The HfL Board has two committees, the Personnel and Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. The Board of Directors determines the terms of reference, responsibilities and composition of these committees, which are authorised to make decisions within agreed delegations and make recommendations to the Board of Directors as appropriate.

    The Board is supported by Richard Loader as Company Secretary. The Company Secretary provides support on corporate governance matters and the Board has access to independent advice if required.

    The Board of Directors meets the full statutory responsibilities under the Companies Act 2006 and the School Companies Regulations 2002. It provides over-arching strategic direction and holds company leaders to account for the educational impact, standards achieved and quality of provision and infrastructure services provided to enable schools to:

    • inspire and support children and young people to become effective and lifelong learners in order to transform their lives
    • create stimulating learning environments that give children and young people the chance to achieve the best possible educational outcomes
    • provide their staff with appropriate support and tools in order to thrive in the workplace
    • innovate and be creative in their approach to delivering learning

    The non-executive directors have a strategic duty to ensure the services provided meet the needs of schools and children, ensuring that high standards, a focus on school improvement and financial viability are the strategic intention of all decisions made.

    The Personnel and Remuneration Committee, comprising five directors, is responsible for the following:

    • formulating written HR policies for approval by the Board
    • convening disciplinary and grievance panels
    • dealing with whistleblowing issues
    • formulating a written remuneration policy which will attract and retain talent, achieve the company’s long term goals and decide what form the remuneration takes; and monitoring of the policy thereof
    • recommendations to Board on the remuneration of executive directors/identified management posts
    • agreeing an expenses and remuneration policy for directors
    • recommending changes in employees terms and conditions of employment
    • recommending annual pay awards

    The Audit and Risk Committee, comprising four non-executive directors, is responsible for the following:

    • scrutiny of due process relating to management of financial and other risks
    • oversight of internal financial controls
    • agreement of financial statements and other significant documents, as agreed by the Board, prior to approval by Board
    • liaison with external auditors
    • review of draft reports on audit, financial and risk management issues
    • assessment and prioritisation of risks and recommendations to the Board for mitigation actions
    • high level compliance matters

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