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.


Chris Hindley  |  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.

The Academy Trust acts in accordance with the conditions set out in the Funding Agreement which provides the framework for our academies to operate in and can be found here Master Funding Agreement and Deed of Variation.

Trustee Appointments

The YES Trust is looking to expand our Board of Trustees, if you are interested in joining our Board please get in touch through Tel: 01260 490042 /Email: Alternatively, please apply directly by completing the Trustee application form which can be found here: YES Trust Trustee Application Form

YES Trust Directors and Trustees

Select the Director/Trustee to read their bio

Nic created The Youth Engagement School Trust and led the development of all four free new schools from design to oversubscribed provisions every year since opening. Our formal Ofsted inspection graded us as ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ across the board, The Fermain Academy is recognised as a beacon school for AP, being shortlisted for alternative provider of the year 2019 and 2020 and published in the parliamentary review for best practice.

Nic is currently managing the trust growth from 5 to 12 schools in the next 24 months. Nic leads the implementation of the trust strategy and wider whole trust development, including; the setup of all policies and procedures to run a school, financial viability and processes, school recruitment and curriculum design.

In addition, Nic sits on The Northwest Advisory Board and provides advisory work to the DfE and Ofsted, as well as school improvement work across the Northwest for academy trusts and LA’s.

Nic has a background of working with SEN and vulnerable students throughout his career, overseeing many different aspects of the schools, such as; development and growth planning curriculum, behaviour & welfare, attainment planning, whole school data and completing compressive work to convert SATs into MATs.

Nic also lectures at three universities, and is part of multiple teaching school hubs 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 been fortunate to speak internationally on education leadership and whole-school design for equity. Nic has completed the NPQH, NPQEL, and MSc and is currently finishing his PhD. Nic is also used for emergency school support as a national leader by the DfE.

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.

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.  

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 7 years as Business Director of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, where he was responsible for all the business aspects of the school.  He retired in April 2022.

In addition to being a Trustee of the YES Trust, Tim also chairs the Finance, HR and Premises Committee and The Fermain Academy Local Support Board.  Tim is also the Chair of Governors at Hurdsfield Primary School in Macclesfield.

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 and they live with a neurotic Shichonpoo, an alpaca who cuts the grass and a wind turbine.

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.

Helen Davies is an award-winning specialist recruiter in the Education sector covering SEND. Helen has over 10 years’ experience of working in the sector, and in her current role as Head of SEND she is leading and developing a team and supporting senior leaders.  As part of the senior leadership team Helen overseas multiple branches and develops strategy across the education recruitment business.

Helen has a wealth of experience in compliance and staff development. In addition, Helen is an in-house Team Teach instructor and delivers training for Teachers and Teaching Assistants who work in a variety of school settings.

Helen’s childhood dream was to become a PE Teacher and she is now incredibly passionate about the SEND sector and in supporting young people and changing their lives by recruiting great staff for schools and the business. She intends to provide her expertise and knowledge in order to support the work of The Yes Trust.

Outside of work Helen is passionate about interior design and enjoys spending any spare time with her young family.


I am currently Principal/CEO of the Royal School, Wolverhampton Academy Trust an all-through co-ed (4-19) day and state boarding school of 1500 pupils on the edge of the city centre of Wolverhampton.  I joined the school in 2011when it was a small (350 pupils) independent school and led it through the conversion to a free school, academy in 2016.  It has become highly oversubscribed and achieved awards in boarding for research based practice and particularly ‘Working with Vulnerable children’ for which the school has developed experience working alongside Wolverhampton LA with UASC and LAC children.  Keen to broaden further my experience I joined the management board of a maintained PRU in the city and worked to support the wider personal development and successes of pupils with a range of challenges in their lives.

After 41 years working and leading state and independent schools in North Wales, north London, Cumbria, Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear and currently Wolverhampton the majority of time has been spent in all-through schools from nursery to sixth form provision, day and boarding where a strong focus on personal development and ‘character’ underpinned by an exhaustive range of co-curricular activities of music, performing arts, outdoor education and sport.

As I retire this summer from my Principal/CEO role, I am taking up the Strategic Lead for Education for the Families first for Children Pathfinder (FFCP) in Wolverhampton LA to test and trial changes to the working practices between health, social care, police and education as response to the findings of the 2022 Independent Review into Children’s Social Care in which the Royal School features.

I have a passion for the ‘outdoors’ and have led expeditions with pupils to South America, Borneo, Iceland and the Himalaya where I have had the privilege to see the talents of young people emerge in challenging environments.  I believe that where we create the opportunity for young people to take risks and grow, they will reward us with initiative, creativity and their character.

In joining the YES Trust, I look forward to contributing where I can to support the excellent work of the Trust in broadening the opportunities for success in every young person who is part of the Trust and work alongside the staff who are committed to this wonderful opportunity.

Governance Team

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Having joined the Trust in 2021, Ilona has incorporated the role of Governance Officer along with her duties as Trust Office Manager. Having worked in education administration for the past 10 years, Ilona brings a wealth of experience from mainstream primary and secondary education settings.

As the governance lead for the Trust’s Board of Trustees and academies local support boards, Ilona also works closely with our Trust and academy clerks to coordinate and ensure that governance and compliance standards are upheld across the whole Trust. Being a member of Trust Governance Professionals, Ilona undertakes continuous professional development to advance her MAT academy governance knowledge and understanding in her board facing role.

In her spare time, Ilona loves to keep fit and has a passion for baking and gardening.

Suzanne has over 15 years of experience in the education sector, spanning both mainstream and private settings. Throughout her career, she has held various roles, including those in safeguarding, pastoral management, and HR. Since 2022, Suzanne has served as our independent Clerk to the Trustees, where she assists the Trust Board and ensures compliance with governance standards.

The Fermain Academy Local Support Board

Tim Haselwood – Chair of LSB
Helen Phillips – Acting Headteacher
Deb Gibson – Co-Opted Governor
Helen Brady – Co-Opted Governor
Lucy Wheelton – Staff Governor
Lisa Spence – Parent Governor
Sally Brownhill – Co-Opted Governor

The Axis Academy Local Support Board

Julia Murray – Chair of LSB (Co-Opted Governor)
Claire Gill – Acting Headteacher
Maddie Shaw – Parent Governor
Helen Parsonage – Staff Governor
Peter McIlvenny – Parent Governor
Paul Heywood – Parent Governor
Emma Snowdon – Co-Opted Governor
Paul Heywood – 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
Alex Soulsby – Parent Governor
Jane Newton – Co-Opted Governor

The Keystone Academy Local Support Board

Hilary McGlynn – Chair of LSB
Belinda Logan – Trustee of YES Trust
Ali Bellaby – Headteacher
Boyd Robinson – Parent Governor
Michael Dyer – Co-Opted Governor
Georgia Smith – Co-Opted Governor
Sadie Howson – Co-Opted Governor
Steven Gray – Staff Governor
Caroline Bulmer – Co-Opted Governor

Financial Statements


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 2022-2023 can be found here
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.

Executive Pay Summary

YES Trust Executive Pay Summary 2021-2022
YES Trust Executive Pay Summary 2022-2023

Business Interests

The Trust keeps a record of all declared business interests. The up-to-date Register of Interests can be viewed here: Annual Register of Interests 2023/2024

Members Declarations 2023

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.

2023-2024 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Summer 2024
2023-2024 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Spring 2024 (Additional meeting)
2023-2024 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Autumn 2023
2023-2024 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes Meeting Autumn 2023 (Additional meeting)
2022-2023 – Full Board Minutes – Summer 2023
2022-2023 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Spring 2023
2022-2023 – Full Board Part 1 Minutes – Autumn 2022
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.

Trustee Board and Committee Meeting Attendance 

The YES Trust Board –  Trustee Meeting Attendance 2023 – 2024
Name Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3 Meeting 4 Meeting 5 Meeting 6
Full Trust Board Meeting (additional) Full Trust Board Meeting Full Trust Board Meeting (additional) Full Trust Board Meeting Full Trust Board Meeting (additional) Full Trust Board Meeting
10-Oct-23 15-Dec-23 16-Feb-24 18-Apr-24 16-May-24 18-Jul-24
Belinda Logan Apologies Attended Attended Attended Attended
Lisa Carden-Doorey Attended Apologies Attended Apologies Apologies
Nic Brindle Attended Attended Apologies Attended Attended
Rob Halsall Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Helen Davies Attended Attended Attended Attended Apologies
Sharon Bradshaw Attended Apologies Attended Apologies Apologies
Tim Haselwood Attended Attended Apologies Attended Attended
Mark Heywood N/A appointed to Board 18/04/24 N/A N/A N/A Attended
Wendy Bower-Choyce Attended Attended Attended N/A (stepped down 19/02/24) N/A


The YES Trust – Educational Standards Committee Meeting Attendance 2023 – 2024
Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3
Name 28-Nov-23 18-Mar-24 27-Jun-24
Belinda Logan Attended Apologies Attended
Lisa Carden-Doorey Attended Attended Attended
Nic Brindle Attended Attended Attended
Sharon Bradshaw Attended Attended Apologies
Helen Phillips (YES Trust DOE – Non-voting member) Attended Attended Attended
Rob Halsall (attended in capacity as Chair of the YES Trust) Attended N/A N/A


YES Trust – Finance, HR and Premises Committee Meeting Attendance 2023 – 2024
Name Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3 Meeting 4 (additional)
21-Nov-23 18-Mar-24 27-Jun-24 08-Jul-24
Helen Davies Attended Apologies Apologies Apologies
Nic Brindle Attended Attended Attended Attended
Rob Halsall Attended Attended Attended Attended
Tim Haselwood Attended Attended Attended Attended
Wendy Bower-Choyce Apologies N/A stepped down 19.02.24 N/A N/A
Chris Heptinstall (YES Trust CFO – Non-voting member) Attended Attended Apologies Attended


YES Trust – Pay Committee Committee Meeting Attendance 2023 – 2024
Name Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3
02-Oct-23 11-Mar-24 24-Jun-24
Belinda Logan Attended Attended Attended
Nic Brindle Attended Attended Attended
Tim Haselwood Attended Attended Attended
Wendy Bower-Choyce Attended N/A stepped down 19.02.24 N/A
Helen Davies N/A appointed to Committee 02.10.23 Attended Apologies
Rob Halsall (attended in capacity as Chair of the YES Trust) Attended N/A Attended

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