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Meet the Trustees (governors)

Welcome to our Trustees (Governors)' section. 

Welcome to this section of our website where you can find out more about our trustees (school governors) and their role.

 

Being a trustee is a voluntary position but it is an incredibly worthwhile role. There is certainly much reward in assisting the school to deliver a high quality education to pupils and in promoting their welfare.

 

Governing bodies (trustees) work closely together, and with the Principal, and are responsible for a wide range of strategic matters including ensuring pupils receive high quality education, setting the aims and objectives for the school, planning for future development and improvement of the school, and for the robust accountability, oversight and assurance of the school’s educational and financial performance.   

 

Together with the Principal and other members of the senior leadership team, trustees work to ensure that Ash Field Academy achieves its vision to provide exceptional education and care/support so every pupil reaches their potential. Trustees are actively involved in all areas of the school and bring a range of skills and experience from their personal and professional lives.

 

The Governors Handbook (issued by the Department of Education) states that a governing body has three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation (school) and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation (school) and making sure its money is well spent.

 

                                  Link-to-Governance Handbook

 

The document below provides further information about the role of the governing body (board of trustees).

 

Any PDF document can be translated into another language by Google Translator, a link to the translator and instructions on how to use it can be found in our policies section, by clicking on the link below:

Our Full Governing Board (Board of Trustees) comprises of a Chair, Vice-Chair and other trustees (governors). 

These include an ex-officio trustee (the Principal), parent trustees, a staff trustee and co-opted trustees. 

 

Full details of our structure can be found in our Articles of Association on the Funding section of the website.

 

Information regarding current trustees (governors) is given below.

 

We have one committee: the Resources, Audit and Risk Committee.  This committee has a particular remit around finance and audit but also has delegated responsibility for resources, such as staffing and premises.

The delegated authority of this committee is outlined within the Scheme of Delegation below.

External Review of Governance Report July 2022

The Board of Trustees (Governing body) commissioned this external review of governance during 2021-22 from the National Governance Association (NGA) which represents governing bodies at a national level. Trustees wanted to gain an independent view of their current effectiveness and to support the next stage of their development as a board of trustees in the areas of governance arrangements and strategic leadership of Ash Field Academy Trust.

Information on the National Governance Association (NGA) can be found on their website via the link below.

Link-to-National-Governance-Association-website

 

Chair of Trustees (Governors)

 

Kathryn Inskip

chairofgovs@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Please direct any written correspondence to:

 

Chair of Trustees

Ash Field Academy

Broad Avenue

Leicester

LE5 4PY

Governance Professional

Mark Shaw

 

clerktogovernors@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Trustee (Governors) Details for the 2022-23 Academic Year

 

Governors Name

Role/s and Responsibilities

Business Name

Nature of Business 

Nature of Interest

Post

Began

Kathryn Inskip

(Prefers Kathy)

Member and 

Trustee

 

 

Chair of Trustees (Governors)

Community Governor

Resources, Audit & Risk Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

 Safeguarding

 Children Looked After

 Careers and Enterprise

None

None

None

 

30/11/2008

01/12/2012

02/12/2016

06/11/2020

 

 

Allan Dunsmore

Member and Trustee

 

 

Trust Appointed Governor

Vice-Chair of Trustees

 

Chair of Resources, Audit & Risk Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

 Health and Safety

 Teaching and Learning

 (including remote learning)

 Inclusion and SEND Hub

None

None

None

06/12/2013

01/12/2017

30/11/2021

Jennifer Eshelby

(Prefers Jenny)  Trustee

(Resigned as a Director of The Well Trust (Leicester) an Education Charity 2018 - 24.03.22)

Principal

Ex-Officio Governor

Challenge Partners

 

 

Medicines in Special Schools

 

 

Education Charity

 

Healthcare

 

 

 

Senior Partner

 

Regional Lead

 

 

 

 

23/08/2018

Charles Moore

(Prefers Barry) 

Trustee

Community Governor

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

 Residential

None 

None

None

31/10/2014

31/10/2018

31/10/2022

Rupert Mingay

Trustee

Co-opted Trustee (Governor)

Resources, Audit & Risk Committee

Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets PLC

Banking

 

Started

29.04.2022

 

 

09/06/2013

09/06/2017

08/06/2021

Dr Rachael Straub

Trustee

Parent Trustee (Governor)

 

Link Governor Responsibilities

 EHCP's

 Community

The Careers Centre Leicestershire and Rutland

Careers Centre

Employee

06/05/2021

Catherine Gough

Trustee

 

Staff Trustee (Governor)

Teaching Staff Representative

 

Frozen Light Theatre

The Arts

(Company Charity)

Trustee and Director

06/12/2019

Susanne Francis

(Prefers Sue) 

Trustee

Co-opted Trustee (Governor)

Resources, Audit & Risk Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

 Pupil Premium & Recovery Grants

 Reading and Maths

Rosebank Services Ltd

 

Woodland Grange Primary School 

Property Developer

 

Education 

Managing Director

 

Governor 

28/09/2020

Dr Daniel Slavin

Trustee

Trust-appointed Governor 

 

Link Governor Responsibilities:

 Careers and Enterprise

General Medical CouncilRegistered  26/10/21

 

 

Ex-Governors' Details (retained for one year after the date of resignation)

 

Governor's  Name

Role/sXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Business Name

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Post Began

PennyxAllsopp 

Trustee

Parent Governor / Trustee

Link Governor Responsibilities: Parent Engagement

Nursing & Midwifery Council NMC

Registered Nurse

Nursing

01/03/2019

31/08/2022

 

 

 

Members Details

 

Members Name

Role/s and

Responsibilities

Business Name

 

Nature

of Business

Nature of

Interest

Post

Began

William Shepherd

Prefers (Will)

Member of the Academy Trust

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

 

ILLIFE Media Group Ltd

KM Media Group Ltd

ILLIFE Media Publishing Ltd

KENT Online Ltd

KM Direct Ltd

Cherry Holt Holdings Ltd

Institute

 

 

Media Group

Media

Publishing 

Media 

Media

Property

Member MCIMA

 

 

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

11.05.21

 

 

Kathryn Inskip

Prefers (Kathy)

Member of the Academy Trust

 

The same as that given in the Governor's register above.

 

Refer to Gov's register above.

 

Refer to Gov's register above.

 

12.03.12

 

 

Allan Dunsmore

Member of the Academy Trust

The same as that given in the Governor's register above.

Refer to Gov's register above.

Refer to Gov's register above.

06.12.13

Miles Carter

 

 

 

 

Member of the Academy Trust

 

 

 

Ormiston Academy Sudbury John Milton Academy Trust

MEC Consultants

 

ICAEW

LGB - Governor

Member

Consultant 

 

Life Member

Governor

Member

SRMA which is accredited by DfE

Member

02.07.22

 

Company Officers

 

 Name

 Academy Role

 Company Role and Responsibility

 Jennifer Eshelby

Principal 

 Accounting Officer

 Jennifer Eshelby

Principal

 Chief Financial Officer

 

Companies House Registration No. 07988444.

 Trustee (governors) Meeting Attendance The Academic Year 2022/23

 

Governors Nameaaaaaa 

 16/09/22 

 FGB

 11/11/22

FGB

 20/01/23

FGB

 10/03/23

FGB

 26/05/23

FGB

16/06/23

FGB

 09/12/22 AGM

27/10/22

RAR

 02/02/23

RAR

18/05/23 

RAR

15/06/22 RAR

K Inskip

(Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

YesYes

Yes

Yes

A Dunsmore (Vice-Chair)

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

YesNo

Yes

Yes

J Eshelby

Principal

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

YesYes

Yes

Yes
R Mingay No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

YesYes

Yes

No
S Francis Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

YesYes

Yes

Yes
R StraubYes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 Yes

    
C Gough Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

    
B Moore No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

    
D SlavinYesNoYesYesYesYesYes    
M Carter           
W Shepherd           
Governance Professional Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

 

 FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting

 RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting

 (Please note: Governors with Grey Zones are not members of the RAR Committee)

 

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance Previous Academic Year 2021/22

 

GovernorssNamessssss

Total Attendance 

17/09/21

FGB 

 05/11/21 

FGB 

 14/01/22 

FGB 

 11/03/22 

FGB 

 29/04/22 

FGB 

 17/06/22 

FGB 

 10/12/21 

AGM

 

 10/12/21 

Members Special Resolution Meeting 02

17/07/21

Members

Special Resolution Meeting

03

 27/09/21 

RAR 

 07/10/21 

RAR 

 02/02/22 

RAR 

 02/03/22 

RAR 

 12/05/22 

RAR 

16/06/22

RAR

K Inskip (Chair)

15/15

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

A Dunsmore

(Vice-Chair)

12/15

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

J Eshelby

Principal

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

R Mingay

10/13

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

S Francis

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

P Allsopp

4/7

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
R Straub

6/7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
C Gough

7/7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
B Moore7/7YesYesYesYesYesYesYes        
D Slavin5/6 YesNoYesYesYesYes        
W Shepherd (Member)3/3      YesYesYes      
Governance Professional

11/15

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting 

RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting (Please note – Governors with ‘grey rows’ are not members of the RAR committee) 

 

Governors Attendance Record for the Previous 2 Years

 

Some words from a few of our Trustee (governors) on why they are doing their roles:

 

  Kathy Inskip  

 

I am Kathy Inskip and I feel it is a privilege to be the Chair of Trustees (Governors) at Ash Field. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school with such amazing pupils, parents, staff and governors – thank you to everyone.


My initial link with Ash Field was working for Connexions and supporting pupils and parents with the transition from school to young adulthood (e.g. moving on to FE college). Having left this role, I wished to maintain contact with the school and later became a Community Governor in 2008.

 
I worked in social care and independent organisations across a number of different counties for over 25 years, with adults with disabilities and children with disabilities and their families.  I have always lived in Leicestershire. 


I hope that I contribute some of my skills and experience to being a Governor at Ash Field, and know that together we all strive for continued development and improvement to ensure that pupils are supported to achieve the very best outcomes. 

 

  Allan Dunsmore  

 

I am Allan Dunsmore and I am now retired after over 40 years working in Leicester city schools as a Science teacher. I have considerable experience at the senior management level and for the last six years of my teaching career, I was a headteacher. Since my retirement in 2011, I worked part-time at New College as a Community Partnership manager working with DMU and local volunteers organising volunteer placements at the school. 

I have also worked at Ash Field for a number of years teaching GCSE Science to local Teaching assistants one evening a week. I also had the pleasure of teaching science to a year 11 pupil at Ash Field a number of years ago.

 

I am fully aware of the challenges facing Ash Field, the senior team and the committed staff as well as the community it serves. My hope is that I can bring my considerable experience to support the work of the Governors, senior team and teachers at this amazing school.

 

  Rupert Mingay  

 

Hello, I am Rupert Mingay. I first came across Ash Field Academy when my daughter Philippa was a student here a few years ago. She loved her time at Ash Field and has stayed in touch with the friends she made here. I became a governor while she was at school and have stayed on because I enjoy being part of it. 

 

I hope I can help with some ideas from time to time and I know I can learn a lot too.

 

I live in South Leicestershire, about half an hour away from Ash Field. I work in the banking sector. My office is in London, but I have been working from home since the first lockdown. I spend a lot of time on Zoom these days which is better than getting up early to go to work on the train. I love the Leicestershire countryside and I like walking along the canal towpaths. One of my neighbours plays for Leicester Tigers and I'm looking forward to getting back to Welford Road to watch them again.

 

  Catherine Gough  

 

I am Catherine Gough and I joined the staff of Ash Field in 2017. Since then, I've had so many opportunities to further develop my teaching practice and I feel extremely lucky to have found such an amazing place to work; I love coming to school to see everyone each day! I've learnt such a lot personally since I arrived and am keen to contribute where I can to our community's drive for self-improvement.

 

  Jenny Eshelby  

 

Hello! I have been the Principal at Ash Field Academy since 2018 and therefore automatically became a governor.  I really enjoy working with our board of governors who are totally committed to our school and ensuring we are the best we can be.   

I hope to see you around the school sometime soon!

 

  Sue Francis  

 

Hello, I am Sue Francis and I have been a governor at Ash Field since September 2020. Before retiring I worked as a Business Manager at a county primary school, where I worked for 25 years, including several years in the classroom. I was also a governor there for 18 years so, I believe, I have useful experience to offer Ash Field. 

 

Although I have only been a governor for a short time it didn't take me long to appreciate what a special place Ash Field is. I am looking forward to getting to know staff, pupils and parents better.

 

  Daniel Slavin  

 

My name is Daniel Slavin, I joined the board in October 2021.

I am a Junior Doctor working in the East Midlands.

 

Outside of medicine, I have an interest in inter-professional working and believe strongly in the power of education. 

 

Ash Field Academy is clearly a place where education and opportunity for our pupils is at the heart of what the school is trying to achieve and I look forward to the opportunity to support the school going forward.

 

 

  Rachael Straub  

 

Hello, I am Rachael Straub and I have been a Parent Governor since 2021.

I trained as a research scientist, worked in university grants administration, and spent ten years as a manager with Citizens Advice. I'm now a full-time carer for my daughter.

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I thought I knew Ash Field fairly well, but I've learnt so much since becoming a governor. It really is an amazing school with staff and students who work incredibly hard to achieve their best.

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