The Trust has a highly-experienced and supportive Board of Trustees and Directors who have a wealth of expertise in industry and education. Their role is to ensure that The Dunham Trust will be the best it can be, for the schools and young people within its care.

Trustees ensure that The Trust is committed to:

– High quality school improvement activity
– Cross-trust networking opportunities
– Research and development

The Board meet in full six times per academic year and receive termly updates from individual Heads of School as well as sub-committee meetings for each school in The Dunham Trust.

We’re always interested in hearing from people who want to be a governor at one of our schools.  Being a governor is a rewarding role where you are able to improve the education and experiences of young people.  

You can find out more about the role of a governor by downloading our governor information sheet.

Members

  • Members are akin to the shareholders of a company
  • Have ultimate responsibility over the academy trust, the ability to appoint trustees and the power to amend the trust’s articles of association

Trustees

  • Trustees responsible for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school:
    1. setting the strategic direction
    2. holding senior leaders to account
    3. ensuring financial probity
  • As charity trustees – must ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.
  • Academy trusts are charitable companies, where the trustees are company directors and must, therefore, comply with company law requirements.
    • regularly attending meetings
    • managing conflicts of interest
    • seeking advice from academy’s leadership team
    • ensuring that the academy has appropriate procedures in place for reporting financial information

Paul Reilly
Chair of Trustees & Member

Appointed 26.06.12

I have been associated with Elmridge Primary School since 1975 when I moved here from Sheffield. Since then, all four of my children and three of my grandchildren, one currently, have been educated here.

I joined the PTA in 1980 and was its Chairman. In 1995 I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body and have continued since then. Alongside Elmridge's growth as a Teaching School and an academy sponsor, my role then grew to becoming Chair of The Dunham Trust in 2013.

In my professional life, I was a Senior Personnel Manager at British Nuclear Fuel Risley site and, after taking early retirement, I became a business start-up manager for The Prince's Trust.  In this role I helped young, disadvantaged people move into self employment an area in which The Trust had much success. I am still a trustee of the Nuclear Industry's Benevolent Fund and Chairman of its Cases Committee which helps past and current employees when they experience difficult financial situations.

Nick Payne
Member, Vice Chair of Trustees & Chair of Audit Committee

Appointed 26.06.12

I am a Chartered Surveyor and graduated in 1987 from Sheffield and trained with leading leisure surveyors Christie and Co.  I spent the first 10 years of my career valuing and selling leisure based properties including hotels, golf courses, bars, pubs and restaurants.

After a period in London I followed my entrepreneurial instincts and set up a development company in Manchester with my first project being Deansgate Locks, the conversion of listed railway arches into a
parade of successful bars and restaurants.
After selling my interest in this fledging development business I co-founded Nikal in 2003.  I am the CEO of the Nikal Group which has far reaching property developments and investments throughout the UK. Most recently the group has focused on residential development, particularly in town and city centres, involving high rise buildings. The group has just started building its latest project in Birmingham, an urban village of 603 apartments.

I have three children and, along with my daughters, was a pupil of Elmridge.  I was brought up in Hale and Hale Barns but now live in the Ribble Valley.  I am a keen philanthropist supporting charities such as the NSPCC and work closely with Manchester
Cathedral.  As an avid sports fan, I used to play football, squash and hockey but these days I am found either on my road bike in the Ribble Valley hills or on my yoga mat at Bikram yoga.  I travel extensively on business and pleasure and regularly travels to America, the Far East and Australia.

Shaun Tarbuck
Member & Trustee

Appointed 30.03.15 (Trustee)
Appointed 4.04.19 (Member)

Co-opted

I am a chartered accountant, married to Francesca with four adult children, all of whom attended Elmridge Primary School.  I enjoy most sports but particularly rugby union – a sport I have played, coached and refereed.  I currently actively enjoys golf and cycling.

I joined the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) in 1995 as Vice-President, Membership and Finance and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005.  I have overseen the growth of the organisation from 70 members in 1995 to 290 members in 75 countries today.  At the same time ICMIF has gone from relative obscurity as a global organisation to being one of the most respected organisations globally that participates in global discussions and policy-making.  ICMIF has regional offices in Brussels, Washington and Tokyo and I sit on the ICMIF Board and the regional boards as well as being the Vice-Chair of the newly formed ICMIF Foundation. 

I have established working relationships with key global policymakers in areas as diverse as climate change; disaster risk resilience; poverty alleviation; economic growth; and regulation/legislation.  This includes regular contact with the G20 and B20; the United Nations, including speaking at the UN General Assembly; the UNISDR where I spoke at the Sendai (2015) and the Cancun (2017) Conferences on integrating risk into the financial system; the UNDP; the IMF; the World Bank; the OECD; and the more insurance specific arenas of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS).

I am an ex-officio member of the newly formed Insurance Development Forum (IDF) Steering Group which brings together insurance industry leaders with global policymakers from the UN, World Bank and FSB to ensure insurance related issues are discussed at the highest level.  I am also Co-Chair of the IDF Microinsurance task force. The IDF mission is ‘Understanding risk to create resilient platforms for sustainable growth and human dignity’.

I regularly speak at conferences and to mutual boards on mutuality, regulation, governance, marketing, branding and other strategic issues affecting the mutual and cooperative insurance sector and the wider insurance sector.  I write leadership articles and blogs and am regularly interviewed by the global insurance media in both written and video format.  I have also contributed to several research projects on the sector.

I am a board member of the Climate Bonds Initiative that promotes Green Bonds and is a board member of Regis Mutual Management that sets up and runs new mutual insurers.  

David Vanstone
Trustee

Appointed 4.11.2013
Co-opted

I became Chair of Governors of Acre Hall School in September 2013 after 17 years as Headteacher of a Trafford-based secondary school. A career spanning 35 years in teaching both in the north west and across the country has given me considerable experience in school improvement, standards and budgets. 

As a Society of Heads mentor I regularly guide newly appointed headteachers through their first year in post. Previous tenure as national Director and Chair of two different independent school organisations gave me an understanding of educational development at national level and a current role as Member Director of ISI keeps me in the forefront of developments in inspection.

My role as lay member on Trafford Safeguarding Children Board equips me as Designated Lead Director for Safeguarding within the Trust.

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Peta Cherry
Trustee

Appointed 11.02.15
Co-opted

Coming soon

Phil Welch
Trustee

Appointed 11.10.18
Co-opted

Register of Business Interests

Attendance at meetings 2018/19

Summer

  16.5.19
(Audit Committee)
18.07.19
(AGM)
Paul Reilly    
Nick Payne    
Iain Mackenzie    
Peta Cherry    
David Vanstone    
Shaun Tarbuck    
Phil Welch    
Also in attendance  

Spring

  7.02.19 7.02.19
(Audit Committee)
21.03.19/
4.04.19
Paul Reilly Present Present Present
Nick Payne Present Present Present
Iain Mackenzie Absent Absent Absent
Jo Appleyard Absent Absent Absent
Peta Cherry Present N/A Present
Andrew Turner Absent Absent Absent
David Vanstone Absent Absent Present
Shaun Tarbuck Absent Absent Absent
Phil Welch Present Present Present
Also in attendance Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Nicola Toop
Jayne Carmichael
Nicola Toop
Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Nicola Toop

Autumn

  11.10.18 22.10.18
(Audit Committee)
31.10.18 26.11.18 29.11.18 10.12.18
Paul Reilly Present N/A Present Present Present Present
Nick Payne Present Present Present Absent Absent Absent
Iain Mackenzie Present Present Present Present Absent Present
Jo Appleyard Absent N/A Absent Absent Absent Absent
Peta Cherry Present N/A Present Present Present Absent
Andrew Turner Absent N/A Present Absent Absent Absent
David Vanstone Absent N/A Absent Present Absent Present
Shaun Tarbuck Absent N/A Absent Present Present Absent
Phil Welch Present Present Present Present Present Present
Also in attendance Libby Basnett
Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Mark Creighton
Nicola Toop
  Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Mark Creighton
Nicola Toop
Nicola Toop (in part)  Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Mark Creighton
Nicola Toop
Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Nicola Toop

Attendance at meetings 2017/18

19th Oct 17 14th Dec 17 8th Feb 18 22nd Mar 18 24th
May 18
19th
Jul 18
Paul Reilly Present Present Present Present Present Present
Nick Payne Absent Absent Absent Present Absent Absent
Iain Mackenzie Present Present Absent Present Present Absent
Jo Appleyard Present Present Present Present Present Present
Peta Cherry Present Present Absent Present Present Absent
Andrew Turner Present Present Present Present Present Present
David Vanstone Absent Present Absent Absent Present Absent
Shaun Tarbuck Absent Absent Present Present Absent Absent
Denis Mallalieu Present Absent Absent Absent Present Resigned

Declaration of Interests

 

NameRole
Name of Business/ Associated Interest

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date Interest Commenced

Paul Reilly
Chair of Trustees / MemberN/A
N/A
Jo AppleyardCEO / TrusteeBright Future Educational TrustEducationTrustee02/07/17
Nick PayneMember
N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A
Iain Mackenzie
Member

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A
Shaun  TarbuckTrustee
N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A
Peta Cherry
Trustee

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A
David Vanstone
Trustee
Wilmslow Preparatory School
The Lauriston Trust
Trafford SCB
Independant Schools Inspectorate

Education
Director
Director
Lay Member
Member Director

10 Sep 13
10 Sep 13
10 Sep 15
10 Sep 16

Phil Welch

Trustee
Website provider to schools
Wife is employee of Lime Tree
Service provided
Related party

 30 Sep 14
Andrew Turner
Trustee
N/A
N/A

N/A

N/A