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, Cornerstone Academy, The Keystone Academy and soon to open 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 Logan is Director of Education and Co-Founder of ReconnectEd Community Interest Company (The Reconnect Education Project). Belinda also combines this work with her Education Consultancy.

Belinda has successfully led Special Schools and Alternative Provision Schools and has valuable experience as an OFSTED inspector and  School Governor.

Belinda has also trained as a Coach through the University of Manchester and taught on the NPQML programme and has worked as an Achievement Coach for the charity Achievement for All. More recently she has worked as a Programme Director for a reducing exclusions project with Right to Succeed.  

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.  During his 15-year career, Rob had the opportunity of working in many areas of Britain and was based at the Macclesfield branch for over three years.  Robs main responsibilities were to try and keep customers and colleagues as happy as possible whilst managing the bottom line profit.

Rob’s spare time is mainly spent tinkering with his classic car and motorcycle collection as well as watching motor-sport. Having been a YES Trust trustee and governor of The Fermain Academy since 2019, Rob has recently taken on the role as Chair of the YES Trust and looks forward to using his skills and experience to help in adding value that will benefit the school and its pupils.

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 from September 2015 until April 2022 he was the Business Director of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, where he was responsible for all the business aspects of the school. Tim is also a Chair of Governors at Hurdsfield Primary School in Macclesfield.

In addition to being a Trustee of the YES Trust, Tim also chairs the Finance, HR and Premises Committee. Tim is married to Jan and they have two grown-up daughters, one of which is teaching English in China. Living in Wincle near Macclesfield, Tim and Jan have two grandchildren as well as a lazy golden retriever, a very noisy Shichonpoo, some alpacas who cut the grass and a wind turbine.

Throughout my teaching career I have worked in both large comprehensive 11-16 high schools and smaller generic learning disability schools 11-19.  I have over 21 years’ experience in education and have been in my current headship since September 2017.  I also enjoy education research and have gaining a master’s in educational leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

I believe that children who have suffered adverse childhood experiences need the highest levels of support and care to help them achieve as active members of their community.   Therefore, I thoroughly support the YES trust vision for alternative provision.

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 over 50 years. He started his own software company in the 70’s, selling it in the early 90’s, and started a new career in the 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. He has a deep understanding of change, and of running a business and all that that entails.

Chris is still actively working but has created time over the last 10 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.

In 2022, Chris created an initiative targeted at Inspiring & Engaging Future Sales Talent in secondary schools across the UK.

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

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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 appointed as 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 Trust does today. Chris is now the Trust’s Director of Business, and has overseen the opening of two new Free Schools, and a small Independent School in that time, with a 3rd new Free School also in the pre-opening phase.

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 Trust, as well as setting up the Fermain Academy from scratch and bringing new Academies in to an existing MAT set up.

Committed to ensuring that the Trust’s Academies have the best possible staffing, resources and environment in which to inspire our learners, Chris oversees finance, H&S, HR/recruitment and operational leadership across the Trust, and works closely with Senior Leaders, Office Managers and Site Managers to help drive standards in our schools.

Chris completed the CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership in 2020, 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
Emma Sandbach – Head of School
Deb Gibson – Co-Opted Governor
David Heffernan – Co-Opted Governor
Lianne Hughes – Co-Opted Governor
Helena Smith – Co-Opted Governor
Staff Governor – TBC

The Axis Academy Local Support Board

Julia Murray – Chair of LSB (Co-Opted Governor)
Paul Eager – Headteacher
Maddy Shaw – Parent Governor
Jenny Williams – Parent Governor
Helen Parsonage – Staff Governor
Leigh Williamson – Co-Opted Governor
Martin Hewitt – Co-Opted Governor

Cornerstone Academy Local Support Board

Darren Gallimore – Chair of LSB
Damien Sweeney – Headteacher
Juliet Jones – Co-Opted Governor
Kathryn Ollier – Co-Opted Governor
Amanda Whitehead – Staff Governor
Stefanie Williams – Co-Opted Governor

The Keystone Academy Local Support Board

Belinda Logan – Acting Chair of LSB
Ali Bellaby – Headteacher
Boyd Robinson – Parent Governor
Tricia Slater – Parent Governor
Steven Gray – 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 2021-2022 can be found here

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.

 

YES Trust Executive Pay Summary 2021-2022

 

Business Interests

The Trust keeps a record of all declared business interests. The up to date Annual Register of Interests 2022 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 – Summer 2022
2021/2022 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Spring 2022
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.

 

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

Please find the documents attached below which detail the Youth Engagement Schools Trust’s Publication Scheme. This covers the Trust as a whole, and all schools under its umbrella.

ICO Model Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information – Publication Guidance

Links to information contained in the above documents and relating to any of our schools, can be found on their individual school websites (under ‘Our Academies’ on this website), or by contacting admin@theyestrust.org.