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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Local Academy Board

Consilium Academies is a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of nine schools across the North of England.  Within each school, a Local Academy Board has been established.  Local Academy Boards (LABs) may also be known at other Trusts as ‘Academy Committees’, ‘Local Governing Boards’ or ‘Local Advisory Committees.'

Local Academy Boards are a formal and important part of the governance of Consilium Academies and the contributions of members are very much valued by the Trust Board.

Each LAB is composed of different members, two of which are elected by parents and carers of children on roll at the school.  Parent members are elected through a process which is defined in a key document called the ‘Articles of Association.’ Two further members of the LAB are elected by staff within the school, and the remaining members (including the Chair) are appointed by the Trust Board.

Parent LAB members play an important role within the board.  The role is to support the Trust itself and provide insight on behalf of other parents of students who attend the school.  A key function of the LAB is to engage meaningfully with all parents and carers as a whole.  

The Trust Board determines the level of delegation or responsibility which is to be passed to the Local Academy Boards.  This is subject to review on a yearly basis and responsibilities can be added or removed dependent on how well the Trust Board feel that the LAB is managing. Some of the typical areas which are covered at local level may be;

  • Support of the efficient and effective operation of the Trust and its policies
  • Support and challenge (where appropriate) to the school leaders, particularly around issues related to school performance, pastoral care, and the safeguarding of pupils
  • Share issues and risks with the Trust Board if necessary
  • Scrutiny of reports which may be supplied by school leaders or members themselves
  • Provide a meaningful link with the community, parents and the students of the school, sharing feedback with the Board, regarding challenges but also to celebrate successes
  • Provide feedback to the Trust Board in relation to policies and practices which are personal to the school, policies which are delegated to the LAB are identified in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

If you would like more information on the work of the LAB, or you are interested in volunteering to become a member of a LAB, please contact me, or the Head teacher of the School.

Thank you for your interest.

Wendy Gardner

Governance Manager

Our Local Academy Board Members are:

Name Governor Appointment Type Term from Term to
Jo Derbyshire Staff (Support) Member Elected 07 Jun 2021 6 Jun 2025
Ben Ewart Appointed Member Trust Appointed 10 Dec 2020 9 Dec 2024
Yamam Shalabi Parent Member Elected 20 May 2020 19 May 2024
Gareth Thompson Appointed Member Trust Appointed 08 Mar 2021 7 Mar 2025
Mark Wood Appointed Member Trust Appointed 03 May 2021 2 May 2025
David Lancaster  Headteacher Ex - Officio - -

 LAB Attendance 2021 – 2022 

Name 14/10/21 31/03/22 19/05/22 13/07/22
Jo Derbyshire Present - - -
Ben Ewart Present - - -
Yamam Shalabi Present - - -
Gareth Thompson Present - - -
Mark Wood Present - - -
David Lancaster  Present - - -

LAB Attendance 2020 – 2021  

Name 14/10/20 03/12/20 03/02/21 24/03/21 19/05/21 07/07/21
Jo Derbyshire Present Present Present Not-Present Not-Present Present
Ben Ewart Present Present Present Not-Present Not-Present Not-Present
Yamam Shalabi Present Present Present Present Present Present
Gareth Thompson Present Present Present Present Present Present
Katie Burke Present Not-Present Not-Present Not-Present Not-Present Not-Present
Nicola Anderson  Present Present Present Present Not-Present Not-Present
Kate Hewson Present Present Present Not-Present Not-Present Not-Present
Joanne Jordan Not-Present Present Present Not-Present Present Not-Present
Anna Simmons Present Present Present Present Present Present
Mark Wood - - - - Present Present
Jon Marsh (Headteacher) Present Present Present Present Present Not-Present

Declarations of Interest 2021-2022

Name Role Business or Other Interests Other Governor Roles
Jo Derbyshire Staff (Support) Member None None
Ben Ewart Appointed Member None None
Yamam Shalabi Parent Member None None
Gareth Thompson Appointed Member None None
Mark Wood Appointed Member None None
David Lancaster  Headteacher None None

Leavers 2020-2021

M Duval - Resigned 01/10/20

H Cooper - Resigned 01/10/20

K Burke - Resigned 19/12/20

N Anderson - Resigned 09/06/21

J Jordan - Resigned 07/07/21

A Simmons - Resigned 21/08/21

Telephone - 0161 736 1773
Email -
Post - C/O Clerk to the LAB. Buile Hill Academy, Eccles Old Road, Salford. M6 8RD.