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Governance

Our governors are responsible for the management of the academy. They must ensure that resources and finances are used with maximum efficiency and strong value for money.

 

 

What are Governors?

The academy is a member of a trust which delegates certain decision-making powers to our Academy Governing Council.

Co-op Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust which runs a number of academies. Please visit the Trust website to find out about the Trust Board and also to view the Trust’s Annual Report, Policies and Financial Statements.

The Trust operate within an established Scheme of Deligation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and those delegated to governors and Headteacher:

  • Decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.
  • The governors at each academy are responsible for ensuring a high-quality student experience that meets the needs of the local community. This will include remaining informed about what children are learning and the progress they are making, making sure children are safe, ensuring resources are used effectively and engaging the stakeholders.

How our Academy Governing Council is organised

The Academy Governing Council consists of 8 to 12 governors, of which between 2 to 5 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the local governing body includes 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors and the Headteacher. The Academy Governing Council can then appoint a number of community governors to be representative of the local community, provide insight into local partnership links, or bring a particular skillset.

Caroline Sellers

Hi!
My name is Caroline Sellers and I am a Sponsor Governor, appointed by the Co-op as Chair of your Governing Council in March 2021.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and have over 30 years governance experience; my entire career working for the Co-op. I was also a Member of the Co-op Academies Trust since its incorporation until 2022, when I stepped down.
I am honoured to be Chair of Friarswood Academy and during my four years as Chair have been delighted to see it flourish, particularly through the difficult times during Covid. I was also delighted to see the school be rated as ‘Good’ from the Ofsted inspection in May 2023 – this was no mean feat and was all down to the commitment and hard work of Mrs Wilmer and all the Academy staff, who live the Co-op Values and work together to be the best every day!
Please feel free to contact me with any comments/observations you have on the school.


Adrian Colerick


I am a parent governor at Friarswood as I am the dad of an amazing young boy who has been attending the school since nursery. I have an extensive background in Childrens Social Care as I have run my own care company and school since 2010. I have a working knowledge of HR, health and safety and finance issues which I hope will help in my role supporting the school as the Link Governor for Health and Safety and Risk


Craig Livesy


As the Head of Internal Audit at Co-op, Craig leads independent assurance across the business, having joined the Internal Audit team in 2016. Craig is a Chartered Accountant and started his career in external audit. Prior to joining Co-op, Craig spent most of his career at PwC in Business Recovery; as a Director and Insolvency Practitioner, he undertook strategic business reviews, restructurings and insolvencies. Craig lives in Cheshire. He is married and has two children who are now a few years past primary school age but still keep him busy!


Fiona Williams

My name is Fiona Williams. I am married with three children and have lived in Newcastle under Lyme since 1978. I was born and brought up in Ireland (both North & South of the border). I obtained a B.A. Hons in Geography at Aberystwyth University in Wales and obtained a College Certificate in Biblical Studies alongside my PGCE, which covered both primary and secondary education.

My first job was working on a research project at Keele University to produce educational materials on historical buildings located mainly in Shropshire.Then I got a job teaching Geography to 11-18 year old pupils at the Orme Girls School (now Newcastle under Lyme School) in Newcastle under Lyme and retired from there in December 2015, after just over 36 years of teaching. I also taught Religious Studies and had various roles of responsibility including Head of Year to pupils in both years 8 and 9, mentoring experience, as well as experience in conducting careers interviews with year 10/11 students. Also, for many years I coordinated the senior school’s annual prize giving.  I thoroughly enjoyed my years of teaching, especially sharing my passion for geography and being involved with young people. 

I am very pleased to be the Link Governor for Safeguarding at the Co-op Academy, Friarswood. It is a privilege to be involved with this school which aims to develop well rounded, caring, confident and resilient children. I enjoy being involved in the local community and especially to be able to invest in the learning and development of children and young people.

 

Contacting governors

Governors can be contacted by writing to the regional governance manager. Contact details below.

Katie Whitmore (smgovernance@coopacademies.co.uk)
Co-op Academy Friarswood
Abbots Way
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 2ES


Our Academy Governing Council

Caroline Sellers (Chair)

Full Name

Caroline Sellers     

Date of appointment

01/03/2021

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

Pay Committee

Declarations of Interest

  1. Entity

Co-operative Group Ltd

Nature

Employee

Additional Information 

I am the Assistant Secretary of the Co-operative Group Limited which is the sponsor of the Co-op Academies Trust.

Date/s

11 March 1988-present.

  1. Entity

Co-op Academies Trust

Nature

Member

Additional Information 

I am a member of the Co-op Academies Trust but will be looking to step down once an appropriate replacement has been identified.

Date/s

19 August 2011-present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

Pay Committee: 1/1

   

Lindsey Wilmer

Full Name

Lindsey Wilmer   

Date of appointment

n/a

Term of office

n/a

Category of Governor

Ex-officio

Appointed by

By virtue of appointment as Headteacher

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

  1. Entity

Related to the owner of ‘Tableau’

Nature

Printing company

Additional Info

This is my brother's company. He prints the certificates and bump notes for the school. He's able to adjust and tweak to the needs of the school when we ask for them.

Dates

1 Mar 2012- present

 
  1. Entity

Windmill

Nature

Trustee

Additional Info

I am a trustee for this charity, which is just setting up. The hearing for the charity is in December 2019. It is for acute bereavement care for children.

Dates

1 May 2019- present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

   
Jodie Whittle

 

Adrian Colerick

Full Name

Adrian Colerick

Date of appointment

20/10/2020

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Parent

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Entity

Prestige Adolescent Care & Education Ltd

Nature

Proprietor

Additional Info

I part own a private residential care company for looked after children. I have 4 care homes and 1 approved special school based in North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and North Shropshire.

Dates

20 October 2020 - present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

4/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

   

Craig Livesey

Full Name

Craig Livesey 

Date of appointment

09/09/2021

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

Pay Committee

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

Pay Committee: 1/1

Paul Tierney

Full Name

Paul Tierney

Date of appointment

27/10/2021

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Parent

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Awaiting information

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

3/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

   

Fiona Williams

Full Name

Fiona Williams

Date of appointment

08/12/2021

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Rebecca Bagguley

Full Name

Rebecca Bagguley

Date of appointment

16/11/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Entity

Pearson

Nature

Employee

Additional information

I work for a national exam board that Co-op Academy schools may offer and have access to secure materials and data as part of my role. We are encouraged to be school governors as staff members and my role as a school governor has been declared too

Date/s

3rd Apr 2017 to present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

4/5

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Sarah Eglin

Full Name

Sarah Eglin

Date of appointment

30/01/2023 (second term)

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

Pay Committee

Declarations of Interest

Awaiting information

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

5/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

Pay Committee: 1/1

Anup Kumar Saha

Full Name

Anup Kumar Saha

Date of appointment

04/07/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

1/1

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Past Governors

Joanna Finn

Full Name

Joanna Finn

Date Appointment

30/09/2020

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the governing body

Declarations of Interest

Nothing to declare

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings

2021/2022 (2/2)

Date of Resignation

13/01/2022

Jodie Whittle

Full Name

Jodie Whittle

Date of appointment

22/09/2023

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

1/1

Date of Resignation

10/11/2023

Mark Holland

Full Name

Mark Holland

Date of appointment

01/12/2018

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings

2/2

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Date of resignation

30/11/2022

Dave Smith

Full Name

Dave Smith

Date of appointment

03/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings

1/3

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Date of resignation

15/03/2023