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Committees of the Board

Trust Board and its Committees

The Federation Trust Board is the board of Directors for the Trust. The Trust Board and its committees are responsible for the strategic priorities of the organisation, its growth plans, major capital investments and for approving the budget and managing the finances across the organisation.

The Trust Board retains close oversight of different aspects of the work of the Federation by appointing a range of committees to take responsibility for specific areas of its work:

  • Finance Committee - Advises the full Board on the financial health of the organisation and monitors financial performance and the delivery of central services.

  • Audit and Risk Committee - Commissions internal and external audits, and recommends adoption of the annual statutory accounts. Maintains an oversight of the Federation's risk management

  • Strategic Committee - Advises the Board on the overall strategy and direction of the Federation. Takes specific responsibility for governance, major projects and staffing matters where appropriate

  • Standards Committee - Monitors overall academic standards across the Federation. Supports the Local Governing Bodies in performing this function effectively for each academy.

  • The Federation ExecutiveThe Federation Trust Board exercises its responsibilities by employing a Chief Executive Officer and an executive team who are responsible for all aspects of the day to day management of the Federation and for advising the Board on the overall vision and strategy of the Federation.  The executive leadership of the Federation is not distinct or separate from the leadership of the schools and is made up of the Principals of the all-through schools, the Director of Operations, the Director of Finance, the Director of Atlas, the Deputy CEO and the CEO as the chair. 

The Chair of each committee is appointed by the Trust Board. Each committee’s members are drawn from the Directors and, in the case of the Audit Committee, independent appointees who do not have any other role in the Trust’s governance. All governors appointed to the Trust Board and its committees, excluding the CEO, are appointed on a four year term of office.

 Local Governing Bodies

There is a local governing body (Local Board) for each of the schools within the Federation: 

  • Crayford Academy
  • Hatcham College
  • Knights Academy
  • Borough Academy

Both Crayford Academy and Knights Academy also have Task Group sub committees. The Hatcham Temple Grove Free School (HTGFS) is legally a separate school but operates as part of the Hatcham College all-through school. HTGFS has a separate local governing body, but this has the same membership as the governing body of Hatcham College and all meetings are held jointly.

The Local Boards retain oversight of the performance of the school and are focussed solely on ensuring the quality of educational provision.

The chair of each Local Board is appointed by the Trust Board and is drawn from amongst the Nominated Directors. The rest of the Committee is formed of other governors co-opted onto the Local Board, a local authority governor, a staff governor and parent governors. 

Membership

The membership of the Trust Board and its committees is as follows:

 COMMITTEE NAME

CHAIRPERSON  

MEMBERS

 

Trust Board

Bruce Powell

John Fernau

Chris Hardie

Nick Jenkins

Simon Lough

Vanessa Ogden

Nicola Trott

Nick Scarles

Eleanor Sykes

Anthony Cann, 

Sheridan Swallow

The CEO of the Trust 

Audit and Risk Committee

Sheridan Swallow

Christopher Strong

Simon Lough

The CEO of the Trust 

 Finance Committee

 Bruce Powell

Simon Lough

John Fernau

The CEO of the Trust

(Vacant position)

Strategic Committee

Bruce Powell

Nick Scarles

Christopher Hardie

Nick Jenkins

Simon Lough

Anthony Cann

Sheridan Swallow

The CEO of the Trust

Standards Committee

Nick Jenkins

Nicola Trott

Eleanor Sykes

Vanessa Ogden

The CEO of the Trust

You can view the membership of each school local board by clicking on one of the following links:

Crayford Cluster Local Governing Body Committee

Hatcham College Local Governing Body Committee

Knights Academy Local Governing Body Committee

Borough Academy Local Governing Body Committee

Contact details 

Contact details for the Chair of Trustees and the Chairs of the Local Governing Bodies:

Email: federation@haaf.org.uk

Postal address: The Clerk to the Governors, Haberdashers' Aske's Federation, Pepys Road, London, SE14 5SF.