FGB Minutes 08-09-16
ADDITIONAL MEETING OF THE FULL GOVERNING BODY
Thursday 8 September 2016 at 7.30 pm in the Office of Executive Principal
Present: David Jenkins (Vice Chairman), Rob Campbell (Executive Principal), Brian Harrison, Elizabeth Sadler, Karen Momber, Kate Brierton, Julian Mellor and Martin Rigby (Chairman)
In Attendance: Fran Difranco (Director of Finance & Resources [DFR]) and
Apologies were received from Claire Beressi-Jones Kate Brierton, Alan Rodger, Huw Jones, Rachel Pegg, Valerie Hastings, Jake Reynolds, Simon Guest, Suzy Offord, Stephanie Norris and Joe Greenway (Clerk).
2. Membership of proposed new MAT
The Chairman reported that the DfE had advised that a MAT composed of 10 (TEN) Founding Members would be viewed unfavourably as would the proposed fixed terms of office of said Members. Their guidance suggested a maximum of 5 (FIVE) Members who could hold office for an indefinite period.
The Executive Committee had had a wide ranging discussion on the various options to take and the implications of those options for the future development of the MAT. It was concluded that there were two options:
To accept the DfE’s position on 5 Members and to argue strongly for long, but nevertheless fixed terms of office, for those Members (say around 10 years) once the MAT has been approved.
To proceed with the 10 Founding Members and 4 year fixed terms and argue vigorously on both points with the DfE at the current application stage.
The Executive Committee unanimously supported the first option so as to ensure that there is no delay in conversion to a MAT. The second option could well delay this conversion which in turn would delay all the other planned developments.
Governors asked what the next steps would be if they adopted the Executive Committee’s recommendation. The Chairman and FDR summarised these as follows:
- Revised Articles would be drafted by Hewitsons for consideration.
- A written special resolution would be circulated to all Members seeking their agreement, via a signature, to the revised Articles. Alternatively, an EGM of Members can be called at short notice. 75% (?) of the Members need to consent to the revised Articles.
- Members need to decide who the founding 5 Members of the MAT will be.
There being no further questions the Chairman called for a vote.
Decision: Governors resolved to adopt option 1: To accept the DfE’s position on 5 Members and to argue strongly for long, but nevertheless fixed terms of office, for those Members (say around 10 years) once the MAT has been approved, unanimously.
3 Scheme of Delegation
The Executive Principal referred Governors to the Scheme of Delegation for IVC document, previously circulated. Governors were content with the Scheme as written.
Decision: Governors approved the Scheme of Delegation for IVC nem con.
The meeting closed at 8.00pm.