Finance, Audit & RISK Committee

A committee of a minimum of three members appointed by the Trust board, with at least one non-trustee member required.

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee:

John Bushby - Trustee & Committee Chair

Attendance 2020-21: 3/3

Relevant Interests: Parent (Turner Free School)

Trustee & Treasurer of Folkestone Primary PTFA.

Co-Chair of Stowting CofE Primary Board (from 01.09.20)

Gary Cottle - Trustee

Attendance 2020-21: 2/3

Relevant Interests: CEO Metrikos (Sep 19), Proprietor of High Tong Estate, Clyde Cherwell Future Screen Invicta, Director AGC Urban RE Caxton House

Mark Taylor - Trustee

Attendance 2021/22:

Relevant Interests: Director – AGBIS & Independent Schools Council, Director – King’s College & AES Tring Park Schools Trust

Hugh Watchorn - Independent

Attendance 2020-21: 2/3

Relevant Interests: Bespoke Consulting Services Ltd

Dafydd Gough - Advisor

Attendance 2020-21: 3/3

Business Interests: Senior Associate Silica Associates - Silica Associates contracted to support TFS build (May – Oct 19).

Cygnus Academies Trust Advisor from May 19

Committee members who have left in the past 12 month

Manjinder Johal - Trustee

Date of leaving: 08/09/2021

Attendance 2020-21: 2/3

Business Interests: None


  • To provide oversight on internal controls and monitor performance at Trust and School level

  • To determine the scope of internal audits, review internal audit reports and progress of actions

  • To manage the ‘responsible officer’ function

  • To review capital plans

  • To review and recommend for approval annual budgets


Report to board of Trustees through approved minutes and feedback in meetings

Governed by:



Three per year

Trustees review the governance structure and membership of committees on an annual basis.