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Multi Academy Trust

The Links Multi Academy Trust was established in October 2019. The Trust Board maintains strategic and statutory responsibility for Links Academies and services.

The Links MAT Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall conduct of all academies and service teams under the Links banner. Each academy has its own Senior Leadership Team (SLT) which is responsible for internal organisation, management and the deployment of teaching and non-teaching staff.

The inaugural Links MAT Trust Board meeting took place on the 10th December 2019.  The Governance of LInks MAT is through a structure of Members and Trustees as follows.

Our Chair of Trustees is Mrs Maire Lynch and she can be contacted at: mlynch@gov.linksacademy.herts.sch.uk or c/o The Links Academy.

Members

Members have ultimate responsibility for the trust achieving its objectives. They sign off the articles of association and have the power to appoint and remove the trustees. Academy Trusts must have a minimum of three members, although the DfE preference is for five.

FTM = Full Trustees Meeting

Name Date Appointed Declaration of Interest
Maire Lynch
(Chair)
10/12/19
  • Chair of Interim Executive Board at Falconer School
Ian Woods 10/12/19
James Camp 10/12/19
Alan Henshall 10/12/19
  • Treasurer of HASSH
  • Member of Presdales Academy Trust
  • Director of Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust
  • Headteacher and Director of Roundwood Park School
  • Member of Katherine Warington School
Matthew Gauthier 13/11/23
  • Headteacher at Samuel Ryder
  • Deputy CEO of Scholars Education Trust

Trustees

Trustees collectively deliver the core functions common to school governance. The trustees must also ensure compliance with company and charity law and with the trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State.

The constitution of the board of trustees is set out in our Articles of Association.

Name Date Appointed Term of Office Roles/ Committees
(Attendance)
Declaration of Interest
Maire Lynch
(Chair)
10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Resources and Audit (optional)
  • Academic Improvement (optional)
  • Chair of Interim Executive Board at Falconer School
Damian Osman 10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Resources and Audit (0/3)
  • Health & Safety Trustee
  • Director of OSM Windows Limited
  • School Business Manager at Plashet School
David Allen
(CEO)
10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Resources and Audit (3/3)
  • Academic Improvement (3/3)
  • Officer in RAF
  • Related to CEO Blue Tangerine Trust
  • Trustee of the St Albans and District Bee-Keeping Association
Margaret Chapman 10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Academic Improvement (Chair) (3/3)
  • Chair of ARAC
  • Headteacher at St Albans Girls’ School, part of ATLAS Multi Academy Trust
  • CEO of ATLAS Multi Academy Trust
Silvia Hundal 10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Academic Improvement (2/3)
  • SEND Trustee
  • Access to Education Lead at Hertfordshire County Council
Karen Haswell 10/12/23 10/12/23 – 09/12/27
  • Academic Improvement
    (Vice Chair) (3/3)
  • Resources and Audit
  • Outreach Trustee
  • Employee of YC Services
Annie Thomson 06/12/21 06/12/21 – 05/12/25
  • Academic Improvement
  • Safeguarding Trustee
  • Children Looked After Trustee
  • Headteacher at The Marlborough Science Academy
  • Governor at Adeyfield School
  • Member of Interim Executive Board at Falconer School
Andrew Wellbeloved 01/01/23 01/01/23 – 31/12/26
  • Headteacher and Governor at Townsend VA CE School
  • Volunteer Trustee at  Greater London North Scout County
  • Volunteer Representative for Diocese of St Albans at Sacre
  • Executive member at Hertfordshire Association of Secondary School Headteachers
  • Member of St Albans Diocese Board of Education
  • Member of The St Albans Teaching School Alliance
  • Member of The Alban Federation
  • Head Teacher of member school for St Albans and Harpenden Association of Secondary School Headteachers Trust
  • Member of Hertfordshire Independent Exclusion Appeal Panel Member
  • Committee of Diocese of St Albans Academy Education Trust
  • Member of Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust
Marcus Cooper 01/01/23 01/01/23 – 31/12/26
  • Pupil Premium Trustee
  • Consultant HIP for HfL
  • Chief Executive Officer of Spiral Academy Trust
  • Education Consultant for The States of Guernsey
Steven Mann 18/09/23 18/09/23 – 17/09/27
  • Vice Chair of ARAC
  • Employee of St Alban City Youth Community FC
David Bullock 21/09/20 21/09/20

Resigned 20/09/21

  • Academic Improvement (N/A)
  • Headteacher, Onslow St Audrey’s
Marion Raybone 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23

Resigned 08/09/23

  • Resources and Audit (2/3)
  • GDPR Trustee
  • None