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NEST Governance, Staff and Structure

NEST Governance


Effective governance in our Trust is supported by the following:

  • 5 Trust Members

  • 7 Board Trustees

  • Trust sub-committees members from the Local Committee Hub

  • Local Committees in each school

  • Forums and external advisors.




The Members are the guardians of the constitution, the vision and values of the organisation. The role is to appoint Trustees and to protect the moral purpose of the organisation.

Our Members: - C Lloyd, M Jones, S Charman, A Webber, P Chandler

The Trust Board has overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Academy Trust, including the establishment and maintenance of the schools.

Our Trustees: - P Chandler, N Kimber, D Stacey, P Farrow, A Youd


Trust Committees support the work of the Trust through the monitoring and receipt of reports and information.

They have three key functions:

  • Provide representatives from partner schools Local Committee to give: -regional overview, scrutiny and challenge of academy education and financial performance; -to include pay/conditions, audit, standards.

  • Support forums for academy leaders and governors to shape and influence Academy Trust thinking to achieve the vision and its mission.

  • Ensure an effective flow of communication between the Local Committees, Hub Boards and the Trust Board.

  • Support the work of forums and leaders.


    Central Team


NEST Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P. Farrow, is responsible for the development of Trust wide strategies and action plans for the improvement of educational standards and governance across the Trust; to be the ‘holder of the flame’ of the visions and values of Nexus and to ensure the communication of these externally, as well as to Trust staff, to secure educational success through effective strategic planning and execution.


Through inspirational leadership and rigorous policy development, the CEO will create a culture of constant improvement, implementing effective systems of organisation and control and high levels of professional standards to secure the highest possible achievement for all in every aspect of the Trust’s provision.


NEST Chief Finance Officer (CFO) A. Smith, is responsible for the financial health, sustainability and development of Nexus Education Schools Trust, its funding and financial systems and managing the Trust financial relationship with stakeholders and statutory bodies.


NEST Staff have a responsibility to support schools in attaining excellent outcomes, effective implementation of MAT wide policies and procedures, provide support and training to the wider organisation


Staffing Structure





Paula Farrow

Central Team

Chief Executive Officer

Annick Smith

Central Team

Chief Financial Officer

Lorraine Ashley

Central Team

Teaching and Learning

Staff Training and CPD

Shirley Pugh

Central Team

Finance Support

Sam Dossetter


Company Secretary

Clerk and Governance Support



Advisors to the Trust

  • Wilkins Kennedy LLP – Accountants

221-227 High St, Orpington BR6 0NZ

  • Stone King LLP – Solicitors
    Boundary House, 91 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HR