Click here Engagement model 2019 to see a PDF of the diagram.
The Romero Catholic Academy came into existence on 1st August 2015. The diagram above (being reviewed November 2019) shows the Governance structure of the Romero Catholic Academy and how the Board of Directors, Principals Committee and the Local Academy Committees relate to each other.
What is the Board of Directors and a Foundation Director?
The Board of Directors comprises of a range of governors. There are two elected Staff directors, a Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CEO) and eight Foundation directors. Collectively, they provide strategic direction across all eight schools and they are responsible for preserving and developing the Romero’s Catholic character at all times. This overriding duty (which is also a legal duty) should permeate everything that the Directors do. In addition:
- MAC Directors are company directors and charity trustees.
- The Directors are responsible to the Archbishop, to the Government and to the MAC Members for the quality of education in the academies.
- Directors are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the MAC.
- Directors have a duty to uphold the MAC’s objects and to comply with any directives, advice and/or guidance issued by the Archbishop via the DES.
Foundation Governors (Directors and Representatives) are appointed by the local Bishop specifically to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and represent the Bishop’s education policy (e.g. worship and religious education) to the governing body. This is why Foundation Governors will always outnumber other governors on either the local Academy Committee or the Board of Directors. There is no magic formula about what makes a perfect Foundation Governor, they come from all walks of life and all ages. But it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience. The Archdiocese of Birmingham, manages the process for the appointment of Foundation Governors and provides support to governing bodies in carrying out their responsibilities.
The Directors have set the Vision and Mission for the MAC through these documents:
All schools in Romero, have a governing body, an ‘Academy Committee’ comprising of different types of governors. One each Academy Committee in Romero, we have two elected Parent representatives and two elected Staff representatives. In addition to these categories, governing bodies in Catholic schools also include Foundation representatives, these Foundation Governors will always form a majority and we have approximately seven appointed for each school.
The Board of Directors delegate local responsibilities to the Academy Committee Representatives including day to day operational matters such as Catholic Life, health and safety, admissions, holding the Principal to account for the quality of education, staffing appointments (everything other than the Principal and Vice Principal and in the case of Cardinal Wiseman the Head of RE and Chaplain), developing the unique identity, local community and traditions for the school.
Each school has it’s own Academy Committee. You can find out more through the following links which are within their main website:
- Cardinal Wiseman
- Corpus Christi
- Good Shepherd
- Sacred Heart
- SS Peter and Paul
- St Gregorys
- St John Fisher
- St Patricks
Board of Director Meetings
The Board meets regularly and has a recently revised structure of three core committees.
- CC1: Finance, Audit, Resources and Premises
- CC2: Strategy, People and Organisational Development
- CC3: Quality Provision and Performance
Business and Pecuniary interests
Any Business or Pecuniary interests declared by the Board and the Shared Services Team are listed here
All meetings are held at Cedar Lodge, Sacred Heart.
Board, CC1 and CC2 are held at 6pm. CC3 is held at 4pm
|Yvonne Salter Wright|
|n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Yes - Observer||Yes||Yes|
|Yes||Yes||Office has ended||NA||NA|
|Yes||Yes||Yes invited to meeting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Postponed||Yes||Yes|
Sacred Heart co-opted
Good Shepherd LAC
|Name||2018 2019||Post||Directors Board||Finance, Audit Resources and Premises||People and Organisational Development||Quality, Performance and Standards||Attendance|
|Brendan Fawcett||Foundation Director||Vice Chair||X||X||13 of 13|
|Eleanor Barry||Foundation Director||X||X||10 of 11|
|Yvonne Salter Wright||Foundation Director||X||X||X||15 of 16|
|Julie Fulea||Foundation Director||X||X||9 of 11|
|Anthony Quinn||Principal Director||X||X||6 of 11|
|Helen Quinn||Principal Director||Accounting Officer||X||X||X||10 of 11|
|Colin Beesley||Staff Director||X||X||8 of 12|
|Charlotte Miller||Staff Director||X||X||9 of 12|
|Lisa Fryer||Clerk||X||X||X||X||17 of 17|