Members & Directors

Fortis Trust strongly believes in their mission to positively impact on the lives of all children and young adults across Medway through ‘strength in partnership. The Trust Board supports its partners in being a family of collaborative and innovative academies and provisions that together have the talents and strengths to improve the achievements and life chances of the students, families and communities it serves.

Fortis Trust Governance is operated by 5 Members and a Board of Trustees. Fortis Trust has a Master Funding Agreement and will have Supplemental Funding Agreements between the Trust and the Department for Education for each academy who becomes a partner. Trustees have additional company law duties arising from legislation and common law.

In particular, they must comply with the Companies Act 2006. In addition, as academies have charitable status; governors are responsible for ensuring that the academy trust adheres to the Charity Commission’s regulations.

A Trustee contributes to the work of the Board of Trustees in raising standards of achievement for all students by providing a strategic view for the academy, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.

Trustees are responsible for:

  • The strategic overview of the academy and the management of the academy’s business affairs.
  • Ensuring the standard of education.
  • Entering into contracts on the academy’s behalf.
  • Ensuring that relevant statutory documents are delivered to companies house.
  • Managing the academy trust’s finances and property.
  • Taking part in board meetings of the Trustees.

 

Trustees have additional company law duties arising from legislation and common law.  In particular, they must comply with the Companies Act 2006.  In addition, as academies have charitable status, Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the academy trust adheres to the Charity Commission’s regulations.

‘Our Staff Team’

The Trustees recognise that their greatest resource is the staff team and as such strive to ensure that their health and well-being is maintained to ensure the staff can impact positively on the students and their learning outcomes.  As such, Fortis Trust has signed up to the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health.  This is the MINDFUL EMPLOYER INITIATIVE.

Members

Chair of Trustees - Trustee for Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Careers & Education Guidance and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Chair of Trustees - Trustee for Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Careers & Education Guidance and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Peter Martin

Well-Being and Arts Trustee

Well-Being and Arts Trustee

Mark Gedye

Nick Pearson

Cllr Elizabeth Turpin

John Viner

The Members are the shareholders of the company.  Fortis Trust has three members, one of which is the Chair of the Trust Board. The Members have several functions:

  • To sign the memorandum, to sign/amend the articles of association and to determine the name of the Trust.
  • To receive the Trust’s accounts and report, and to appoint/remove the auditors.
  • To appoint Members and Trustees (also known as Directors).
  • To ensure that the Trust’s charitable objective is being met.
  • To dissolve the Trust.
  • To hold an annual general meeting (AGM).

Directors

Chair of Trustees - Trustee for Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Careers & Education Guidance and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Chair of Trustees - Trustee for Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Careers & Education Guidance and Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Peter Martin

Director | Vice Chair, Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Director | Vice Chair, Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Ian Chappell

Director | Chair of the Standards Committee

Director | Chair of the Standards Committee

Jane Shields

Director | Chair of the Finance, Workforce & Operations Committee

Director | Chair of the Finance, Workforce & Operations Committee

Paul Coyne

CEO of Fortis Trust, Executive Principal of Bradfields Academy and Trustee | Training and Development and Rights Respecting Schools Award Liaison

CEO of Fortis Trust, Executive Principal of Bradfields Academy and Trustee | Training and Development and Rights Respecting Schools Award Liaison

Marie Sweetlove

Director | Well-Being and Arts Trustee

Director | Well-Being and Arts Trustee

Mark Gedye

Director | Parent & Community Engagement and School Council Liaison Trustee

Director | Parent & Community Engagement and School Council Liaison Trustee

Matthew Hull

Director

Director

Elizabeth Akinlaja

Director

Director

Jonathan Whitcombe

Clerk

Clerk

Emma Chamberlain

The Directors of the Trust sit on the Trust Board and are legally required to carry out a range of powers and responsibilities, working in partnership with the Principal and the Lead of Forward2Employment to ensure the trust provides the highest possible standard of education for all students and young adults. The majority of leadership and management tasks are delegated to the Principal. The board sets the vision and aims for the Trust and its partners, overseeing the strategic direction and policy in order to achieve the company objectives. They will ensure good governance and leadership, holding the Principal to account. The board meets regularly as a full governing body four times a year. It has two sub-committees which each meet three times a year. The Sub-Committees consider whole trust issues: Finance, Workforce & Operations; and Student Needs & Curriculum.

They are responsible for:

  • The strategic overview of the academy Trust and the management of the academy’s business affairs.
  • Ensuring there is a high standard of education.
  • Entering into contracts on the academy’s Trust’s behalf.
  • Ensuring that relevant statutory documents are delivered to companies house.
  • Managing the academy Trust’s finances and property.
  • Taking part in board meetings of the governors.

Trustees make several visits to the academy/F2E during each academic year often with a specific Task & Finish focus which enables them to understand, monitor and make a judgement of the academy’s work and progress, impact and value for money. Following their visits, reports are submitted to the sub-committees and findings shared to inform future decisions.

The Trust also provides leadership of key educational support services – Outreach Services (Bradfields Specialist Support Service), finance, estates management, IT and human resources. Partners will be able to access these services as well as accessing the talents and expertise of a range of staff across the Trust.

Currently Fortis Trust’s governance structure is:

*As additional partner schools join the Trust Local Trust Boards will be developed.

 

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Declaration of Business Interests by Members/Trustees

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Fortis Trust Register of Business Interests

Trustee Diversity Data

Recently, the UK Government have encouraged academy trust boards to collect and publish diversity data about the board and any local committees.

As per their guidance, this was done on a voluntary basis.

 

Trustee Diversity Data

Trustee Ethnicity Data
 Number of trustees
White, British6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Trustee Gender Identity Data
 Number of trustees
Male3
3
0
0
0
0
0
 
Trustee Disability Data (Do you identify as a person with a disability or are you a person with accessibility needs?)
 Number of trustees
Yes2
4
0

Trustees who have served at any point over the past 12 months

Full NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed by
Peter Martin

18.02.14 – 17.02.26

 

(Renewed at September 2021 meeting).

4 yearsBoard of Trustees
Mark Gedye

07.09.15 – 06.09.27

(Renewed at September 2019 meeting).

4 yearsBoard of Trustees
Marie Sweetlove01.09.17 –As long as in postMembers
Paul Coyne29.04.23 – 28.04.274 yearsBoard of Trustees
Matthew Hull27.04.20 – 26.04.284 yearsMembers
Ian Chappell14.06.21 – 13.06.254 yearsBoard of Trustees
Jane Shields27.03.23 – 26.03.274 yearsBoard of Trustees
Elizabeth Akinlaja10.07.23-09.07.274 yearsBoard of Trustees
Jonathan Whitcombe22.01.23-21.01.284 yearsMembers

Forward2Employment – Board of Trustees – Directors

Forward2Employment Director | Head of Forward2Employment

Forward2Employment Director | Head of Forward2Employment

Elizabeth Halton

Forward2Employment Director

Forward2Employment Director

Richard Halton

Forward2Employment Director

Forward2Employment Director

Angela Gillett

Forward2Employment Director

Forward2Employment Director

Kieran Bussey

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Declaration of Business Interests by Forward2Employment Directors

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