Members of Bonitas Multi-Academy Trust

Bishop of Reading, Right Reverend Olivia Graham

Chair of Board of Trustees, Rachel Phillips

Rev Canon Julie Ramsbottom

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (represented by Marion Standing)

Bonitas Trust Board of Trustees

Mrs Rachel Phillips (Chairperson)

Mrs Lyn Baily

Miss Ruth Jackson

Mr Robert Kelly

Mr Rob Price

Mrs Beverley Stevens (CEO)

Mr Robert Wilkins


Strategic Aims

The Bonitas Multi-Academy Trust aims to establish a partnership of up to 7 schools, bound by shared values and committed to securing outstanding outcomes for children and young people in all of its schools. Through a phased approach to growth, the trust will develop a teaching and learning community in which excellent teachers and staff aspire to work and learn.

In addition to providing support and challenge to schools endeavouring to secure rapid improvement, the trust will establish itself as a network of schools committed to research, innovation and the development of exemplary practice.

Leadership and Governance

The board of trustees is made up of eight trustees, some of whom have a direct link to one or other of the academies in the trust. Responsibility for setting the vision and strategy of the trust rests with the Bonitas board of trustees which delegates responsibility for delivery of this to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), lead professional of the MAT. The MAT board holds the CEO to account for the performance of the trust, including the performance of all academies within it. The board of trustees has adopted a flat structure in which there are currently no sub-committees.

The CEO is the Accounting Officer and has responsibility for holding other headteachers and senior executives to account by line managing them.  At individual school level, the headteacher, deputy headteacher and senior leadership team within each academy take responsibility for leadership and management at an operational level, implementing the policies set by the board of trustees and reporting back to the Local Governing Body (LGB), the CEO and the board of trustees in accordance with the trust’s scheme of delegation. The aim of this management structure is to distribute responsibility and accountability and to encourage involvement in decision making at all levels so that the trust nurtures the talents of its entire staff to support continual improvement and excellence. Although it delegates a range of responsibilities to the CEO and the LGBs, it is the board that is accountable to the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Secretary of State regarding all matters.


 Board Structure


Strategic development priorities 2019/20