Governance

Governance Structure

St Martin’s is part of the North West Academies Trust. The school operates a Local Governing Board which is made up of the following people:

Local Governing Board
Chair: Kay Cook
Kate Vaughan
Lesley Appleton
Adrian Walmsley
Neil Eccles
Wenda Smith – Head of School

We operate the following subcommittees:

Education and Mission
Chair: Lesley Appleton
Kate Vaughan
Wenda Smith – Head of School
Teacher representative

Finance and Premises
Chair: Adrian Walmsley
Steve Docking
Kay Cook
Neil Eccles
Wenda Smith – Head of School

We also operate an Audit Committee, which is made up of the Chair of Governors and the Chair of each subcommittee, plus one other Governor from each committee. This committee meets a minimum of twice each year.

Other committees are formed as and when required from the governing body to manage other aspects of the school’s work. The governing body offers challenge and support in equal measure to ensure that St Martin’s maintains high performance in all areas and offers children a great learning experience.

Contact: admin@stmartinsacademychester.co.uk

Register of Interests

Name Of Governor/DirectorDate Appointed
Expiry date
Register of interests
Kay Cook (Chair)
12/11/1212/11/20Kay is a Director and shareholder in Quality Solicitors Oliver and Co, Chester.
Lesley Appleton
31/7/1431/7/22None
Kate Vaughan
31/7/1431/7/22Kate is also a governor at another local school.
Adrian Walmsley
1/9/131/9/21Adrian is a member of Council at the University of Chester and also at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust. He is Director of North West Academies Trust, of Avenue Services Ltd, Chester and of Sustainable Blacon Ltd, Chester.
Wenda Smith
Head of School
1/4/13N/AWenda lives with Steve Docking and they have two children.
Neil Eccles


29/11/1629/11/20None

Financial Policies

In addition to the polices published on our website, the Academy carries the following financial policies all of which are compliant with the Academies Handbook.

  • Manual of Internal Financial Control
  • Procurement Policy
  • Risk Register
  • Delegated Budgetary Control
  • Internal Control assessment
  • Pay Policy
  • Risk management Policy

Write off policy

NWAT Terms of Office and Register of Interests

Contact details: Mr Steve Docking, The Coach House, Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP. Tel: 01244 566167.

The trust is a charitable body offering advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview to several academies in Cheshire and Shropshire.

It is passionate about supporting schools within their community and helping to ensure outstanding learning opportunities for every child. The trust, and its schools, aspire to excellence in education and this is underpinned by The Seven Principles of Public Life: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability; Openness; Honesty and Leadership.

Name of DirectorRegister of Interests
Steve DockingSteve was headteacher at Delamere C of E Academy until 2018. He is a director at St Martin’s Academy Chester (Appointed 5/9/2012) and is also CEO of The North West Academies Trust, a multi-academy sponsor (from 20/1/2014) and a Director of ACT Education, an educational advisory company (from 1/8/2010). Steve also lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin’s Academy, and they have two children.
Michael ForberMichael Forber is the Executive Headteacher of Somerville Federation and has a genuine working knowledge of improving outcomes for children. In his own educational career he has removed two schools from OFSTED categories and been praised by the DFE twice for raising attainment and achievement in schools which had previously been at the lowest possible level. He is an experienced Nursery and Primary School Headteacher able to support the governors with school leadership and management knowledge.
Adrian WalmsleyAdrian is a former member of Cheshire West and Chester Council, where he was Chairman of its Licensing Committee. He was a council representative at the University of Chester and also at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust. He is a Governor at The Queen's School, Chester, Upton-by-Chester High School and St Martin's Academy, Chester.
Iain ColledgeIain is Executive Principal of Raha International School and a member of the senior leadership team at Taaleem Education in UAE.
Brendan WignallBrendan Wignall is Headmaster at Ellesmere College, a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils between the ages of 7-18. Brendan is also Chair of the national dyslexia accreditation charity, CReSTeD and serves on the Membership and Finance committees of HMC, the leading association for independent school heads and principals.

The Trustees meeting attendance can be found in the annual accounts on page 9.

Accounts – NWAT limited

All academies have to produce audited accounts which must be submitted to the EFA and displayed on the school’s website. Our auditors are Hacker Young, Chester.

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