Governance

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

ADMISSIONS

The Admissions policy for Ivy Learning Trust follows the Department for Education’s School Admission Code and School Admission Appeals Code. Ivy schools participate in Enfield and Hertfordshire County Council Local Authority’s co-ordination of admissions processes and its Fair Access Protocol.

Members

Deborah Thompson

Appointed 19 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 19 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 19 July 2017

Jon is the CEO of a six 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.

Samantha Seth

Appointed by members 1 January 2020

Sam is a qualified accountant and has specialised in the education sector for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in strengthening governance and managing risk in schools, working closely with trustees, governors and senior leadership teams.

Joanne McGregor

Appointed by members 2 April 2019

Joanne began her teaching career over 40 years ago at St Ann’s school in Tottenham. After having children she returned to teaching at a three-form entry school in Enfield where she worked for a number of years before taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher. In 2001 she became the Headteacher of a village school in Hertfordshire and remained in that position for just under 14 years. During both her Deputy Headship and Headship she was also the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Joanne has kept in contact with her Hertfordshire school and enjoys acting as a helper on school trips as well as going on the bi-annual school journeys.

Trustees

Deborah Thompson (Chair)

Appointed 19 July 2017

Re-Appointed 19 July 2021 (second 4 Year Term)

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.

Andrzej Czyrka

Appointed by Members 24 March 2018 (4 Year Term)

Re-Appointed 22 March 2022 (second 4 Year Term)

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 19 July 2017 (4 Year Term)

Re-Appointed 19 July 2021 (second 4 Year Term)

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.

Peter Grant-Haysey

Appointed 19 July 2017 (4 Year Term)

Re-Appointed 19 July 2021 (second 4 Year Term)

Peter 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.

Susie Owen

Appointed by Members 1 September 2019 (4 Year Term)

Re-Appointed 1 September 2023 (second 4 Year Term)

Susie is an experienced civil servant who is currently working at the Department for Education as Deputy Director for Early Years. Prior to this, Susie spent 10 years at the Cabinet Office in various roles. Before joining the Trust Board, Susie was Vice Chair of the local governing board at Churchfield Primary School.

Sarah Turner

Appointed 3 November 2023 (4 year term)

Sarah has held senior leadership roles in education for over forty years. She was the headteacher of Bowes Primary School for seventeen years which, under her leadership had three outstanding Ofsted inspections. In 2016 Sarah set up the Enfield Learning Trust and was the CEO until 2021. Sarah has worked a School Improvement Partner in Enfield and served as a National Leader of Education supporting a range of schools on their improvement journey. 
Sarah is currently the Chair of Governors of schools in Hertfordshire and Essex and a trustee in Harlow. 

Nick Sunderland

Appointed 3 November 2023 (4 year term)

Nick is a Strategy and Transformation leader, having worked in senior roles within retail and management consultancy. He is financially qualified and brings expertise in transformation and change in both the public and private sectors. Nick has been involved in school governance for almost 10 years as a governor and chair of governors.

Ivy Learning Trust Committees

Finance and Resources CommitteeDeborah Thompson
Peter Grant-Haysey (Chair)
Sarah Turner
Nick Sunderland
Kate Gibson
Curriculum and Standards CommitteeDeborah Thompson
Andrzej Czyrka
Susie Owen (Chair)
Sarah Turner
Pay CommitteeDeborah Thompson
Kate Gibson (Chair)
Peter Grant-Haysey
Audit and Risk CommitteeDeborah Thompson
Nick Sunderland
Kate Gibson
Peter Grant-Haysey
Susie Owen
Local Governing Body ChairsBrimsdown – Matt Miller
Churchfield – Matt Miller
Eastfield – Frances Warhurst
Larkspur – Kate Gibson
Lavender – Sam Buckley
The Wroxham – Leigh Kilpert
Walker – Mike Dowuona
Woodside – Samantha Kersley
Crabtree – Nicholas Sunderland
Peartree – Maureen Gregory
Martins Wood – Sarah Turner
Watchlytes – Maureen Gregory
Round Diamond – John Malynn

Members and Trustees who have stepped down in the last 12 months

Name Title Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Appointed By
Alison Bowman Trustee (Vice Chair)

01/09/2019

Re-Appointed 01/09/2024

28/02/2024 Members
Chris Rule Trustee 01/07/2021 09/02/2024 Members
Afaya Syed
Trustee

24/03/2018

Re-Appointed 22/03/2022

4/05/2023 Members

Executive Pay

In accordance with the Academies Financial Handbook (clause 2.29), Ivy Learning Trust must publish on its website the number of employees whose benefits exceeded £100,000 for the previous year ended 31st August.

For the year ended 31st August 2023, there were the following employees whose benefits exceeded £100,000:

Number of Staff
Gross pay in the period
Total emoluments
1 £160,000 – £170,000 £200,000 – £210,000
1 £120,000 – £130,000 £150,000 – £160,000
1 £100,000 – £110,000 £130,000 – £140,000
1 £80,000 – £90,000 £100,000 – £110,000
1 £80,000 – £90,000 £110,000 – £120,000

 

Benefits for this purpose include salary, employer’s pension contributions, other taxable benefits and termination payments.

For the year ended 31st August 2022, there were four employees whose benefits exceeded £100,000 (1 in the band £190,000 to £200,000, 1 in the band £140,000 to £150,000, 1 in the band £120,000 to £130,000 and 1 in the band £110,000 to £120,000). Benefits for this purpose include salary, employers’ pension contributions, other taxable benefits and termination payments.

Governance documents which need to be available for public inspection can be requested by emailing the governance professional at governance@ivylearningtrust.org