Governance

Finham Park Multi Academy Trust is an exempt charity; this means we operate like any other charity but are not regulated by the Charity Commission but instead overseen by an alternative regulator, in this case the Secretary of State for Education.

The main documents that set out how we operate are our Articles of Association, which set our internal structure, and the Master Funding Agreement, which is the legal contract with the Secretary of State under which we run our schools. In addition, there are separate Supplemental Funding Agreements for each individual school.

We are also governed by the Department for Education's Academies Financial Handbook and various pieces of legislation relating to both schools and charities.

Our governance structures

  • Our formal structures are designed to give robust oversight and management of our schools, without unnecessarily restricting innovation.
    We have five Members, including the Trust chairman Mr Peter Burns MBE, who are responsible for appointing Directors to the Trust Board.
  • Trust Directors provide strategic oversight and ensure the Trust meets it legal obligations, both directly and through committees.
  • Formulation of strategy and day to day operations are delegated to the Executive Headteacher, Mr Mark Bailie. He is supported by our school headteachers and professional experts within our central support services team.
  • Our headteachers are challenged and supported by Local Governing Bodies. Our governors are largely appointed, ensuring we have the balance of skills required to oversee a modern school.
  • Parental opinion is gathered through three elected parent governors.
  • Our Headteachers also frequently meet with parents at open evenings and other events, and all our schools operate a Student Voice model to encourage young people to take an active part in their own education.

Code of Conduct

All individuals involved at every level of Governance are asked to read and sign our Code of Conduct annually.

Governors Code of Practice

Trust Members

Mr Peter Burns MBE
Member Director

Both of my children attended Finham Park and I have been a governor of the school for 30 years and chair for 10 years before taking up my new role as Chair of the Multi Academy Trust.

In my working life I was Facilities and Services Director for Marconi Telecommunications and was President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce 2014 to 2016, I now represent the British Chambers of Commerce on two national committees.

Awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in Coventry and Warwickshire in 2001.

I am a Parish Councillor for Finham and hold the position of Chair,

The Multi Academy is a very exciting time for us with great benefits to both staff and pupils alike and I will do all I can to make sure we deliver the core values across the Trust.

Mrs Fanny Anderson
Member Director

Originally from France, I followed my husband to the UK and have embraced British culture for over 20 years and am particularly fond of Coventry. Our 2 daughters currently attend Finham Park School.

I have many years of industry sector experience within Lean management, leadership and internal control. I am a Finance Manager at Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK where I have been employed full time for over 15 years.

I had been a school governor for 9 years at both Primary and Secondary schools before becoming a Director of the Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.

I am truly committed to delivering the best education for the children of Coventry. I strongly believe in the values and ethos of Finham Park Multi Academy Trust and I am proud to be part of the Board of Directors.

Ms Perihan Yavash
Member

I began as a Governor at Finham Park School in 2008.  In the past, I worked at HM Treasury as well as teaching at a Boys Comprehensive School in London.  I am currently employed as a Principal Lecturer in Economics at Coventry University.  I am particularly interested in ensuring that Finham Park Multi Academy Trust provides all of its pupils with the opportunity to achieve to their full potential and facilitates their successful progression into employment or further study.

Mr Amrik Bhabra

Amrik S Bhabra MBE – Chief Executive ADECS Ltd

Amrik Bhabra, Chief Executive of ADECS, started in the Business as a 3rd year placement student back in 1992. He began his career as a Technical Support Engineer, providing technical solutions for businesses and implementing them. He moved rapidly through various roles within the company, and became Managing Director in 1999. Through the experience he has gained over the last 25 years, Amrik is now recognised and respected within businesses in the region, and has an influencing role within many local initiatives. He has always had a very strong belief in developing and up-skilling people, and providing as many opportunities as possible for people to gain valuable experience which they can use to enhance their careers within ADECS or elsewhere. He recognises that you have to do things rather than just complain about how things should be. Amongst many other things, he is actively involved in the following:

  • Has been awarded an MBE for his contribution to Business and the Community
  • is a Director at Nishkam School Trust and Chair of Governors at Nishkam High School, Birmingham
  • past President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and sits on the main Board still, as well as being a Board member of several other charities

He strongly believes and tries to live his life in the style of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Mrs Alethea Fuller

Trust Board of Directors

Board of Directors Terms of Reference 2019-2020

Mr Mark Bailie
Executive Headteacher

Mark has worked in schools for over 25 years and has been in leadership positions for 22 years. He has been a Headteacher for over 11 years (7 years at Finham Park School).

National Leader of Education (NLE); has significant Ofsted experience and is a qualified Ofsted Inspector; he has taken different schools from 4 to 3, 3 to 2 and 2 to 1 in Ofsted terms.

Specialist knowledge:

Educational leadership; marketing, finance, operations; Human Resources, including recruitment; estates, curriculum; business; strategy.

Relevant interests:

  • National Leader of Education
  • Ofsted Inspector – West Midlands Regional Team Member
  • Director for Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Headteacher Steering Group for Confucius Institute based at IOE, UCL
  • Trustee of Central Academies Trust, West Midlands
Cllr John Blundell
Member Appointee

John has been a Coventry City Councillor for 14 years and is now the Leader of the Opposition, a position he has held for 3 years. Before that he was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, having previously been the Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Young People.

John was educated in Coventry at King Henry VIII School and trained as an accountant. He had a number of senior positions with Coventry and international companies before opening up his own employment and training agency in Hales Street, Coventry. John now manages student halls of residence in Coventry.

John is married and lives in the Cannon Park area of Coventry. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time John enjoys playing golf and bridge.

Mrs Pauline Parkes
Director

Pauline is a retired teacher and has worked in the City of Coventry for over 30 years. Her involvement on governing bodies has been extensive with her area of expertise being SEND, Safeguarding & Inclusion, together with the health and welfare of young people. She held the position of SENCO, Inclusion Manager and Safeguarding Lead at a local secondary school.

She started her career as a teacher of PE and music and moved to Coventry to teach at a local secondary school in 1980. She strongly believes that all young people should have the best possible start in life and that school can play a big part in this. Pauline continues to be a keen advocate for sport and for all the expressive arts and sees them as an extremely valuable and intrinsic part of the school curriculum.

Mr Peter Burns MBE
Member Director

Both of my children attended Finham Park and I have been a governor of the school for 30 years and chair for 10 years before taking up my new role as Chair of the Multi Academy Trust.

In my working life I was Facilities and Services Director for Marconi Telecommunications and was President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce 2014 to 2016, I now represent the British Chambers of Commerce on two national committees.

Awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in Coventry and Warwickshire in 2001.

I am a Parish Councillor for Finham and hold the position of Chair,

The Multi Academy is a very exciting time for us with great benefits to both staff and pupils alike and I will do all I can to make sure we deliver the core values across the Trust.

Mrs Fanny Anderson
Member Director

Originally from France, I followed my husband to the UK and have embraced British culture for over 20 years and am particularly fond of Coventry. Our 2 daughters currently attend Finham Park School.

I have many years of industry sector experience within Lean management, leadership and internal control. I am a Finance Manager at Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK where I have been employed full time for over 15 years.

I had been a school governor for 9 years at both Primary and Secondary schools before becoming a Director of the Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.

I am truly committed to delivering the best education for the children of Coventry. I strongly believe in the values and ethos of Finham Park Multi Academy Trust and I am proud to be part of the Board of Directors.

Kinnary Vyas
Primary Vacancy