Governance & Leadership Structure

As a Multi Academy Trust we shall have the following Governance structure:

KWEST Governance Structure Map


Members of the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) act as the ‘Moral Shareholders’ for the company. They are prominent people who have a local understanding and a wider national or international perspective in keeping with the MAT vision of world-class provision. They are the subscribers to the Trust’s Memorandum of Association.

Members can amend the articles and may do so to support stronger governance arrangements. Employees of the Trust are not permitted to be Members.

The Department for Education (DfE) encourage the MAT to have 5 members in total in order to:

Ensure enough members can take decisions via special resolution (which requires 75% of members to agree) without requiring unanimity.

Facilitate majority decisions being taken by ordinary resolution (which requires a majority of Members to agree).

Sue Crossman
Sue Crossman
Member - Chair

PhD, MA, PGCE Dip, RN, Sue held the position of Chief Officer of West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from 2012 until January 2017, with responsibility for commissioning health services for the West Norfolk population. The CCG is an organisation employing around 35 staff, with a total budget of £250m. Previous experience included senior NHS managerial, academic and clinical roles, always with a strong emphasis on innovation and improvement.

Contact: sue.crossman@kwestacademy.com

John Beer
John Beer

John has been a West Norfolk resident for 16 years with some 49 years’ business experience in the ICT and information services sector, a successful entrepreneur and investor. John is currently CEO and investor in a Bio-Informatics research company based in Swansea University sponsoring PHD and Masters Students. He is a registered EU commission Expert in ICT matters and a passionate advocate both within the region and internationally for strategic thinking and is currently working with Central and local government in evolving the ‘Smart Rural Towns’ Framework as a catalyst for changing the skills, lifestyle, care, education, employment and aspirations landscape of West Norfolk and the rural regions of the UK. Raising Education standards, Parent and Student aspirations are all key to business engagement with schools and the future growth of rural towns/regions.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Tony is the C.E.O. of a local housing trust who has a unique understanding of the demography of the Norfolk area. He has successful experience of running this ‘not for profit organisation’ which has expanded considerably during his tenure.

Judith has spent her working life in Education. She has successful experience of teaching in the UK and abroad. She was a head for the last fourteen years of her teaching career, in two very successful all girl’s schools in the London area. Judith trained as an Inspector for the Independent sector and took part in many school Inspections. On retiring, she relocated to King’s Lynn and joined the Governing Body of Churchill Park and has been the lead Governor support for School Improvement with the school moving from RI to Good in all areas.

Fred Popp
Fred Popp

Fred Popp is a locally based member of the community who runs an international business in the Sports and Leisure industry and whose expertise is creative solutions and world-wide marketing and promotion. He is the CEO and Founder of Teamup and has assisted clients with the development of brand strategies that create powerful economic engines. He is experienced on both the client and agency sides, working with Sport’s most ambitious properties. Fred is a frequent speaker on branding for industry conferences, associations and higher-education institutions. He is a non-executive director at Foodcare in King’s Lynn.


Trustees are responsible under the MAT articles of association for operating management and administration of the MAT. They have the responsibility for directing its affairs, and for ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the MAT charitable outcomes for the mutual benefit of all.

The Trustees may attend Learning Improvement Team (LIT) meetings but the main method of communication between the Trust and the LITs will be via Improvement Team Minutes and the Executive team reports to the Trustees.

Core Roles:

The Trustees will have overall accountability for all the Academies within the MAT.

They approve and oversee the MAT improvement and development plan.

They act as the single employer over all partner Academies.

They provide a financial and capital strategy for the MAT Academies.

Claire Bunton
Claire Bunton
Trustee - Chair

Former Headteacher who now runs own independent consultancy.

Contact: claire.bunton@kwestacademy.com

Bill Davidson
Bill Davison

Bill is the former Chair of Governors at Howard Infants School My contribution has been to make sure we keep encouraging good planning and management by setting tasks and giving support where needed. This school has achieved much to be proud of and is recognised as good by everyone including OfSTED who have recently inspected. Bill has been involved in education as a layperson for over 20 years through being a County Councillor and school governor. His experience has been to see through many changes and how they affect our young people. He is an advocate for progressive change and innovation and his experience in this field provides an invaluable perspective for the team.

Heather Garrod
Heather Garrod

Heather was a governor with Greyfriars Primary School in King's Lynn for 7 years; the last 5 years as chair of Chair. For several years she has been involved with senior schools in West Norfolk either giving talks or assisting with their career days. Her background is recruitment and she owned her own recruitment agency in King's Lynn which was known as one of the leading agencies. She started a care agency business in 2007 and continued to run both businesses until December 2013. For the last 8 years, she has been the West Norfolk Chamber of Commerce President and, as a result of this position and running her own businesses, she is well versed in dealing with any sized company from corporate to micro. More recently Heather has been involved with coaching business people how to be more effective and efficient in obtaining referral based business. Her passion is ensuring a seamless transition from education to the workplace and she has spent most of her working life assisting schools in this area at every opportunity.

Robyn Press
Robyn Press

Robyn has been a governor for over 34 years and was Chair of The Bridges Federation (St Germans Primary School, Magdalen Village School & Wimbotsham & Stow Community School). She has extensive experience in Multi School Governance having been involved in the changes and evolution to the education system from Local Management of Schools, Partnerships and a three school Federation.

Paul Rout
Paul Rout

Paul has a son who attends Churchill Park School and he has been a parent governor there since 2013. He retired from the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2014 where he spent his career becoming a Senior Police and Security manager of up to 75 personnel protecting assets in excess of £100m. During his career his duties involved representation at Station Executive level for Health & Safety. This included liaising with outside Governmental Agencies to mitigate risk and promote a proactive Health & Safety culture. He served as Silver Commander supplying tactical control for visiting and transiting Royal members, liaising with all levels of the Royal Household and Special Branch.

Karl Lanham
Karl Lanham

Karl is a self-employed commercial finance broker, and has been since 2011. Prior to this he was employed by the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC as a Relationship Director for Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge. Karl holds professional qualifications in banking and credit assessment. His current work involves him helping businesses access the capital they need through a panel of 40 lenders. In order to do this effectively he is required to possess strong credit analysis skills as well as having the ability to form lasting professional relationships. Karl is married with three children who attend St Germans Primary School. He is a co-opted Governor of the Bridges Federation, having joined the governing body in 2011. He is also a parish councillor and is involved in the Round Table, a voluntary organisation which raises money for local good causes and charities.

Advisory Committee

The Trustees are responsible for the running of three Advisory Committees which manage Finances and Premises, Human Resources and quality assure learning and achievement for all of the Academies.

The MAT reserves the right to form temporary and/or additional Advisory Committees.

A Trustee leads each of these Advisory Committees which includes representatives from Learning Improvement Teams (LIT) as well as other Trustees.

Learning Improvement Team

Each Academy within the MAT is led by a locally formed Improvement Team. [In some cases, by local agreement, a small federation of Academies may be led by one LIT.]

The LIT may contain Trust appointed Improvement Team members alongside elected and Staff and Parent Team members.

Core Roles:

The core roles for the LIT are determined by the Schedule of Delegation. These responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that the children and young people within the local Academy receive maximum benefit from the resources available to them
  • Overseeing the Academy Improvement and Development Plan [AIDP]
  • Ensuring inclusion within the local community
  • Ensuring high standards of achievement and engagement
  • Challenging and supporting the MAT
  • Ensuring the best use of statutory and specific grants
  • Ensuring there are robust procedures for safeguarding

Full details of core roles are found in the Schedule of Delegation.

The Strategic Objectives 2017-19

Our strategic objectives for the next two years are:

  • To ensure excellent achievement and progress in all Academies through a ‘Light Touch’ approach for high performing Academies, those deemed Good or Outstanding. [A more direct level of intervention will be deployed for those Academies requiring immediate improvement in order to achieve Good or Outstanding status.]
  • To guarantee entitlement for all children and young people within the MAT in every aspect of their learning and development.
  • To ensure all Academies become at least Good and existing Good Academies continue to improve.
  • To ensure transparency in the effective use of all resources thus providing outstanding value for money.
  • To provide effective value for money services to all Academies.
  • Develop staff at all levels through collaboration, challenge, support and training.

The Learning Improvement Team Terms of Reference

  • A minimum of 3 Members must attend each meeting in order to be Quorate.
  • A member of the Chief Executive Team will be invited to attend these meetings.
  • To consider the Academy improvement and development priorities.
  • To consider standards and other matters relating to the Academy curriculum, including statutory requirements and the Academy Curriculum Policy/Statement.
  • To set attainment targets for the appropriate Key Stages and for the Academy, and targets for reducing pupil absence rates.
  • To monitor and be responsible for all aspects Health and Safety in the effective operation of the Academy.
  • To monitor performance data as appropriate to each Academy.
  • To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions.
  • To review such curriculum policies as are legally required or deemed appropriate.
  • To ensure that the Academy complies with relevant legislation relating to equality and diversity, for example, disability and gender.
  • To monitor compliance in relation to curriculum delivery regarding sex education and religious education.
  • To review the Academy Self-Evaluation Form, and ensure that identified priorities inform the Academy Improvement & Development Plan.
  • To oversee arrangements for individual governors to take a leading role in specific areas of provision, for example, SEND, English, maths.
  • To receive regular reports from these Lead Improvement Team members.
  • To review Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) provision on a termly basis.
  • To monitor the child protection and safeguarding procedures, including the annual statement.

Register of Interest

KWEST Multi Academy Trust adopts the guidance of the Charity Commission, which advises that a conflict of interest is any situation in which a relevant individual’s personal interests or loyalties could, or could be seen to, prevent them from making a decision only in the best interests of the Trust.

All relevant individuals are required to declare any business and pecuniary interest which leads to, or may potentially lead to, a conflict of interest and, wherever possible, to avoid situations in which there is or may be a conflict of interest.  Declarations of business and pecuniary interests are recorded in the Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests.

Trustees Register of Interest Attendance 2017-18 (PDF)
Trustees Register of Interest Attendance 2018-19 (PDF)

Members Register of Interest Attendance 2017-18 (PDF)
Members Register of Interest Attendance 2018-19 (PDF)