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The members of the Academy Trust enter into the funding agreement with the Secretary of State and are legally responsible both to the Secretary of State and to parents and pupils for the running of the Academy Trust and academies within the Trust. They are also responsible for holding the directors to account for the running of the Trust. 

The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include: 

  • Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company 
  • Taking part in annual and extraordinary general meetings 
  • Appointing and/or removing directors 
  • Appointing the auditors 
  • Signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report 
  • Power to amend the Articles of the company or close the company  

Elm Tree Multi Academy Trust has 5 members, comprising 2 signatory members and 3 appointed.  These are: 

  • Richard Freeth  
  • Robert Pearce
  • Michael Swan
  • Ruth Tennant 
  • David Winter

The Board of Trustees fulfil the role of both directors under company law and trustees under charity law, exercise the powers and carry out the duties of the Multi-Academy Trust. The Board of Trustees are responsible to the Members of the Academy Trust as well as the parents, pupils and staff at the academy. Directors are also known as governors of the Trust.

The directors are responsible for the 3 core governance functions – setting the strategic direction of the Trust and the academy within the Trust, holding the Head Teacher to account and ensuring financial probity.  Two committees operate under the Board of Trustees: the Resources Committee (incorporating the functions of the Audit Committee) and the Pay Committee.

The Trustees of Elm Tree Multi Academy Trust are: 

Name Type of Trustee Additional Roles and Responsibilities
John Cleary Member Appointed Trustee  
Richard Freeth Member Appointed Trustee

Chair of Trustees

Mike Lowdell Ex-officio Trustee Chief Executive Officer
Sara Maslowski Co-opted Trustee


Rob Matthews Co-opted Trustee  
Rob Pearce Member Appointed Trustee

Vice Chair of Trustees,
Chair of Resources Committee

Meeting Attendance 2022/23

Declaration of Interests 2022/23

Declaration of Interests 2023/24

A Local Governing Body operates in each individual Academy. For further information on each of these, please visit the individual Academy website.

North Leamington School

Telford Junior School