The Multi Academy Trust Members

The Members The members of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) are legally responsible for the Trust and enter into the funding agreement with the Secretary of State. The members are responsible for holding the directors to account for the running of the Trust and they also:

· ensure the strategic vision of the MAT;

· have control of the ‘company’ by approving any changes to the Articles of Association;

· appoint the Trust Board of Directors and can remove them;

· appoint the MAT’s auditors;

· receive the MAT’s annual audited accounts and annual reports

The Arden Forest Multi Academy Trust has five members:

Christopher Cocksworth read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching RS and Economics in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Dr Cocksworth has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of London for his services to education. He has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship.

Bishop Christopher is Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. He entered the House of Lords in January 2013 where he contributes on international matters (for which he is lead Bishop), education and ethics of beginning and end of life; he also seeks to give voice to life on the ground in Coventry and Warwickshire. Christopher is married to Charlotte and they have five sons, two daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters. Among his hobbies, is organic fruit and vegetable gardening, and although a latecomer this is increasingly becoming quite a passion.

April is Diocesan Director of Education for Coventry Diocese. She was previously Deputy Director of Education and has a broad range of experience in supporting schools, parishes and Churches to provide distinctively Christian Education.  She was previously a Deputy Head Teacher in a large Secondary School in Rugby, and has worked in education for 23 years.

April hold qualifications in Educational Leadership and Management, Christian Counselling and Psychology and is passionate about enabling all members of school communities to flourish as they pursue an education for life in all its fullness.

Katie is Rector of the Alcester Minster Benefice, a group of eight rural parishes surrounding the Market town of Alcester. They include two Church of England Primary schools and three community primary schools which she supports. She has previously worked as a Rector in Devon where she served on three Governing bodies as foundation governor supporting eight primary schools over a number of years. Prior to ordination, Katie was a youth and community worker in Shropshire.

Sue is a full time Finance and HR Director, working for a French group of companies. She has worked in the IT and healthcare technology business for the last 25years+. Sue became a co-opted governor over 20 years ago, and has served on four governing bodies, chairing three of these at various times during her service. She brings HR and finance expertise to the Board, as well as knowledge of being a governor and chairing committees & bodies.

Virginia has worked in education and social care for 40 years after obtaining a First-Class Degree in Special Needs Education.  She worked as a Headteacher in a residential special school and for Sense (supporting people with sensory and communication needs) in a variety of management, policy, training and practice development roles.  She has been a Samaritan volunteer for 15 years, twice taking the role of Director at Stratford Branch.  She has a total of 18 years’ experience as a Governor, serving on three governing bodies.

Members Date Term of Office Started
The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth 01/03/2018
April Gold 01/09/2020
Rev Katie Cross 03/03/2021
Sue Heap (Chair) 01/03/2018
Virginia Von Malachowski 01/03/2018