The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. 

All boards and committees, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: 

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff: 



  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money well spent. 

The Academy Trust’s Governance Structure is outlined below:


Provision of a Governance Portal  

As part of our Technology based ethos our Governance takes place through a Governance Portal where all Governing bodies have access to live data from their respective schools, ability to ask questions prior to meetings and access to the required documents to ensure they can perform their function effectively. 

Governance Portal


Members and Trustees

Our Members

Ashley Savell-Boss
Alan Price
Barbara Jane Evans
Zahur Akhtar
Jithesh Nair
Balbir Sandhu


Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust Board:
- Ashley Savell-Boss
Vice Chair & Chair of STP SPC - Jithesh Nair
Chief Executive Officer - Sir Mark Grundy
Chair of SCA SPC - Michael Conway Jones
Chair of TPA SPC - Judith Hunt
Chair of WBCA SPC - Kiran Egan

Trustee - Andrew Dennis
Trustee - Zahur Akhtar
Trustee - Jeyaraj Anandou

Also in attendance
Finance & Compliance Director
- Jane Kellas
HR Director - Melanie Adams
Company Secretary - Jane Kellas
Deputy CEO - David Irish
Director of Primary Education - Lady Kirsty Grundy
SLL COO - George Faux