Meet our Trustees
Trustees (ID 1152)
Dr Anita BackhouseChair of Trustees
Dr Anita Backhouse
Dr Backhouse started her career as a laboratory manager in the food industry before becoming a science teacher and Head of Department. Following this, she worked in school improvement for a local authority for 8 years, supporting both primary and secondary schools across the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Moving into academia in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer, teaching on both undergraduate (Primary) and PGCE primary and secondary teacher training programmes. Also playing an active role in mentoring and assessing colleagues in their HEA Associate and Fellowship applications both within the institution and internationally.
Joining University of Lincoln in 2016, completing a doctorate soon after, following which she became the Head of School in 2020. The role involves having oversight of two undergraduate programmes, a large MA Education programme of which the vast majority are international students and primary and secondary PGCE programmes, in partnership with two local teacher training providers. Our research environment in the School is strengthening at a pace and recent appointments have provided us with a growing capacity to engage in high quality research into education and social justice both locally and internationally.
Steve BaragwanathChief Executive Officer
Steve is the CEO for UOLAT.
His passion is addressing social mobility and student progress.
Steve has 20 years of headship experience across three academies, with a proven record of school improvement and curriculum innovation. Taking UAH from 420 pupils to 1366, introducing a sixthform which now has over 300 students and being accredited provider of apprenticeship and “T” Level qualifications.
Dr Edward Libbey(Vice Chair of Trust and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee)
Dr Edward Libbey
Edward grew up in King’s Lynn and after graduating from Cambridge University with both a BA and PhD in Chemistry started a business career in BP. He managed large and complex refining, supply and distribution and commercial trading activities across the USA and Europe. Subsequently he ran the North American activities of the small high-tech company Whatman, based in Boston, Massachusetts. Whilst there he helped set up and chaired World Energy Solutions, an on-line auction platform providing award-winning procurement capabilities for large gas and electricity contracts. He remains active in his consulting activities in the energy sector. On his return to the UK he developed a diverse portfolio career including the Chair of Norfolk Learning and Skills Council, and latterly the Chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. He has had a long-term commitment to the improvement of education and skills especially in more disadvantaged areas and is familiar with the challenges in South Lincolnshire. He has lived and worked abroad in the USA and Canada as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Professor Duncan French(Whistleblowing Trustee)
Professor Duncan French
Professor Duncan French is Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Social Science, University of Lincoln. Duncan is a Professor of International Law, and is a leading academic on international environmental law and the international legal implications of sustainable development. He has written extensively in these areas, as well as writing generally on both broader questions of treaty law, international economic and investment law, and international dispute settlement. He has secondary research interests in international law of the sea and Antarctica. Recent books include: D. French and L. Kotzé (eds.), Sustainable Development Goals: Law, Theory and Implementation (Edward Elgar, 2018) and V. Ruiz Abou-Nigm, K. McCall-Smith and D. French (eds.), Linkages and Boundaries in Private and Public International Law (Hart, 2018). He is currently working on international law’s response to “planetary boundaries”. Previously Duncan was Head of Lincoln Law School, and before that worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Reading. Duncan has four teenage children.
Associate Professor, Ann Lloyd joined the University of Lincoln in 2015 (National Centre for Food Manufacturing), with extensive knowledge and experience within product development, process development/ technical departments. Ms Lloyd also has extensive knowledge of apprenticeshipFrameworks and Standards, national apprenticeship delivery and quality monitoring systems.
Will Naylor (Trustee)is a Senior HR Business Partner with Bakkavor, the leading fresh-prepared food provider in the UK. Will has over 20 years of experience of working within HR in the chilled-food sector, the last 15 years with Bakkavor working across a number of business units in South Lincolnshire. Whilst being a recognised HR professional, Will has built a strong commercial and operational knowledge that supports effective HR business partnering. As both a former pupil of Holbeach County Junior School, now part of the LET as Holbeach Primary Academy, and also having graduated from the University of Lincoln with a master’s degree (MSc HRM) in 2002, he is also proud of his ‘alumni’ status and educational links to the organisation. Will is a member of the Food Committee of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and is always keen to promote the significant career opportunities that lie within the agri-food sector right on our doorstep in Lincolnshire.
James Rylatt is the Managing Director of an advisory firm with audit and taxation specialities, with over 20 years experience in the industry. Previous roles include senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln and also completely his MSc Accountancy at the University. Having held a number of Independent Examiner roles to small charities over the past decade, including current appointments in London and County Durham and previously acting as a trustee to an educational charity, sitting on its finance committee.
The Trustees form the Board of Trustees of UOLAT and are Directors of the Trust. They set the strategic direction for the Trust and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the academies within it.
Trustees cannot be members of Academy Governing Committees (AGCs).
The Chair of the Trust is also a member.
The Board of Trustees has two subcommittees: Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations and Remunerations Committee. The Audit and Risk Committee has a minimum of 3 members (with the majority being Trustees). The Nominations and Remunerations Committee has the Chair, Vice Chair and one other Trustee.
Trustees must have the following skills: Expertise in strategic leadership; school improvement; financial skills; legal expertise; human resources; business development; educational research skills and experience as a governor. The Board of Trustees will normally have 6 to 10 members who serve for initially for a four-year period and at the discretion of Members an opportunity to serve for a second four-year period. The University of Lincoln, as sponsors, has three seats on the Board of Trustees; the remainder are independent of the University of Lincoln.
In line with the Academy trust handbook, the CEO is also the Accounting Officer for the Trust.
The Board of Trustees Core Functions
- Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
- Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance
- People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity
- Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements
- Evaluation of governance to monitor and improve its quality and impact.
Trustees Statutory Duties
- Act within their powers
- Promote the success of the company
- Exercise independent judgement
- Exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
- Avoid conflicts of interest
- Do not accept benefits from third parties
- Declare interest in proposed transactions or arrangements.
The trustees must ensure regularity and propriety in use of the trust’s funds, and achieve economy, efficiency and effectiveness – the three elements of value for money.
The Board of Trustees has established the Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA) for Executive staff and for AGCs. The Trust will apply an approach of earned autonomy for AGCs, to reflect the success or otherwise of the academy. The SoDA is reviewed annually.