Conflicts of Interest and Executive Pay
Register of interests
The Academy Trust Handbook 2023 details that an academy trust’s register of interests must capture relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees, local governors of academies within a
MAT and senior employees, including:
- directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses
- trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions and charities
- for each interest: the name and nature of the business, the nature of the interest and the date the interest began
The register must identify relevant material interests from close family relationships between the academy trust’s members, trustees or local governors. It must also identify relevant material interests arising from close family relationships between those individuals and employees. ‘Close family relationships’ is defined in section 5.48 (third bullet).
Trusts should consider whether other interests should be registered. Boards of trustees should keep their register of interests up-to-date at all times.
Trusts must publish on their websites relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees, local governors and accounting officers. Trusts have discretion over the publication of interests of other individual named on the register. The Charity Commission offers guidance in Manage a conflict of interest in your charity.
Board of Directors (updated September 2023)
|Full name||Status||Business or pecuniary interest||Organisation||Type of interest||Date interest gained||Date interest ended|
|Brendan Fawcett||Foundation (Chair)||Business; Employment|
Business; wife works as Operations Manager
|University of Northampton|
President Kennedy (Futures trust)
|Potential (ITT provider)|
|Julie Fulea||Foundation||None||Daughter teaches with Step On To Stage ay SSPP and GS||Potential||01.09.23|
|Victor Bellanti||Foundation||Pecuniary||Daughter teaches at SS Peter and Paul|
Director Central Academies Trust
Director Burbridge and Son Limited
|Dean Kavanagh||Foundation||Business||CW Funding||Potential||19.05.20|
|Ian Jones||Co-opted||None||Director Devereaux Kelly Associates Limited|
|Helen Quinn |
Non Board member
|Catholic Senior Executive Principal||Business; husband self employed; mother self employed.||Futures Trust|
Maureen Perry - Perry Interim Management Services
A business interest is the involvement of an individual or their family members in any trade or profession, along with any direct interest they may have in any company providing goods or services to the school. For example, if a Governor runs their own building company or provides training courses for teaching staff.
When making a decision about what or what not to declare, the individual should consider how they may be challenged about their decision not to disclose information.
All members of the Governing Board, the Principal and senior/ staff who influence financial decisions, are expected to declare any business interests that they or any family member may have. . A register of the business interests should be made available in the school and there should be an annual review of this register. In addition, where a Governor or member of staff has no business interests, they should complete a form saying ‘No interests to declare’. New Governors or members of staff, influencing financial decisions, should be asked to complete a form on joining the Governing Board or school.
It is a common misconception that pecuniary interests are the same as business interests; however, pecuniary interest is a wider term. Pecuniary interests include personal financial interests, such as involvement in a trust fund or investment, as well as potential interests, for example, where a member of staff’s husband is applying for a vacancy in the school or where a Staff Governor is involved in the decision over the promotion of a colleague, and where they may be a potential candidate for the post made available.
Because of the nature of these interests, they cannot only be declared annually. All members of the Governing Board and all members of staff should be made aware at Governor and staff meetings of the need to declare these interests, as they arise. Declarations should be made in writing to the Principal or the Chair of the Board or Academy Committee where appropriate; these should be filed in a register of pecuniary interests.
Publication of executive pay
Under the Academies Trust Handbook (2022, Sec 2.32), the MAC must publish on its website the number of employees whose benefits exceeded £100k, in £10k bandings, for the previous year ended 31 August. Benefits for this purpose include salary, employers’ pension contributions, other taxable benefits and termination payments.
For Sep 2021 to Aug 2022 the bandings and number of employees are:
- £110,000 to £120,000 1
- £130,000 to £140,000 1 (including pension contribution)
Note that prior to 21/22 Trusts/MACS were required to report excluding employer’s pension contributions.
Shared Services Team
|Full name||Status||Business or Conflict of interest||Organisation||Type of interest||Date interest gained||Date interest ended|
|Mrs Helen Quinn||Catholic Senior Executive Principal||Business; Relationship; Husband is self employed; Relationship Mother is self employed||Anthony Quinn Photography|
Maureen Perry - Perry Interim Management Services
|Mrs Terrie Kenyon||Chief Finance Officer||None declared|
|Mr Alex Thomas||Head of HR||None declared|
|Mr Tom O'Reilly||Head of Estates||None declared|