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Extract from new Academies Financial Handbook – effective from 01.09.16

What has changed in this edition?

The main changes in the 2016 edition are as follows:


  • We are emphasising that boards of trustees should identify the skills they need and address any gaps in their skills through recruitment or training (1.5.14).
  • To align with the terminology used in the Governance Handbook we are referring to the trust’s publication of its governance structure and remit as its ‘scheme of delegation for governance functions’ (1.5.15 and 2.5.2).
  • We are emphasising that all trusts must have a senior executive leader who should also be appointed as accounting officer, and that these roles must not rotate (1.5.19, 2.1.2 and 2.1.8).
  • We have updated the text on registers of interests. We are confirming that trusts must publish the relevant business and pecuniary interests of their accounting officer regardless of whether they are a trustee (2.5.2 and 3.1.20). We are confirming that local governors are included when identifying relevant interests from close family relationships (3.1.18). We have also simplified the text in 3.1.19 and 3.1.20.
  • We are confirming that trusts must use Edubase to notify the Department for Education (DfE) of the appointment and vacating of the positions of member, trustee, local governor in a multi-academy trust, chair of trustees, chairs of local governing bodies, accounting officer and chief financial officer (4.7.4).

St John Fisher Catholic College Committee

The college is part of Christ The King Catholic Collegiate MAC.

Local Academy Committee for each school majority appointed by the Archbishop, each Academy Committee will continue to guide and monitor their individual school.

Mr S Chan, Chair – Foundation Appointment
Mrs K Evans, Vice Chair – Foundation Appointment
Mrs M Wood – Foundation Appointment
Mr D O’Leary – Foundation Appointment
Mrs A Graham – Foundation Appointment
Mr E Dray – Foundation Appointment
Mr M Amison – Foundation Appointment
Mrs M Oldham – Foundation Appointment
Mrs T Madden – Headteacher at St John Fisher Catholic College
Mr A Stevenson – Elected Staff Appointment
Ms A Allcock – Elected Parent Appointment
Mrs S Heath – Elected Parent Appointment
Mr C Cohen – Elected Parent Appointment
Mrs G Trueman – Elected Parent Appointment

The Foundation Governors are appointed by the Archbishop of Birmingham and are required, in association with the Directors of Christ the King Catholic Collegiate Multi Academy Company, to run St John Fisher Catholic College in accordance with the tenets of the Catholic Church – March 2020

Board Governance Information

Nameappointed or elected bytype of membershipdate of appointmentterm of officedate stepped downInterests – business and pecuniarygovernance roles in any other educational institutionscommittees
Mr Eric DrayDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018N/AN/A
Mr David O’LearyDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018YesN/A
Mrs Margaret WoodDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018N/AN/AFinance & Resources Committee
Mrs Alison GrahamDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018N/AN/AFinance & Resources Committee
Mr Michael OfulaDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018 21/11/2017N/AN/A
Mr Mark OlszewskiCo-optedCo-opted03/06/201703/06/2017 – 02/03/2018N/AN/AStandards & Provision Committee
Mrs Kay EvansDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/2018N/AN/AStandards & Provision Committee
Mrs Gillian HeeksElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/201831/08/2017N/AN/A
Mrs Amanda AllcockElectedParent24/10/201724/10/2017 – 23/10/2021N/AN/A
Mr Matthew AmisonDioceseFoundation04/12/201727/11/2017 – 26/11/2021Standards & Provision Committee
Mr Sai ChanDioceseFoundation14/03/201814/03/2018 – 13/03/2022N/AN/AStandards & Finance Committee
Mrs Margaret OldhamElectedFoundation23/10/201823/10/2018 – 22/10/2022N/AN/AStandards & Provision
Mrs Kylie SalmonElectedParent09/01/201809/01/2018 – 08/01/202221/03/2019N/A N/AStandards & Provision Committee
Mrs Garrett MurrayElectedStaff23/02/201823/02/2018 – 24/02/2022Standards & Provision Committee
Mrs Karen WilcoxElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/201808/01/2018N/AN/A
Ms Samantha RavenscroftElectedStaff01/09/201601/09/2016 – 31/08/202010/01/2018N/AN/A
Ms Pauline HanrahanElectedStaff19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/201823/04/2017YesN/A
Mrs Theresa MaddenDiocesePrincipal01/09/201601/09/2016 –YesYes

Business, Pecuniary and Personal Interests Details

Academy RepresentativeInterests – business and pecuniaryGovernance roles in any other educational institution(s)Date of Declaration
Mr Eric DrayN/AN/A20/11/2018
Mr David O’Learysister in law employee of Christ the KingN/A11/11/2018
Mrs Margaret Woodsister and nephew employee of Christ the KingN/A15/11/2018
Mrs Alison GrahamN/AN/A24/11/2018
Mr Mark OlszewskiN/AN/A21/11/2018
Mrs Kay EvansN/AN/A20/11/2018
Mrs Theresa Maddenbrother employee of Christ the KingFoundation Director Newman Multi Academy Company26/9/2018
Mrs Amanda AlcockN/AN/A15/11/2018
Mr Matthew AmisonN/AN/A09/01/2018
Mrs Kylie SalmonN/AN/A08/11/2018
Mr Garrett MurrayN/AN/A24/10/2018
Mr Sai ChanN/AN/A14/11/2018
Mrs Margaret OldhamN/AN/A

2019-2020 SJF Committee Attendance

Local Governing BoardAttendance 2019/2020
Mr Sai Chan(Chair)3/3
Mr Matthew Amison2/3
M Olszewski1/1
Mr Eric Dray3/3
Mrs Kay Evans2/3
Mrs Alison Graham1/3
Mrs Margaret Oldham2/3
Mr David O’Leary3/3
Mrs Margaret Wood2/3
Mr Chris Cohen2/3
Ms Amanda Allcock1/3
Mr Adrian Stevenson2/3
Ms Samantha Heath3/3
Other Attendees
Mrs T Madden3/3
Mr G Murray1/1
Mr J Burke1/1
Mr Lemmon0/1
Mr M Stevens1/1
Governor Finance & Resources Committee
M Wood3/3
E Dray3/3
S Chan3/3
A Graham2/3
Other Attendees
T Madden3/3
G Murray2/3
V Bowers3/3
Governor Standards and Provisions Committee
K Evans1/3
M Amison2/3
M Olszewski1/1
A Stevenson2/2
A Allcock0/3
M Oldham2/3
S Heath1/2
C Cohen1/2
Other Attendees
T Madden3/3
M Stevens2/2
J Rogers1/1
G Murray2/2
R Wakefield2/2

2018-2019 SJF Committee Attendance

2017-2018 SJF Committee Attendance

2016-2017 SJF Committee Attendance

Nameappointed or
elected by
type of
date of
term of officedate stepped
Attendance 2016/17
Mr Eric Dray (Chair)DioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20183/4
Mr David O’LearyDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mrs Margaret WoodDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mrs Alison GrahamDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mr Michael OfulaDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20180/4
Mr Jonathan Goodwin (Vice Chair)DioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mrs Kay EvansDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20183/4
Mrs Karen WilcoxElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/20181/4
Ms Samantha RavenscroftElectedStaff01/09/201601/09/2016 – 31/08/20203/4
Mrs Theresa MaddenDiocesePrincipal01/09/2016     01/09/2016 –4/4
Mr Mark OlszewskiLocalCo-opted13/06/201713/06/2017 – 12/06/20181/1
Ms Pauline HanrahanElectedStaff19/06/201419/06/2014 – 31/03/201731/03/20173/3
Mrs Gillian HeeksElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 31/08/201731/08/20172/4

2015-2016 SJF Committee Attendance

Nameappointed or
elected by
type of
date of
term of officeAttendance 2015/16
Mr Eric DrayDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mr David O’LearyDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20183/4
Mrs Margaret WoodDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20184/4
Mrs Alison GrahamDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20182/4
Mr Michael OfulaDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20183/4
Mr Jonathan GoodwinDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20182/4
Mrs Kay EvansDioceseFoundation02/06/201402/06/2014 – 01/06/20183/4
Mrs Gillian HeeksElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/20183/4
Mrs Karen WilcoxElectedParent19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/20180/4
Mr David BaileyElectedStaff19/06/201419/06/2014 – 31/08/20164/4
Ms Pauline HanrahanElectedStaff19/06/201419/06/2014 – 18/06/20184/4
Ms Fionnuala HegartyDiocesePrincipal01/09/200201/09/2002 – 31/08/20164/4

Information about St John Fisher Catholic College Governing Body

Eric Dray

Eric Dray – Chair and Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
Foundation Governor at St John Fisher for over 30 years, under four headteachers.
Chair since 2013.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
Served on several sub-committees of the governing body.
Served a Vice Chair on the governing body for several years.
Passionate about Catholic education and hope with God’s love and prays it continuous to thrive.

The day job is – Working within the Health Service

Amanda Allcock

Amanda Allcock – Parent Governor

Governance Experience
I have been a Parent Governor at St John Fisher since September 2017. I sit on the Finance and Resources Committee. I have also been a Local Authority Governor for the past three years at a Stoke on Trent Infant and Junior School. I sit on the Finance, Personnel and Health and Safety Committee and Link Governor for SEND.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
I have within my portfolio service provision over twelve sites, three social work teams, over 300 staff and a budget of over 35m.
The day job is – Strategic Manager for a Local Authority.
I manage the managers of social workers, Commission younger adult services and hold the position of Principal Social Worker. I am the Council lead for Approved Mental Health Practitioners (AMHP) and lead on Mental Health. I also am the Strategic Manager for Learning Disabilities which includes sitting on the SEND strategic board. I lead for Continuing Health Care (acquiring health funding for additional needs, including support within the school for those children with the most complex health, MH or behavioural), Transition lead (Y9 to 25years old) and am an active member of Teaching Partnership Boards for Keele, Staffordshire and Birmingham Universities.
I have over 12 years’ experience at a strategic level and have been a qualified social worker for over 20 years. I have a first degree in Behavioural Sciences and a MA in Social Work.
I am absolutely committed to the value that education and schools have within society and want to see all children and young people reach their academic potential. I’m also mindful of the role schools have in partnership with parents and the community to ensure our young people are resilient, safeguarded and have timely support to meet emotional, psychological, mental and physical health needs.

Matthew Amison

Matthew Amison – Foundation Governor
B.Sc. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., M.Sc, F.R.G.S.

Governance Experience
Since late 2017, I have served as a Foundation Governor and I sit on the Standards and Provisions Committee. This is my first governing role.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
The day job is Head of Department at a 2-18 school and I have always worked in education. I have a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Management. I have over 25 years of teaching experience across four schools, both state and independent, and have held a variety of leadership roles over the years. For most of my career, I have had the privilege of working in church schools and I am principally motivated by a strong desire to make a positive difference in education.
I have extensive experience of appraising the performance of school staff. My Master’s degree included a financial management unit and I have years of experience of making the most effective use of a tight budget, prioritising resources that have a direct, positive impact on pupil progress. I believe in: academic rigour, supporting hard-working staff, providing a rich extra-curricular provision, educating children about the gospel values, and ensuring that pupils enjoy school, feeling recognised as individuals for who they are, and not just their academic performance.

Sai Chan

Sai Chan – Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
Foundation Governor at St John Fisher Catholic College – March 18 – Present
No previous experience, this is my first appointment in this role.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
The day job is an Accountant.
I have over 20 years’ experience in accountancy and I am a qualified ACCA accountant and currently work for a top 10 accountancy practice in Stoke-on-Trent. As a result of my qualification, I am required to maintain my knowledge of any changes to legislation and accounting and auditing standards by attending courses and reading updates and releases. My professional has provided me with exposure to a wide range of business sectors and structures. More recently, I have been involved in the audit a number of Academies in the Staffordshire area which has provided me with an oversight of how academies are run and funded.

Kay Evans

Kay Evans – Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
I am a Foundation Governor on the St John Fisher Local Governing Board. I am the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Humanities. I sit on the Standards and Provision and Admission committees.
Prior to this I was a Governor at St Thomas Aquinas. I have been a governor for at least 10 years.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
The day job is – Owner and Manager of Private Day Nursery.
My background is in Early Years, where I own and manage a Private Day Nursery.
I am the SENCO and safeguarding Lead.
Responsible for recruitment and professional development of staff.
I have 2 grown up children who have both attended St John Fisher.

Alison Graham

Alison Graham – Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
Parent Governor (St John Fisher Catholic College) – since 2010
Foundation Director (Christ the King MAC) – since 2014
Foundation Governor (St John Fisher Catholic College) – since 2014

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
I have over 30 years’ experience in Business Management roles (Children’s Social Care and Education) – my areas of expertise are Business Management, Administration, Premises, Health and Safety, HR and Finance. The day job is currently Office Manager at a local primary school.
I am proud to say that my 3 children have all attended (or attend) St John Fisher Catholic College and am privileged to be part of the team.

Theresa Madden

Theresa Madden – Principal Director and Accounting Officer

Governance Experience
Parent Governor at St Margaret Ward Catholic High School 2006-2008
Foundation Governor at St Margaret Ward Catholic High School 2008-2013
Local Academy Representative St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy 2013- 2020
Director of Newman MAC 2013 to 2018

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
The day job is – Headteacher of St John Fisher Catholic College and Accounting Officer  and Catholic Executive Leader for Christ the King MAC. I am also Chair the District Inclusion Panel for the N4 Newcastle and Kidsgrove District Secondary Schools.
I have over 35 years’ experience of teaching in Secondary Education, 32 years being in Catholic Education. My subject area is Science, primarily Physics. I have taught all abilities and ages from KS3 to KS5. I have extensive experience of middle and senior leadership in schools.
My qualifications are BSc(Hons) Physics and Chemistry, PGCE, MA in Education, NPQH, Postgraduate Diploma in Catholic Leadership. I am currently undertaking NPQEL and have recently completed the National School of Formation for Catholic Leadership.
In my local Parish, St Joseph’s in Goldenhill, I am a Minister of the Eucharist and organise Children’s Liturgy.

David O'Leary

David O’Leary – Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
I have one child in attendance at St John Fisher Catholic College. Four older siblings also attended; all were happy, enjoyed many of the opportunities offered, especially music, and were very successful.
I am both a Foundation Governor (since 2010) on the St John Fisher Local Governing Body and the Chair of the Board of Directors for Christ the King Catholic Collegiate.
I sit on the Board’s Audit Committee and the Standards and Provisions Committee.
I am the Link Governor to both the English Department and the Humanities Faculty.
I recently completed ‘Governance Leadership’ Training with the Confederation of School Trusts.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
I am retired, so inevitably, I am always busy!
My background is in education, teaching Mathematics ages 11 -18.
Former roles include Head of Sixth Form, SEND Coordinator, Data, Advanced Skills Teacher which involved supporting teaching and learning in other schools. I was also the Manager of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme at my former school.
I am a member of the Lay Community of St Benedict and of the CAFOD Group in the Parish of St Wulstan.
B.Ed(Hons), MA in Education.

Margaret Wood

Margaret Wood – Foundation Governor

Governance Experience
I have been a Foundation Governor at St John Fisher for the last 13 years.
For most of that time I have served as a member of the Finance Committee (now Finance and Resources) and I am currently a link governor for Mathematics and Performance.
I have also been involved in staff recruitment at all levels as a governor representative.

Knowledge and Skills/Areas of Expertise and day job
I have seen many changes to the school over the years including the launch of Trinity 6th Form (the amalgamation of three Catholic 6th Forms in the area) and more recently the conversion to Academy
I have lived and worked in the area all my life and my children both attended SJF and previously St Mary’s where they thoroughly enjoyed their time at both schools.
I attend Holy Trinity where I am an active member of the Children’s Liturgy team.
It is a privilege to be associated with St John Fisher.