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Board of Governors

The role of the governing body

Governors are able to have a significant impact on how schools are run, which in turn impacts on the employment conditions for the staff and on the learning experiences of and outcomes for the pupils. Governors have a strategic responsibility for the functioning of UTC Reading, with three primary roles:

  • Setting the strategic direction
  • Holding the principal to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.

In meeting these roles, Governors adhere to Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Board is supported by a Finance and Resources Committee, which meets three times a year, to assist the decision making of the board of governors, by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the board's responsibility to ensure sound management of the UTC’s finances.  This Committee also undertakes the Audit Committee role. The Pay Committee meets once a year to make determinations of pay in accordance with the Pay Policy for teaching and support staff. Appeals Committees are convened when the need arises.

UTC Reading Trust Board Meeting dates 2016-17

  • Tuesday 11 October 2016, 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016, 5.30pm
  •  Tuesday 7 March 2017, 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 June 2017, 5.30pm

Previous minutes of the Board meeting can be found below.

Finance and Resources Committee Meeting Dates 2016-17

  • Tuesday 11 October 2016, 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016, 4.30pm
  •  Tuesday 7 March 2017, 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 June 2017, 4.30pm


The UTC Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The trustees of UTC Reading Trust are also the directors of the Charitable Company for the purposes of company law. The Charitable Company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the UTC Academy Trust. The governing body has its own code of conduct that links to legal duties and the specifics of the articles of association.


The Board of Governors is made up of people from the community who have business, management or education experience, alongside staff and parents; A full list of governors can be found in a separate document below.

The Chair of the Governors is: Lee Nicholls. His contact details are:

Lee Nicholls,Group Executive Director - Curriculum, Standards and Academies
Activate Learning,  Oxpens Road,  Oxford OX1 1SA

The Clerk to the Governors is: Heledd Walker. Her email address is

How to contact the Board of Governors

If you wish to contact any member of the Board of Governors you will need to do so via the Clerk to the Board.

Heledd Walker

Clerk to the UTC Board of Governors

C/O Activate Learing, Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1SA

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