Trust and Governors
All Academies in England operate under the legal ownership of a Trust, rather than the local Educational Authority. Ermine Primary Academy has now been admitted to the Academy of Lincoln Trust and joins Lincoln Castle Academy as the second of the Trust’s schools which now collectively provide education for children from three to eighteen years and are supportive of each other in all areas of their respective responsibilities.
The trust is funded directly from the Department for Education and is managed by a Board of Directors. Lincoln Castle Academy and Ermine Primary Academy are wholly owned by “The Academy of Lincoln Trust”.
Contact details: please use the LCA address to contact:
Clerk to the Trust & Governors, Ms D Andrews; Lincoln Castle Academy, Riseholme Road, Lincoln LN1 3SP.
The Trust’s directors currently include:
The number of trustees may increase in the future, as appropriate with current needs. Sitting beneath the Academy of Lincoln Trust is Lincoln Castle Academy; its governors (formerly the Yarborough School Board of Governors, and Ermine Primary School Board of Governors) remain as the Local Governing Body.
The Finance and Human Resources Committee will be responsible for:
- Budgets, accounting and financial control procedures, debt collection, banking arrangements
- Employment legislation; staffing structures, recruitment and salary levels; performance management of staff
- The effectiveness of leadership at all levels in the academies
- Monitoring major premises projects, overseeing developments; fundraising; the financial and operational efficiency of the Trust Procurement and effective use of services
- The adequacy and effectiveness of the Trust’s systems of internal control and its arrangements for risk management and governance processes
- Oversight of all aspects of the work of the internal audit service and the external auditor
- Performance management systems
- Review and advise on any areas that require financial and other areas that require legal compliance
- Relevant policy development and recommendation to the trust.
The Education & Standards Committee will be responsible for:
- The academies’ performance; reviewing national test results, and internal assessments of attainment and progress
- Self-evaluation and ensuring the academies are “Ofsted-ready”
- Agreeing each academy’s development plan that would enable it to achieve, where relevant, the targets set in the Trust’s development plan
- The interpretation of the Trust’s vision into the curriculum and teaching
- The quality of teaching and its link to pupils’ progress
- Effective provision of the curriculum, including the promotion of values of tolerance and democracy, and curriculum development
- Oversight of policies child protection and safeguarding and all pastoral matters to ensure statutory requirements are met
- Use of educational technology, ensuring latest developments are considered
- Relevant policy development and recommendation to the trust.
All Governors are nominated and appointed by the Full Board of the Local Governing Body.
All have voting rights.
LCA Governors' Pen Profiles
Chairman - Mrs Hannah Spencer
Managing Director and a shareholder of the LAGAT Group, having worked with LAGAT for 23 years. Fully involved in work based learning at LAGAT and other organisations from learning providers, colleges, schools and the voluntary sector. As well as the lead person in LAGAT I am the Vice Chairman for all learning providers and colleges for Lincolnshire through the work based academy which is an association of work based learning providers. I have held this role for the last 10 years.
I am the Chair of Governors at one of the largest secondary schools in Lincoln and have been a Governor for 15 years.
I participate with local business and the voluntary sector organisations by being a Council Member for our local Chamber of Commerce. I also sit on the Business Development Committee of the Chamber to identify and serve the Chamber Members’ needs.
I have been a Board member and Trustee of a local charity called LEAP which helps and supports young homeless individuals and have been on that board for 20 years.
As well as the above voluntary work I do serve as a magistrate for Lincolnshire, I have been a magistrate for 22 years. I am married with two grown up children and enjoy reading, sight seeing and being a supportive grandmother to our two grandchildren.
[Term of Office commenced August 2000, ends July 2018]
[Declaration of Interest: we support the school in delivering training such as vocational training for childcare]
Vice Chairman - Mr Philip Dubut
Philip has been a governor since 2008 and is also a director of the Academy of Lincoln Trust and has a close connection with the school with his own daughter having attended Lincoln Castle Academy.
Philip works in the legal profession and is employed by a local firm of solicitors dealing with family and civil matters.
Philip is also a director of the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service.
[Term of Office commenced April 2008, ends April 2016]
[Declaration of relationship: my daughter, Miss F Dubut, is a member of the Admin staff at Lincoln Castle Academy]
Partnership Governor - Mr David Dubut
Prior to moving to Lincoln I worked in private practice in Law for the Law Society and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and later Lincolnshire County Council, relocating to Nettleham.
Following my retirement from Law, I worked as Clerk to the Council for Nettleham Parish Council and Clerk to the Governing Body at Yarborough School before becoming a Partnership Governor at Yarborough school in 1996, serving as Chairman of the Governing Body for a period of eight years. I remain as a Partnership Governor at Lincoln Castle Academy and also a Director of the Academy of Lincoln Trust.
[Term of Office commenced prior to 2002, ends March 2018]
[Declaration of relationship: my grand-daughter, Miss F Dubut, is a member of the Admin staff at Lincoln Castle Academy]
Partnership Governor - Mr Simon Wilson
I am a proud Yellow Belly and previously a student here, many years ago!
I'm married with three children ranging from four to eighteen. I gained my professional qualifications in Financial Services and started my own business some 25 years ago.
I am an advocate of good education and teaching students the skills they need to further their careers.
[Term of Office commenced September 2009, ends September 2017]
Governor - Ms Sonia Czabaniuk
After a number of years in the banking sector, Sonia decided to retrain as an Economics and Business Studies teacher. Always looking for opportunities to broaden her own experience, she took part in professional development placements in Europe, acted as a mentor on the Initial Teacher Trainee Programme, developed county-wide curriculum support materials and set up a Work Experience Programme in Holland for Post-16 learners.
Working as a Work Related Learning Consultant in Doncaster enabled her to build on her previous experiences to support schools and special schools to introduce vocational education into the curriculum. Through partnerships with local business, Education Business Partnership, Business Link and the Chamber of Commerce, Sonia developed materials and activities to ensure teaching on these courses were ‘real life’. A recognition that a number of learners struggle with completing their post-16 studies instigated the development of a blended programme which linked early introduction to Apprenticeships with A Level studies.
Her next move was to CfBT Education Services in Lincolnshire where she worked as a 14-19 Partnership Coordinator/Learning Consultant. Her activities have included building partnerships, delivering training courses and developing a professional development programme for providers of Alternative Education.
She is now self-employed and has recently been appointed as Project Manager of the North Axholme Collaborative Trust. Throughout her career, Sonia has been a regular contributor to local, regional and national conferences. When not working, Sonia can be found singing with enthusiasm in a local choir or trying to get in touch with her inner space, through regular yoga and pilates sessions.
[Term of Office commenced July 2013, ends September 2017]
Governor - Mr Philippe Serna
I am a graduate of the University of New South Wales, a qualified chartered accountant in the UK and a qualified CPA in Australia.
I am passionate about languages, and have worked in various financial and management roles all over the world. I am slightly more passionate about rugby.
I have two daughters (both fully grown up) and believe that a good education is the greatest gift that we can give any child, as the knowledge and confidence he or she gains today resonates throughout life.
I am very proud of our two schools and feel privileged to serve them on the Academy Trust Board.
[Term of Office commenced February 2015, ends February 2019]
Parent Governor - Miss Dianne Brown
I have lived locally all of my life and have enjoyed being part of the community. I attended Yarborough School as did both my children and I fully support Lincoln Castle Academy and their passion for creating the best possible opportunities for their pupils.
I work at Ermine Primary Academy and it is a pleasure to see pupils progress through their education from Primary education and into Secondary.
I have been a Governor since November 2007 and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to be involved with the pupils, staff and parents of this Academy.
[Term of Office commenced November 2007, ends November 2017]
Governor - Sonia Rossington
I was brought up in Montreal but was born in Kenya, so I also love nature and the wide open spaces, which is probably why I find Lincolnshire so beautiful.
My passion is to help people to achieve their full potential, whatever that might be. As a Dramatherapist, I developed and led a successful project working with Alzheimer’s patients in Montreal and in October 2000 I was invited by the Learning Skills Council to work with and coach other professionals on dealing with hard to reach youngsters. From 2004 I worked as an intensive Careers Adviser for Connexions, specialising in young people at risk, including pregnant teenagers.
I now work at LAGAT Training & Recruitment as a Curriculum Team Leader. Everyone has something unique to offer and I love making them realise just what a ‘diamond’ they really are!
[Term of Office commenced September 2014, ends September 2018]
Governor - Mr Mike Johnson MBE
Mike Johnson is a high performance management professional with over 35 years senior management experience and now works for the Lagat Group in Lincoln as Commercial Manager. He has a wide breadth of experience throughout many industries, in retail, public sector and large corporate environments and has a real passion working with schools and business, developing training and skills programmes. Dedicated to apprenticeships and the development of young people he has previous experience working with organisations such as The Fire Service, Thorn EMI, ADT Fire and Security and the Gelder Group. Mike is also an Investor in People Champion, National Apprenticeship Service and CITB Apprenticeship Ambassador.
He also is also a Board Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management , and is Chairman of Lincoln City Radio. In his spare time he is actively involved mentoring many school and university students.
Mike is also a trustee of the Academy of Lincoln Trust, Chair of Governors at Ermine Primary Academy and a Workforce Governor at Gainsborough Academy.
[Declaration of Interest: Mr Johnson is involved in the provision of additional alternative curriculum through his work with the Lagat Group]
[Term of Office commenced September 2015]
Staff Representative - Mrs Zoe Innes
After 17 years of teaching Art and Photography in Yorkshire I returned to my family roots in Lincoln with my husband in 2013 and was delighted to take up post with Lincoln Castle Academy, having previously been a student at Yarborough High School for a short time; in what was then the first year. I can still remember proudly taking home my first clay sculpture from those times and I feel sure this sparked my passion for the Arts! Similarly, as a member of the teaching staff at Lincoln Castle Academy, I feel ‘being proud’ is at the heart of our teaching and wider community, encouraging our students to value their work, themselves and one another.
I have held various leadership and staff representative roles, from chairing a Teaching and Learning working group, progressing to Second in Department, acting as Assistant Head of 6th Form, to in turn seeking a Head of Art and Photography role; which I held for 7 years before relocation to Lincoln. I was employed by AQA Examining Board as Team Leader Moderator for A Level Art and Design for 10 years and I am pleased to be currently Lead Teacher of Art and encouraged by the Academy to take up post again as GCSE AQA Moderator from Summer 2017.
Throughout my teaching career, I have also held school teaching union and regional representative roles; demonstrating my professionalism, further interest, and ability to contribute effectively as Staff Governor within the Academy.
What makes me most happy is being creative and around loved ones! I turn my expressive skills to most aspects of my personal life; my photography, garden and interior design, cooking and floristry. Being a conscientious professional, I take well-being very seriously and recognise the need for work life balance. My husband and I enjoy live music and take short holiday breaks when we can, regularly including the importance of family and friends in our plans. Walking, cycling, pilates and running all play an important role in my efforts to stay fit, healthy and full of life!
[Term of office commenced February 2017, ends February 2021]
Staff Representative- Mr Jonathan Farr
I am the Head of Whole-School Learning interventions and a Maths teacher. My job requires me to work closely with KS4 in particular, ensuring that they are well-supported in their GCSE years at school and have the best opportunity for achieving success in their exams. I am often required to analyse a lot of different types of data to determine where help is most required and have my own Year 11 tutor group whom I closely work with to ensure they are always pushing to ‘be their best self’. I have been at LCA for four years now, but was previously teaching in Primary schools in London.
I have a wife and two young children who I love to travel with and experience all the different cultures out there, especially all the different types of food. I also have a dog whom I particularly enjoy taking for long walks on the beach.
[Term of office commenced February 2017, ends February 2021]
Ex-Officio - Mrs Louise Laming
I became Headteacher of Lincoln Castle Academy in September 2014, having worked at the school since 2002. I am passionate about the importance of education as a means of providing children with choices. I often use the analogy of a room full of open doors to help Year 7 students visualise what a good education, coupled with hard work and determination can provide. Whilst I didn’t attend Yarborough School, I do have a special connection that dates back to 1971 as my father was one of the team of builders who constructed the school.
My teaching career began in 1998 as a teacher of English and Drama in a girls’ grammar school. During my career I have taken on a range of leadership roles, first when co-ordinating a whole school approach to literacy and later as a member of the senior team. Whilst children are children wherever you travel, I believe there is something very special about the students at Lincoln Castle Academy who are an endless source of joy.
I am very fortunate to have two young children who ensure that I make time for trampolining and play-doh at the weekends and keep me balanced! As a former Head of English, I am passionate about reading and culture and enjoy running in my free time.
[Term of Office commenced September 2014]
Clerk to the Governors - Ms Dawn Andrews
I started working at Yarborough School, now Lincoln Castle Academy in January 2005 following a 25 year career in accountancy within the motor industry. I made the transition from accountancy into school life when my own children were starting infant school, allowing me to spend valuable time with them during the school holidays.
I have a wide and varied role as Office Manager, Marketing Support, Clerk to the Governing Body and Company Secretary for the Academy of Lincoln Trust. During the ten years working at Lincoln Castle Academy I have acquired a huge amount of knowledge regarding the running of the school, pupil progress/attainment and welfare of students. I thoroughly relish within my role dealing with staff, students and parents. I enjoy working with and offering support to our Governors and Directors, all of whom come from a wide career spectrum, providing their expertise and guidance to the Academy.