Governance and Scheme of Delegation

On September 1st 2016 Water Hall Primary School launched a new Multi Academy Trust called Lakes Academies Trust.

A Multi Academy Trust comprises a number of academy schools who join together in one trust, governed by one group of trustees.  Schools that join Lakes Academies Trust will work collaboratively in order to improve practice and educational outcomes for their pupils.

The Multi Academy Trust is one legal entity, a charitable company limited by guarantee.

The three levels of governance are:

Members who agree the articles of association which define the charitable purpose and how the Multi-Academy Trust will run, appoint Trustees and remove if necessary, sign off company accounts and annual report and hold the Board of Trustees to account.

Board of Trustees who have ultimate responsibility for running each academy and will deal with the strategic running of the Multi Academy Trust.  The Board delegates the day to day running of each academy to a Local Governing Body. The level of delegation can be different for each academy. Accountability always remains with the Board of Trustees.

Committees who have powers delegated to them by the Board of Trustees to review and make recommendations in respect of matters relating to education, curriculum and the finances, administration and personnel of the trust.

Annual funding is delegated to each academy on an individual basis. The Multi Academy Trust is a single employer, sharing procurement and resources across its schools.

In order to set up Lakes Academies Trust a number of legal documents are put in place between the Trustees and the Secretary of State for Education as follows:

  • Master Funding Agreement
  • Supplemental Funding Agreement
  • Deed of Variation
  • Articles of Association
  • Scheme of Delegation


Lakes Academies Trust Members:

  • Mr John Hakes
  • Mr Elliott Sharp

Lakes Academies Trust Board of Trustees:

Name Category Specialist Role Term of Office
Miss Lucy Abbott (Chair) Co-opted under Article 50   27/2/17 – 26/2/21
Mrs Janet Deeley Co-opted under Article 58 Safeguarding 2/9/19 – 1/9/223
Mr Tony Draper (CEO) CEO under Article 57   15/7/15 –
Mr Muhammad Shahedul Haque Co-opted under Article 58 Finance 2/9/19 – 1/9/23
Mr Dirk Hendrickx Co-opted under Article 58   5/9/19 – 4/9/23
Ms Diane Kubok Co-opted under Article 50 Mental Health 12/6/19 – 11/6/23
Mrs Anna Moore Co-opted under Article 58 Safeguarding and SEND   2/9/19 – 1/9/2023
Ms Kamaljit Saggu Parent   2/9/19 – 1/9/23
Ms Daniyal Sammar Parent

Health & Safety

2/9/19 – 1/9/23
Mr D Shepherd Co-opted under Article 58 Pupil and Sports Premium 2/9/19 – 1/9/23
Keeley Toms Parent   2/9/19 – 1/9/23

Each school is a member of Lakes Academies Trust, a Multi Academy Trust, a limited company and a charitable company registered in England and Wales. The Trust’s company number is 10225813

Water Hall Primary School

Documents relating to Knowles Primary School can be found below:

Knowles Primary School

Documents relating to Knowles Primary School can be found below:

Lakes Academies Trust is authorised by the Secretary of State For Education and is regulated by the DfE. The company is bound by the provision of its Funding Agreement and the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014.

The Trust’s Registered office is:

c/o Water Hall Primary School
Fern Grove
Milton Keynes
Tel:01908 377 833