How Governance works at Central England Academy Trust
Central England Academy Trust is a multi academy trust and, as such, a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity – which means it is regulated by the Secretary of State for Education rather than by the Charity Commission. The MAT is registered as a company (company number 08425914) under the Companies Act 2006 and has to comply with relevant law. Currently the MAT consists of two schools: Oak Wood Primary School and Oak Wood Secondary School.
Following a re-structure of governance of the MAT to comply with current Department for Education (DfE) guidance, we now have three layers of governance:
All academy trusts are charitable trusts and our Articles require us to have both members and trustees. Their roles are described in DfE’s Governance Handbook.
The following is the model structure, we have adopted, common to most MATs:-
(who have strategic oversight and appoint trustees – the Chair and Vice Chair should be members but other members are different people from trustees)
Board of Trustees (Directors) for the Academy Trust
(who are a legal entity and have accountability. They appoint the CEO/Principal who usually sits on the Trustee Board)
Local Governing Boards for each school/academy within the Trust
(These are sub-committees of the Board of Trustees. Governors can be appointed by trustees, elected by parents and/or staff. The Chairs of all sub-committees are currently trustees who are required to report up to the Trustee Board). Our governors are:
Martin Buxcey (chair)
David Mills (staff representative)
(currently Audit and Risk Committee and CEO/Principal Performance Management Committee)
A note from our Chair of Governors – Oak Wood Secondary School, Martin Buxcey
I spent my early years and education in Solihull and attended a boys grammar school. I moved to Marston Green when I got married and latterly to Coventry where I have lived for 12 years. I have 4 grown up children and 3 grandchildren all of whom live in different parts of the Country.
My career was spent working in the public sector, falling in to the civil service by chance, and staying for over 40 years. I retired in 2021 from the Food Standards Agency where I led regulatory teams focusing on food safety and animal welfare. I held senior leadership roles for many years mostly in Department for Work and Pensions where I led teams of up to 400 people delivering Jobcentre services across the West Midlands. I also led teams that worked with national employers to secure opportunities for people who needed support to secure employment.
All of my job roles align to what I want to achieve as a school governor in terms of helping young people secure opportunities to be successful and lead fulfilling lives. I am passionate about performance and service delivery and my work experience will help me apply this to my governor role.
For many years I was treasurer and president of a 500 member social club in Marston Green. Located at the heart of a small community this club provides a meeting place and raises money for a range of good causes. My proudest personal achievement is a 50 miles in 24 hours charity walk along the Jurassic coast for a testicular cancer charity.
Walking in the country is one of my interests and retirement has allowed me to undertake more often along with playing more golf and working and developing my garden. I have been a Birmingham City season ticket holder for many years and experienced every up and down of being a football supporter, I blame my Grandfather for this as he introduced me to football as a young lad.
With more time available I am keen to use some to undertake my governor role as I have long wanted to undertake the role but never seemed to find the time. I want all pupils to get the education and support that their bespoke needs demand in a safe and caring environment that positions them as individuals to have a successful transition in to adulthood.