Alex Walmsley - EDEN Foundation Director (appointed on 01/06/2017 for four years by EDEN) - Chair of Directors and of the Strategic & Finance Committee - Lead Director for Finance - Member of the Education Committee and of the Audit Committee
Alex is a chartered accountant and economics graduate and was for many years managing partner of a local accountancy practice. An experienced non-executive director, his background is in audit and business advice and support.
Alex is a director and Chief Finance Officer of Ted Wragg MAT (an Exeter based multi academy trust). He is chairman of Devon Association of Governors (DAG) and represents primary academies at Devon Education Forum and DAG at Devon Schools Finance Group. He has worked with a range of schools and academies on governance related matters.
He joined the board of directors of the First Federation because he wanted to build on his interest in supporting education after his retirement from full time work. His role is to chair the board and to support and hold to account the CEO, most particularly in his role as Accounting Officer, and the COO.
Paul Walker - Chief Executive Officer (appointed on 01/09/2017 by the Board of Directors) – Member of the Strategic & Finance Committee and of the Education Committee
Andrea Gosling - Salisbury DBE Foundation Director (appointed on 31/08/2018 for four years by SDBE) – Chair of the Audit Committee - Member of the Strategic & Finance Committee and of the Education Committee
Ann Denner - Co-opted Director (appointed on 01/05/2017 for four years by Foundation Directors) – Vice-chair of Directors – Chair of the Education Committee – Member of the Strategic & Finance Committee and of the Audit Committee
Rev Paul Wimesett - EDEN Foundation Director (appointed on 01/11/2019 for four years by EDEN) - Lead Director for Christian Distinctiveness and Ethos
Carolyn Bromfield - Co-opted Director (appointed on 18/07/2017 for four years by Foundation Directors) – Lead Director for SEN and Pupil Premium pupils – Member of the Education Committee
Chris Frankland - EDEN Foundation Director (appointed on 01/02/2018 for four years by EDEN)- Lead Director for Safeguarding – Member of the Education Committee
Register of business and pecuniary interests
Directors are asked to fill in a register of business interests form when they are appointed, which is then updated annually. Directors are invited to declare any relevant interest at the start of each meeting so any conflict of interest can be managed appropriately.
Directors and senior staff are asked to fill in a 'related parties' form to declare any connection with any business who has provided services for the Trust annually as part of the audit process to support the annual report / financial statements.
A summary of the directors' relevant business interests is included below. The full register can be viewed at the First Federation office.
Directors are invited to send their apologies ahead of meetings they cannot attend. Their attendance at meetings is monitored and included in the annual report for the Trust.
A summary of the directors' attendance at meetings during the previous and current academic year can be found below.
Contacting the directors:
The directors, including the Chair, and the Company Secretary, can be contacted:
- through any of the First Federation Trust schools,
- by emailing them to: firstname.lastname@example.org ,
- by writing to them at: The First Federation Trust, Blackpool CE Primary School, Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6JB.