Trust Governance Structure

The Board of Directors fulfill both the role of directors under company law and trustees under charity law and exercise the powers and carry out the duties of PDET.  The Board of Directors is responsible to the Members of PDET as well as the parents, pupils and staff at its academies.  Directors work through their committees and the Central Executive Team with the Academy Governance Committees  to ensure the quality of education and financial management provided at each academy. 

Five committees operate under the PDET Board of Directors:  The Trust Governance Committee, the Business and Finance Committee, the Ethos, Standards and Effectiveness Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Pay and Personnel Committee.

The Board of Directors is the overall governance body and is accountable for the Trust. Local governing bodies, who are called Academy Governance Committees (AGCs) in our Trust, are committees to which the Directors have chosen to delegate some specific responsibilities.

Executive Directors

Duncan 3 cDuncan Mills – Chief Executive of PDET

Duncan has been PDET’s CEO since January 2018. Previously, he has worked as the Managing Director of another academy trust and as Strategic Planning Manager for Education in Northamptonshire.  He has a background in schools and education, starting as a teacher, he has experienced all levels of work in schools including the role of Director for an Education Action Zone and Excellence Cluster. He has also worked as an Education Advisor and in Youth and Adult training.

Non Executive Directors

Margaret HolmanMargaret Holman – Chair (Education)

Margaret was Headteacher of Bishop Stopford School, a Church of England converter academy for 16 years.  During this time, she was a National Leader of Education (and Bishop Stopford was designated a National Support School). She was a member of the first Fellowship Commission of NLEs reporting to the Secretary of State, and she sat on the Secondary Heads Reference Group at the DfE for over 10 years. Margaret is currently a director of the Woodard Corporation and sits on its Education committee. She is also a director of the Woodard Academies Trust, chairing the WAT’s Education committee.

Greg CracknellGreg Cracknell – Vice Chair (Education)

Greg Cracknell is a retired university lecturer specialising in primary education.  He is chair of governors at an infant school within the trust and a member of the Diocesan Board of Education.

saceps LM 030118123629Cathy Armstrong – Business

Cathy has been running a business in Kettering since 2000 and has a proven track record in facilities and administration management.  She has been a Chair of Governors at St Andrew’s C of E Primary, Kettering since 2013 and as such was closely involved in the smooth conversion of the first school to join PDET in May 2014.

Andrew Weatherill – Finance

Andrew works for himself as a practising Chartered Accountant and consulting forensic accountant.  Previously Andrew worked in senior Finance related roles for a number of large international groups, including XPO Logistics, Budget Insurance, National Grid, Barclays and Anglian Water.  He sits on a number of Boards and Audit Committee - Northampton Partnership Homes (social landlord), the Learning and Work Institute (educational charity), the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (not for profit membership body) and is a pension Trustee of two schemes.  Andrew is the Treasurer of his local church and rugby club and an East Midlands Rugby Referee, having recently hung up his playing boots.  In his spare time he watches Northampton Saints, plays squash and walks his 5 dogs.

 

Kevin BinleyKevin Binley – Business

Kevin was a company director with a UK based financial management software business.  As director, he was responsible for the quality control and delivery of services to a global customer base.  He has worked in the business management technology sector for over 30 years and has a deep experience in implementing business transformation projects across different sectors. Kevin has been involved in a number of successful business start-ups, management buyouts, acquisitions and mergers.

Gordon Temple

Dr Gordon Temple – Business

Gordon served for sixteen years as chief executive of Torch Trust, a Christian charity working nationally and internationally with people with sight loss.  A chartered engineer, Gordon’s early career was in research and development, later becoming managing director of two technology businesses, both operating internationally.  He has served as a foundation governor for his village school for eight years, three as chair of governors.  During this period the school converted to an academy as part of PDET.

Natalie HowesNatalie Howes - Governance

Natalie is a director of a successful consultancy company providing business transformation services including business strategy, change leadership, organisational culture, programme and project deliverance for both private and public sector clients. Natalie has a BSc (Honours) Radiography (Radiotherapy), an MA Applied Health Studies (Research) with over 16 years of experience working in NHS hospitals in England, with her last post being Consultant Therapy Radiographer in oncology. She currently serves as a Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Governors in two PDET schools. Natalie also leads weekly pre-school worship in her local church and is a lead Parish Safeguarding Officer.

A ScarboroughAndrew Scarborough

Andrew Scarborough is a Justice of the Peace on the Northamptonshire Bench and a long-standing member of the Borough Council of Wellingborough. After many years working as a senior manager in the Post Office he moved into non-executive roles in 2000 serving for eight years as Chairman of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust and for nine years on the Board of Northampton University, the last four as Chairman. He was also a member of the Board of the East Midlands Development Agency from 2000 to 2004 and continues to sit on the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Committee. Andrew is a school governor at Rowan Gate Primary in Wellingborough where he has just finished a seven year stint as Chairman. Outside of work and his voluntary activities Andrew is a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints, a keen follower of horseracing and an avid birdwatcher.

A ScarboroughJan Martin

Jan was Head of Inclusion and Head of School Improvement for Northamptonshire for 7 years.  She has been an Ofsted inspector for many years and specialises in SEND.  She has been an independent school improvement and SEND consultant since 2008, working in Hong Kong and London and the home counties with special and mainstream schools.  She is a school improvement specialist for the Brent School Partnership.   

Anup SodhiAnup Sodhi

Anup is an Audit Partner at Ernst & Young with experience of working with a range of businesses from large global to local entrepreneurial. Anup is the Office Managing Partner for the Luton office, responsible for over 200 people. Anup has previously been a school governor of a Prep School.

 

 

 

Register of Interests: Directors of PDET

Name Role
Date appointed
(All term of office 4 years exc. CEO)
Relevant business and pecuniary interests  Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions/charities Personal relationships with trust employees or other members/trustees/ local governors Date interest declared
Cathy Armstrong Director and Member of Business & Finance Committee 01/05/15 and re-appointed
30/04/19
The Business Exchange, Kettering Membership of PDET Academy Governorship Committee (AGC)
St Andrew’s Cof E School Kettering
 None  21/08/2020
Kevin Binley Director and Chair of Business & Finance and Member of Audit & Risk, and Pay & Personnel Comittees 01/03/16 and re-appointed
29/02/20
Director Lansdowne Square Management Company Non-Exec Director & Trustee and Chair of Finance & Operations, Heart Academy Trust
Member Southfield Academy Trust
 None  21/08/2020

Peter Cantley

(Resigned)
 Director until 30/09/20  15/03/18 Diocesan Director of Education, Diocese of Peterborough

Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust

Chatsworth Square Gardens Management Company

St Pauls Square (Carlisle) Limited

Member: Evolve Church Academies Trust
Member:  Guilsborough Academies Trust
 None  07/09/2020
Greg Cracknell Director and Chair of Ethos, Standards & Effectiveness Committee and Member of Pay & Personnel Committee 01/05/15 and re-appointed
30/04/19
 None Director of Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust

Member of Peterborough Diocese Board of Education, including:

  • Member of Board Executive Committee
  • Chair of Resource Management Committee
  • Member of Strategy and Leadership Committee

Membership of PDET Academy Governorship Committees:

  • Chair of Freeman’s AGC
  • Member of Pytchley AGC
 None 23/08/2020 
Margaret Holman Director and Chair of PDET Board and Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee 24/04/14 and re-appointed
23/04/18
 None Trustee and Director of
  • The Woodard Corporation
  • The Woodard Academies Trust (WAT)
Link Trustee St Augustine Academy Maidstone (a WAT Academy)
 None 21/08/2020 
Natalie Howes Director and Vice Chair of Trust Governance Committee  26/09/19 Director – Centric4 Limited Chair of Governors, PDET

AGC, St Barnabas Church of England School

 None 27/08/2020 
Janice Martin Director and Member Ethos, Standards & Effectiveness Committee  18/12/19 Self Employed Consultant, Sensitive Education Consultancy

Church Governor, PDET AGC St Luke’s CE Primary, Duston

 None 21/08/2020 
Duncan Mills Director, Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer 01/01/18

Director/Trustee, The Business Exchange Kettering

Governor at: Coventry Extended Learning Centre
Member of Pathfinder Academy Trust

Wife is Chair of Governors at Greens Norton CE Academy (PDET) 24/08/2020
Andrew Scarborough Director and Member of Business & Finance and Audit & Risk Committees 26/09/19

Company Secretary, SG Scarborough Ltd.

Independent Mental Health Act Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hourly paid lecturer Warwick University

Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Bench of Magistrates

Leader of the Opposition, Wellingborough Borough Council and

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow North Northamptonshire Unitary Authority

Governor of Rowan Gate Special Primary School, Wellingborough

None 23/08/2020
Anup Sodhi Director and Member of Business & Finance Committee 08/04/20 Partner at Ernst & Young LLP None None 07/09/2020
Dr Gordon Temple Director and Chair of Trust Governance Committee 26/03/18 None

Member of Welford St Mary’s PCC and Brixworth Deanery Synod Representative

Governor/Chair at Welford, Sibbertoft, Sulby Endowed School (PDET AGC)

Governor/Chair at Spratton Cof E School (PDET AGC) until 09/20

Governor at Barby CofE School (PDET AGC) from 10/20
None 28/08/2020
Andrew Weatherill Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee 01/03/16 and re-appointed on 29/02/20

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK

CBAC Limited

Westongrove Limited

Northampton Partnership Homes Limited

PTRC Education and Research Limited

Association of Member Nominated Trustees Limited

St Mary the Virgin, Finedon 

Church of England Temperance Hall

None 25/08/2020

 

Full Board Attendance 2019-20

 Name All Member Appointed   24/09/19 26/11/19  17/12/19  28/01/20  24/03/20   28/04/20 27/05/20 14/07/20 Total
Cathy Armstrong Director  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Kevin Binley Director  A   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 7/8
Peter Cantley Director (resigned)   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  A   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 7/8
Greg Cracknell

Director

Vice Chair

 A   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄    ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 7/8
Margaret Holman

Director

Chair

  ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Natalie Howes Director  N/A   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄  A   ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 6/7
Jan Martin Director (Appointed 18/12/19)  N/A  N/A  N/A    ⁄    ⁄    ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 5/5
Duncan Mills Director/CEO   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 8/8
Andrew Scarborough

Director (Appointed 26/9/19)

N/A   ⁄ A   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄   ⁄ 6/7
Anup Sodhi

Director (Appointed 8/4/20)

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  ⁄  ⁄   ⁄ 3/3
Dr Gordon Temple Director  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 8/8
Andrew Weatherill Director A A  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄  ⁄ 6/8
Attendance %: this meeting   62.5% 90% 90% 91% 91% 100% 100% 100%  
Attendance %: year to date   62.5% 82% 82% 85% 88% 89% 91% 92% 92%

 

Board Committee Membership and Attendance 

Audit and Risk Committee 2019-20

 Name Committee Member Category   Total Attendance
 Kevin Binley  Director  2/2
 Andrew Scarborough  Director  2/2
 Andrew Weatherill  Director and Chair of Committee  2/2

 

Business and Finance Commitee 2019-20

Name Committee Member Category  Total Attendance
Cathy Armstrong Director 6/6
Kevin Binley

Director and Chair of Committee

6/6
Barry Hansford

Committee Member

5/6
Duncan Mills Director/CEO 6/6
Andrew Scarborough Director 2/4

 

Ethos, Standards and Effectiveness (ESE) Committee 2019-20

Name Committee Member Category  Total Attendance
Greg Cracknell

Director and Chair of Committee

4/4
Margaret Holman

Director and Chair of PDET

3/4
Duncan Mills Director/CEO 4/4
Jan Martin

Director

1/1
Juliet Silverton

Committee Member

3/4
Hilary Spenceley

Committee Member

4/4

 

Trust Governance Committee 2019-20

Name Committee Member Category Total Attendance

Angela Corbyn (resigned December 2019)

Committee Member 1/2
Natalie Howes Director and Committee Member 2/4
Matthew  Humphrey Committee Member 3/4
Duncan Mills Director/CEO 3/4
Dr Gordon Temple

Director and Chair of Committee

4/4

 

Pay and Personnel Committee 2019-20

Name Committee Member Category Total Attendance
Margaret Holman Director and Chair of Committee 2/2
Greg Cracknell Director  2/2

 

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