Governance

Who’s Who

The overarching responsibility for governance of the Ivy Learning Trust’s academies lies with the Ivy Learning Trust’s Board of Trustees. The Trustees are responsible for setting and monitoring strategic objectives, as well as compliance with charity and company law and the Ivy Learning Trust’s funding agreement.

Details of governance arrangements:

The Members, who are the signatories to the Memorandum of the Trust, have the power to appoint new trustees (including the Chair of the Trust Board) and committee chairs and members where relevant. They also have the power to remove trustees/ auditors if necessary. They are responsible for receiving the annual report and accounts at the Trust’s AGM.

The Trustees meets each half-term and focusses on the three core functions of governance:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the CEO to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure its money is well spent.

Link trustees are appointed to provide oversight in relation to school improvement, safeguarding, disadvantaged children (including those with SEND), data & IT and premises. As part of its role, the Trust Board is responsible for appointing the members of the Local Governing Body of each school.

Each Local Governing Body meets once per half-term to assess the impact of the school’s Raising Achievement Plan, receive reports on any school improvement reviews undertaken and discuss arrangements for disadvantaged pupils and safeguarding. Each Local Governing Body appoints a link member in relation to each school improvement priority, disadvantaged pupils (including those with SEND) and safeguarding. In addition, it meets annually to review for the past year and set the strategy for the coming year with regard to the Raising Achievement Plan, Pupil Premium Plan and Sports Premium Plan.

Members

Deborah Thompson

Appointed July 2017

Deborah is the Chair of the Trust Board, providing strategic leadership built upon her previous extensive experience as Head of School Improvement for the London Borough of Enfield. She continues to provide school improvement advice and governor training in her role as an educational consultant.

Tony Wilde

Appointed July 2017

Tony has worked in education for more than 30 years, 20 of those as a headteacher (including 15 years at Southgate School). He was involved in the establishment of a local teaching school and worked for many years as a National Leader of Education.

Jon Lovatt

Appointed July 2017

Jon is the CEO of a 6 school multi-academy trust in the West Midlands. He has many years of experience supporting school leadership teams as a strategic financial planning consultant, having worked in the education sector since 1991.

Trustees

Deborah Thompson (Chair)

Appointed July 2017

Deborah is the Chair of the Trust Board, providing strategic leadership built upon her previous extensive experience as Head of School Improvement for the London Borough of Enfield. She continues to provide school improvement advice and governor training in her role as an educational consultant.

Peter Grant-Haysey (Vice-Chair)

Appointed July 2017

Peter is the Vice-Chair of the Trust Board. He is a qualified accountant with many years’ experience at a senior level in the financial management of a range of industries, including newly established businesses. For many years he was the Chair of the Lavender Finance and Resources Committee.

Andrzej Czyrka

Appointed March 2018

Andrzej has extensive experience of data management and analysis within Enfield schools and has highly developed skills in problem identification and implementation of effective IT solutions including compliance with the new GDPR regulations.

Kate Gibson

Appointed July 2017

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector, 10 in a senior management position, where she has developed a wide skill-set, including ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulations, maximising income opportunities and contract procurement.

Julia Laker

Appointed July 2017

Julia has many years’ experience in developing continuing professional development opportunities within the education sector including the delivery of NPQ courses. She is also an experience coach, supporting individuals to achieve a successful work life balance.

Afaya Syed

Appointed March 2018

Afaya is an experienced criminal lawyer who has worked for many years defending those accused of illegal activities.

Ken Youngman

Appointed September 2017

Ken is a qualified accountant with considerable experience at a senior level in a variety of businesses, both in the public and private sector. He has many years of experience in strategic and business planning and systems implementations.

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Kleiner-Mann

Appointed July 2017

Matthew is the Chief Executive Officer of Ivy Learning Trust. He has considerable experience within the education sector, as Headteacher of Lavender Primary School for ten years and as an Executive Headteacher for five of those. His role as a National Leader of Education (NLE) has seen him complete significant school to school improvement work and he has trained future leaders through the NPQH and NPQSL programs.