will vary dependent on the academy or school’s original status and character.  Therefore membership of the LGB will be discussed with any school or academy that wishes to join the Trust and agreed subject to the Articles of Association.  The Scheme of Delegation gives a fuller outline of the governance structure and details on the roles and responsibilities of those who contribute to the governance of the Academies and the Trust itself.  A summary explanation of the governance roles can be found below.

    Members
    The “Members” of the Trust are equivalent to shareholders of a trading company but as the Trust is charitable with no power to distribute profit to shareholders, the Members are best viewed as guardians of the constitution, changing the Articles if necessary and ensuring the charitable object (as set out in the Articles) is fulfilled. They have a limited governance role and no day to day management responsibilities. The Members are chosen in accordance with the Articles of Association.

    Trustees/Directors
    The corporate management and both “trustee” and “director” responsibility for the Trust is vested in the “Trustees”, who will be trustees for charity law purposes and company directors registered with Companies House. The Trustees are personally responsible for the actions of the Trust and the Academies and are accountable to the Members, the Secretary of State for Education and the wider community for the quality of the education received by all pupils of the Academies and the expenditure of public money. The Trustees are required as trustees and pursuant to the Funding Agreements to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of the quality, safety and good practice of the affairs of the Trust. The Trustees meet as a board of Trustees, generally known as the “Trust Board”. All Trustees have the same responsibility to act in the best interests of the Trust and the Academies, irrespective of their role on the Board i.e. whether appointed in an executive capacity, or nominated by one or more of the Academies.  

    The Trustees oversee the management and administration of the Trust and the Academies run by the Trust and delegate authority and responsibility to others, including executive officers and individuals who are locally based who can undertake the day to day management and governance of the Academies. The Trust Board will continue to have the necessary strategic and legal oversight of the Trust and will monitor all activities; determining the strategic direction of the Trust, assessing the performance of the Academies and establishing and reviewing the policies and practices governing the life of the Academies.

    The Trust Board has the power to delegate certain powers and functions to separate committees to be known as Local Governing Boards for each academy and may establish any other committee e.g. a Finance Committee for the whole Trust. 

    Local Governing Boards
    Each academy’s ‘Local Governing Board’ derives its power from the Trust Board.  Like the Trustees on the Trust Board, the individuals (the ‘Governors’) serving on a Local Governing Board are also responsible for fulfilling a local governance role, in conjunction with a “Principal” (Executive Headteacher, Headteacher or Head of School, as the case may be), who is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy or Academies (as appropriate). The Trust Board will also delegate management responsibility directly to the Principals, who will report primarily to the Local Governing Board but subject to the oversight exercised by the Trust Board.

    The Local Governing Boards may, subject to the agreed Scheme of Delegation, establish any sub-committee or working group to advise and inform the Governors to support them in their decision making.

     

     

    Governance Personnel & Information

    Members of Veritas Educational Trust

    Information about our Members is contained in the table below.  Members of Veritas Educational Trust are appointed for life unless their appointment as a Member of the Trust is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Chair of Trustees.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Members' interests.

    Name  Appointed by Appointment Start Date Date Stepped Down

    The Right Reverend Pete Broadbent

    Founding Member 01.08.11  

    Mr Inigo Woolf

    Founding Member 01.08.11  
    Reverend Daniel Norris Members 01.02.16  
    Mrs Helen Dimmock Trust Board 31.01.18  
    Father Simon Evans Founding Member 01.08.11 07.06.17
    Mrs Christine Gentle Trust Board 01.09.16 20.12.17

     

    Trustees of Veritas Educational Trust

    Information about our Trustees is contained in the table below.  Trustees of Veritas Educational Trust are appointed for a four year term of office unless their appointment as a Trustee is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Chief Executive Officer.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Trustees' interests.  If you wish to contact the Chair of Trustees, please email companysecretary@bishopramsey.school

    Name & Position

    Appointed By

    Appointment Start Date

    Appointment End Date / Resignation

    Mrs Helen Dimmock 

    (Chair of Trustees)

    Members

    01.09.16

    31.08.20

    Mr Andrew Wilcock

    (Chief Executive Officer)

    Ex-officio

    NA

    NA

    Mrs Karen Ball

    Members

    01.09.16

    31.08.20

    Mrs Elizabeth Richardson

    (Vice-Chair of Trustees)

    Members

    01.12.16

    30.11.20

    Mrs Alison Straszewski

    (Chair of the Finance, Resources & Audit Committee and  Chair of the Pay Committee)

    Members

    01.12.16

    30.11.20

    Mrs Cathy Gower

    Members

    27.11.17

    26.11.21

    Mrs Sue Vale

    Members

    27.11.17

    26.11.21

    Mr Jonathan Chu

    Members

    07.01.19

    06.01.23

    Trustees who terms of office have ended:

    Mrs Elisabetta Barone

    Members

    01.09.18

    15.01.19

    Mr Mark Kimsey

    Members

    01.09.16

    16.07.18

    Mr Paul Jarman

    Members

    28.10.16

    17.07.18

    Mr Edward Stothard

    Members

    13.02.18

    05.03.18

    Mrs Christine Gentle

    Members

    01.09.16

    20.12.17

     

    Governors of Bishop Ramsey School's Local Governing Board

    Information about our Governors is contained in the table below.  Governors of Bishop Ramsey School's Local Governing Board are appointed for a four year term of office unless their appointment as a Governor is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Head of School.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Governors' interests.  If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please email contactthegovernors@bishopramsey.school.  The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year and the meeting attendance record for the Local Governing Board and Committee meetings can be accessed further down the page.

     

    Name & Position Appointed By Appointment Start Date Appointment End Date / Resignation

    Mrs Nina Adamson

    (Head of School)

    Ex-officio

    1.09.2018

    not applicable

    Mrs Christine Edwards

    (Chair of Governors)

    LDBS

    01.01.17

    31.12.20

    Mr Steve Bristowe

    (Chair of Finance & Resources Committee)

    LDBS

    01.09.16

    31.08.20

    Mrs Catherine Dann

    LDBS

    01.09.16

    31.08.20

    Ms Jackie Hoey

    School Staff

    29.09.16

    28.09.20

    Mrs Debbie Wiseman

    School Staff

    29.09.16

    28.09.20

    Mrs Carey Betson

    (Chair of the School Community Committee)

    LDBS

    07.10.16

    06.10.20

    Mrs Rebecca Garton

    (Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Learning, Teaching and Achievement Committee)

    LDBS

    09.11.16

    08.11.20

    Mr Bola Ogbe

    LDBS

    05.12.16

    04.12.20

    Mr Christopher Western

    Trust Board

    16.04.18

    15.04.22

    Councillor Ian Edwards

    Trust Board

    20.09.18

    19.09.22

    Governors and Associate members whose terms of office has ended

     

    Robbie Brown

    Associate Member

    (Head Boy)

    School 05.09.18 31.05.19

    Rosie Castle

    Associate Member

    (Head Girl)

    School 05.09.18 31.05.19

    Mr Nick Samuels

    Trust Board

    02.05.17

    23.11.18

    Ms Catherine Smith

    Trust Board

    04.07.18

    19.02.19

    Mr Andy Lunnon

    Acting Deputy Headteacher

    School

    06.09.17

    21.07.18

    Mrs Hazel Moloney

    LDBS

    01.09.16

    29.03.18

    Mrs Leena Solanki

    Associate Member

    LGB

    16.03.17

    15.03.18

    Mr Kannan Sivanathan

    Associate Member

    LGB

    19.07.17

    18.07.18

    Mark Armstrong

    Associate Member

    (Head Boy)

    School

    05.09.17

    31.05.18

    Anna Thompson

    Associate Member

    (Head Girl)

    School

    05.09.17

    31.05.18

     

     

    Veritas Educational Trust: Members' & Trustees' Register of Interest, 2018 - 19

    The Right Reverend Pete Broadbent, Member

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Church of England

    Church

    Clerk in Holy Orders

    2001

    Veritas Educational Trust

    School Provider

    Member of Trust

    2011

    Twyford C of E Academies Trust

    School Provider

    Member of Trust

    2011

    Frays Academy Trust School Provider Member of the Trust 2012

    Essential Christian (Spring Harvest, ICC & associated companies)

    Charitable Company

    Director

    1993

    London Diocesan Fund

    Charitable Company

    Director

    1991

    Church Pastoral Aid Society

    Charitable Company

    Vice President

     

    St John’s College Nottingham - Council

    Christian Ministry Training Provider

    Director

    2015

    Friends of Michael Sobell House

    Charity (Hospice Care)

    Patron

    2001

    YMCA St Paul's Group Charity President 2004
    Relate London North West and Hertfordshire Charity Vice President 2001

    Ecclesiastical Law Society

    Charity

    Member

     

    Labour Party

    Political Party

    Member

     

    Mapesbury Residents Association

    Residents Association

    Member

     

    Mr Inigo Woolf, Member

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    London Diocesan Fund

    Charitable Company

    Director

    1972

    Coniston Court Limited

    Property Company

    Director

    1995

    Coniston Court(Residents) Limited

    Property Management

    Director

    1995

    Causton Street  Farms Ltd

    Dormant Company

    Director

    1996

    School Home Support (UK)

    Charitable Company

    Director

    2004

    Burlington Danes  School Trustee ltd

    Property Company

    Director

    2009

    St Luke’s CofE School Academy Trust

    School Provider

    Subscriber

    2010

    Veritas Educational Trust

    School Provider

    Subscriber

    2011

    Brightwells Academy Trust

    School Provider

    Member

    2016

    Greig City Academy

    School Provider

    Member

    2009

    Lady Margaret School

    School Provider

    Subscriber

    2012

    Hampton St Mary School

    School Provider

    Subscriber

    2012

    Twyford Church of England Academies Trust

    School Provider

    Member & Chair Audit Committee

    2011

    LDBS Academies Trust

    School Provider

    Director

    2012

    LDBS Academies Trust 2

    School Provider

    Director

    2016

    LDBS Frays Academy Trust

    School Provider

    Director

    2012

    The Green School Trust

    School Provider

    Member

    2013

    London Community Learning Trust

    School Provider

    Company Secretary

    2013

    St Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School

    School Provider

    Company Secretary

    2014

    St Mary’s CofE School, Norwood green

    School Provider

    Company Secretary

    2013

    Grow Education Partners Ltd

    Services for schools

    Director

    2002

    Hampstead Parish Church

    Charity

    Trustee

    1968

    Hampstead Churches Youth Committee

    Charity

    Trustee

    1972

    Hampstead Church Music Trust

    Charity

    Trustee

    1974

    Bishop of London’s Fund

    Charity

    Trustee

    Pre-1990

    St Clement Danes Educational Foundation

    Charity

    Trustee

    2002

    St John’s School, Bethnal Green

    Charity

    Trustee

    2002

    St Giles’ Church, Elkesley

    Charity

    Trustee

    2012

    The Greig Trust

    Charitable Inc Organisation

    Trustee

    2015

    Chelsea Academy

    School Provider

    Finance Committee

    2011

     

    Reverend Daniel Norris, Member

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Holy Trinity C E Primary School Northwood

    C of E VA School

    Executive Headteacher

    January 2008

    St Jerome C E Bilingual School

    C of E Free School

    Executive Headteacher

    September 2014

    St John the Evangelist Great Stanmore

    C of E Church

    Assistant Curate

    July 2015

    Northwood Community Sports for All

    Charitable Company

    Trustee

    September 2012

     

    Mrs Helen Dimmock MBE, Member and Trustee, Chair of Trustees

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Ministry of Justice - on loan to Cabinet Office

    Civil Service

    Employee

    1987

    Dr. Triplett’s CE Primary School

    School Provider

    Governor

    2000

     

    Mr Andrew Wilcock, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Veritas Educational Trust

    School Provider

    CEO & Director

    2002

    Veritas Enterprises Ltd

    School Provider Trading Arm

    Director

    2015

    Berkhamsted Schools Group

    School

    Governor

    2016

    Wilcock Associates

    Educational consultancy

    Director

    2018

     

    Karen Ball, Trustee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Department for International Trade

    Civil Service

    Employee

    2006

    Areen Design Services

    Design services

    Employee (Spouse)

     

    Veritas Enterprises Ltd

    School Provider Trading Arm

    Director

    November 2018

     

    Mrs Elizabeth Richardson, Trustee, Vice-Chair of Trustees

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Berkhamsted Schools Group

    School

    Headteacher

    2016

     

    Mrs Alison Straszewski, Trustee, Chair of the Finance, Resources and Audit Committee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    TSB Bank PLC

    Retail Banking

    Treasurer

    01.12.12

    Veritas Enterprises Ltd

    School Provider Trading Arm

    Director

    November 2018

     

    Mrs Sue Vale, Trustee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Self-employed

    Education Consultant

    Ofsted Inspector

     

    St Benedict’s School, Ealing

    School Provider

    Governor

    2015

     

    Mrs Cathy Gower, Trustee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Brunel University

    University – Higher Education

    Head of the Department of Education / External Adviser to School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

    MOU between Brunel University & Hillingdon SCITT

    June 2017

    Isleworth and Syon School, Hounslow

    School

    Trustee

    2006

     

    Mrs Elisabetta Barone, Trustee (resigned 15th January 2019)

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Brunel University

    University – Higher Education

    Lecturer

     

     

    Mr Jonathan Chu, Trustee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Bain & Co

    Management Consulting

    Director

    April 2018

    Grange Primary School

    Primary School

    Governor

    25/09/17 to 11/02/19

     

     

    Officers of the Trust:  Register of Interest, 2018 - 19

    Mrs Wendy Bhad, Finance Director

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Veritas Educational Trust

    School provider

    Finance Director

    2011

    LA Finance Limited

    Accounting

    Director

    2004

     

    Ms Frances Nwanodi, Clerk to the Trust Board

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Francharlo Limited trading as SmartPA

    Business Support Services

    Director

    January 2018

    Grange Park Infant & Nursery School

    School provider

    Clerk to Governors

    September 2018

     

     

    Local Governing Board: Register of Interest 2018 - 19

    Mrs Nina Adamson, Head of School and Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began
    Bishop Ramsey CE School Academy Secondary School and 6th Form Head of School September 2018
    NJA Education Consultancy Company Director December 2017

     

    Mrs Chris Edwards, Governor, Chair of the Local Governing Board

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Coteford Junior School (part of QED Academy Trust)

    Junior School

    Business Manager

    May 2007

    Mrs Catherine Dann, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Brunel University

    University - Higher Education

    Fellowship

    October 2003

     

    Ms Jacqueline Hoey, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Bishop Ramsey CE School

    School Provider

    Staff Member

    24.02.2014

     

    Mr Stephen Bristowe, Governor, Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began
    Friends of Group II (F) Promotion of the Battle of Britain Bunker Secretary August 2016

     

    Ms Debbie Wiseman, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began
    Bishop Ramsey CE School School Provider Satff Member  September 2013

    Mrs Carey Betson, Governor, Chair of the School Community Committee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Warrender Primary School

    School Provider

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    2011

     

    Mrs Rebecca Garton, Governor, Vice Chair of the Local Governing Board and Chair of the Learning, Teaching and Achievement Committee

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began
    Firthwood Primary School School Provider Vice Chair of Governors October 2017
    St Helen's School School Provider Teacher September 2016

     

    Mr Bola Ogbe, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    No relevant business interest.

       

     

    Mr Nick Samuels, Governor (resigned 23rd November 2018)

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Interest  Date Interest Began

    No relevant business interest.

       

     

    Mr Christopher Western, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Friends of Group II (F)

    Promotion of the Battle of Britain Bunker

    Volunteer

    July 2011

    1st Cadet Battalion (KRRC)

    Army Cadet Force

    Chairman

    September 2008

     

    Ms Catherine Smith, Governor (resigned 19th February 2019)

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    No relevant business interest

       

     

    Mr Ian Edwards, Governor

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began

    Hillingdon Council

    Local Authority

    Councillor

    May 2014

    St Matthews C of E Primary School

    School Provider

    Governor

    2016

    Age UK Hillingdon

    Charity

    Trustee

    2010

    Hillingdon 4 All

    Charity

    Chairman / Director

    2016

    SW London Crematorium

    Crematorium

    Director

    May 2014

     

     

    Trustees' Register of Attendance, 2017 - 18 Academic Year

     

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    Local Governing Board Register of Attendance, 2017 - 18 Academic Year