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March 2024- Governance Arrangements for Derby Pride Academy

Derby Pride Academy’s governance arrangements currently reside at Trust level. This means that governance related responsibilities and decision-making related to the academy sits with the Esteem Multi- Academy Trust Board of Trustees.  The Trust Board meets regularly, and there is also a committee in place that has a specific focus on DPA. The committee meets regularly with the Accounting Officer of the Trust and the leadership team at DPA.


Esteem MAT Governance Information.

The Esteem Trust Board is made up of 8 Trustees. Their details and terms of office are detailed below along with any interests declared;



Term of Office

Appointed By

Attendance at Trust Board Meetings During 2022/23

Interests Declared


Mark Emly - Chair of Trustees

07/06/18 – 06/06/26



Director – MRJF Consultancy Ltd Services Related party Director of Geneflow Ltd Governor at All Saints Primary School Trustee with Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) Director and Church Warden All Saints Church, Alrewas.

Dawn Butler- Vice Chair of Trustees

07/06/18 – 06/06/26



Senior Manager at EMEA APAC at Molson Coors Beverage Company Limited Molson Coors Europe

Sheran Fernie

23/09/20 – 22/09/24



Employed during year by Halsbury Travel Ltd.

Jacqueline Bull

05/10/22 – 04/10/26



Regional Director Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Martin Finch

05/10/22 – 04/10/22



Primary Director at Tapton School Academy Trust

Craig Kennady

07/06/18 – 06/06/26



Current employment Inclusion North for NHS CCG Derbyshire / Expert Advisor Care and Treatment Review Hub / Current employment - A2E (Advocacy 2 Engagement) via Choice Support for and on behalf of the Care Quality Commission / Current employment - Relief Midday Supervisor at Crescent Primary School /Volunteer Sole Proprietor to Have Your Say Now which is a disability case work and advocate organisation / Company Director and Trustee to the charity AchieveAbility Ltd Commission Member to; Westminster Commission on Autism, Westminster AchieveAbility Commission on 3 V1.3 July 2023 Dyslexia/Neurodiversity Co-Chair of the Derbyshire Autism Partnership / Chair of Chesterfield Medical Partnership Patient Participation Group(PPG) / Parent Governor at Spire Nursery and Infant School

Pauline Melvin Anderson OBE

18/10/23- 17/10/27



Director at PMA Education Ltd/  Director at Derby City Council (to Aug 23) / Director at The Traveller Movement / Director at Artcore Ltd

Prof. Paul Ryan

06/03/24- 05/02/28



CEO of St Teresa of Calcutta Multi Academy Company


Trustees that have served within the last 12 months;

Christopher Griffin

07/06/18 – 31/08/23



Assistant Headteacher, Foxford Community School, Coventry


To see more information about the Esteem Board of Trustees and key governance documentation including the Esteem MAT Scheme of Delegation please click here. Central Governance Documents | Esteem MAT


The trustees with specific strategic leadership responsibilities for DPA are detailed below; 


Mark Emly – Chair of Esteem MAT Trust Board 


Jackie Bull - Trustee and Link Trustee for DPA


Martin Finch - Safeguarding Link Trustee


Contact details ;

Mark Emly may be contacted via sending an email to the clerk to Trust Board at


Postal address; 

Mark Emly

Chair of Esteem MAT Trust Board

Esteem Multi-Academy Trust 

Suite 43 , Sherwood Park

Lake View Drive


NG15 0DT



Derby Pride Academy Governing Board

Within the past 12 months governance has sat at local level and a local governing board , which is a committee of the Esteem Trust Board, was in place. The following governors served on that governing board;


Last updated in respect of governors 06.03.24

Stuart Reece


Chair of Governors - Co-opted

Date of appointment 01.02.23          Term of office expires - 31.03.25

Business or Pecuniary interest - Owner of Derventio Education Ltd & Derventio Solutions Ltd

Link for Health & Safety and SEND

2022/23 Meetings attended = 4/6   


Hannah Burton


Parent Governor 

Date of appointment - 11.07.23               Term of office expires - 10.07.27

Business or Pecuniary interest - None

Link governor for Behaviour & Rewards

2022/23 Meetings attended = N/A 

Ryan Holford


 Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair

 Date of appointment - 02.09.23               Term of office expires - 02.09.27

Business or Pecuniary interest - None

Link governor for Curriculum

2022/23 Meetings attended = N/A 


Bene Willis

 Academy Head Teacher


 Date of appointment - 27.10.23 Term of office due to position held 

Business/Pecuniary interest - None 

2022/23 Meetings attended = N/A 





James Batchelor - resigned



Staff Governor 

 Date of appointment  - 08.05.23                    Term of office expires - 07.05.27

Business or Pecuniary interest - Staff - + Motion Framework Derby Ltd

Link governor for Careers

2022/23 Meetings attended = 2/2

Aaron White - resigned


 Co-opted Governor 

Date of appointment - 27.11.23            Term of office expires - 26.11.27

Link governor for Careers

Business/Pecuniary interest - None

2022/23 Meetings attended = N/A 

Claire Rigby - resigned wef 22.1.24


  Local Governor  - Co-opted

Date of appointment 01.02.23                           Term of office expires - 30.01.27

Link Governor for Mental Health & Safeguarding, LAC/PLAC

Business or Pecuniary interest - None

2022/23 Meetings attended = 5/6  

Gareth Allen - position ended 27.10.23



Executive Head Teacher 

Date of appointment - 21.02.23 to 27.10.23            

Business or Pecuniary interest - Executive Head at other Esteem school + Governor at Cherry Tree Hill Primary                      2022/23 Meetings attended = 3/3 

Mr Will Ingleby - Governor - resigned wef 27.7.23

Governing body - Parent          Date of appointment - 01.02.23 - 30.1.27

Business/Pecuniary interest - none        22/23 Meetings attended  6/6     A & R 1/1    

Mr Simon Carnall - Governor - resigned wef 26.9.23

Governing body - Trust Sponsor Date of appointment - 01.02.23 - 30.1.27

Business or Pecuniary interest - Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust 

2022/23 Meetings attended = 4/6      A & R 1/1

Mr Duncan Anderson - Governor - resigned wef 27.7.23

Local Governor          Date of appointment - 01.02.23 - 30.01.27

 Business/Pecuniary interest - none         22/23 Meetings attended 6/6   Audit & Risk  1/1