Governance

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. 

The role of the governing board is to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Below is the structure of the Furness Academy Committee (local governing body):

Name
 
Employer
Terms
Voting
Simon Laheney
Head
Headteacher
 
Yes
Adam Hearnden (Chair)
Partnership
Nuclear Safety & Security Director – BAE Systems Submarines
4 years
Yes
Edward Creighton
Partnership
Head of Early Careers / Skills, HR Services – BAE Systems
4 years
Yes
Graeme Corkill
Partnership
Project Chief Engineer – BAE Systems Submarines
4 years
Yes
Mark Woodham
Partnership
Head of IM&T Product Management –  BAE Systems Submarines
4 years
Yes
Gavin Benbow
Partnership
BAE Systems
4 years
Yes
Hilary Ellam
Partnership
Director of Twin Peaks Consultants Ltd
4 Years
Yes
 Stuart Knagg
Partnership
Operations Area Manager – BAE Systems Submarines
4 Years
Yes
Jane Dean – Wilcock
Partnership
Head of Business Strategy and Reporting – BAE Systems Submarines
4 Years
 Yes
John Shields
Co-opted Trustee
Director of Teacher’s House Education Consultancy
4 Years
 Yes
Anne Burns
Co-opted Trustee
Cumbria County Councillor Barrow Borough Council
4 Years
 Yes
David Kelly
Co-opted Trustee
Freelance consultant, trainer and principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations. Author of Geography textbooks for OUP
4 Years
 Yes
Vicky Fawcett
Parent
 
4 Years
 Yes
Jayne Beach
Staff
Catering Manager – Furness Education Trust
4 Years
 Yes
Miranda Bond
Staff
Teacher – Furness Academy
4 Years
 Yes
John Buckingham
Parent
BAE Systems
4 Years
 Yes
Steve McKinnell
Partnership
BAE Systems
4 Years
 Yes
Jayne Moorby
Partnership
Marketing Manager, Oxley Developments
4 Years
 Yes
James Brimelow
Partnership
Senior Finance Manager – BAE Systems Submarines
4 Years
 Yes

Furness Academy Governors Business & Pecuniary Interests for the Academic Year 2019-2020 can be found here.

Trustee and Governor Attendance for 2019-2020 Academic Year can be found here.

Trustee and Governor Attendance Register for 2019-2020 Academic Year can be found here.

Furness Education Trust- Members and Trustees:

Furness Education Trust comprises of five members, nine Trustee and four co-opted Trustees at Trust level.

Members are responsible for appointing and removing Trustees and hold Trust Board to account for implementing the agreed strategy.

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the running of all academies across the MAT. Trustees are responsible for the strategic oversight of the management of the Trust and also appoint the CEO and the CFO and hold them to account as well.

The authority for running each academy remains with the Headteacher and Local Academy Committee, as detailed above. This authority is defined in the scheme of delegation.

More information about the Trust governance structure can be found here.