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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 Term of Office Declaration of Interest
Maire Lynch
(Chair)
10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Headteacher, Loreto College
  • Chair Interim Executive Board at Falconer School
Ian Woods 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Director, Youth Talk
James Camp 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Member is employed by Interpath Limited, a professional services firm (“Interpath”), and is a minority shareholder of Pearl Group Topco Limited which owns Interpath.
  • Members spouse is employed by Hertfordshire County Council (at Loreto College, St Albans)
Alan Henshall 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Executive Head and Trustee, Katherine Warington School
  • Employee, Roundwood Park School
  • Director, STASSH
  • Treasurer, HASSH
  • Member, Presdales Academy Trust
Steven Mann 01/03/21 01/03/21-28/02/25
  • Employee – St Alban City Youth FC

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)
10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (optional)
  • Academic Improvement (optional)
  • Headteacher, Loreto College
Damian Osman
(Vice-Chair)
10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (0/3)
  • Health & Safety Trustee
  • Employee at Loreto College
David Allen
(CEO)
10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (3/3)
  • Academic Improvement (3/3)
  • Related to CEO Blue Tangerine Trust
  • Trust Employee
  • Trustee of the St Albans and District Bee-Keeping Association
Margaret Chapman 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Academic Improvement (Chair) (3/3)
  • Headteacher,  St Albans Girls’ School, part of Atlas Multi Academy Trust
  • Governor at Watford UTC
Silvia Hundal 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Academic Improvement (2/3)
  • SEND Trustee
  • Access Lead at Hertfordshire County Council
Karen Haswell 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Academic Improvement
    (Vice Chair) (3/3)
  • Resources and Audit
  • Outreach Trustee
  • Employee, YC Hertfordshire
Matthew Gauthier 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (Chair) (3/3)
  • Pupil Premium Trustee
  • Headteacher, Samuel Ryder
  • Deputy CEO, Scholars Education Trust
Marion Raybone 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (2/3)
  • GDPR Trustee
  • None
Annie Thompson 28/02/22 28/02/22 – 27/02/26
  • Academic Improvement
  • Headteacher, Marlborough
  • Governor at Adeyfield School
Ian Woods 10/12/19 10/12/19 – 09/12/23
  • Resources and Audit (3/3)
  • Safeguarding Trustee
  • Director, Youth Talk
David Bullock 21/09/20 21/09/20

Resigned 20/09/21

  • Academic Improvement (N/A)
  • Headteacher, Onslow St Audrey’s