Governance and Documentation

Youth Engagement Schools Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and has a three tier management system.

The Members of the Trust are similar to the ‘shareholders’ in a company and are responsible for strategic oversight, whilst the Trustees are appointed to challenge and scrutinise the strategic direction and day -to-day running of the company.

Each Trustee fulfils three particular roles:

Director – because the Trust is a company;
Trustee – because the Trust is a charity; and
Governor – because the Trust is responsible for running the schools.

Members

Chris Hindley  |  Martin Howlett  |  Jim Bisset  |  Amanda Kiddle  |  Martin Pearson

Following the passing of a Special Resolution by the Members on 11th May 2022, the Trust has adopted new Trust’s Articles of Association outlining the requirements of how the Trust is operated and governed.

YES Trust Directors and Trustees

Select the Director/Trustee to read their bio

Nic created the now Multi Academy Trust (MAT) – The YES Trust, consisting of The Fermain Academy, The Axis Academy, The Cornerstone Academy and soon to open The Keystone Academy and The Raise Academy.

Nic was the first employee at The Fermain Academy and took the school from design, to oversubscribed provision every year since opening, from ‘universal’ grade in year 1 as designated by the Local Authority to Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the entire school in its third year of delivery. The Fermain Academy is widely considered the benchmark for quality AP nationally. Nic has led on the implementation of The Fermain Academy and subsequent MAT; including the setup of all policy and procedures to run the schools, conducted all key school recruitment and curriculum design. Nic is now continuing to work closely with the DFE and EFSA as he embarks on raising the profile and quality of education for vulnerable learners.

Nic has a background of working with SEN and vulnerable students throughout his career overseeing many different aspects of the schools such as; covering the school development plan, SEF, curriculum, Behaviour & Welfare, Attainment planning, whole school data and completing compressive work to convert SATs into MATs. Nic also wrote the application and bid that won one of his schools the SEN school of the year 2013/14 and taking another to the final selection in 2018/19 as well as implementing whole school accountability and improvement documents, of which multiple items have been used by Ofsted inspectors as ‘outstanding practice’ for other schools.

Nic has a passion for developing all, continuing to lecture at four universities and multiple teaching school alliances to deliver CPD on Leadership at Senior and Middle levels, SEN in the classroom and early intervention and multiple elements on managing behaviour. Nic has completed his National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) and is currently completing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Strategic Leadership for Education with Bolton University.

Belinda currently works as an Education Consultant and a Director of Education for a small start-up Community Interest Company.  Both of her roles are firmly rooted in the Alternative and SEMH sector.

Belinda’s teacher training focused on the main subject SEN (BEd Primary) giving her expertise in a range of SEN and strategies to support the different needs. Belinda’s first management post was SEN co-ordinator. This gave her a greater insight to not only working with pupils with SEN but also parents/carers and the processes around assessment, diagnosis, and the legal framework; additionally, she worked for the Local Authorities (LA) as an SEN Officer.

Belinda’s first leadership post was as Deputy Head in an all through MLD/ASD school. This involved teaching and leading across a range of staff and pupils with SEMH and Autism.

Belinda’s first Headship was in an all through MLD/ASD school. This involved teaching and leading across a range of staff and pupils with SEMH and Autism, successfully leading the school through significant changes from an all through MLD school to a primary MLD school with a specialist ASD unit. Oct 2007 Ofsted Good.

Belinda has also trained as an Ofsted Inspector this further developed her expertise through being part of the inspection teams for several special schools. Belinda has also successfully taken a school out of Special Measures in just under a year. As an Executive Head Belinda has been at the heart of the Free School programme, leading an AP in Blackburn (First Ofsted Report Good 2014) and leading on the latter stages of the pre-opening aspects of an SEMH Special School, including the pre-opening Ofsted and ROM. In both schools she was able to apply an extensive SEN knowledge to support a diverse range of pupils from primary to secondary.

Rob lives in Middlewich, Cheshire, with his partner Kathryn and daughter Sophie.  Rob has worked in food retailing for 32 years, many of these have been spent being a store manager for Tesco Stores Limited.  He has had the opportunity of working in many areas of Britain over the last 15 years and has been at the Macclesfield branch for over three years now.  Robs main responsibilities are to try and keep customers and colleagues as happy as possible whilst managing the bottom line profit.

Rob’s spare time is mainly spent to tinkering with his classic car and motorcycle collection and watching motorsport.  Rob was extremely pleased and flattered to be asked to be a governor of The Fermain Academy.  As Rob works in Macclesfield he wants to be a regular visitor to he academy and looks forward to using his skills to help in adding value that will benefit the academy.

Tim Haselwood is a Chartered Accountant who spent most of his professional career with Deloitte LLP specialising in external and internal audit, IT consultancy, Management Accounting and Financial controls. He then spent two years as Business Manager of Hollinhey Primary School in Sutton near Macclesfield and since September 2015 he has been the Business Director of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, where he is responsible for all the business aspects of the school. Tim is also a Chair of Governors at Hurdsfield Primary School in Macclesfield.

At The Yes Trust, Tim is a Trustee and he chairs the Resources and Audit Committee. He is married to Jan and they have two grown-up daughters, one who is teaching English in China and they also have two grandchildren. Jan and Tim live in Wincle near Macclesfield with a lazy golden retriever, some alpacas who cut the grass and a wind turbine.

Ian has 18 years’ experience in education and is currently the Headteacher of a GLD Secondary Special School (Generic Learning Disabilities). Ian completed training at Edge Hill in Lancashire with a specialism in Sports Science.

After achieving P.G.C.E, Ian has gained further qualification at Masters level in educational leadership and also achieved NPQH. Ian has previous senior leadership experience in both challenging mainstream and special secondary schools (SMEH) of which he has raised standards, helping move out of Special Measure categories into ‘Good’ grading.

Ian also has further expertise in safeguarding and positive handling leading implementation and review in multiple schools across the northwest.

Lisa, is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner with over 15 years’ experience working with children and young people and education professionals. She has spent over 10 years working in the education sector and the last 5 years helping teachers and school leaders to improve their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. Her experience of how barriers to learning impact the ‘whole child’ fuels her passion and determination to promote and enable environments where learning, wellbeing and relationships are accessible to all.

During Lisa’s time working with Visyon (a Children and Young Persons Mental Health Charity), she developed and delivered a range of wellbeing programmes, combining theory into evidence-based practice. Lisa is also trained to teach education staff to implement wellbeing programmes such as Friends Resilience, Incredible Years Classroom Management, Emotion Coaching U.K. and to deliver Paws.b (a leading mindfulness curriculum).

At present Lisa is coordinating the Wellbeing for Education Recovery Initiative across Cheshire East, working to a greater depth with individual settings to support them in embedding trauma recovery principles into their whole school approach.

Chris has worked in the technology sector for nearly 50 years. He started his own software company in the 70’s, selling it in the early 90’s, starting a new career in a global IT company, ICL.

Chris established a new business in 1999, working with organisations that wanted to win major bids, and in 2008 this morphed into Get to Great, his current business.

Chris is still actively working, but has created time over the last five years to undertake workshops with 6th Form Colleges, focusing on life skills. Since moving back to Cheshire two years ago, Chris has become involved with The Warrington & Cheshire Pledge, working with them as part of the government’s NCS scheme this summer.

Chris is passionate about education and helping young people realise their true potential. He has a deep understanding of change, and of running a business and all that that entails.

Wendy Bower-Choyce is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development who has spent much of her career supporting businesses with their people management and development challenges across a wide range of sectors.

She is a commercially focused business consultant with over 35 years of Human Resource Management, Training & Development experience with key areas of focus including Business Strategy & Growth, New Start-up businesses and Organisational Change.

Wendy spent her early career in Further Education at South Cheshire College during which time her roles included both “front line” (lecturer) as well as “people / pupil management roles.

More latterly she has set up and run a HR Consultancy Business (Choyce People) from offices based in Holmes Chapel until selling it to one of her clients in 2015.

Since then Wendy has continued to provide consultancy support to a number of businesses’  as well as most recently she has found time to become a Trustee for The Yes Trust and hopes to be able to provide support to both the existing and new schools within the Trust.

Trust Executive Team

Select the team member to read their bio

Nic was the founding Principal of The Fermain Academy, from design, to oversubscribed provision every year since opening, to ‘universal’ grade for the provision from the Local Authority, and culminating with an Outstanding Ofsted in 2018. Nic is now continuing to work closely with the DFE and EFSA as he embarks on a similar journey as the CEO of the YES Trust, opening The Axis Academy in September 2020 – a brand new SEN provision in Crewe for young people with a diagnosis for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Nic has a background of working with SEN and vulnerable students throughout his career overseeing many different aspects of the schools such as; covering the school development plan, SEF, curriculum, Behaviour & Welfare, Attainment planning, whole school data and completing the paperwork to expand to a MAT. Nic also wrote the application and bid that won one of his schools the SEN school of the year 2013/14, and more recently, The Fermain Academy’s shortlisting for Alternative Provision School of the Year.

Nic has a passion for developing all, continuing to lecture at three universities and multiple teaching school alliances to deliver CPD on Leadership at Senior and Middle levels, SEN in the classroom and early intervention and multiple elements on managing behaviour. Currently Nic has recently completed his National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) and is currently embarking on a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Strategic Leadership for Education settings.

Chris was the founding Business Manager of The Fermain Academy in 2015, the founding Academy of the YES Trust, and played a lead role in establishing the systems and processes which underpin the great work the Academy does with its students.

Chris has a background working for the Local Authority within the Business Support and Schools Capital Strategy teams, and as a Business Manager / CFO in three Special and AP Trusts. He has experience in leading the conversion to Multi Academy Trust from maintained school at a previous setting, as well as setting up The Fermain Academy and The Axis Academy and bringing new Academies in to an existing MAT set up.

Committed to ensuring that the Trust’s Academies have the best possible staff, resources and environment in which to teach, Chris oversees finance, premises, HR/recruitment and operational leadership across the Trust.

Chris has recently achieved the CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership, and carries out the role of Chief Finance Officer for the Trust.

In post since September 2020 Helen is working as part of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure that the quality of curriculum and education across the Trust is maintained to an outstanding level and one which prepares young people to become fully functioning members of a global society.  Helen brings to the post a wealth of experience through coaching leaders, training teachers and promoting outstanding teaching and learning across Primary and Secondary settings, having led in both mainstream and alternative provision.  

Helen designed and delivered an innovative Home Office funded project, aimed at re-engaging and improving the life chances of some of our most vulnerable pupils, which was praised as being the only one nationally to achieve its aims. She has taken on failing schools which have then been judged to be Good by Ofsted. 

Helen puts pupils at the heart of all she does and brings not only enthusiasm and passion to everything she does, but an intelligence and depth of understanding of pedagogy which informs her training of teachers and leaders; she is herself an outstanding practitioner and uses her degree in French and Russian Studies to continue to inspire and motivate language learning and literacy in children and adults alike. Her passion for language teaching and literacy has led her to write and develop an exciting inter-generational language scheme which is now in the implementation stage; she hopes to map the impact of this as part of her EdD studies.

The Fermain Academy Local Support Board

Robert Halsall – Chair of LSB
Tony Armstrong – Headteacher
Deb Gibson
David Heffernan
Lianne Hughes
Helena Smith
Debbie Baldwin – Staff Governor

The Axis Academy Local Support Board

Paul Eager – Headteacher
Maddy Shaw – Parent Governor
Jenny Williams – Parent Governor
Julia Murray
Helen Parsonage – Staff Governor

The Cornerstone Academy Local Support Board

Darren Gallimore – Chair of LSB
Damien Sweeney – Headteacher
Jo Bain – Vice-Chair
Juliet Jones
Kathryn Ollier
Amanda Whitehead – Staff Governor

Financial Statements

Finance

The Youth Engagement Schools Trust’s (formally East Cheshire Youth Achievement Free School Trust Ltd) audited financial statements are published on this website before 31st January each year, for the previous year ending 31st August.

Financial Statements for 2020-2021 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2019-2020 can be found here

Financial Statements for 2018-2019 can be found here.

Financial Statements for 2017-2018 can be found here.

Financial Statements for 2016-2017 can be found here.

Financial Statements for 2015-2016 can be found here.

Financial Statements for 2014-2015 can be found here.

 

Business Interests

The Trust keeps a record of all declared business interests. The up to date Annual Register of Interests 2021 can be viewed here

Trust Board Meeting Minutes

The following minutes are from Autumn 2019 when the YES Trust became a Multi Academy Trust. Previous minutes from the Single Academy Trust / The Fermain Academy can be found on their website.

2021/2022 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Autumn 2021
2020/2021 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Summer 2021
2020/2021 – Full Board  Part 1 Minutes – Spring 2021
2020/2021 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Autumn 2020
2019/2020 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Summer 2020
2019/2020 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Spring 2020
2019/2020 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Autumn 2019

Minutes of the Trust’s Committees are available on request.