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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

Governance Structure

SNMAT Governance 

Please find below details of how our MAT is structured.  Further information about the governing body at each of our academies can be found via each individual school's website.

The Members are responsible for some key decisions such as the appointment of the Directors and the auditors, but have no day to day involvement in the running of the company.


The Directors are responsible for:

  • managing the business of the company in accordance with the Articles of Association;
  • expending the funds of the company in such a manner as they shall consider most beneficial for the achievement of the object;
  • entering into contracts on behalf of the company and exercise independent judgement;
  • promoting the success of the company


Register of Directors


Director Term of Office
Chris Moodie, CEO 04 July 2016 
Angela Pae 16 October 2018 - 15 October 2022
Phil Blinston 18 October 2017 - 17 October 2021
Hilary Craik 18 October 2017 - 17 October 2021
Ian Griffiths 18 October 2017 - 17 October 2021
Roger Periam 18 October 2017 - 17 October 2021
John Hunter 12 December 2017 - 11 December 2021
Claire Meese  18 October 2017 - 21 December 2019



The Governors who serve on the Local Governing Body are appointed by the Executive Board.  Local governing bodies include both parent and staff representatives.  The Local Governing Body (LGB) for each academy retains levels of authority that are very similar to those in maintained schools. LGBs report directly to SNMAT rather than to a local authority.


For further information on the composition and terms of office for the governing body in each of our partner academies, please refer to the website of each academy.

Types of Academies


There are three types of Academy in SNMAT. These are:


  • Sponsored (fully sponsored)
  • Supported (requires improvement)
  • Supporting (good/outstanding)


The designation is determined by the amount of support that each academy requires 
to bring about improvement and become an academy that is at least good.  Those academies that are already good or outstanding have a great deal of autonomy. The designation for each academy is reviewed annually.


The three designations are reflected in three different Schemes of Delegation. These documents outline the levels of authority. Each scheme of delegation covers five areas:


  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Asset Management
  • Strategy