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As a Trust we place a high value on good governance, believing that it is an essential part of our strategy to deliver the best possible education for our children and young people.  We have sought to create a clear governance structure that places as much decision-making as possible in our schools to empower Governors and staff.  At the same time, Trustees recognise that their duties and responsibilities underpin the work of the Trust and protect and nurture pupils, students and staff.  The Scheme of Delegation offers an appropriate balance between the delegation of powers and responsible oversight.

It is important that we ensure our schools are delivering an education underpinned by the vision and values developed through our Trust. Governance committees keep a strong focus on our values as we support our schools and the trust in delivering our strategic objectives. This will enable us to deliver our vision for Central Region Schools Trust.

Governance Declarations of Business Interest, Attendance and Terms of office:

Terms of Reference


Name Appointing Body Term of Office End Role/s
Eric Griffiths Member Appointed 28/11/26 Vice Chair
Elizabeth Keates Member Appointed 19/09/25 Co-Chair to Trustees/HR Committee Chair
Orla MacSherry Member Appointed 20/03/27 Co-Chair to Trustees/Finance & Resources Committee Chair
Claire Grainger Member Appointed 03/09/27 Trustee/Education & Standards Committee Member
Nick Clifford Member Appointed 09/01/24 Trustee/Education &Standards Committee Chair
John Howard Member Appointed 29/03/26 Trustee/Audit & Risk Committee Chair/Remuneration Committee Chair
Christopher Smith Member Appointed 18/06/27 Trustee/Education & Standards Committee Member
Gareth Bower Member Appointed 03/01/27 Trustee/Finance & Resources Committee Member


Name Position Date Appointed
Orla MacSherry Member 13/12/23
Malcolm Forbes Member 13/07/16
Sue Hind-Woodward Member 13/07/18
William Adams Member 10/12/14
Sue Horner Member 23/03/23


Historic Trustees: (Left within last 12 months)

Name Appointed Stepped Down
Nicole Riley 07/09/22 01/10/23
Dominic Bradley 30/03/22 12/09/23
Mohammed Emtyiaz Chowdhury 15/06/20 12/06/23
Jo Townshend 19/03/20 21/02/24


Historic Members: (Left within last 12 months)

Name Stepped Down
Eric Griffiths Stepped down as Chair and confirmed and replaced under article 12b 13.12.2023

Are you enthusiastic about education and offering the best life chances to young people? 

If so, the Central Region Schools Trust has a number of vacancies and is seeking high-calibre, committed Governors and Chairs of Governors to strengthen its Local Academy Governing Boards (LAGBs).

The Central Region Schools Trust is a multi-academy sponsor with a mission to transform the life chances of the young people and their families in the academies we support.  

As a Trust we place a high value on good governance, believing that it is an essential part of our strategy to deliver the best possible education for our children and young people.  We have sought to create a clear governance structure that places as much decision making as possible in our schools to empower Governors and staff.    

Volunteering as a School Governor is a great opportunity to gain school leadership experience at board level as well as transferable skills that enhance performance and employability. Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of making a real difference to children’s lives and helping them to realise their potential. 

The main purpose of a Governor is to: 

  • Help set the strategic direction of the school 
  • Hold the leadership to account for the performance of the school 
  • Make sure that resources are used well and that money is well spent 
  • To ensure that both they and the school are answerable to the communities they serve, in particular parents.  

We are looking for a Chair of Governors that can provide the following key skills & areas of expertise; Governors should have experience in at least some of these areas: 

  • The ability to work in a team 
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school 
  • Educational delivery in an AP, SEMH, ASD and/or mainstream context 
  • Enthusiasm for taking on an active role on the Governing Body 
  • Availability to attend Governing Body meetings and carrying out visits to the school 
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to undertake training 
  • Experience of organisational leadership (essential for the Chair) 
  • Performance Management in the context of outcomes and progression 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Financial Management and Fund Raising 
  • Human Resource Management, including staff development 
  • Knowledge of the local area, including the labour market  

For Governors, the time commitment will be approximately 10 days per year spent attending meetings, visiting the school from time-to-time and undertaking relevant training.  The time commitment for Chairs is approximately 2-3 days per month. 

There are no specific qualifications for the role of governor. You just need the right attitude, enthusiasm and time to devote to the role. 

It is important that we ensure our schools are delivering an education underpinned by our values as RSA Academies and we encourage our LAGBs to keep a strong focus on these as we support our schools and the Trust in delivering our strategic objectives.  

The Central Region Schools Trust seeks a diverse Board and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and governors to share this commitment. Before your appointment as governor is confirmed you will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check. 

To discuss these opportunities further, please contact Jennie Homer, Head of Governance via our contact form or on telephone number: 0121 270 3119

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you.


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Central Region Schools Trust
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141 - 143 Newhall Street
Birmingham, B3 1SF

0121 270 3117

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0121 523 1960

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Lickhill Primary School, Almond Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8UA

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Oldbury Park Primary School, Oldbury Road, Worcester, WR2 6AA

01905 424 878

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01527 63911

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01562 67742

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0121 453 5211