Trustees and Some Key Staff

Berkeley Academy is the founding Primary School of 'Advantage Multi Academy Trust (ADMAT). 

The trustees (who are also known as the Governors or the Directors) have a duty to ensure that the school is efficiently run and that the children are given the best possible education.

The trustees have many and varied duties such as; establishing the vision, values and priorities. agreeing the school budget, employing staff, monitoring the performance of staff and pupils, ensuring a high quality of education is provided and ensuring that the school is a safe and happy place to be.

System Leadership

From the outset, ADMAT has intended to take on other schools needing support and who will join the trust. ADMAT remains committed to improving life chances for young people living in areas of high deprivation and will continue to look for opportunities to support schools as they arise.

ADMAT is approved to sponsor other schools.


The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust.

The Trustees of Advantage Multi Academy Trust Limited are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The Charitable Company is known as Advantage Multi Academy.  It is also known as ADMAT.

Trustees Appointments and Current Terms

  • Philip Linton Dobison (Chair). Appointed by Members (18 April 2022)
  • Veronique Gerber (Vice Chair). Appointed by Members (30 November 2025)
  • Jonathan Rose. Appointed by Members (30 November 2025)
  • Mudassir Sarwar. Appointed by the MATB (26 March 2023)
  • Dhaksha Shastri. Appointed by the MATB (26 March 2023)
  • Peter Stumpf. Appointed by Members (30 November 2025)


  • Susan Robins. Appointed by the MATB (Resigned 18 November 2020)


Contemporary Trustee  and Member details may always be found through this LINK


Summary of Trustees’ Register of Interests

Trustee’s name

Name of business/ charity / educational institute

Name of interest / interest began

Date of Appointment & Appointed by:

Philip Dobinson



01 12 2017

01 12 2017

By members

Veronique Gerber


Berkeley Pre-School


Secretary 01 12 2017

01 12 2017

By members

Jonathan Rose

Heathland School

Employee 01 12 2017

01 12 2017

By members

Peter Stumpf

Cranford Community College


Berkeley Pre School

Employee 01 12 2017



Committee Member

01 12 2017

01 12 2017

By members

Mudassir Sarwar

Cranford Community College

Berkeley Academy

Employee 27 03 2019


27 03 2019

27 03 2019

By MAT Board

Daksha Shastri

Mental Health Associates

Director 27 03 2019

27 03 2019

By MAT Board

Sue Robins




10 10 2019


18 11 2020

The Multi-Academy Trust will also manage any local governing bodies (LGBs). LGBs are purely advisory and have no voting rights or delegated authority.


Organisational Structure of the Multi-Academy Trust

The Multi-Academy Trust and the Chief Executive Officer, who is also the Accounting Officer, work in partnership on the strategic running of the trust and, at least annually, comprehensively and formally review the thresholds of responsibility and delegation between the Academy Trust and the Chief Executive Officer.

The Chief Executive Officer is also the Executive Head of Berkeley Academy, the founding school in Advantage Multi Academy Trust.  He (or his delegates) is/are responsible for all operational matters and the day to day running of the academy, overseen by the Academy Trust.

There is a pay related annual/biennial cycle of performance management for all staff, except the CEO whose salary has been firozen by mutiual agreement and hence not currently subject to either inflationary or performance progression.

Performance Management has been suspended by Government for the last 2 years due to the pandemic but resumed for Teaching and Support Staff from 1 September 2021.

The Academy Trust has responsibility for monitoring its own performance and for its own training.  It reports through the Annual General Meeting and is subject to scrutiny by the regulators, including external auditors and Ofsted.  It has established protocols for the operation of the Academy Trust, a clear structure, written terms of reference and a regular cycle of meetings and activities.

The multi-academy trust board operate with the following structure: 

  • Full Academy Trust (Chair: Mr. Philip Linton Dobison)
  • Regular meetings between the Chair and the Chief Executive / Accounting Officer (PDO/KPR)
  • Pay and performance management committee (Chair: Mr Philip Linton Dobison) (PDO/VGE, MRO = Review Trustee)
  • Audit, Compliance and Risk Commitee (Chair: Ms Veronique Gerber) (VGE/MSA)
  • Finance and Monitoring Committee (Chair: Mr Peter Stumpf) (PST/PDO)
  • Safeguarding / Health and Safety Committee (Chair: Ms Veronique Gerber) (VGE/DSH)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee (Any eligible and trained governors, Chair varies)
  • Staff Dismissal Committee (Any eligible and trained governors, Chair varies)
  • Appeals and Complaints Committee (Any eligible and trained governors, Chair varies)
  • Collaboration Committee - 2 Trustees (voting) and the Accounting Officer (non-voting). Chair rotates 6 monthly with other organisation(s) (PDO/VGE+ KPR))
  • Admissions Panel  (Chair: Mr Peter Stumpf) (PST/MSA)
  • CEO/Executive Headteacher / Deputy Headteacher Appointment Panel (Any eligible and trained governors, Chair: Mr Philip Dobison)


The Academy Trust is subject to external review, scrutiny and validation through a variety of inspections and audits by a range of agencies including OFSTED, Auditors, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the Health and Safety Executive etc., and reports by these agencies are shared with the Academy Trust and published.  The Academy Trust also undertakes a variety of evaluations and satisfaction surveys and monitors key performance indicators.  The Academy Trust benchmarks and improves its performance through involvement and leadership of networks of schools and school improvement partnerships.

The founding school, Berkeley Primary School which became Berkeley Academy, was subject to a full OFSTED inspection in 2014 and has been judged to be OUTSTANDING overall in in all areas of the inspection framework.  The academy was also awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark in 2015 and reaccredited in October 2018. The academy was awarded the World Class Schools Quality mark in Autumn 2018.

The Chief Executive reports to the Academy Trust regularly through Full Academy Trust meetings and committees and also meets and communicates with the Chair between Academy Trust meetings.  The Academy Trust is also kept involved through publications, the MAT website, the academy website, and invitations to events and activities.

The Academy Trust monitors the performance of its’ schools through a variety of means including through its committee and meetings structure, through probing and questioning, through involvement with the academy and through activities such as regular Health and Safety inspections.

In exceptional or necessary circumstances, the Chair may use his/her powers to deal with urgent needs reporting back to the Academy Trust as appropriate.

The Chief Executive Officer and Academy Trust report to parents, pupils and the community through a variety of means including the academy website, reports, letters and magazines, assemblies, the academy’s Virtual Leaning Environment, etc.

The Academy Trust agrees the broad staffing structure at least annually but delegates to the Chief Executive Officer the flexibility to take opportunities for improvement as they arise or when needs change in the course of the year.

Committees & Panels

The quorum for most committees must be three, two of whom must be trustees, but a committee can involve non-Trustees.

  • Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee: The Academies Financial Handbook 2014 prohibits employees of the school and Executive Directors (KPR) from being members of this committee, although senior staff in particular are expected to support the workings of this committee. The Chair must be a non-executive director and there must be at least one other non-executive Director. The committee must have at least three members.
  • Finance & Monitoring Committee: The committee must have at least three members. The majority (i.e. at least 2) must be Trustees. There are no other restrictions on membership. Staff Trustees are eligible to serve on this committee.
  • Safeguarding (including Health & Safety): The committee must have at least three members. The majority (i.e. at least 2) must be Trustees. Staff Trustees are eligible to serve on this committee.
  • Pay & Performance Management: This committee needs two non-staff Trustees and, for the Headteacher’s Performance Management, a non-staff review Trustee. Committee members must be objective, independent and transparent. Staff Trustees are not eligible.
  • Pupil Discipline: The committee must normally have at least three members. The majority (i.e. at least 2) must be Trustees. Staff trustees are eligible but the Headteacher is ineligible.
  • Staff Dismissal: The committee must normally have at least three members. The majority (i.e. at least 2) must be Trustees. The Headteacher is ineligible.
  • Appeals & Complaints: The committee must normally have at least three members. The majority (i.e. at least 2) must be Trustees. The Headteacher is ineligible.
  • Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher Appointments: This ad hoc committee is formed from eligible Trustees (training provided). Appointments require ratification by the full Academy Trust.
  • Admissions Panel: This ad hoc panel (Any 2 trustees meets to review compliance with the Admissions Policy and Admissions Code of Practice for in-year admissions and the filling of vacancies from the waiting list) 
  • Collaboration Commitee: The organiation of the committee pertaining to the collaboration with CCC is set out HERE   The organisation of the Committee pertaining to HWBL is set out HERE. 
  • Nominated Trustees: The chair is routinely delegated authority to make time sensitive decsions on behalf of the academy where necessary, reporting afterwards to the full ATB. Any trustee may be nominated to a delegated task by the full ATB (e.g Workload and wellbeing trustee, environment and climate trustee, oversight of a cpaital project, oversight of a procurement process, Equalities and Sexual Harassment Trustee, etc. )


Summary of Members’ Register of Interests

Member’s name

Name of business/ charity / educational institute

Name of interest / interest began

Date of Appointment by members

Roger Owen


Member (Cranford Community College)


01 12 2017

Bhopinder Singh Nagra

HRS Group

01 12 2017

01 12 2017

Gilbert Hughes

None / Retired


01 12 2017

Philip Linton Dobinson


Member of NLG

01 12 2017

01 12 2017


Nicola Taylor


Pay UK (Finance and Banking)

Member (Cranford Community College)

Employee / 01 09 2020

01 09 2020


ADMAT Company Secretary / Clerk / Trust Training and Development

Bernadette Moir  (part-time)

  • The Chair of the MATB can be contacted via email to the clerk, CLERK@ADMAT.ORG
  • Complaints and Compliments should be emailed to


Company Name

Advantage Multi Academy Trust


Company registered number


The certificate of incorporation can be found here

Principal and registered office

Helsinki Centre

Berkeley Academy

Cranford Lane




ADMAT has been established under these articles of associationmemorandum of associationmaster funding agreement, and supplementary funding agreement. The land and premises are operated under a 125 year lease.


Dates of Future Meetings (Governance Professional)


Full Academy Trust Meetings in the Headteacher’s study / CiC (and Zoom)

Wednesday, 24 November 2021,                       4.30 pm     Refreshments at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 (after AGM),   4.30 pm    Refreshments at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022,                             4.30 pm     Refreshments at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022,                                 4.30 pm    Refreshments at 4 p.m.


Committee Meeting dates in the Headteacher’s study / CiC (and Zoom)


Finance & Monitoring – Proposed dates


Wednesday, 08 December 2021                  10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022                    10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 04 May 2022                            10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022                             10.45 a.m.


Audit Compliance & Risk Committee - Proposed dates


Tuesday, 07 December 2021                        2.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022                              2.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 04 May 2022                                 2.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022                                  2.30 p.m.


Safeguarding - Proposed dates


Wednesday, 08 December 2021                  10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022                    10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 04 May 2022                           10.45 a.m.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022                            10.45 a.m.


Pay & Performance Management Committee


Wednesday 2 March 2022,                           3 p.m.

Wednesday 29 June 2022,                           3 p.m.


Others – As necessary.


SOME KEY STAFF (Note: 'Key Management Personnel' with names in bold)


School Improvement, Strategic and System Leadership



  • Kevin Prunty – Chief Executive of ADMAT, Accounting Officer and Executive Head Teacher
  • Alan Fraser, Director of Community and Business Partnerships. Designated Prevent Lead


Accounting Officer Register of Interests

Accounting Officer

Name of business/ charity / educational institute

Name of interest

Date interest began

Kevin Prunty

ADMAT (Berkeley Academy)


Cranford Community College (Academy)




1 December 2017


1 April 2011


Academic Leadership

  • Preeti Panesar – Head of School (Berkeley Academy): Academic Curriculum, Assessment and Progress. English and Mathematics*. Extra-Curricular
  • Rachel Huynh* – Assistant Head Teacher - English and Mathematics. Environment and Climate Champion. Health and Wellbeing / Mental Health Champion. Workload Reduction Champion. Data Protection Officer
  • Lydia Gamlen - EYFS and KS1 Coordinator
  • Suzanne Prosser - KS2 and Science Coordinator
  • Nida Malik - History and Geography Coordinator
  • Hope Eley / Milton Ferreira - Languages Coordinator
  • Hannah McFerran - PSHCE / SRE Coordinator
  • Dinnie Heroe - RE Coordinator
  • Jaibir Birk - ICT Coordinator (Homayon Zeary - ICT strategy)
  • Shea Yarrall - Performing Arts Coordinator
  • Magdalena Musanovic - ADT Coordinator
  • Donna Maddison - PE Coordinator (Sports Coach, Jamie Walters)
  • Madhuri Tank - First Story Coordinator
  • Seema Ghauri - CPD Programme, INSET days, Induction, Probations and Training Lead, including ECT, SD and KS Oversight. First Aid, NPQs and HLTA qualifications. Erasmus+


Pastoral / Inclusion Leadership

  • Jennie Lewis – Deputy 'Head of School' (Berkeley Academy) Pastoral Curriculum and Community. DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING AND EQUALITIES LEAD (DSL). Quality of Education (Intent and Challenge). Personal Development and Progress. 
  • Dinnie Heroe – Senior Teacher (Berkeley Academy), SENDCo+. Deputy Designated Safeguarding and Equalities Lead (DDSL)
  • Anna Perszewska - EAL Coordinator / T-Levels Placements Coordinator
  • Cara Cannon - GRT Support Worker
  • Charlotte Davies - Family Support Worker
  • Chris Bussien - Behaviour and Attitude to Learning Coordinator / Year 3 Progress Acceleration. SMSA Oversight and Training
  • Sim Sandhu - Inclusion Centre Pilot Lead 


Academy Financial & Assets Leadership

Magda Galdysz, Chief Finance Officer 

Sabina Marciniak, School Business Manager

Amanda Gomez, Trainee Finance and HR Assistant


Academy Logistics Management

Georgina Mahi - Logistics / SIMS / HR / Attendance and Admissions Officer. 





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