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Regional Governing Body

The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-Academy or traditional school undertakes governance.

Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT Academies – local governance that is delivered via the Academy Advisory Board (AAB) and regional governance, delivered via the Regional Governing Bodies. Each Regional Governing Body is linked to an Executive Principal; this means that there are three Regional Governing Bodies: Portsmouth, Medway Secondary and Medway Primary. The Board of Directors is the final decision making body which sits above the Regional Governing Bodies.

Local Governance – The Academy Advisory Board

The AAB consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, or academy staff, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 9 people. A member of the Regional Governing Body may also sit on the AAB if required.

The TSAT Board has established five key roles for Academy Advisory Boards:

  • To advise/act as a critical friend to the Principal;
  • To advise the Regional Governing Body about local issues they need to consider that affect the academy;
  • Represent the interest of the Academy community in the running of the Academy;
  • Represent the Academy in its community;
  • Provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy.

The main purpose of these roles is to enable AABs to be able to express and act on local views and issues – views of parents and the community etc. One of the key purposes of an AAB is to ensure that the Academy is being a good expression of what and who TSAT is in the local community. Therefore, these roles are about ensuring that the TSAT Ethos is “lived” out in the Academy on a day to day basis.

The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AAB undertakes:

  • it acts as a key link between the Academy, parents and local community;
  • it supports the work of the Academy in the community;
  • it supports the Principal and Academy Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Academy Development Plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the TSAT ethos remains at the heart of the Academy community;
  • it helps on the ground with the implementation of certain Academy policies;
  • it offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the Principal;
  • it regularly reviews the Academy’s performance in relation to the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

The Regional Governing Bodies

The Regional Governing Bodies consist of a group of eight people who are elected onto the Board for a period of 4 years. This is a skills-based governing body, with people who have skills in Business/Legal, Finance, HR, Estates and Health and Safety, Marketing/ Communications and Education. Each Executive Principal will be a member of the relevant RGB and the CEO is an ex-officio member. The key responsibilities of a Regional Governing Body are:

  • The day to day oversight of the running of the regional academies;
  • Carrying out the MAT’s vision policies and priorities;
  • Holding local academy leadership to account for school academic perormance, quality of care and provision;
  • Overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of local strategies;
  • Seeking value for money and ensuring resources are applied appropriately at regional academy level;
  • Supporting the Board in relation to proper use of funds and delivering high quality educational provision;
  • Liaise with the Academy Advisory Boards.

For more information about the Trust’s governance please visit the TSAT website.

Portsmouth 1 – RGB Members & Business Interests

Portsmouth 1 governs The Portsmouth Academy, Newbridge Junior School,Isambard Brunel Junior School and Penhale Infant School.

Role Member Business Interests Appointed By Appointment Date Stepped Down
HR Julie Spurgeon Lecturer at University of Portsmouth Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016 21/03/2018
HR Vacancy
Education 1 Michelle Treacher Director of Izzies Nursery Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016
Finance Susan Tungatt None Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016 27/11/2018
Management Darren Nickerson Married to Sonia Nickerson,
Headteacher at Morrings Way Infant School
Appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 29/03/2017  JAN 2018
Legal & Compliance Lee Trimby Married to Dawn Trimby, Executive Business Manager Portsmouth Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016 01/09/2017
Legal & Compliance Vacancy
Premises and H&S Simon McNab Director of Izzies Nursery Appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 29/03/2017
Communication & IT Stuart McIntosh (Chair)  None Appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 29/03/2017
Management Father Darcy Chesterfield-Terry St Mary‘s Portsea Parish Appointed by board 21/03/2018 03/02/2019
Anna Webb  Husband is paid gardener at Newbridge Junior School Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2016
Claire Stevens  None Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016
Iain Gilmour Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2016  31/03/2018
Kate Keller None Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/04/2018
Lucy Carroll None Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2018
Lee Miller Isambard Brunel Centre Ltd

Teapot Row Management Company

Director of Thinking Solutions for Education Ltd

Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 01/01/2016
Natalie Sheppard Sister-in-law owns Active8 who rent The Portsmouth Academy premises Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2016
Stuart Gardner Foundation Governor at St. Mary‘s Church of England School, Ashford. Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/01/2016