DAPH & DASH Updates Newsletter: Special Edition - AGM / EGM's and Devon Schools Leadership Services CIO

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Special Edition -  Summer term  |  22 July 2020

DAPH & DASH AGM / EGM  |  8 July 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined the recent Annual General Meetings which took place on 8 July via MS Teams.

The AGM formalities formed part of an overall review of work undertaken by DAPH and DASH during 2019/20 and included the legacy of DAPH & DASH Phase Associations and the transition to Devon Schools Leadership Services CIO.

Following the AGMs, an EGM was held to consider the proposal from the respective Executive Committees to dissolve DAPH and DASH as unincorporated associations and to transfer their functions and respective membership benefits to the charitable organisation Devon Schools Leadership Services (Devon SLS) CIO. The vote for dissolution was unanimous at both meetings and the existing Chairs thanked the current and former committee members for their hard work, time and commitment.

Read more about the new Devon SLS CIO below, including the Objects, Trustee roles, the Schools Executive Committee (SEC) and Board / SEC membership.

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DSLS Board of Trustees

Board Structure

The DSLS CIO Board of Trustees comprises of an independent Chair, Treasurer and up to eight appointed trustees plus the Business Operations Manager (non-voting & designated Charity Secretary). The current DSLS Trustees are:

Judith Johnson  |  Chair
Managing Director, JJ Education Services Ltd

Peter Barretto  |  Finance and Audit Trustee / Treasurer
Senior Financial Accountant, Princess Yachts Ltd

Jonathan Bishop  |  Business Development Trustee
Chief Executive Officer / Executive Headteacher, Cornerstone Academy Trust

Tom Briant-Evans  |  Legal and Contracts Trustee
Associate, Michelmores LLP

Amanda Fisher  |  Partnerships Trustee
Chief Executive Officer, Strictly Education Ltd

Education Phase Trustees (2 x Primary, 2 x Secondary)

  • Martyn Boxall - Executive Headteacher, Exeter Children’s Federation
  • Daryll Chapman - Chief Executive Officer, Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
  • Matthew Shanks - Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Executive Principal (Director of Education), Education South West
  • Vacancy (primary phase)

The Education Phase Trustees (EPTs) that sit on the main CIO Board will have, as one of their key portfolio responsibilities, the requirement to work closely with the Schools Executive Committee (the SEC - see below) to ensure that the schools voice is routed both to the Board of Trustees and to DCC. This will be achieved by at least 2 of the EPTs (one per phase) attending SEC meetings in the capacity of co-opted Associate SEC members.

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DSLS Schools Executive Committee

The DSLS Schools Executive Committee (the SEC) is the only permanent sub-committee of DSLS and will undertake the role of being the core consultative and advisory group for the CIO and schools. It will be the vehicle for educational planning for DSLS and will act as the unified voice for schools.

The overarching aim of the work undertaken by the SEC will be in line with the Object of Devon Schools Leadership Services CIO, specifically:

DSLS Objects

Members of the Schools Executive Committee were elected for a two year term at the EGMs and we are pleased to confirm the primary and secondary representatives for this new group as follows:

Primary Phase

  • Alun Dobson - Headteacher, Marwood Primary School
  • Penny Hammett - Executive Headteacher, FORT Federation
  • Rachel Shaw - CEO, Exeter Learning Academy Trust
  • Melanie Smallwood - Headteacher, Bishops Tawton Primary School
  • Jamie Stone - Headteacher, Denbury Primary School
  • Paul Walker - CEO, First Federation Trust

Secondary Phase

  • Helen Casson - Executive Head Medical & Principal CHES/ Torlands Academy
  • Sammy Crook - Executive Head, Federation of Tiverton Schools & Headteacher, Tiverton High School
  • Andrew Davis - Principal, Exmouth Community College
  • Lorraine Heath - CEO, Uffculme Academy Trust
  • Graham Hill - Headteacher, Pilton Community College, Ventrus
  • Phil Randall - Headteacher, St Peters CofE Aided School

The first Schools Executive Committee meeting was held on Friday 17 July 2020 via MS Teams and included formal introductions to the DSLS Board of Trustees, a review of the group's Terms of Reference and the election of Officer roles. Nominations for the role of Chair and Vice Chair will be ratified at the next meeting.

Useful links: Contact the SEC Committee Members  |  SEC Terms of Reference

Thank you for your continued support

May we take this opportunity to thank the wider membership for your support, engagement and participation over the years and we look forward to welcoming you at future DSLS events in the new academic year.

Wishing you all a restful summer break.

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